New Endowment Established for Music Professor’s Collection

February 10, 2011Print-Friendly Version


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Sam di Bonaventura. Photo from University Relations Photograph Collection, Special Collection & Archives, George Mason University Libraries

The George Mason University Libraries has announced the establishment of the Dr. Sam di Bonaventura Collection Endowment for the University Libraries.

Known simply as “Dr. Sam,” di Bonaventura taught music history, music theory and private violin lessons at Mason from 1975 until the spring of 1998, when he retired.

Di Bonaventura was a professional violinist and composed a number of original works for orchestra, chamber ensemble, vocal and choral media. He studied music at Juilliard, Yale, Harvard and the Peabody Conservatory. He also studied composition with musical giants such as Robert Ward, Vincent Persichetti, Paul Hindemith, Walter Piston and Benjamin Lees.

Following di Bonaventura’s death in July 1998, his extensive music collection was bequeathed to Mason. The collection consists of notebooks containing related research notes, scholarly papers, concert programs, musical scores and sheet music.

This endowment, which will provide support for the collection and help acquire additional scholarly research materials in the field of music, was created by Darlene Scott, a long-time friend of di Bonaventura. Scott named the collection as one of the beneficiaries in her estate.

“The University Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives has a number of notable collections relating to performing arts. The establishment of this endowment is very exciting because it will enable the library to continue to build on this existing strength,” says John Zenelis, university librarian.

Research materials purchased for the collection through this endowment will include books and journals, digital and multimedia formats, audio streamed music and other similar library resources.

A current list of contents for the Sam di Bonaventura Collection is online.


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