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Bea Tracy Booth, the daughter of James Tracy and Cateau Stegeman, donated the collection on September 18, 1983.
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[Identification of item], Liszt School of Music Records, Western History Collection, The Denver Public Library.
Number of Boxes: 2 (.75 linear feet)
Oversize: 1 OVfolio
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE :
Dr. James Tracy and Cateau Stegeman Tracy established the Liszt School of Music in Denver during1910. They named the school in honor of Dr. Tracy’s teacher, Franz Liszt. The Liszt School of Music organized a music study club for the purpose of analyzing music history and discussing musical development. It originated with 80 charter members.
In April 1918, the School formed the Musical Society of Denver with membership offered to all professional musicians in the city. The society’s objective was to develop interest in music, to raise the standards of teaching, performance and creative work. Non-professional music lovers could join as associate members. The group began with 100 active members and 65 associate members. On October 18, 1920, the Musical Society formed the State Music Teachers Association of Colorado, which held its first convention at the Wolcott School Auditorium. In 1923, the name changed to The Musicians Society of Denver.
In 1920, Denver celebrated its first Music Week under the guidance of the school. In 1921, the Music Community Service sponsored Music Week. The same year, the Denver Music Week Association was incorporated to continue showcasing local talent. Denver and New York City were the first two cities in America to stage music weeks.
The couple continued to run the Liszt School of Music. When James Tracy died in 1928, Cateau Stegeman Tracy continued to operate the school. Under her direction, the school flourished. The Liszt School of Music closed its doors when she retired in 1970.
James Tracy was born in Bath, New Hampshire on January 27, 1837. From 1858 to 1860, he studied music with Carl Hauser and L. M. Southard of Boston (Leipzig Conservatory). He was a pupil of Liszt at Weimer Institute from 1860 to 1861. Tracy continued his studies at Dartmouth, prior to becoming a piano teacher at Boston Music School and Boston Conservatory. He also taught piano at schools in New York and Des Moines, Iowa. On September 1, 1898, Tracy arrived in Denver after signing a five-year contract with the Denver Conservatory. His decision to relocate to Denver also was influenced by undisclosed health reasons. In 1899, Tracy married his child prodigy student, Cateau Stegeman, in Golden, Colorado. He died on September 3, 1928.
Cateau Stegeman was born in Pella, Iowa on July 8, 1880. She started studying music at the age of five. Stegeman attended Highland Park Normal College for several years. After graduating from Central College of Iowa, she began performing. She studied with Dr. James Tracy. In 1899, they married and opened the Liszt Music School in Denver. The couple had four children - Matt, Bea, Bert and Mary. Besides teaching piano, she worked as a music critic for the The Denver Republican, The Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post and The Denver Express, as well as numerous music magazines. She received an honorary Doctorate of Music from her alma mater. She retired in 1970 and died on October 16, 1973.
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE :
The Liszt School of Music Collection contains material on the School, its study club, music week, Musicians Society of Denver, Colorado State Music Teachers Association, James M. Tracy and Cateau Stegman Tracy. Material consists of promotional brochures, meeting minutes, by-laws, transcripts of speeches, membership lists, and press clippings. Limited b/w photographic prints are also included. The collection spans the years 1888-1973.
SERIES 1 PAPERS 1910-1973, n.d. BOX 1-2 :
Papers on the Liszt School of Music comprise the bulk of the series. The papers contain materials on the School, Liszt Music Study Club, Music Week, Musicians Society of Denver, Colorado State Music Teachers Association, James M. Tracy and Cateau Stegeman Tracy. Also included are promotional brochures, meeting minutes, by-laws, transcripts of speeches, membership lists, and press clippings.
SERIES 2 PHOTOGRAPHS 1880-1950 BOX 2 :
Limited b/w photographic prints depicting Liszt School of Music students and graduates, as well as family photographs comprise the series.
SERIES 3 OVERSIZE 1898-1970 OVFOLIO 1 :
The series consists of a scrapbook with newspaper clippings, correspondence, photographs of classes, programs of recitals, soirees, graduations, greeting cards and historic booklets
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