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Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra History VHS Tape & Transcript

Identifier: MS-2535

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This collection consists of a VHS tape entitled "Making History Together: A History of the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra." The VHS tape is marked as Waldo Cohn (founding conductor) and June Adamson and Mary Cox as moderators. In addition, the collection contains a probable transcript of the VHS tape Making History Together by June Adamson. The transcript is dated as January 8, 1997. For related material, see MS.2188.


  • 1997

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This collection consists of a VHS tape entitled "Making History Together: A History of the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra," and a probable transcript of the VHS tape, dated January 8, 1997, written by June Adamson.

Biographical/Historical Note

The earliest roots of the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra, Tennessee's oldest continuing symphony, began in the autumn of 1943 when Waldo E. Cohn arrived in Oak Ridge to begin work at the National Laboratory. He organized a small group of musicians to play chamber music in his living room. Once the group had grown too large for Cohn's house they began to meet in a local high school auditorium. The Oak Ridge String Symphonette gave its first concert with Cohn as conductor on June 16, 1944. The Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra formed later that summer and the first full-fledged symphony concert was performed in November 1944. Cohn would serve as the Orchestra's conductor for eleven years.


Collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

This collection belongs to the University of Tennessee Libraries, Knoxville, Special Collections.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA