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Dorothy Stahl Papers, 1915-2003 (Bulk: 1925-1999)
2 boxes (1.25 linear ft.)
Collection number: RG 42

Abstract:
Professor of Music and singer. Contains diaries, correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, and sound recordings.

Terms of Access and Use: Restrictions on use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish or quote from the documents must be obtained from the Smith College Archives.

Smith College Archives
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

Dorothy Stahl was born December 3, 1918 in Toledo, OH the only child of George Peter and Lola (Torbet) Stahl. She began taking piano lessons at the age of six but did not begin pursuing singing until the age of 16. Dorothy was educated in the public schools in Toledo and graduated from De Vilbiss High School in 1936. She began her undergraduate education at Toledo University where she concentrated on courses in Music and French. She transferred to the Chicago Musical College in the fall of 1939 and studied with voice teacher Graham Reed. Her skills progressed rapidly and she was awarded the Oliver Ditson Scholarship for $1,000.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Music degree in 1942, she went directly to the Juilliard Graduate School in New York with a four-year fellowship. She studied voice with Queena Mario, a former opera singer with the Metropolitan Opera. The war prevented Dorothy from studying in Europe and Juilliard compensated by providing the voice students stage experience in a series of productions. She sang leading roles in Der Freishutz Cosi fan tutte, The Secret Marriage by Cimarosa, and Puccini's La Rondine. She received her certificate from Juilliard in 1946.

During her early career she sang leading roles with the Chautauqua Opera Company, was a soloist with the Desoff Choir and the National Symphony Orchestra, and appeared on the Columbia Broadcasting Company as soloist on the "Church of the Air" and "New Voices in Song" programs. She aspired to being a member of the Metropolitan Opera and was a finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Audition of the Air in 1948. Two years later she gave her first Town Hall Recital in New York City.

Dorothy began her teaching career in 1952 at Centenary Junior College in Hackettstown, NJ. She was soon persuaded to join the faculty at Smith College where she began teaching voice students in September of 1955. Dorothy was highly involved in the life of the college and her department. She served on Music Department committees, appeared in every faculty show, gave numerous recitals, served as College Marshal, and was dedicated to her voice students. She published A Selected Discography of Solo Song in 1968 and followed that with five editions the last of which was published in 1984 the year she retired. Dorothy battled Parkinson's Disease for many years and died on April 3, 2003.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

This collection is 1.25 linear feet and covers the years 1918-2003. It contains diaries, correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings and sound recordings. The collection provides a comprehensive overview of the career and personal life of Dorothy Stahl. The scrapbooks and newspaper clippings give information about her performances and the sound recordings are excellent examples of her singing abilities. She keeps a diary starting in 1931 and they are short entries but somewhat introspective. As Dorothy gets older her diary entries divulge less about her inner thoughts and more about her daily activities and the state of the weather. The diaries also show her failing health visually through the detrioration of the handwriting as the Parkinson's disease makes it more difficult for her to write.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish or quote from the documents must be obtained from the Smith College Archives.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Dorothy Stahl Papers, Box # Smith College Archives.

History of the Collection

Carol Gotwals, executor of the estate of Dorothy Stahl donated this collection to the College Archives, in July 2003.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Archives
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: nyoung@smith.edu
URL: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/archives
Language
English

Contents List
Academic records
1925-1960

Box 1: folder 1
Baby Book
1918-1919

Box 1: folder 2
Biographical information
1918-2003

Box 1: folder 3
Centenary Junior College
1952-1955

Box 1: folder 4
Chatauqua Institution
1946

Box 1: folder 5
Chicago Musical College
1939-1941

Box 1: folder 6
Clippings - newspaper
1934-1967, n.d.

Box 1: folder 6a
Concert programs
1928-1944

Box 1: folder 7
Concert programs
1945-1949

Box 1: folder 8
Concert programs
1950-1982, n.d.

Box 1: folder 9
Concert - Town Hall, New York
11 Mar 1950

Box 1: folder 10
Correspondence



Correspondence
1933-1988, n.d.

Box 1: folder 11
Boepple, Paul
1953

Box 1: folder 12
Friends from International House in New York
1945-1972, n.d.

Box 1: folder 13
Jacobi, Frederick
1945-1949

Box 1: folder 14
Mario, Queena
1945-1949

Box 1: folder 15
Reed, Graham
1941-1951

Box 1: folder 16
Smith College - appointments, salary, promotions
1955-1984

Box 1: folder 17
Stahl, Lola and George
1939-1947

Box 1: folder 18
Students
1957-1977

Box 1: folder 19
Written by Dorothy Stahl
1926, 1934, 1949

Box 1: folder 20
Courses - Diction
1978, n.d.

Box 1: folder 21
Family
1917-1963

Box 1: folder 22
High School Yearbook - Thomas A. De Vilbiss High School, Toledo, OH
1935-1936

Box 1: folder 23
International House, New York City
1944-1945

Box 1: folder 24
Juilliard School of Music
1943-1947

Box 1: folder 25
Metropolitan Opera Audition of the Air
1948

Box 1: folder 26
Miscellaneous
1931-1949, n.d.

Box 1: folder 27
Mu Phi Epsilon Sorority
1938-1939

Box 1: folder 28
National Music League Quartet
1945

Box 1: folder 29
Passports
1962, 1980, 1985

Box 1: folder 30
Photographs



Career
1943-1966, n.d.

Box 1: folder 31
Childhood
1918-1936

Box 1: folder 32
Family
c.1920-c.1960, n.d.

Box 1: folder 33
Family - Lola (Torbet) Stahl and George Peter Stahl
c.1915-1960s

Box 1: folder 34
Friends
1930s-1999

Box 1: folder 35
Portraits
c.1921-c.1970

Box 1: folder 36
Teaching and students
1956-1964, n.d.

Box 1: folder 37
Travel
c.1950, 1964, n.d.

Box 1: folder 38
Voice teachers - Queena Mario and Graham Reed
1941-1951

Box 1: folder 39
Publication - Research material for Discography
c.1968

Box 1: folder 40
Publication - A Selective Discography of Solo Song correspondence, contracts, reviews
1968-1984

Box 1: folder 41
Retirement - concert and party correspondence
1984

Box 1: folder 42
Scrapbook
1928-1939

Box 1: folder 43
Scrapbook - correspondence
1936-1938

Box 1: folder 44
Smith College course work
1958-1959

Box 1: folder 45
Diaries
1931-1934, 1939, 1941, 1942, 1949-1950

Box 1: folder 46
Diaries
1953-1962

Box 1: folder 47
Diaries
1963-1972

Box 2: folder 1
Diaries
1973-1982

Box 2: folder 2
Diaries
1983-1992

Box 2: folder 3
Diaries
1993-1999

Box 2: folder 4
Diaries - Travel
1953-1994

Box 2: folder 5
Sound Recordings - arranged chronologically



Metropolitan Opera broadcasts: Singing a duet from Hansel and Gretel, Queena Mario - soprano, Irene Jessner - soprano?; Singing an unidentified duet in English, Queena Mario - soprano, Mario Martinnelli - tenor
1930s

Box 12.TR, 42.Stahl Mario, Queena
Metropolitan Opera Audition of the Air, Dorothy Stahl's audition pieces: Madga's Waltz from "La Rondine" by Puccini Vilia from "The Merry Widow" by Franz Lehar; Bess, You Is My Woman Now from "Porgy and Bess" by Gershwin, Duet with Frank Guarrera - baritone; Depuis le Jour from "Louise" by Gustav Charpentier; Duet of the Flowers from "Madame Butterfly" by Puccini, Duet with Jane Hobson - mezzo soprano; Legere hirondelles from "Mignon" by Ambrose Thomas, Duet with unidentified male bass singer; Pourquoi arrachez vous a ma sombre demeure from "La Juive" by Fromental Halevy, Duet with Gertrude Ribla - dramatic soprano
1948

Box 12.TR, 42.Stahl, Met auditions
Metropolitan Opera Audition of the Air, Dorothy Stahl's audition pieces
1948

Box CD52
Town Hall Recital - New York City: Dorothy Stahl - soprano, Robert Payson Hill - piano
11 Mar 1950

Box 12.TR, 42.Stahl, Town Hall
Town Hall Recital - New York City: Dorothy Stahl - soprano, Robert Payson Hill - piano
11 Mar 1950

Box CD53
Christmas Vespers: Regina Coeli by Mozart; Smith College Choir; Harvard Glee Club; Dorothy Stahl - soprano soloist
Dec 1956

Box 12.TR, 80.SD Christmas 1956
WNYC Festival of American Music (radio show): 3 poems set to music by John Duke; Shelley - "My Soul is an Enchanted Boat"; James Stevens - "A Bird Sings Now"; e.e. cummings - "the mountains are dancing", Doris Silbert - narrator, Dorothy Stahl - soprano. John Duke - piano
17 Feb 1957

Box 12.TR, 42.Stahl
Thomas Mendenhall's Inauguration: 3 Sonnets by Edna St. Vincent Millay set to music by John Duke; "Sweet sounds, oh, beautiful music, do not cease"; "Time does not bring relief; you all have lied"; "Thou famished grave, I will not fill the yet", Dorothy Stahl - soprano, Louise Rood - viola, John Duke - piano
Oct 1959

Box 12.TR, 42.Stahl, Millay sonnets
Smith College Museum of Art - Recital for the exhibition "Henri Fantin-Latour": Dorothy Stahl - soprano, Lory Wallfisch - piano, Ernst Wallfisch - viola
18 May 1966

Box 12.TR, 42.Stahl, Museum of Art
Recital: Dorothy Stahl - soprano, Robert Miller - piano
9 Oct 1966

Box 12.TR, 42.Stahl, Recital 1966
Faculty Recital: Dorothy Stahl - soprano, Robert Miller - piano, Philip Naegel - violin, John Sessions - celo, William Wittig - flute
2 Feb 1969

Box 12.TR, 42.Stahl,Recital 1969 #1 and #2
Recital #2: Dorothy Stahl - soprano, Unidentified pianist
undated

Box 12.TR, 42.Stahl, Recital

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