Ezra Schabas fonds

Title: Ezra Schabas fonds

Dates of creation: 1953-2007

Physical description: 9.6 metres of textual and other material

Biographical Sketch: Ezra Schabas was born in New York and received his Diploma in Clarinet (1943) and Bachelor of Science (1948) from the Juilliard School.  In 1949, he received his Master of Arts from Columbia University. He also studied at the Conservatoire de Nancy, and the Fontainebleau School for the Arts in France between 1945 and 1950.  After several appointments at American universities (1948-1952), he joined the staff of the Royal Conservatory of Music as Director of Concerts and Publicity where he arranged concerts for leading young artists across Canada.  During the 1950s he was active as a clarinetist and conductor and managed music at the Stratford Festival (1958 and 1961).  In 1960 he joined the staff of the Faculty of Music as Special Lecturer, becoming Associate Professor in 1961 and Professor in 1968.  From 1978 to 1983, he was Principal of the Royal Conservatory of Music.  Prof. Schabas retired as Professor Emeritus in 1985.

Scope and content: Correspondence, minutes, agenda, papers, talks, reviews, evaluation reports, scripts, grant applications, memorabilia and an oral history interview documenting the personal life, education, and professional activities of Ezra Schabas as teacher, administrator, and performer with the Royal Conservatory of Music and the Faculty of Music. Includes material relating to Schabas’ book Sir Ernest MacMillan: The Importance of Being Canadian (University of Toronto Press, 1994).

Finding Aids: Series description (B1996-0013) and file list (B2008-0031) available

Access: Restricted: Oral history interview (B1986-0072): access only with written permission of Prof. Schabas. Restricted: selected records in B1996-0013, Series IV, Subseries 5.

Accession number: B1986-0072, B1996-0013, B2008-0031