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Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival Records

Identifier: 2013-002

This collection contains materials produced by or related to the Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival held at the University of Houston. Collection materials date from 1985 to 2013, though the majority of materials are from 1991 to 2013. Materials are concentrated in the Houston area, though programs from concerts in Atlanta and Leipzig are also included.

Programs, concert schedules, festival calendars, unused application materials, invitations, correspondence, photographs, posters, publications, press clippings, a scrapbook, and numerous concert recordings are included. Also included is a Texas Music Festival Day Proclamation by Houston Major Bill White. Most of the later programs are included, but those from the 1990s are incomplete.  The digital concert recordings date from 2000-2011, but holdings are incomplete.


  • 1985-2013
  • Majority of material found in 1991-2013


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Conditions Governing Access:

Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Special Collections owns the physical items in our collections, but copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs. The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, obtaining permission to publish from copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of Special Collections material in print or electronic form. For more information, consult the appropriate librarian. Reproduction decisions will be made by Special Collections staff on a case-by-case basis.


4.00 linear feet

Historical Note:

The Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival ® was founded in 1990 to provide young professional musicians with a challenging musical environment in which to develop skills in orchestral, chamber music, and solo performance. The intensive four-week orchestral fellowship program on the University of Houston campus is guided by renowned guest conductors, members of Houston's orchestras, faculty from the Moores and Shepherd schools of music, and other distinguished artists.

TMF also offers instructional institutes for musicians ranging in age from junior high to adult in a variety of specialty areas (voice, flute, piano & jazz). Each institute is highly selective and students are chosen by auditions and/or teacher recommendations. Institute instructors include world-class performers and teachers that come from Houston, other major cities in Texas, and from throughout the world. Institute participants are involved in large ensemble rehearsals, sectionals, lessons, coachings, and musicianship classes. Additionally, each of these institutes culminate in a final performance and many offer multiple performing opportunities.

Source: University of Houston, Immanuel & Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival,

Physical Characteristics or Technical Requirements:

Series 3 of this collection contains digital archival materials, which can be accessed in the Special Collections Reading Room by advance request. These materials may require up to one week to access. Contact curator Mary Manning ( for more information.

Acquisition Information:

Transferred to the University Archives by Alan Austin, General & Artistic Director, The Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival, November 25, 2012. Additional materials arrived December 4, 2013 and June 2017.


Additional concert recordings are anticipated.


Guide to the Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival Records
Matt Richardson
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Houston Libraries Special Collections Repository

University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
MD Anderson Library
4333 University Drive
Houston TX 77204-2000 USA