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Karen Tuttle personal papers, 1940s-2001

Identifier: MSS 8308 Series 1

Scope and Contents

Contains the personal papers of Karen Tuttle, including letters, notes, agreements, publications, clippings, photographs, and negatives. Materials dated 1940s to 2001.


  • 1940s-2001


Conditions Governing Access

Photographs in folders 3 and 5: Open for public research. Items kept in cold storage; access requires 24 hours advance notice. Negatives in folder 4: Open for public research. Items kept in cold storage; access requires 72 hours advance notice.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical / Historical

From the Collection:

Karen Tuttle was born Katherine Ann Tuttle on March 28, 1920, in Lewiston, Idaho. Early in adulthood, she changed her name to Karen. Karen became an accomplished violinist at an early age. She studied at the Curtis Institute of Music with William Primrose where she switched to the viola and developed the "Karen Tuttle Coordination Technique." Karen became a faculty member at the Curtis Institute of Music, as well as the Peabody Conservatory, the Mannes School of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Banff Centre of Performing Arts.

She participated in six Marlboro Festivals under Rudolph Serkin, had solo performances with Scheider Chamber Orchestra, Scherman "Little Orchestra Society," and Saidenberg Chamber Orchestra, and toured across the United States as a viola soloist with the Camera Concerti and with the Association of American Colleges. Her Carnegie Hall debut was in 1960. Karen was a member of the Philomusica Chamber Society in New York, and the Theater Chamber Players in Washington, D.C. She was a member of The Julliard School faculty from 1987 to 2003. Karen Tuttle died December 16, 2011, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


6 folders

1 oversize folder

Language of Materials


Existence and Location of Copies

Digital copies of recordings available for use in the Reading Room.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States