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Robert Cundick papers

Identifier: MSS 7780

Scope and Contents

Collection contains scores and other material contain multiple computer-printed scores and sets of parts, manuscript scores and sets of parts, photocopies of published scores, and onionskin copies of Cundick's musical works. Multiple, variable copies exist for a single piece. Also included are correspondence and select CD and DVD recordings of his music, of both professionally-recorded and non-commercial varieties. The materials in this collection span from 1948 to 2013.


  • 1948-2013


Conditions Governing Access

Open to public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Robert Cundick scores and other material must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Robert Cundick (1926- ) is a Latter-day Saint composer and musician, and a well-known organist for the Mormon Tabernacle.

Robert Cundick was born in 1926 in Salt Lake City, Utah. His talent for the organ manifested itself at an early age. At twelve years old, he was ward organist. After serving in World War II, Cundick attended the University of Utah where he studied composition with Leroy Robertson and organ with Alexander Schreiner. He acquired his B.F.A and M.F.A there (MST) and ultimately received a doctorate in musical composition in 1955. In 1957, Cundick was on the Brigham Young University faculty until called to serve as an organist at the Hyde Park Chapel in England from 1962 to 1964. Upon his return to the United States, Cundick became the Mormon Tabernacle organist in 1965, finally retiring in 1991. Cundick continues to compose today and recently earned the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Pearl Awards in 2004.


5 oversize boxes (7.5 linear ft.)

10 boxes (5.0 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



The collection is arranged into three series: 1. Robert Cundick oversize music scores, 1948-2013. 2. Robert Cundick music scores, 1948-2013. 3. Robert Cundick papers and sound recordings, 1986-2013.

Custodial History

Donated by Robert Cundick in March 2010. . Donated by Robert Cundick in November 2012.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Robert Cundick; March 2010.

Donated; Robert Cundick; November 2012.


Prominent LDS composer, (Section IV LDS Music Archives Collection Policy September 2010).

Processing Information

Processed; Lindsay A. Weaver; March 2011.

Processed; Melissa James; December 2012.

Processed; Jenna Faulkner; February 2014.

Register of Robert Cundick scores and other material
Lindsay A. Weaver
2011 March 24
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States