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Reginald Beales scores

Identifier: MSS 7838

Scope and Contents

Collection contains original manuscripts by Reginald Beales, and a collection of published scores for various composers, 1916-1969.


  • 1916-1969


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

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 Reginald Beales scores must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical history

Reginald Beales (1898-1988) was a prominent Utah violonist.

Reginald Beales was born October 10, 1898 in Bradford, Yorkshire, England. In 1915, he emigrated to Utah with his parents and two sisters after joining The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They settled in Lewiston, Cache County, Utah.

He began playing the violin when he was eight and performed background music for silent movies in England when he was 14. After coming to Utah, he went on a church mission to the Eastern states, then studied violin in New York City and came back to Salt Lake City to conduct the orchestra at the American Theater on Main Street.

He taught violin at the McCune School of Music for 25 years, until the school closed. In the aftermath of the Great Depression of the 1930's, he organized and conducted the Federal Music Project Symphony Orchestra, which traveled throughout Utah during the late 1930's and early 1940's, and was the forerunner and nucleus of the Utah Symphony.

After World War II, Mr. Beales played in concerts and on radio programs for many years and taught the violin. From 1966 to 1968 he and his wife, Artimesia Jensen, went on a church mission to Scotland. In 1973, he was honored by Governor Calvin L. Rampton and the University of Utah for his outstanding service to music in Utah.

Reginald Beales died on July 1, 1988.


8 cartons (8 linear ft.)


Arranged into two series: 1. Reginald Beales original manuscripts, 1969; and 2. Reginald Beales collection of published scores, 1916-1962.

Custodial History

Donated by J. Landon Beales in May 1989.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; J. Landon Beales; May 1989.


Noteworthy LDS composer (Section IV. LDS Music Archives Collection Development Policy January 2011).

Processing Information

Processed; Elizabeth West; May 2011.

Register of the Reginald Beales scores
Elizabeth West
2011 May 18
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