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Angelaires (Musical group)



  • Existence: approximately 1950 - 1958

Biographical History

The Angelaires Harp Ensemble (approximately 1950-1958) was a popular touring music production across the United States and Canada.

The Angelaires began as the Philadephia Harp Ensemble – a group of five Curtis Institute students under the direction of Virginia Werner Hatter. These five were Elizabeth Yockey, Jeanne Fintz, Virginia Werner Hatter, Carol Baum, and Marian Harding. During this time they were discovered Howard Lanin. Under the direction of Carlos Salzedo, and many employed arrangers, the ensemble transformed into a production. The arrangements came from Carlos Salzedo, Paul Soffray (Carol Baum’s Husband), Maurice Peress, and many others. They began touring in 1951, and by their 1953-1954 season they were hitting over 100 venues in the United States and Canada. During this time they were featured on such programs as Ed Sullivan’s “Toast of the Town”. The Angelaires have also appeard in shows and concerts with such important stars as James Melton, Kate Smith, Herb Shriner, Victor Borge, Conrad Thibault, Andre Kostelanetz, Vivian Della Chiesa, Paul Lavelle, and Frank Sinatra. The members of the Angelaires from 1951-1958 include: Patricia Wentworth, Gayle Horn, Jude Mollenhauer, Ruther Wickersham, Joan Harrison, Genevieve Duffy, Bonnie Ward, Marjo Breusing, Jaleen Haden, Lizbeth Wilfey, Jeanne Chalifoux, Kathleen Haden, Diane Williams, Marian Harding, Bonnie Ward, and Nanette Norton.

UPB files, July 10, 2014 (manager was Howard Lanin, 1949 began as Philadelphia Harp Ensemble, all the members, the people they performed with, where they toured, who their arrangers were).

Found in 12 Collections and/or Records:

Angelaires correspondence, 1947-2000

 Series — Box 2: Series 1; Series 2; Series 3, Folder: 12
Identifier: MSS 8266 Series 3

Angelaires ensemble arrangements, approximately 1949-1958

Identifier: MSS 8266 Series 5
Scope and Contents Contains arrangements for the Angelaires, as well as a few orchestral pieces. The arrangements are often not complete, with three out of the five parts, or without a full score. Maurice Peress, Paul Soffray, and Virginia Werner Hatten arranged the majority of the pieces. There are often transitions included which resemble Ruth Wickersham's handwriting. Based on the markings and names on the parts, they appear to have been performed, or assigned to specific members of the ensemble. Dates...
Dates: approximately 1949-1958

Angelaires financial records, 1949-1954

 Series — Box 2: Series 1; Series 2; Series 3, Folder: 11
Identifier: MSS 8266 Series 2
Scope and Contents

This series contains the financial records of the Angelaires, kept by Virginia Werner Hatten, director of the Angelaires Harp Ensemble. The records detail the salary for each harpist during those years, their taxes, social security ect. There are also federal tax returns from 1952 and 1954. In addition to the harpist’s salaries, their ledgers detail expenditures including gowns, shoes, photography, car and harp trailer deposits and many others. Dates range 1949-1954.

Dates: 1949-1954

Angelaires legal documents, 1949-1958

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8266 Series 4
Scope and Contents

This series contains contracts and photocopies of contracts between the Angelaires and Howard Lanin Management, Columbia Artists Management, bus charter companies and a few states and counties. For seasons 1952-1953 and 1953-1954 there is a contract for every venue on their tours, with a handful from the 1957 tour. Dates range 1949-1958.

Dates: 1949-1958

Angelaires member timelines, approximately 1960-1990

 Sub-Series — Box 2: Series 1; Series 2; Series 3, Folder: 3
Identifier: MSS 8266 Series 1 Sub-Series 5
Scope and Contents This subseries contains timelines of the Angelaires members, dictating the dates and length of each member. There are histories that appear to be from the 60s - right after the group dissolved – and then timelines drawn up more recently. The more recent timelines appear to be created by Carol Baum. They were included with correspondence to her requesting more information on the amount of solos each member had. The members, along with the songs they soloed in, are in shorthand. This suggests...
Dates: approximately 1960-1990

Angelaires periodical clippings, 1950-1991, bulk: 1953-1957

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8266 Series 1 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents This subseries contains press clippings from newspapers, the Musical America, and other periodicals. Materials include full periodicals, articles that have been cut out or photocopied, and typed biographies and histories for reporters. The majority of clippings were collected by the mother of one the ensemble members, between 1953 and 1957. The rest seemed to be collected by various members. Content of the articles regards concert critiques, history of the ensemble, biographies of the...
Dates: 1950-1991; Majority of material found within 1953-1957

Angelaires photographs, approximately 1950-1991

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8266 Series 1 Sub-Series Sub- 3
Scope and Contents

This subseries consists of photographs of the Angelaires. The photographs are a combination of personal photos from backstage on and the tour, with professional shots in their different gowns and venues. Most pictures are undated, and without captions. Most of the photographs are from the time of their tours, 1950-1957, but there are also reunion pictures from 1990-1991. Dates range approximately 1950-1991.

Dates: approximately 1950-1991

Angelaires programs and promotional materials, 1951-1957

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8266 Series 1 Sub-Series 4
Scope and Contents

This subseries consists of programs and promotional materials for the Angelaires concerts. The promotional materials vary between invitations to special events they performed at, flyers, and materials put out by the Community Concert Association. Some of the programs and photocopied programs have notes regarding the performance. There is no indication as to whom these belong to. Date range 1951-1957.

Dates: 1951-1957

Angelaires records

Identifier: MSS 8266
Scope and Contents This collection contains a variety of materials regarding the Angelaires harp ensemble. Includes touring itineraries and information, programs, correspondence, news clippings, photographs, season scrapbook, and ensemble arrangements. The itineraries provide logistics for each of the six tours. Correspondence is a combination of professional and personal, including several of the Angelaire members and their producers. The photographs are both professional and personal in nature, detailing...
Dates: 1947-2000

Angelaires season records, 1950-1991

Identifier: MSS 8266 Series 1
Scope and Contents

This series contains various materials regarding the professional seasons of the Angelaires. These materials includes a ’52-’53 scrapbook with inserts, periodical clippings, photographs, programs and promotional materials, member timeline and solo counts and tour itineraries with a few maps. Dates range from 1950-1991.

Dates: 1950-1991

Additional filters:

Archival Object 11
Collection 1
Harp ensembles, Arranged -- Scores and parts 8
Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences 6
Harp ensembles 6
Music 6
Photocopies 6