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Coletta, Harold

 Person

biographical statement

Citation

Primrose International Viola Archive (website), June 1, 2011 (b.1917 d.2001; prominent violist, respected teacher, a performer, had fruitful career; spoke only Italian till Kindergarten; after school for extra music lessons, he was humming a tune and his teacher could sense musical talent; she gave him a half-size violin and arranged for him to have lessons by Luigi Borsi; viola career began when project manager of the WPA Symphony told all of the violinists to stand up; pointed to two of them randomly and told them to become violists; first teacher was Josef Kovarik; played in the All-American Youth Orchestra on tour in South America; auditioned for the Juilliard Graduate School and was accepted; 1945 auditioned for the NBC Symphony under Toscanini and was accepted; Coletta worked often with Frank Sinatra, Perry Como and Bing Crosby)

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Harold Coletta papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7849
Scope and Contents Collection contains audio materials, photographs, scrapbooks, and other materials concerning Harold Coletta's years as a professional violist spanning the years 1932-2001.
Dates: 1932-2001