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Paul Pollei correspondence, 1973-1996

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1226 Series 6

Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence to and from Paul Pollei of the Department of Music at Brigham Young University. The correspondence deals with many different subjects both on and off the Brigham Young University campus. Productions and special events on campus are discussed and planned between Pollei and other faculty and Department Heads and examples of musical composistion, particularly piano, are included with these correspondence. Multiple items of correspondence are invitations and directions for musical competitions that Pollei was a judge in. Several of these invitations are from international sources in Europe. Newspaper clippings of interest to the conversations are included in this series. Other items of corresponence are between colleagues at other universities and institutions across the United States.


  • 1973-1996


Conditions Governing Access

Restricted. Closed for 50 years from the date of creation of the records, and thereafter open to the public in accordance with the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Restriction Policy. Requests to access restricted materials in the University Archives should be submitted to the University Archivist.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Department of Music records must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Paul C. Pollei (1936-2013) was the Founder and Artistic Director of the Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation in Salt Lake City, Utah. Paul C. Pollei was born on May 9, 1936 to Eric Charles Pollei and Emily Cannon Pollei. He married Norene Barrus on June 24, 1960 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He attended Eastman School of Music and received his Ph.D. at Florida State University. He was a member of the piano faculty at Brigham Young University, where he taught for over 40 years as a Professor of Graduate Keyboard Studies.

Pollei was a founder and member of the American Piano Quartet. The Quartet is devoted to research, performance and re-publication of music for two pianos/eight hands. Pollei gave recitals and lectures, and taught many prize-winning students. Dr. Pollei has served as a board member of the National Piano Foundation where he was chairman of National Master Classes. He often wrote about the issues of piano pedagogy and piano training for national and international professional journals and was very active in the work of the National Conference on Piano Pedagogy, the Music Teachers National Association and the World Federation of International Music Competitions. In addition, he served as founding music faculty member and then became advisor for the music faculty at the Waterford School in Sandy, Utah, and has served on the advisory boards of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and the United Nations International Education Board.

Pollei died on July 18, 2013 after a long illness.


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