Harold Coletta papers
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.
- Coletta, Harold (musician, Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Open for public research.
Conditions Governing Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.
Permission to publish material from Harold Coletta papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Harold Coletta (1917-2001) was a prominent violist who was a respected teacher as well as performer and had a very fruitful career.
Coletta was born in 1917 and spoke only Italian until going into Kindergarten. When going in 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.
The most critical and formative years of his training were spent as a student of Rafael Bronstein. Bronstein was a direct student of Leopold Auer in St. Petersburg, thus Coletta was a product of the Russian School virtuosos, only once removed from Auer himself.
Coletta's viola career began when his project manager of the WPA Symphony told all of the violinists to stand up. He pointed to two of them randomly and told them to become violists. His first teacher was Josef Kovarik. After playing in the All-American Youth Orchestra on tour in South America, he auditioned for the Juilliard Graduate School and was accepted.
In 1945 Coletta auditioned for the NBC Symphony under Toscanini and was accepted. During the early days of television and radio, Coletta worked often with Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, and Bing Crosby.
He was well know for his collaborations with Heifetz and Piatagorski and his outstanding, maybe unparalleled, interpretation of Hindemith and recordings of Hindemiths works on Muse Records.
19 boxes (9.5 linear ft.)
Language of Materials
The collection has been arranged into archival boxes in similar categories.
Donated from Mary Coletta, Harold's widow, in 2003.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated; Mary Coletta; 2003.
Prominent Violist, (Section IV Primrose International Viola Archive Collection Development Policy January 2011).
Processed; Sara Stout; May 2011.
- Register of Harold Coletta papers
- Sara Stout
- 2011 May 25
- 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.
- Box: 17 (Audio)
- Box: 18 (Audio)
- Box: 19 (Audio)
- Box: 2 (Mixed Materials)
- Box: 1 (Mixed Materials)
- Box: 15 (Audio)
- Box: 5 (Mixed Materials)
- Box: 16 (Audio)
- Box: 7 (Mixed Materials)
- Box: 6 (Mixed Materials)
- Box: 4 (Mixed Materials)
- Box: 3 (Mixed Materials)
- Box: 11 (Graphic Materials)
- Box: 10 (Graphic Materials)
- Box: 9 (Mixed Materials)
- Box: 8 (Mixed Materials)
- Box: 12 (Audio)
- Box: 13 (Audio)
- Box: 14 (Mixed Materials)