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Rosalie Rebollo Pratt papers

Identifier: MSS 7885

Scope and Contents

Collection contains music and medicine papers, professional papers, class notes, card files for research, graduate student theses, u-matic tapes, and other materials concerning Rosalie Rebollo Pratt's work with Music therapy and teaching, 1972-1999.


  • 1972-1999


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 Rosalie Rebollo Pratt papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical history

Rosalie Rebollo Pratt (1933-2005) was a professional harpist throughout the United States and Europe until she developed a disease called scleroderma, at which time she became an educator and researcher in the field of music medicine.

Rosalie Rebollo Pratt grew up in New Jersey and first was introduced to the harp while participating in a choir. The director offered to give her harp lessons and because of this, she had many opportunities to perform and accompany. She later studied under Marcel Grandjany and then entered Manhattanville College at age sixteen.

While attending the college, Rosalie received an invitation from Francis Cardinal Spellman to study the harp in Italy. She was one of eleven students from the United States to receive the honor. She moved to Florence in 1954 and studied at the Pius XII Institute of Fine Arts. After three years, Rosalie earned her master's. She performed multiple times with the Italian Radio and established herself as one of the leading European harpists.

Upon her return to the United States, she became the principal harpist for the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. At the height of her career as a performer, editor, and teacher, Rosalie was diagnosed with scleroderma, an autoimmune disease that hardens the skin and decreases flexibility. She was only thirty-six at the time of diagnosis, and in 1979, performing became too painful and she retired. Devastated, Rosalie was determined to move on. She started teaching music in elementary schools and then earned her doctorate in music education at Columbia University. She started teaching music education at a college level and established her second career in music medicine research and education.

Her research and work took her to Brigham Young University. She studied the effects of biofeedback in women during childbirth, engaged in projects with young boys with Attention Deficit Disorder, and worked with premature infants. She was one of the primary editors of "The International Journal of Arts Medicine" and was a guest at many conferences around the world. Eventually, the scleroderma began to affect her kidneys, making it necessary for dialysis. Rosalie continued to travel, but in 2005, her battle with scleroderma took her life.


38 boxes (19 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Collection is arranged into six series: I. Rosalie Rebollo Pratt music and medicine papers, 1972-1998. II. Rosalie Rebollo Pratt professional papers, 1980-1999. III. Rosalie Rebollo Pratt class notes, 1984. IV. Rosalie Rebollo Pratt card files for research. V. Rosalie Rebollo Pratt graduate student theses, 1989-1999. VI. Rosalie Rebollo Pratt u-matic tapes, 1982.

Custodial History

Donated by Rosalie R. Pratt in 1995.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Rosalie R. Pratt; 1995.


Prominent Harpists, (Section IV.a.i. International Harp Collection Development Policy January 2011).

Processing Information

Processed; Elizabeth West; June 2011.

Register of the Rosalie Rebollo Pratt papers
Elizabeth West
2011 June 15
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