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Paul Pollei papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7893

Scope and Contents

Contains materials collected by Paul Pollei ranging from approximately 1965 to 1999. The majority was compiled throughout his years teaching at Brigham Young University. Includes scrapbooks, correspondence, news clippings, student concert/recital programs, and informational brochures and pamphlets.


  • approximately 1965-1999


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 the Paul Pollei papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry 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.


44 cartons (44 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in one series, representing a portion of the collection: 1. Paul Pollei scrapbooks, approximately 1965-1999.

Original order of the collection has been maintained.

Custodial History

Donated by Paul Pollei in 2001.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Paul Pollei; 2001.


Prominent performer (Section IV, Primrose International Viola Archive Collection Development Policy, January 2011).

Processing Information

Processed; Lynzi Phillips; 2011.

  • 22 manuscript scores and 240 published scores donated by Paul Pollei.
Register of Paul Pollei papers
Lynzi Phillips
2011 June 24
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