Starr, S. Frederick

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Birth 1940-03-24
English

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S. Frederick Starr served as Oberlin College's 12th president (1983-94). During his presidency, the institution's financial base was restored through increased alumni giving and a capital campaign, divisional faculties were strengthened by over 60 continuing appointments, and the college's physical plant was refurbished. However, Starr's presidency was marred by several controversial incidents. Campus racism, divestment in South Africa, and personnel issues, all contributed to the inherent difficulties faced by this administration. Starr declared his intent to resign as President in March of 1993. In June of 1994, he left Oberlin to be President of the Aspen Institute of Humanistic Studies in Washington D.C.

From the description of Papers 1958-1994 bulk 1982-1994. (Oberlin College Library). WorldCat record id: 35190405

S. Frederick Starr (b. March 24, 1940; his first name, seldom used, is Stephen) is an American academic specializing in international relations, and is also a noted musician. In 1980, Starr, a talented jazz clarinetist, co-founded the Louisiana Repertory Jazz Ensemble while serving at Tulane. Its members dedicate themselves to preserving the raucous pre-1930 jazz of New Orleans. The LRJE has performed across the United States. It gave the Doubleday Lecture at the Smithsonian Institution in March 1983, toured France and the former Soviet Union, and made national television appearances in Italy, Japan and Sweden. The Ensemble's albums include Alive and Well (1981), Uptown Jazz (1984) and Hot & Sweet: Sounds of Lost New Orleans (1986). S. Frederick Starr is author of Red and hot: the fate of jazz in the Soviet Union 1917-1991; with a new chapter on the final years (1994); Bamboula!: the life and times of Louis Moreau Gottschalk (1995) and others. Louis Moreau Gottschalk (b. New Orleans, 8 May 1829; d.Tijuca, Brazil, 18 Dec 1869), was a highly successful pianist and composer who studied with Berlioz in Paris. His "considerable reputation as a composer of virtuoso piano pieces did not long survive his death, but a renewed interest in his life and works began in the 1930s and he is now generally acknowledged as one of the most significant 19th century American musicians, and his music as a direct precursor of ragtime" (Grove Music Online).

From the guide to the S. Frederick Starr papers, undated, (The New York Public Library. Music Division.)

S. Frederick Starr (born March 24, 1940; his first name, seldom used, is Stephen) is an American academic, specializing in international relations, who also is a noted musician.

In 1980, Starr, a jazz clarinetist, co-founded the Louisiana Repertory Jazz Ensemble (LRJE), while serving on the faculty of Tulane University. The LRJE has toured extensively in the United States and internationally. The group's recordings include: Alive and Well(1981), Uptown Jazz (1984), and Hot & Sweet: Sounds of Lost New Orleans (1986). In addition to publishing numerous works in the field of international relations, Starr is also the author of studies in popular music history, including Red and Hot: The Fate of Jazz in the Soviet Union, 1917-1991 (1994) and Bamboula!: The Life and Times of Louis Moureau Gottschalk (1995).

Louis Moreau Gottschalk (1829-1869), was a highly successful pianist and composer who studied with Hector Berlioz in Paris.

Gottschalk's works, which had fallen out of favor after his death, became the subject of reevaluation in the 1930s and helped to spur a new interest in the study and performance of ragtime music, to which his work is often seen as a precursor.

From the description of S. Frederick Starr papers. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 84841341

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Subjects:

  • Curriculum planning
  • Student movements
  • College facilities--Planning
  • Universities and colleges--Finance
  • Composers--Biography
  • Composers--United States--Biography
  • Multicultural education

Occupations:

  • Biographers
  • College teachers
  • Clarinetists

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  • Ohio--Oberlin (as recorded)
  • Former Soviet republics (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • Soviet Union (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)