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Marianne Holland Papers, 1958-1995

Five linear feet of papers, 1958-1995, of music educator Marianne Holland (b. 1933) provide a significant addition to the Library's resources for the study of South Carolina's musical heritage. The first person to graduate with a master of music education degree from the University of South Carolina (1968), Miss Holland became a teacher and a choral director in Columbia and Richland County schools (Hand, Dreher, Spring Valley) for four decades (1955-1995) before moving back home to Pickens and inaugurating the music education program at North Greenville College. She received her doctorate from USC in 1987.

During the course of her career in Columbia she received numerous honors, including being named "Choral Director of the Year" in 1963; "Outstanding Young Educator for the City of Columbia," 1968; "Teacher of the Year" in Richland School District I, 1970; and "Teacher of the Year" in Richland School District 2, 1977-1978. Praised by school administrators for having dramatically changed the image of the chorus and music ensembles in the system, with the result of creating a constant demand for their public performances, she is remembered as a conscientious and methodical worker and organizer whose skills and dedication brought wide recognition to her students and schools. In 1987 the Spring Valley Fine Arts Department won the coveted Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Award, the governor's award for the arts, with special commendation to Marianne Holland in the arts in education category.

The letters, scrapbooks, photographs, concert programs, playbills, certificates, news clippings, minutes, and audio and video recordings which comprise this collection reveal not only the range and depth of her musical arts leadership in the schools, but also her professional commitments and community interests. She served as president of the South Carolina Music Educators Association (1969-1971), the South Carolina Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (1977-1979), and ultimately of the Southern Division of the Music Educators National Conference—one of the first non-collegiate teachers to be elected to this office and the first South Carolinian to hold it. Two volumes of minutes, 1969-1994, attest to her long and loyal affiliation with Columbia's Evening Music Club.

Other items of special interest include a typed copy of "A History of the Columbia Choral Society, 1930-1983"; the original score for a choral setting of a portion of Henry Timrod's poem "Ethnogenesis," commissioned by Dreher High School in 1970, along with a taped performance of it; and the record album "Surely the Lord Is in This Place," by the choirs of the First Presbyterian Church of Columbia.

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