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David Randolph
Conductor, radio host, and music educator David Randolph (1914-2010) was an active member of the New York classical music community. He served as musical director of the Randolph Singers, the Masterwork Chorus, and The St. Cecilia Chorus and was a longtime WNYC radio host of “Music for the Connoisseur,” later called “The David Randolph Concerts.” The collection contains letters, diaries, writings, concert programs, photographs, and annotated scores, documenting Randolph’s career.


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