Marta Weeks Wulf and L. Austin Weeks
Philanthropist, Trustee, and patron of the arts Marta Weeks Wulf has a deep and resounding appreciation for education and music, and has dedicated her life to supporting both. With her late husband, L. Austin Weeks, she provided a naming gift to help build the Marta and Austin Weeks Music Library and Technology Center at the Frost School of Music, which opened in 2005. The lobby of the library is dedicated to Austin’s late mother, Una Austin Weeks.
“The quiet but astounding generosity of Marta and Austin Weeks has had a profound influence on the qualitative growth of our School of Music,” said Music School Dean William Hipp. “The Weeks’ make their gifts without fanfare, yet are deeply committed to supporting our talented and deserving students.”
For more information about Marta Weeks Wulf and her late husband, L. Austin Weeks, see her University of Miami donor profile.
Dr. Lee Kjelson
Dr. Lee Kjelson, Professor Emeritus, was recruited to run the University of Miami’s Music Education program in 1967. He founded the Civic Chorale of Greater Miami in 1970 and for more than twenty years led the Chorale to be Miami’s most prestigious University-Community choral ensemble. He retired in 1993 as both the artistic director of the nationally renowned Chorale and as a longtime professor and chair of the Choral Studies Department at the University of Miami Frost School of Music.
While at the University, Dr. Kjelson donated many choral scores to the Weeks Music Library. At the Civic Chorale’s annual “Messiah Sing-In” he would ask the singers to make a donation which was then given to the Music Library to purchase new scores and CDs of choral music.
Billy Matthews, Terry Miller, and Larry Taylor
Billy Matthews was born in Austin, Texas in 1920. While a student at the University of Texas he was associated with several musical comedy productions. He graduated with a Bachelor of fine Arts degree in 1942. In 1946 Mr. Matthews produced and directed historical pageants for the Texas and New Mexico State Centennial Committees.
His long and successful experience as a director and production stage manager since then includes work with Broadway and National companies, and with a broad range of university, stock and dinner theaters. A highlight of his career was his production of “Oklahoma” for the White House during Lyndon Johnson’s presidency. He died in January 1997.
Terry Miller, a resident of Greenwich Village, had an eclectic career as a writer, photographer, collector, researcher and historian. He majored in theater at Boston University, and later contributed articles on the theater to newspapers, magazines and encyclopedias. He collected so many LP recordings, tapes, scores, scripts and playbills that his collection filled 98 cartons. The family of Mr. Miller donated his musical theater collection to the University of Miami after his death in 1995 at age 47.
Larry Taylor was born in Akron Ohio in 1946. He grew up in Anaheim, California then moved to New York City in 1966. In his early career he was a singer, touring with Dorothy Collins, Gig Young and others, and he was one of Judy Garlands’ back-up singers during her last New York appearance.
Mr. Taylor was printing coordinator and office manager for the Chelsea Music Service, Inc. In his position he handled the music for such popular shows as The Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Les Miserables and many others. He also served as music librarian for such artists as Liza Minelli, Chita Rivera, Dolly Dawn and Roberta Peters. He died in March 1991.
The families of Mr. Matthews, Mr. Miller, and Mr. Taylor generously donated their musical theater collections to create the Larry Taylor-Billy Matthews Musical Theater Archive.
Hendrik W. Vietor, son of accomplished performer and composer Alba Rosa Vietor, was born and raised in a unique international family environment. His parents, a Dutchman and an Italian woman, met on the high seas and fell in love, though neither could speak the other’s native language
Their passion for music – his father, an accomplished amateur violin player; his mother, a professional concert violinist – superseded their cultural differences, and the couple married and settled in the United States, “to make beautiful music together.”
Alba Rosa wrote a vast amount of music for orchestras, ensembles, single instruments and voice, and many of her compositions were performed professionally by such notable ensembles as the National Gallery of Art Symphony Orchestra and The Frost Symphony Orchestra, among others.
Hendrik had always dreamed of establishing a permanent home for his mother’s compositions and to have all of her manuscripts converted to print through a computer-assisted engraving process.
Today, her music has a permanent resting place: the renowned Frost School of Music’s Weeks Music Library at the University of Miami. With the valued assistance of Dean William Hipp, Hendrik’s dream is being achieved through the Alba Rosa Vietor Archive.
In heartfelt appreciation and gratitude, Hendrik was further moved to establish the Alba Rosa Vietor Graduate Fellowship Endowment. In time, this gift annuity will provide financial assistance to deserving graduate music students.
More information on Mrs. Alba Rosa Vietor and the Alba Rosa Vietor foundation can be found by visiting www.albarosavietor.com.