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The Diverse World of Yusef A. Lateef: From Archives to Performance

About the Project

Vanderbilt Libraries recently acquired the collection of Yusef A. Lateef, a genre-defying, multi- instrumentalist who composed in a variety of musical styles and for various instrumental forces. Using the Yusef A. Lateef Collection, fellows will explore the 300+ music manuscripts in this archive. Students will examine and select scores for performance, collaborating with other fellows in the program to perform a lecture-recital at the end of the semester that explores some aspect of Lateef’s diverse output. Non-performers will research and contextualize the musical works and contribute to the lecture portion of the recital. Fellows may have the opportunity to explore other parts of the Lateef Collection and will learn how to use primary source material to conduct research in music. Working with the instructors, the fellows will develop a social media campaign for the lecture-recital to advertise both the collection and the recital.


Holling Smith-Borne; Jake Schaub


Applications open