Hirt with Woodrow Wilson Junior High School Girl’s Glee Club, c. 1937.
Hirt with Woodrow Wilson Junior High School Boy’s Glee Club, May 1937.
Concert Program, Woodrow Wilson Junior High School, c. 1937.
Newspaper Photograph, Hirt with Glendale High School Student A Cappella Choir, 1938.
Hirt with Glendale Junior College A Cappella Choir, undated.
Teaching Contract, Charles Hirt, Glendale Unified School District Junior College, 1940.
Teaching Credential, Charles Hirt, Occidental College, 1934.
Letter, Occidental College to Charles Hirt, June 15,
conferring the honorary degree Doctor of Music.
Letter, University of Southern California
to Charles Hirt, June 22, 1976,
confirming Hirt’s appointment as Professor Emeritus.
School Class, Occidental College,
John Finley Williamson, Director, July 1938.
Letter, Robert Shaw to Charles Hirt, November 26, 1946. The subject of the letter is Thorton Marker, apparently one of Hirt’s former students, who moved to New York to pursue a career in musical theatre. In the letter, Shaw promised to “place him in one of two rather distinguished musicals that will be casting in December.”
Letter, Robert Shaw to the Collegiate Chorale, February 24, 1944. This letter is about choral diction. In the letter, Shaw wrote, “Whereas, it’s the only way to be understood; and whereas, it settles half the problems of intonation, color, balance, and phrasing; and whereas, I’m going to keep on hollering till it’s settled; be it resolved, leave us save our ears a helluva beating. . . .” Shaw then wrote a detailed rubric for pronunciation. Notably, we found a file in the Hirt Collection consisting of a number of letters from Shaw to the Collegiate Chorale. How Hirt came to be in possession of these very interesting materials remains unknown at this time.
Newspaper Clipping, At Squaw Valley: Choral Group to Open Olympics, Source and Date Unknown. In the article, according to Walt Disney, Chairman of the Pageantry Committee, “One of the highlights of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the VIII Winter Olympic Games, to be staged here February 18 to 28, 1960, will be participation of the largest choral group in Olympic history.” Hirt conducted two thousand choristers and one thousand band members, all of whom were California and Nevada high school students.
Official Credential, Charles Hirt, VIII
Olympic Games, Squaw Valley, CA, 1960
Program Cover, The Pageantry Story, VIII Olympic Winter Games, Squaw Valley, CA, February, 1960.
Cover, Choir Music of the Opening Ceremonies, XXIII Olympiad, Los Angeles, CA, 1984, Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee, Personal Copy, Charles C. Hirt, Conductor, Olympic Honor Chorus.
Photograph, Hirt at the XXIII Olympiad, Los Angeles, CA, 1984.
Letter, Basil Swift to Charles Hirt, February 27, 1984. Basil Swift was a poet and librettist for the XXIII Olympiad Ceremonies (three images).
Cover and First Page, Symphony No. 9, Opus 125, Choral Finale, Ode to Joy, Ludwig Van Beethoven, XXIII Olympiad, Los Angeles, CA, 1984 (two images).
Draft, Script Outline, Opening
Ceremonies, XXIII Olympiad, Los Angeles, CA,
January 14, 1984.
Obituary, Charles Hirt; Pioneering Choir Leader,
Los Angeles Times, Monday, February 12, 2001.