Kalam, Tonu, Papers

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Immigration History Research Center, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota

Descriptive summary

Creator: Erika Kalam; Kadi Tekkel [?]
Abstract: Born 1948 in Germany - Conductor, Texas, Nevada Opera Co., St. Olaf College Orch. MN, Music director, Longview Sym, Orchestra Texas. Documentation about T. Kalam musical career, is collected by his mother, Erika Kalam, this were sent to Kadi Tekkel and is used in her articles about Tõnu Kala.
Quantity: 5 linear in.
Collection ID: IHRC3685


Collection transferred to the IHRC from the Estonian Archives in the U.S.A. (EAU) in 2003-2005. It was processed as part of a collaborative project between the Estonian Archives in the USA (Lakewood, New Jersey), the National Archives of Estonia (NAE), and the IHRC in March 2011. Gerli Raadik and Peeter Väljas of the National Archives in Tallinn, Estonia, worked with IHRC staff on the project.


Tõnu Kalam was born on 12.02.1948 in Bad Rehburg, Germany, he lives in USA since 1950. Educated at Harvard University (A.B., 1969), the University of California at Berkeley (M.A., 1971) and the Curtis Institute of Music (Certificate, 1973). He is trained to be a conductor, pianist and a composer. He was a prizewinner in the first Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Young Conductor's Competition and was also a finalist in the prestigious Exxon/Arts Endowment Conductors Program. (Professor of Music) serves as Music Director and Conductor of the University of North Carolina Symphony Orchestra and has taught instrumental conducting at UNC since 1988. He was Music Director of the Illinois Opera Theatre at the University of Illinois, and he has also filled short-term appointments as Visiting Associate Professor and director of the orchestra programs at the University of Miami in Florida and St. Olaf College in Minnesota. He is also Music Director and Conductor of the Longview Symphony Orchestra in Texas, founder and Music Director of the Chapel Hill Chamber Orchestra, and has guest conducted orchestras and opera companies throughout the United States and in Europe - North Carolina Symphony, the Madison Symphony Orchestra, the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus, the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra and the East Texas Symphony Orchestra; has served as Music Director of the New England Chamber Orchestra in Boston. In 1984 Mr. Kalam began a long-term association with the renowned Kneisel Hall summer chamber music festival in Blue Hill, Maine, where he spent thirteen years in various administrative and musical capacities, as Executive Director, Summer Program Director, Artist-Faculty pianist and chamber music coach. In 1994 Mr. Kalam made his European debut conducting the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra in Tallinn He returned to Europe in 1997 to guest conduct Finland's Oulu Symphony Orchestra. In addition to his conducting activities, he performs regularly as a pianist and chamber musician, and in 2005-2006 acted as President of the Board of Directors of the Conductors Guild. He is married since 1990 to Annalee Faith Wolf.



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The Kalam, Tonu Papers, Estonian American Collection, Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota

Detailed Description of the Collection

BOX 1.

FOLDER 1. Tõnu Kalam CV, manuscript of his lecture and copy of contract between T. Kalam and Toronto Estonian Chamber Orchestra "Lyra Borealis" 1991
Tõnu Kalam CV with remarks by his mother Erika Kalam, sent to Kadri Tekkel [?]; manuscript of the lecture by T. Kalam in Toronto, May 5, 1989: "Ludvig Juht and Endel Kalam: Two Lives in Estonian Music"
FOLDER 2. Concert programs, newspaper clippings and photocopies of articles about musical career of Tõnu Kalam, with the notes and cover letters by Erika Kalam sent to Kadi Tekkel 1985-1994
FOLDER 3. Manuscripts of articles by Kadi Tekkel about Tõnu Kalam 1988-1990
FOLDER 4. Programs of concerts and booklets 1973-2002
FOLDER 5. Newspaper clippings and photocopies of articles about Tõnu Kalam 1952-1994