CARLI Commencement Collection (VanderCook College of Music)
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About this Collection

Collection Description

VanderCook Cornet School was founded in 1909 by Hale A. VanderCook to train professional musicians, directors and teachers. VanderCook College of Music was incorporated in 1928 as a non-profit teacher training institution under Illinois State Law. The first VanderCook College graduating class completed their studies in July 1931 (see photo in this collection). Each summer since 1931 VanderCook College of Music has celebrated the latest graduating class with a commencement program and class photograph. This collection shares all known examples of commencement program and class photographs through 1980.

The program text has been scanned and can be searched for names, dates, musical compositions performed, and other details. The VanderCook archivist hopes you enjoy perusing this collection. We welcome feedback and any help available associating names with faces in these photographs, many of which are not currently known. If you are in one of these photographs or know someone who was, please contact the archivist at