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Abstract

A composer, performer, poet, educator, and arts administrator, Fred Tillis was one of the major influences on the cultural life at UMass Amherst for forty years. Born in Galveston, Texas, in 1930, Tillis began playing jazz trumpet and saxophone even before his teens. A product of segregated schools, he graduated from Wiley College at the age of 19, and received his MA and PhD in music at the University of Iowa. As a performer and composer of unusual breadth, his work spans both the jazz and European traditions, and he has written for piano and voice, orchestra, choral pieces, chamber music, and in the African American spiritual tradition, drawing upon a wide range of cultural references. After teaching at Wiley, Grambling, and Kentucky State in the 1960s, Tillis was recruited to UMass in 1970 by his former adviser at Iowa, Philip Bezanson, to teach music composition and theory. Earning promotion to Professor in 1973, Tillis was appointed Director of the Fine Arts Center in 1978, helping to jump start some of the most successful arts initiatives the university has seen, including the the Afro American Music and Jazz program, the New World Theater, Augusta Savage Gallery, Asian Arts and Culture Program, and Jazz in July. Upon retirement from UMass in 1997, he was appointed Emeritus Director of the Fine Arts and remains active as a musician and poet.

The Tillis papers document an extraordinary career in the arts, focused on Fred Tillis’s work as a composer. Consisting primarily of musical scores along with an assortment of professional correspondence relating to his publishing and miscellaneous notes, the collection offers insight into the evolution of Tillis’s musical vision from the 1970s into the new millennium.

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Frederick Tillis Papers
1956-2010
10 boxes, 7 oversized (8 linear feet)
Call no.: FS 156
Background on Frederick Tillis
Fred Tillis, Nov. 23, 1977

Fred Tillis, Nov. 23, 1977

As a composer, performer, poet, educator, and arts administrator, Fred Tillis profoundly shaped the cultural and musical aspects of life at UMass Amherst for forty years from 1970-2010. Born in Galveston, Texas, in 1930, Tillis began to play jazz trumpet and saxophone before his teens. As a performer and composer of unusual breadth, his work spans both the jazz and European traditions, and he has written for piano and voice, orchestra, choral pieces, chamber music, and in the African American spiritual tradition, drawing upon a wide range of cultural references. Growing up in a segregated school system, Tillis enrolled in Wiley College—a college for African American students—when he was only 16, and graduated with his Bachelor’s at age 19. Immediately upon graduating from Wiley, he began to teach at the college, beginning a long career in music education. Following a year of teaching full-time at Wiley, Tills received his Master's from the University of Iowa under Phillip Bezanson in 1952. After a four-year hiatus serving in the Army Air Core—eventually serving as director of the Air Force band—Tillis then returned to teaching at Wiley and North Texas State for four years before returning to the University of Iowa to receive his PhD. From 1964 to 1970, Tillis taught at various universities until he was recruited by his former teacher Phillip Bezanson to come teach full time at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

While at UMass, Tillis founded numerous programs and courses of study that greatly enriched the life of music majors and the general student body at the University. In 1978, Tillis was appointed the Director of the Fine Arts Center and helped start some of the University’s most successful art initiatives, including the Afro American Music and Jazz program, the New World Theater, Augusta Savage Gallery, Asian Arts and Culture Program, and the Jazz in July teaching program. Tillis was a part of a generation of instructors and administrators of color—including Roberta Uno; Max Roach; and Chancellor Ralph Bromery—who helped bring non-traditional courses of study and programs to the University, greatly increasing the diversity of both its student body and curricula. Upon retirement from UMass in 1997, Tillis was appointed Emeritus Director of the Fine Arts Center and remains active as a musician and poet.

Contents of Collection

The Tillis papers document an extraordinary career in the arts and in arts administration, focused largely on Tillis’ role as a composer and poet. The collection includes a large number of original compositions, including multiple drafts over many years, allowing researchers to view his creative process over time. Some of the compositions include his “Spiritual Fantasy” series and “In the Spirit and the Flesh”, two of his most in-depth pieces, as well as compositions from before his time at UMass. There is also an assortment of professional correspondence between Tillis and his publisher, as well as miscellaneous documents detailing the development of the Fine Arts Center. Taken together, the collection offers insight to the development of Tillis’s vision and UMass cultural life as a whole from the 1970s into the new millennium.

Series descriptions
1956-2010
3 linear feet

The subject files in Series 1 reflect Tillis's work as an administrator, teacher, and leader in the UMass community through lectures, correspondence, and a wide variety of administrative files. These files center around Tillis's leadership of the Fine Arts Center and document the Center's development, management, and its groundbreaking arts programming.

1957-2010
5 linear feet

Series 2 contains manuscript and printed scores for Tillis's compositions, in many cases including multiple drafts. These compositions span a significant portion of Tillis's musical career and reflect both the breadth of his musical inspiration and the details of his creative process in developing each composition.

Collection inventory
Series 1. Subject files
1956-2010
3 linear feet
Academy of American Poets
1999-2000
Box 1: 1
Affirmative Action
1992-1995
Box 1: 2
Affirmative Action
1992-1995
Box 1: 3
Affirmative Action
1992-1995
Box 1: 4
Afro-American Music
1999, 2004
Box 1: 5
Afro-American Music
1999, 2004
Box 1: 6
Afro-American Music
1999, 2004
Box 1: 7
Afro-American Music
1999, 2004
Box 1: 8
Afro-American Music
1999, 2004
Box 1: 9
ALANA Honors Society Convocation Remarks
1996
Box 1: 10
America Music Center
2001
Box 1: 11
The American Music Teacher
1966
Box 2: 3
Amherst Cinema Plans
1999
Box 1: 12
Arts in India
2000
Box 1: 13
Ann Shengold
1990
Box 1: 14
Archbishop Desmond Tutu
1992
Box 1: 15
Association of American Cultures
1992
Box 1: 16
Atlantic Center for the Arts
2000
Box 1: 17
Australia/New Zealand Concert Tour
1992
Box 1: 18
Betsy Siesma Schedule
1990
Box 1: 20
Book Crafters
1999
Box 1: 21
Bright Moments Festival Concert
1994
Box 1: 22
Camille and William Cosby Center for Afro-American Culture
1999
Box 1: 23
Canadian Commission for UNESCO
1978
Box 1: 24
CCEBMS Speech
1993
Box 1: 25
CCEBMS Family Day Celebration Speech
1993
Box 1: 26
Center for African American Culture
2000
Box 1: 27
Center for Black Music Research--Columbia College, Chicago
1994
Box 1: 28
Chancellor's Lecture
1980-1981
Box 1: 29
Charlie Young: Saxophonist
2004
Box 1: 30
Clark-Atlanta University
2000
Box 1: 31
Community Arts: Health and Healing
2006
Box 1: 32
Community Arts: Health and Healing
2006
Box 1: 33
Community Arts--Health and Healing
2006
Box 1: 34
Creativity and Modern Maturity
2000
Box 1: 35
Dance in Three Stages
2006
Box 1: 36
D'Antoinette Handy
1980
Box 1: 37
Diversity: East vs. West (Multiculturalism)
2004
Box 1: 38
E-Publications: Black Male Writers
1990
Box 1: 39
Equal Opportunity and Diversity Article
1993
Box 1: 40
Experience India Festival Project
1990
Box 1: 41
Fine Arts Center: Barrier Free Access Elevator
1999
Box 1: 19
Fine Arts Center: Episode
1978
Box 1: 42
Fine Arts Center: Email Correspondence (re: Clinton and Race)
1997
Box 1: 43
Fine Arts Center: Friends of the Arts
1982-1983
Box 1: 54
Fine Arts Center: Letterhead
undated
Box 1: 44
Fine Arts Center: Mullins Center
1993
Box 1: 45
Fine Arts Center: Notecards
undated
Box 1: 47
Fine Arts Center: Organizational Assessment
1999
Box 1: 48
Five College Dance Department
1978
Box 1: 50
Ft. Hare South Africa
2000
Box 1: 51
Ft. Hare South Africa
1999-2000
Box 1: 52
Ft. Hare University--South Africa
1999-2000
Box 1: 53
Fax from Carlos Bermudo, "Experience India Festival"
1990
Box 1: 55
Galveston Musical
1997
Box 1: 56
Gospel Music Lecture @UMass
2007
Box 1: 57
Grambling College Music Department
1966
Box 1: 58
"It's All Music": Billy Taylor and Estela Olevsky
1998
Box 1: 59
Jazz Today Article for Sonos
1999
Box 1: 60
Jazz Bright Moments Festival
1987
Box 1: 61
Jazz in India/Jazz in July/Jazz Yatra
1999
Box 1: 62
Jazz at Lincoln Center
1995-1996
Box 1: 63
Jazz in July Guitar Instructor
1999
Box 1: 64
John Coltrane (William Cole Dissertation)
1970
Box 1: 65
Judith Tolnick
1990
Box 1: 66
Kensington Avenue School "ARTSTART" Collaborative
1996
Box 1: 67
Leadership Hexagon for Rotary Club
1993
Box 1: 68
Lively Arts 2000/South Africa Program
2001
Box 1: 69
Conference At Babson
undated
Box 2: 2
Miscellaneous Notifications
ca. 2000
Box 2: 6
Monday Oct. 5, 1992 Newspaper
1992
Box 2: 7
Multicultaral Arts Council: Umass
1998
Box 2: 8
Music in Bangkok, Thialand
1986
Box 2: 5
New World Theater Records Catalogue
2008
Box 2: 11
News Clippings: Tillis, Holmes, Taylor, Roach
1982-1984
Box 2: 9
Newspaper Clippings
1992
Box 2: 10
North Carolina Arts Council
1993
Box 2: 12
Nursing
2003
Box 2: 13
Office of Internet Technologies (O.I.T)
1995
Box 2: 14
P&P Publications: Forms, Orders
1993-1999
Box 2: 15
P&P Publications: Forms, Orders
1993-1999
Box 2: 16
P&P Publications: Forms, Orders
1993-1999
Box 2: 17
P&P Publications: Forms, Orders
1993-1999
Box 2: 18
P&P Publications: Forms, Orders
1993-1999
Box 2: 19
P&P Publications: Forms, Orders
1993-1999
Box 2: 20
P&P Publications: Forms, Orders
1993-1999
Box 2: 21
Post Retirement and Re-Appointment
1978
Box 2: 22
Provost Office: Affirmative Action
1993
Box 2: 23
Provost Office: Music and Dance
2004
Box 2: 24
Recording Concert: Fred Tillis
1994
Box 2: 25
Rockefeller Foundation Grant
1979
Box 2: 26
Salaries
1995
Box 2: 27
Sankofa Festival: Mary Ann Lombardi d1 Harlem Renaissance Jam
2008
Box 2: 30
Sheridan Books Inc.
2002
Box 2: 29
SIU Visiting Professors
2004
Box 2: 31
South Africa Trip
2005
Box 2: 32
South Africa Trip
2005
Box 2: 33
Southern Music Publishing Co.
1971
Box 2: 34
Soviet Union and Poland Concert Tour
1990
Box 2: 35
Springfield Symphony Orchestra Band
1998
Box 2: 36
Springfield Symphony Orchestra Band
1998
Box 2: 37
Steven High
1990
Box 2: 38
String Instruction Program in Music Education
undated
Box 2: 4
Terry Jenoure-Black Musicians Project
1999
Box 2: 39
Texas Music Education Association Convention
2006
Box 2: 40
Tillis, Frederick: Miscellaneous Letters
1970 to 2010
Box 1: 46
Tillis, Frederick: Wiley College
1960
Box 1: 49
Tillis, Frederick, Sgt.: Official Records (Dept. of Defense)
1956
Box 2: 28
UMass Amherst Summer Sessions
2005
Box 2: 41
UMass Fine Arts Center Notecards
undated
Box 2: 42
Vantage Press Subsidy Publishing Program
undated
Box 2: 1
Series 2. Compositions
1957-2010
5 linear feet
54 Miscellaneous Poems
undated
Box 3: 39
Academy of American Poets/Poetry Pilot
1994
Box 3: 8
Administration Miscellaneous
1973
Box 6: 50
Affirmative Action
undated
Box 6: 55
Akiyoshidai Diary
2000
Box 4: 1
All Hail to Massachusetts
1977
Box 7: 7
Alleluia
undated
Box 19: 1
Alleluia for Mixed Chorus
1968
Box 26: 1
American Composers Alliance
1997
Box 26: 2
Assorted Poems
undated
Box 3: 19
Assorted Poems for Lecture (Inc. Neruda)
undated
Box 3: 26
Atlanta Promotional Magazine and Pamphlets
1992
Box 25: 1
Au-Midori: For the Inaugural Concert of Dr. Franklyn G. Jenifer
1991
Box 21: 1
Autumn
1973
Box 7: 1
Autumn Concerto for Trumpet (Score in C)
1973
Box 0: 5
Bach's Offering and Sinner Please
1992
Box 25: 2
Bittersweet Harvests
2004
Box 4: 2
Bittersweet Harvests
2004
Box 4: 3
Blow out the Candles of Your Cake
1994
Box 19: 2
Bolero
1995
Box 4: 4
Bolero
1995
Box 15: 1
Bolero for Mixed Chorus
1995
Box 5: 1
Bolero for S.A.T.B & Piano
1995
Box 19: 3
Caprricio for Viola and Piano
1960
Box 19: 4
Cards and Greetings
1996-1997
Box 3: 30
Celebration Grand March
1966
Box 23: 1
Celebration Grand March
1966
Box 23: 2
Celebration Grand March
1996
Box 19: 5
Celebration Grand March
1966
Box 8: 13
Celebration Grand March (Various Parts)
1966
Box 26: 3
China: Shades, Shadows and Scenes
undated
Box 8: 19
China: Shades, Shadows and Scenes
undated
Box 17: 1
Chord Progressions for Harmony Class (Ear Training, Tillis Originals)
1976-1995
Box 5: 2
Collegian Clippings
1981
Box 3: 14
Come Rain or Come Shine
undated
Box 4: 5
Come Sunday
1966
Box 6: 19
Common Bonds in Chancellor's Lecture
undated
Box 5: 3
Composition for Lena and Lenny (Quincy Jones)
undated
Box 7: 24
Concerto for Piano
1977, 1986
Box 7: 14
Concerto for Piano (Jazz Trio)
1979
Box 16: 1
Concerto for Piano (Jazz Trio)
1982
Box 24: 1
Concerto For Trio Pro Viva
1980
Box 8: 10
Concerto for Trio Pro Viva
1980
Box 19: 6
Concerto for Trio Pro Viva
1980
Box 19: 7
Concerto for Trio Pro Viva
1980
Box 23: 3
Concerto for Trio Pro Viva
1980
Box 26: 5
Concerto for Trio Pro Viva
undated
Box 26: 4
The Cotton Curtain
1966
Box 27: 1
The Cotton Curtain
1966
Box 27: 2
Department of Music and Dance
1976
Box 5: 5
Department of Music Miscellaneous Notes
1980
Box 5: 4
Designs for Orchestra
1963
Box 27: 3
Designs for Orchestra
1963
Box 27: 4
Designs for Orchestra
1963
Box 27: 5
Designs for Orchestra
1963
Box 27: 6
Drafts of Poems
1993
Box 3: 35
Dream Catcher Photos
undated
Box 3: 15
Early 2000s Compositions (Weary Traveler/Winter)
2003
Box 8: 3
Ebony Bookshelf
1966
Box 5: 28
F.A.C Note Cards
undated
Box 6: 54
Facsimiles
undated
Box 5: 6
Faculty Recital
1969
Box 9: 3
Fade in the Water
undated
Box 6: 47
Falling
undated
Box 7: 2
Fantasy of Chantez Les Bas
1990
Box 5: 7
Fantasy on a Scheme by J.S Bach
1987
Box 5: 8
Fantasy on a Scheme by J.S Bach
1987
Box 9: 2
Fantasy on a Theme
undated
Box 4: 6
Fantasy on a Theme by Julian Adderley (A Little Taste)
1975
Box 6: 15
Fantasy on Chantez Les-Bas
1990
Box 26: 6
Fantasy on Sunday in Egypt's Land
1997
Box 9: 1
Fantasy on Sunday in Egypt's Land
1997
Box 17: 2
Fantasy on Sunday in Egypt's Land
1997
Box 23: 4
Festival Journey
1992
Box 15: 2
Festival Journey
1992
Box 15: 3
Festival Journey
1992
Box 16: 2
Festival Journey
1992
Box 17: 3
Festival Journey
1992
Box 24: 2
Festival Journey
1992
Box 25: 3
Festival Journey
1992
Box 25: 4
Festival Journey
undated
Box 4: 9
Festival Journey
undated
Box 26: 7
Festival Journey
1992
Box 9: 4
Festival Journey
1992
Box 18: 1
Festival Journey
undated
Box 8: 1
Festival Journey Master Copy
1992
Box 26: 8
Festival Journey Master Copy
2006
Box 4: 7
Festival Journey Susan Watunabe Transcription
2006
Box 4: 8
Festival Journey: Outbursts, Thunder, Clouds and Mists
undated
Box 8: 5
Fine Arts Center Correspondence
1978
Box 6: 17
Fine Arts Center Press Releases
1981
Box 5: 11
First Drafts of Poems
undated
Box 3: 2
Five Fantasies on Primary Colors
1994
Box 4: 10
Five Fantasies on Primary Colors
1999
Box 5: 9
Five Pieces for Younger Orchestras
undated
Box 5: 10
Five Spirituals
1976
Box 9: 5
For Victims and Survivors of September 11th
2001
Box 8: 12
For Victims and Survivors of September 11th
2001
Box 14: 1
For Victims and Survivors of September 11th
2001
Box 14: 2
For Victims and Survivors of September 11th
2002
Box 16: 3
For Victims and Survivors of September 11th
2001
Box 9: 6
For Victims and Survivors of September 11th
2001
Box 26: 9
For Victors and Survivors of September 11th
2001
Box 24: 3
Fort Devens Army Music Festival
1977
Box 18: 2
Four Corners of the World
2005
Box 4: 11
Four Corners of the World
2005
Box 4: 12
Four Corners of the World
2005
Box 4: 13
Four Corners of the World
2005
Box 4: 14
Four Corners of the World
2005
Box 10: 1
Four Corners of the World
2005
Box 16: 4
Frederick C. Tillis Scoring
1987
Box 5: 13
Frederick Tillis Correspondence
1975-1980
Box 5: 12
Frederick Tillis Email Correspondence and Contracts
2005
Box 4: 15
Frederick Tillis Original (For Flute)
undated
Box 10: 4
Freedom
1968, 2004
Box 10: 2
Fugal Fantasy on Bach
1959
Box 11: 1
George Gershwin
undated
Box 6: 3
Grant and Financial Records
undated
Box 5: 14
Greeting Cards/Correspondence
1993
Box 3: 33
Grievance Between Dr. Marston and Fred Tillis
1990
Box 5: 15
Guardians of Jazz
undated
Box 6: 34
Harlem Echoes
1997
Box 6: 56
Holiday Cards from Tillis
undated
Box 3: 3
Holiday Correspondence
1990
Box 3: 4
I (Alone Sometimes) Not Alone
1986
Box 3: 24
I'm Not Safe Poem
1993
Box 3: 43
If I Can Help Somebody (Spiritual Fantasy No. 21)
2000
Box 6: 14
Images of Mind and Heart
1990
Box 3: 22
Images of the Blue Earth
1990
Box 5: 16
Images of the Blue Earth
undated
Box 3: 1
Images of the Mind
1987
Box 3: 21
Impressions by John Coltrane
undated
Box 6: 30
In Memory Of
undated
Box 6: 9
In Memory of R.M Copeland "One" for Ray
1984
Box 5: 20
In the Spirit and the Flesh
1982
Box 7: 9
In the Spirit and the Flesh
1983
Box 10: 3
In the Spirit and the Flesh
1985
Box 8: 21
In the Spirit and the Flesh
1985
Box 18: 4
In the Spirit and the Flesh
1985
Box 27: 7
In the Spirit and the Flesh
1985
Box 27: 8
In the Spirit and the Flesh
1989
Box 3: 5
In the Spirit and the Flesh
1989
Box 3: 12
In the Spirit and the Flesh
undated
Box 15: 4
In the Spirit and the Flesh
undated
Box 23: 5
In the Spirit and the Flesh
undated
Box 23: 6
In the Spirit and the Flesh
2006
Box 4: 16
In the Spirit and the Flesh
undated
Box 8: 18
In the Spirt and the Flesh Poetry/Table of Contents
1980-1990
Box 3: 11
Japan Concert Tour
1988
Box 6: 52
Jazz in July Workshop and Music
undated
Box 6: 18
Jazz in July: University without Walls
1983
Box 21: 2
Jazz Suite on Themes from Peter and the Wolf
undated
Box 5: 17
Jazz Suite on Themes from Peter and the Wolf
undated
Box 21: 3
Jazz Times
1987
Box 26: 10
Jitterbug Waltz by Fats Waller
undated
Box 6: 26
Jordu, Arranged by Fred Tillis
undated
Box 7: 22
Kcor Variations
1977
Box 7: 13
Land of the Rising Sun by Ted Dunbar
1987
Box 6: 2
A Latin American Suite for String Quartet
2006
Box 4: 17
Latin Fringe
1994
Box 19: 8
A Latin Tinge Suite for Jazz Sextet
1986
Box 5: 18
Let Us Break Bread Together
1995
Box 11: 2
Let Us Break Bread/Bolero Music Notebook
undated
Box 8: 14
Liberty Medical Arts Buildings
1995
Box 3: 38
A List of Selected Works
undated
Box 5: 19
Little David
undated
Box 7: 12
Little David for Voice and Piano
1995
Box 11: 3
Lonely Woman by Margo Guryan and Ornette Coleman
1961
Box 6: 4
Lonesome Train Poetry
1989
Box 3: 28
Magazine/News Articles for Bernstein Festival of American Music
1978
Box 3: 44
Mass Cultural Council
1998
Box 3: 46
Mass Cultural Council 2003
2003
Box 3: 45
Memorandum
1978
Box 6: 33
Memorial on a Theme by Charles Mingus (Good Bye Pork Pie Hat)
1979
Box 17: 4
Memorial on a Theme by Charles Mingus (Good Bye Pork Pie Hat)
1979
Box 17: 5
Memorial on a Theme by Charles Mingus (Good Bye Pork Pie Hat)
1979
Box 18: 3
Memorial on a Theme by Charles Mingus (Goodbye Pork Pie Hat)
1973
Box 7: 18
Metamorphosis on a Scheme
undated
Box 5: 21
Metamorphosis on a Scheme by J.S Bach
1972
Box 11: 4
Metamorphosis on a Scheme by J.S Bach
1972
Box 15: 5
Metamorphosis on a Scheme by J.S Bach
1972
Box 15: 6
Metamorphosis on a Scheme by J.S Bach
1972
Box 23: 7
Minority Employees
1974
Box 3: 34
Minority Graduate Student Recruitment Program
1978
Box 6: 10
Miscellaneous Compositions (Not by Tillis)
undated
Box 7: 29
Miscellaneous Compositions and Documents
1982
Box 5: 22
Miscellaneous Documents
1974
Box 6: 11
Miscellaneous Poems
1985-1988
Box 3: 29
Miscellaneous Sketches/Thoughts
undated
Box 7: 6
Misty
1983
Box 6: 16
Misty
1983
Box 6: 45
Misty
1983
Box 7: 23
Misty by Errol Garner and Fred Tillis
1983
Box 6: 37
Mood Indigo
undated
Box 7: 28
Moveable Position Scales for Guitar (Vincent Mitchell and Fran Ferry)
undated
Box 6: 38
Music Clearance Forms
1992
Box 3: 47
Music for Experimental Laboratory Ensemble, 1 and 2
1967
Box 23: 8
Music for Experimental Laboratory Ensemble, 1 and 2
1967
Box 27: 9
National Music Foundation
1997
Box 3: 32
The Nature of Things: CD and Book Cover
2006
Box 17: 6
Navarae: A Fantasy on Caravan
1979
Box 7: 27
Navarae: A Fantasy on Caravan
1974
Box 8: 8
Navarae by Tillis
1974
Box 7: 17
New England Conference of Music Theorists (Schedule)
2005
Box 7: 11
New Poems
1992
Box 6: 49
New York Times, May 14 1978, Collegian June 28 1978
1978
Box 6: 6
Niger Symphony
1975
Box 11: 5
Niger Symphony
1975
Box 16: 5
Niger Symphony
undated
Box 18: 5
Notes 2001 and 2002
2002
Box 5: 23
Of Moons, Moods, Myths and the Muse
undated
Box 5: 43
One Bass Hit by Dizzy Gillespie
undated
Box 7: 21
One for Ray
1984
Box 6: 41
One for Ray Mixed Chorus (SATB)
1984
Box 11: 6
Open Rag Blues
1990
Box 5: 24
Overture to a Dance
1968
Box 4: 18
Pamela Tillis Documents
1993
Box 3: 31
Passacaglia
1984
Box 6: 29
Passacoglia for Organ (in Baroque Style)
1962
Box 24: 4
Passages--Poem for Orchestra No. 4
1996
Box 18: 6
Pastorale
1974
Box 18: 7
Pastorale
1974
Box 12: 1
Pastorale
2005
Box 17: 8
Pastorale
1974, 2005
Box 4: 21
Pastorale for Wind Ensemble
1974
Box 12: 2
Pastorale for Wind Ensemble
1974
Box 4: 19
Pastorale for Wind Ensemble
2005
Box 17: 7
Pastorale for Wind Ensemble, Complete Set of Parts
2005
Box 4: 26
Pastorale II
2005
Box 16: 6
Phantasy for Viola and Piano
1962
Box 12: 3
Photos from Hampshire
undated
Box 7: 16
Play on Your Flute, Little Mary
1994
Box 6: 12
Play on Your Flute, Little mary
1994
Box 4: 20
Play on Your Flute, Little Mary
1994
Box 5: 29
Poem Drafts
1988
Box 3: 40
Poem for Orchestra No. 1
1996
Box 6: 28
Poem for Orchestra No. 1
1996
Box 4: 22
Poem for Orchestra No. 1
1996
Box 7: 20
Poem for Orchestra No. 1
1996
Box 12: 4
Poem for Orchestra No. 1
undated
Box 17: 9
Poem for Orchestra No. 1
undated
Box 25: 5
Poem for Orchestra No. 1 Bach's Offering and Sinner Please
1996
Box 25: 6
Poem For Orchestra No. 1 Bach's Offering and Sinner Please
undated
Box 5: 38
Poem for Orchestra No. 2
1996
Box 6: 46
Poem for Orchestra No. 3 (East and West)
undated
Box 24: 5
Poems
1983
Box 3: 7
Poems
1994
Box 3: 9
Poems
1994-1995
Box 3: 17
Poems and Notes
undated
Box 3: 13
Poems of 1992-1993
1993
Box 3: 36
Poems/Celebrations
1992
Box 3: 41
Poetry
1987
Box 3: 25
Poetry
1986-1988
Box 3: 6
Poetry "I Travel Alone"
1993
Box 3: 42
Poetry (Aging Queen of Liberty)
1990
Box 3: 20
Poetry (Asscension)
1989
Box 6: 51
Poetry and Poetry Plans
1999-2000
Box 4: 23
Poetry Volume V--Carngie Mellon lecture
1992
Box 6: 53
Poetry: Still Life, Nature, New England Gardens and Flowers
1993
Box 3: 18
Prelude No.8 from W.T.C (Bach)
undated
Box 6: 5
Publisher Clearance Form and Receipts
undated
Box 5: 30
Publishing Program--Vantage Press
undated
Box 7: 35
Quartet for Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon and Cello
undated
Box 26: 11
Quartet No. 13
undated
Box 5: 26
Questions (Spring)
1966
Box 5: 31
Quintet for Four Wood Winds and Percussion
1962
Box 12: 5
Reflections
1983
Box 15: 7
Reflections on the Wall (For Louise)
1990
Box 5: 32
Reflections--A Balm in Gilead
1993
Box 3: 27
Ring Shout Combo
1973
Box 8: 9
Ring Shout Concerto
undated
Box 16: 7
Ring Shout Concerto
undated
Box 18: 8
Rough Draft Poem Originals
1992
Box 3: 10
Salve Salvage in the Spin
1976, 1995
Box 4: 24
Scales, Arpeggios, Quadrads, Pentatonic Relationships and Melodic Patterns
1984
Box 7: 33
Scarlett's Web
undated
Box 6: 35
Seasons, Dreams, Music and Politics
1991-1992
Box 3: 23
Seasons, Symbols and Stores
undated
Box 5: 33
Secrets of the African Baobob Tree
1976
Box 12: 6
Secrets of the African Baobob Tree
1976
Box 13: 1
Seton Concerto for Trumpet
.
Box ..: 4
Sheridan Books Mail
2002
Box 6: 57
Six Afro-American Carols for Easter
undated
Box 6: 25
Sombrero
1990
Box 4: 28
Sombrero
1990
Box 4: 29
Sombrero
1990
Box 8: 17
Sombrero for Mixed Chorus
1990
Box 4: 25
Sombrero for Mixed Chorus
1990
Box 4: 27
Sombrero for Mixed Chorus (S.A.T.B)
1990
Box 13: 2
Someone to Watch Over
undated
Box 6: 27
Song for Sister Hokkaido
2008
Box 16: 8
The Song is You
undated
Box 7: 25
The Song is You
undated
Box 7: 34
Sound Patterns by Pauline Oliveros
undated
Box 5: 34
Spare Composition Music
undated
Box 18: 9
The Spirit and the Flesh Undated Copy
undated
Box 7: 10
Spirits Words and Images
1980
Box 3: 16
Spiritual Fantasy for Piccolo, Trumpet and Piano
2007
Box 13: 3
Spiritual Fantasy No. 1
1980
Box 8: 7
Spiritual Fantasy No. 2: Death Aint Nothing But a Robber
1998
Box 13: 4
Spiritual Fantasy No. 2
1980
Box 8: 6
Spiritual Fantasy No. 6
1982
Box 4: 33
Spiritual Fantasy No. 6
1982
Box 13: 5
Spiritual Fantasy No. 6
1982
Box 17: 10
Spiritual Fantasy No. 6
1982
Box 23: 9
Spiritual Fantasy No. 6
1982, 2005
Box 4: 32
Spiritual Fantasy No. 6
undated
Box 4: 30
Spiritual Fantasy No. 6: Sinner Please Don't Let this Harvest Pass
1982
Box 17: 11
Spiritual Fantasy No. 7
1983
Box 13: 6
Spiritual Fantasy No. 8
1986
Box 13: 7
Spiritual Fantasy No. 8: Go Down Moses
1986
Box 16: 9
Spiritual Fantasy No. 9: Sympathy
1986
Box 13: 8
Spiritual Fantasy No. 9: Sympathy
1986
Box 16: 10
Spiritual Fantasy No. 9: Sympathy
1986
Box 24: 6
Spiritual Fantasy No. 10: We Wear the Mask
1988
Box 22: 1
Spiritual Fantasy No. 11
undated
Box 14: 3
Spiritual Fantasy No. 12
undated
Box 4: 31
Spiritual Fantasy No. 13: By and By
1989
Box 22: 2
Spiritual Fantasy No. 14
1990
Box 22: 3
Spiritual Fantasy No. 14
1990
Box 7: 19
Spiritual Fantasy No. 17
1994
Box 5: 35
Spiritual Fantasy No. 17
1994
Box 6: 43
Spiritual Fantasy No. 17: Were You There/Mary Don't You Weep
1994
Box 8: 2
Spiritual Fantasy No. 21
2000
Box 22: 4
Spiritual Fantasy No. 22
2000
Box 22: 5
Spiritual Fantasy No. 22
2000
Box 22: 6
Spiritual Fantasy No. 24
2002
Box 22: 7
Spiritual Fantasy No. 24: This Little Light of Mine
2010
Box 18: 10
Spiritual Fantasy No. 24
2002
Box 6: 42
Spiritual Fantasy No. 24: Soon I Will Be Done
2001
Box 8: 4
Spiritual Fantasy No. 25
2004
Box 22: 8
Spiritual Fantasy No. 26
2004
Box 16: 11
Spiritual Fantasy No. 33: This Little Light of Mine
2010
Box 23: 10
Spring Trio
1961
Box 25: 7
Straight, No Chaser by Thelonius Monk
undated
Box 6: 31
String Quartet No. 2
1960
Box 7: 31
Strutting
undated
Box 23: 11
Studies in Ethnomusicology
1965
Box 5: 36
Suite for String Orchestra
1998
Box 8: 11
Summering "Triptych"
undated
Box 7: 3
Swing Low Sweet Chariot
1990
Box 5: 37
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
undated
Box 15: 8
A Symphony of Songs
1998
Box 5: 39
A Symphony of Songs
1998
Box 5: 40
A Symphony of Songs
1998
Box 5: 41
A Symphony of Songs
1996
Box 8: 16
A Symphony of Songs
1998
Box 26: 12
Take Five
undated
Box 7: 15
Take Five (Intro)
undated
Box 5: 25
Tango Sophisticate
1984
Box 7: 8
Taylor-Made Concert for Piano
1977
Box 25: 8
Themes and Variations: Jazz Improvisation
1978
Box 6: 22
Thesis by Patrick Tucker
1989
Box 6: 36
This Little Light of Mine (Spiritual Fantasy No. 24)
2002, 2010
Box 6: 13
Three Plus One
1969
Box 4: 34
Three Plus One by Fred Tillis
1969
Box 20: 2
Three Showpieces for Viola by Fred Tillis
2001
Box 20: 1
Three Songs for Chorus and Orchestra
1996
Box 8: 15
Three Symphonic Spirituals
1978
Box 22: 10
The Time Has Come
1989
Box 5: 42
The Time Has Come
2004
Box 22: 9
The Time Has Come
1989
Box 6: 40
Tradewinds Jazz Ensemble Poland-Hungary Tour
1984
Box 6: 8
Tribute to Duke Ellington
undated
Box 6: 1
Tribute to Duke Ellington
1980
Box 6: 39
Tribute to Duke Ellington
1980
Box 20: 3
Triptych
1994
Box 17: 12
Triptych: Wintering, Summering, Falling
1994
Box 15: 9
Twelve Songs for Voice and Piano
2002
Box 20: 4
Two Pieces for Orchestra (A Spiritual and Blues Fantasy)
1991
Box 26: 13
Two Pieces for Orchestra (Sweet Chariot and Blues Fantasy)
1990
Box 20: 5
Two Songs for Soprano
1967
Box 20: 6
Two Violin, Vioncello and Oboe Arrangement Copies
undated
Box 25: 9
Variants on a Theme
undated
Box 23: 12
Verzierungen
2003
Box 21: 4
Visions of the Promised Land
undated
Box 6: 48
Voices and Colors
1989
Box 21: 5
Voices and Colors
undated
Box 8: 20
We Wear the Mask
1988
Box 4: 35
We Wear the Mask
1988
Box 4: 36
We Wear the Mask
1988
Box 5: 44
We Wear the Mask
1988
Box 6: 44
When I Fall In Love, Victor Young
1973
Box 6: 24
Wiley College Correspondence
1964
Box 5: 27
William Grant Still Poem and Drafts
1994
Box 3: 37
Willow
1970
Box 7: 32
Willow Weep for Me (Ann Ronnell), You'd Be Nice To Come Home To (Cole Porter)
undated
Box 6: 21
Winter
1973
Box 6: 7
Winter
1973
Box 6: 32
Wintering
1994
Box 19: 9
Wintering on the Blue Planet
1994
Box 26: 14
Wintering on the Blue Planet
1996
Box 24: 7
Without a Song
1957
Box 6: 23
Without a Song
undated
Box 7: 30
Woody and Bu
undated
Box 7: 26
You're Too Dangerous, Cherie "To the Victor"
undated
Box 6: 20
Administrative information
Provenance

Acquired from Frederick Tillis, 1999 and 2013.

Processing Information

Processed by James Fahey, September 2013.

For materials related to Frederick Tillis see:

  • New World Theater Records, 1979-2010
Copyright and Use (More informationConnect to publication information)

Cite as: Frederick Tillis Papers (FS 156). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

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  • Tillis, Frederick
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