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.

Access

The collection is open for research.

Language:

English
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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