Bettye A. Brown Collection

Identifier: MSS.0758

Scope and Content Note

This collection is composed of .5 Hollinger box with ten folders inside. More specifically there is incoming correspondence to Brown, a press release and photo of Richard M. “Pek” Gunn, the Fulbright program from 1956 to 1957, a report of the Fulbright program, and the music program at Peabody College. Productions tied to Brown include the play “The Beautiful People,” sheet music to “My Homeland, Tennessee,” and various other performances. Finally, there are writings by Brown.


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Biographical Note

Bettye A. Brown was a vocal artist who trained as a soprano. She attended Peabody College from 1946 to 1947, Evansville College from 1947 to 1949, and finally achieved her Bachelors of Music in 1951 at the Jordan College of Music at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. She later received a Master’s degree in Music from Butler in 1952. Following her time as a graduate student, Brown joined the Chautauqua Institute School of Music in New York in 1954. In 1956 Brown traveled to the Academy of Music in Vienna, Austria as a Fulbright Scholar, but was forced to resign after a year due to illness.

Brown later returned to Peabody College to become a vocal instructor. She performed the soprano solo of Messiah as well as productions of La Traviata, Marriage of Figaro, Cosi fan Tutte, Barber of Seville, and Naughty Marietta. Additionally, she learnt her talents to radio and TV programs, the First Lutheran Church of Nashville, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.


.42 Linear Feet

Physical Location

Special Collections & Archives

Finding Aid for the Bettye A. Brown Collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Vanderbilt University Special Collections Repository

Jean and Alexander Heard Library
419 21st Avenue South
Nashville TN 37203 United States


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