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Planting, John.
Planting, John.
Planting, John and Humburg, Judee
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Stanford Historical Society
In his first interview, John Planting discusses his arrival at Stanford as a student in 1948, his role as an assistant in the newly established music department, and his subsequent responsibilities as the department administrator in 1957 - 1996. He addresses the changes in the music department during his years at Stanford through his retirement from the department. He talks about how he provided administrative and logistical support for numerous performances over the years, often moving equipment and instruments himself from storage areas to concert locations. Planting reminisces about music department directors, professors, teachers, conductors, and concert performers, including Jan Popper, Leonard Ratner, Sandor Salgo, Loran Crosten, Albert Cohen and Wolfgang Kuhn. He also shares memories of places such as Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Braun Music Center, Cubberley Auditorium, The Knoll, and Memorial Auditorium. Planting talks about the relationships between the music department and other parts of the university, such as the School of Education and the School of Humanities and Sciences. He describes the development of the degree programs such as the D.M.A. (Doctor of Musical Arts). Other topics covered include visiting artists, Friends of Music, Committee on Public Exercises, Stanford Lively Arts and ASSU (Associated Students of Stanford University). He also talks about turning points in the history of the department: the establishment of the music department, having their own building (Dinkelspiel), and the effects of the BAP (Budget Adjustment Program) in the 1980s. Throughout, he discusses the issues between musicology (theory) and performance (conservatory) and how his expertise was utilized in the planning of both Dinkelspiel Auditorium and Braun Music Center. John Planting’s second interview follows up on several topics discussed in the first interview. He describes the contributions of Wolfgang Kuhn in two areas: degree programs (M.A. plus Teaching Credential; D.M.A. plus Ed.D.) and community outreach (contacts with schools and the Summer Youth Orchestra). He continues with several other topics, including Woodpecker Lodge, Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Music Educators National Conference (significance to Stanford), and the Stanford jazz program.
John Planting, Stanford Historical Society, oral histories, interviews, and music education
October 19, 2012 - May 3, 2013
Stanford Historical Society Oral History Program interviews, 1999-2012