The organizational records of the New York Pro Musica, an American ensemble of singers and instrumentalists dedicated to the performance of early music, founded by Noah Greenberg in 1952. The collection includes correspondence, meeting minutes, business, financial and fundraising records, photographs, programs, and material documenting various instruments, performing ensembles and musical dramas.
Biographical/historical: The New York Pro Musica was an American ensemble of singers and instrumentalists dedicated to the performance of early music. Noah Greenberg founded the New York Pro Musica Antiqua in 1952. The name was shortened in 1953. Through scholarship and performances, Greenberg hoped to revive interest in the music of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and early Baroque era. Pro Musica developed a large repertory and achieved high standards of virtuosity. Pro Musica is perhaps best known for its revivals of the medieval liturgical dramas The play of Daniel (Danielus ludus) and The play of Herod (Ordo ad representandum Herodem), both of which opened at the Cloisters of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Both works were recorded, televised, and performed on the group's tours. After Greenberg's death in 1966, Pro Musica continued until 1974 under the musical direction of John White (1966-1970), Paul Maynard (1970-1972), and George Houle (1972-1974)