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Lucien De Groote Collection

Identifier: SCU-MUS-0007
Correspondence, awards, photographs, newspaper clippings, and personal effects document the musical achievements of South Carolina cellist Lucien De Groote. The collection divides into two series: I: Correspondence, Personal Effects, and Clippings, 1958-1972, n.d., and II: Honorary Doctorate Materials, 1972. The bulk of the material is from 1972, the year De Groote was awarded an honorary doctorate from the College of Charleston. Additional pieces of sheet music in the collection were added to the Music Library’s circulating collection and can be located using the online catalog.


  • 1958-1972


Administrative Information

Provenance Materials donated by Lucien De Groote’s wife Helen Wilkin De Groote in 1994. Access Materials in the Lucien De Groote Collection are located in the Music Library’s Special Collections department. Please telephone 803-777-5139 for further assistance. Additional donated materials are part of the circulating collection and may be found in the online catalog. Publication Rights All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Music Library.


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Biographical Sketch

Lucien De Groote was born in Belgium in 1912 to musical parents. His father Endre De Groote was an accomplished baritone and career army officer, and mother Bethe Busine De Groote was a pianist and composer. Lucien began playing the cello in 1922 but halted his studies at 1928 to join a merchant marine training program. Eventually he resumed his music studies, but he retained a life-long passion for sailing.

After graduating with honors from the Brussels Royal Conservatory of Music in 1931, De Groote performed cello internationally, eventually with the Houston Symphony in 1957, then led by acclaimed maestro Leopold Stokowski. In 1960, De Groote moved to Spartanburg, South Carolina to teach music at Converse College. In 1963, he began his role as conductor of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. He led the Orchestra from until 1982, and is credited with building it from a 20 member volunteer group to a 60 member metropolitan symphony, increasing its budget tenfold. De Groote served on the University of South Carolina School of Music faculty from 1968 to 1978. He died in 1994.

Source: “Lucien De Groote, former conductor, dies” Charleston Post and Courier (1994).

Series Description

I: Correspondence, Personal Effects, and Clippings, 1958-1972, n.d. II: Honorary Doctorate Materials, 1972

Physical Location

This collection is housed in the Music Library, which is located in the School of Music at 813 Assembly Street in Room 208 (on the 2nd floor).

Related Materials

For 38 pieces of cello music, consult the online catalog.

Repository Details

Part of the Music Library Repository

813 Assembly Street, Room 208
School of Music, University of South Carolina
Columbia SC 29208 USA
803-777-1426 (Fax)

Lucien De Groote Collection
Under Revision
Nick Homenda
July 2011
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