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Evelyn McGarrity Collection

Identifier: SCU-MUS-0010
Concert programs, photographs, press clippings, diplomas, and ephemera document the professional career of mezzo soprano Evelyn McGarrity from 1945 to 1999. The material is arranged in a three series: I. Performance Career, 1949-1999; II. Concert Programs, 1945-1986; III. Certificates and assorted ephemera, 1945-1995; with the bulk of the material dating from the 1940s and 1950s. Within Series I, biographical materials include copies of McGarrity’s C.V. and promotional printed material. The Promotion Candidate Notebook contains positive reviews, concert programs, and other evidence of professional accomplishment, complementing similar materials found in Series II. Photographs primarily depict McGarrity in the 1950s, both in performance and candidly. Series II’s concert programs document McGarrity’s early performances, including collegiate performances at Wesleyan Conservatory and 1950-1951 performances of Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Consul. Other concert programs document concerts attended, notably a 1958 Atlanta recital of Maria Callas, which includes several newspaper and magazine clippings. In Series III, diplomas and certificates document the education and recognition of the creator, while event invitations, brochures, and assorted newspaper clippings comprise collected ephemera.


  • 1945 - 1999


Administrative Information

Provenance: Evelyn McGarrity donated the collection to the Music Library in 1999.

Access: Materials in the Evelyn McGarrity Collection are available for use Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. by appointment. Please telephone 803-777-5139 for further assistance.

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

Originally from Georgia, mezzo-soprano Evelyn McGarrity (1925-1999) studied at Wesleyan College, Indiana University, and the Curtis Institute. A Fulbright Scholar, she additionally studied in Europe and made her operatic debut in the Rome Opera House, performing as Suzuki in Madame Butterfly. She performed in the first American tour of Menotti's The Consul from 1950-1951 and won the National Federation of Music Clubs’ Young Artist Competition in 1952. McGarrity sang in the American premiere of Poulenc's Sabat Mater, and has performed with the Robert Shaw Chorale, RCA Victor Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Savannah Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, South Carolina Philharmonic, and at the Brevard Festival and Carnegie Hall. Her opera roles included: Floria in Tosca, Suzuki in Madame Butterfly , Kundry in Parsifal, Azucena in Il Trovatore, The Mother in The Consul , and Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana. McGarrity was a member of the faculty of the University of South Carolina School of Music from 1970 to 1999, and previously was a faculty member at Wesleyan College, Texas Tech University, and the University of Florida.

Series Description

The collection is arranged in three series:

I. Performance Career, 1949-1999 II. Concert Programs, 1945-1986 III. Certificates and Assorted Ephemera, 1945-1995

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

Painted portrait of Evelyn McGarrity, Ground Floor of Music Library (Gift of Lonna Dickinson).

Processing Information

Processed by Ashlie Conway, 2009 Updated By Nick Homenda, 2011

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)

Evelyn McGarrity Collection
Ashlie Conway
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Revision Statements

  • 2011: Updated by Nick Homenda