H18-1999. Brown, Harley D. Papers, 1955-2018. 1.00 linear ft. PARTIALLY RESTRICTED


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Harley D. Brown is a native of Danforth, Illinois. He is a Hope College class of 1959 graduate and was a member of the Arcadian fraternity, choirs, and play productions while a student. Brown taught vocal music at Fremont High School starting in 1959. He attended Michigan State University and graduated with a Master of Music in 1964. In 1964, he continued his teaching career at West Ottawa High School in Holland, Michigan, teaching and directing musicals for the drama department until 1981. During this time, he also directed the Blue Lake International Choir. He also served as director of many church choirs: Danforth Reformed Church; Sixth Reformed Church of Holland, Michigan; Fremont Congregational Church, Fremont, Michigan; Judison Memorial Baptist Church; First Reformed Church of Zeeland, Michigan; Trinity Reformed Church of Holland, Michigan (1983-2008); Third Reformed Church of Holland, Michigan; and Second Reformed Church of Zeeland, Michigan. The collection includes a scrapbook of images and documents of Harley D. Brown’s life in music, starting in 1955 at Hope College through his time at Michigan State University, and at many churches and public schools; a 2018 oral history interview with Dr. Marc Baer and Hope College student Allison Utting; writings he contributed to the Hope Academy of Senior Professionals (HASP) newsletter and about growing up in Illinois; and several recordings of him singing while at Hope College and Michigan State University. His college transcripts are RESTRICTED.


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