A Gift of Music

"For me, there is nothing more stimulating or more refreshing than playing or listening to the world's great musical masterpieces... Few will disagree with Nietzsche who wrote, 'without music, life would be a mistake.'"

Dr. F. William Sunderman, Sr., 1898 - 2003

 

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Dr. Sunderman in the music room of his Philadelphia home, 2003.

Dr. William Sunderman, renowned physician, chemist, clinical scientist, and 1919 graduate of Gettysburg College, gave more to his alma mater than the $14-million gift being used to establish the Sunderman Conservatory of Music.

A dedicated and accomplished violinist, he also left his music library of over 1,000 scores and parts, as well as a collection of 18th and early 19th century violins and bows.

This online exhibit celebrates these gifts to the Gettysburg College community. Select from the links below to learn more about Dr. Sunderman and his music library collection, or to access an interactive online display of the Sunderman violins.

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Dr. Sunderman in his hometown of Juniata, Pennsylvania, in 1905

More about the music library collection from the September 2004 Friends of Musselman Library Newsletter (pdf)

View selected cover and title page images from the music library collection

Photo gallery : A Century of Music

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