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Lewis S. Bullock Oral History Interview, April 10, 1992, February 23, 1996

Oral History #OH0134

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Title: Lewis S. Bullock Oral History Interview
Creators: Bullock, Lewis S.
Lennon, Donald R.
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Extent: 0.01 Cubic feet, 2 audiotapes, 2.5 hours, 65 pages .

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Lewis S. Bullock Oral History Interview (#OH0134), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

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  • Gift of Lewis S. Bullock

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Mr. Bullock describes his background and training at the Westminster Choir College, his efforts to organize community choruses in rural North Carolina towns, the development and performances of the Eastern Carolina Symphonic Choral Association, and its transformation into the North Carolina Symphonic Choir. He also provides insights into the Choir's tours to New York and California and its 1942 Victory Tour, his induction into the U.S. Army, and his formation of military choirs during World War II, culminating in the development of the International Male Chorus.

In interview #2 Mr. Bullock discusses the International Male Chorus, its return to the United States, and its performances at hospitals in California before being discharged from the Army. He completes his memoir by discussing the formation of the American Male Chorus, its performance at Carnegie Hall in 1947, its National Good Will Tour, and the eventual disbanding of the chorus in 1954.

Interviews #3 and #4 are not interviews but are instead performances (ca. 1942-1943) of the North Carolina Symphonic Choir. Included are "The Messiah" and 32 folk songs, patriotic songs, and spirituals.

Interview #5 (ca. 1996) is actually reminiscences by Lewis S. Bullock concerning his musical experiences in the U.S. Army during World War II, history of the International Male Chorus (1945-1954), and the American Male Chorus goodwill tour.

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Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.

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