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Voices of Change Recordings and Materials

Bywaters Special Collections, Hamon Arts Library

About the Collection


Founded in 1974 by pianist Jo Boatright and Clarinetist Ross Powell, Voices of Change is one of the United States' premier ensembles dedicated to performing works by 20th and 21st century composers. As of 2016, the ensemble has performed over 300 pieces by well-known and up-and-coming professional composers. Over 75 of these pieces have been world premieres, including pieces commissioned by Voices of Change. In 1999, Voices of Change received a Grammy nomination for Best Performance by a Small Classical Ensemble for their work Voces Americanas.

In 2014, The Voices of Change donated their collection to the Hamon Arts Library at Southern Methodist University. The collection includes audio and video recordings, scores, records, posters, photos, scrapbooks, and other ephemera. These materials along with a second related collection, the Ross Powell Collection, total 116 linear feet and document over three decades of contemporary classical chamber music in North Texas.

Materials Online

The Voices of Change Recordings and Materials digital collection will showcase the Voice of Change performances along with corresponding materials (programs, etc.) The collection features performances of works by Leonard Bernstein, Igor Stravinsky, George Crumb, Heitor Villa-Lobos, and others.

The online collection mirrors the structure of the physical collection and is sorted by series. Items from the following series are available:

Series 1: Scores

Series 2: Oversized scores

Series 3: Performance Programs

Series 4: Offical records

Series 5: Scrapbooks and ephemera

Series 6: Media

Paris: Yesterday and Today: November 27, 1978

Digital Collections Policies and Procedures

Items in Central University Library Digital Collections are digitized following the SMU Central University Libraries Digitization Guidelines and Procedures. Digital collections are created under the guidelines of the CUL Digital Collections: Filenaming, Workflow, and Metadata Guidelines, or through specialized metadata profiles tailored for the collection.


Copyright usage terms vary throughout the collection. Each item contains information about usage terms. If SMU does not have the right to publish the item on the Internet, only the item's metadata will be available and the digitized object will be available on a restricted access basis. Such items may only be viewed on campus. When items are available for use, please cite Bywaters Special Collections, Southern Methodist University when using this file. For more information contact

Contact Info

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