Scope and Content
Title: Theodore Gorbacheff Collection,
Date (inclusive): [ca. 1932-ca. 1959]
Collection number: RCHIVES GORBACHEFF 1
Extent: Number of containers: 2 boxes
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Shelf location: For current information on the location of
these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Mr. Robert M. Bell, Berkeley, June 23, 1982.
Collection is open for research.
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in
writing to the Head of the Music Library.
[Identification of item], Theodore Gorbacheff collection, RCHIVES GORBACHEFF 1, The Music
Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Mr. Gorbacheff came to America with a group of refugee students from Russia in 1922. He
settled in New York and married Miss Fay Bell, a dance and ballet instructor. In May,
1931, he received a B.A. degree in music from U.C. Berkeley, and in May, 1932 he was
granted the M.A. degree; his thesis was a musical composition entitled "The Russian
Liturgy, for mixed men's and women's chorus a capella."
Mr. Gorbacheff established his music studio at 1904 Milvia (corner of Hearst) in
Berkeley, and taught privately for many years. During the years 1938-39 he studied music
at Columbia University. He was widely known throughout the Bay Area in the 1930's, 40's,
and 50's as a choral conductor. Among those groups he was associated with were: the
Russian Saint Nicholas Church choir in San Francisco, the SVEA Glee Club in Oakland, the
Berkeley Men's A Capella Choir, the Serbian Singing Society choir and many others. He was
knighted by King Gustav Adolph VI of Sweden in March, 1966 for his contributions toward
furthering Swedish culture in the Bay Area. As of January, 1983, he lives in a rest home
Scope and Content
Collection includes musical compositions, programs, notebooks, and other memorabilia.