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Inventory of the Theodore Gorbacheff collection, [ca. 1932-ca. 1959]
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Sketch
  • Scope and Content

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Theodore Gorbacheff Collection,
    Date (inclusive): [ca. 1932-ca. 1959]
    Collection number: RCHIVES GORBACHEFF 1
    Creator: Gorbachev, Feodor
    Extent: Number of containers: 2 boxes
    Repository: The Music Library
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Mr. Robert M. Bell, Berkeley, June 23, 1982.


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of the Music Library.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Theodore Gorbacheff collection, RCHIVES GORBACHEFF 1, The Music Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Biographical Sketch

    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 in Berkeley.

    Scope and Content

    Collection includes musical compositions, programs, notebooks, and other memorabilia.