This collection includes programs, posters, and ephemera related to the Cabrillo Music Festival, Santa Cruz Symphony, Cultural
Council of Santa Cruz, the Crown College Concerts at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Watsonville Concert Association,
Barati Ensemble, and Santa Cruz County Arts Commission, as well as material dealing with the proposed Wingspread performing
arts complex. Also includes personal correspondence from composers, conductors, and soloists; music organization documents;
and personal items related to Mr. Kretschmer's school, college, and military years.
Ernest T. "Bud" Kretschmer is a philanthropist and civic leader particularly prominent in the support of classical
music organizations in Santa Cruz County, California. He was born and raised in Saginaw,
Michigan, and studied the piano throughout his youth and during his first two years of
college. After receiving an associate of fine arts degree in 1935 from Aquinas College
in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Mr. Kretschmer continued his education at Michigan State
University in East Lansing, where he earned an A.B. degree in business in 1938.
Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and
their heirs. For permission to publish or to reproduce, please contact the Special Collections & Archives Librarian.