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Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra Records

Identifier: Tretter-27

Scope and Content

The collection contains programs, posters, financial documents, memory books, board meeting minutes, grant information, photographs, member papers on discs, and audio and VHS tapes.


  • 1992-2013


Language of Materials

Collection material in English

Restrictions on Access

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.

Restrictions on Use

Please contact staff regarding copyright status of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under fair use provisions of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code).

Historical Note

The Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) was established in 1992 by cellist Kevin Ford as America's first GLBT orchestra. MPO presents three classical concerts a year, a family-focused holiday concert in collaboration with the Twin Cities Women's Choir, salon performances and a pops concert. Much of the music performed by MPO is new music composed by members of the GLBT community, women and people of color. The mission of the Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra is to "provide diverse arts entertainment of the highest quality, resulting in increased visibility for the musical talents of the GLBT community."

Historical information taken from the Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra website.


4.75 Linear Feet


Collection contains the records of the Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra, the first GLBT orchestra in the United States.

Source of acquisition

The collection was a gift of the Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra.

Processing Information

The collection was originally processed by Margaret Ostrander and Jean Tretter, with additional processing by Andrea Hoff as part of a project financed in part with funds provided by the State of Minnesota from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society.

Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra records, 1992-2013
Karen Spilman and Andrea Hoff
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Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Jean Nickolaus Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies Collecting Area