Oral History Collection

MAIN ENTRY: Hemmle, Gene
DATE OF INTERVIEW: November 13, 1973
LOCATION OF INTERVIEW: Lubbock, Texas
INTERVIEWER: Jeff Townsend
LENGTH OF INTERVIEW: 1 hour, 35 minutes
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE: Dr. Gene Hemmle, former chairman of the Texas Tech Department of Music, discusses the development of music programs at Tech.
TAPE ONE, SIDE ONE: Discusses family background
Born in Missouri (April 23, 1914)
Father was a pianist
Later, he became an executive of Metal Lamp
Company
Undergraduate schooling described
Gives account of professional training in New York and South America
Enlisted in service as part of hospital corps
Experiences in World War II noted
Went to El Paso as head of music department at the University of Texas, El Paso
Accepted position at Texas Tech as chairman of the music department
Had good band program
Founded Texas Tech Choir
Early and current problems with Texas Tech music facilities explained
TAPE ONE, SIDE TWO Orchestra beginnings remembered
Lists type of curriculum changes needed
Rivalry of groups within music department discussed
Texas Tech employs dual use of student talent
Speculates on future of music department at Tech
Defines his idea of progress in the music field
Talks about Artist Course origins and development
TAPE TWO, SIDE ONE: Artist Course development (continued)
Describes anecdotes of famous musicians
Origins of scholarship funds discussed
Talks about scholarship problems in the future
Recalls summer band clinics
Mentions development of music theatre summer
clinic
Notes growth in orchestra summer clinic
Comments on Casa Manana failure
TAPE TWO, SIDE TWO: Blank
RANGE DATES: 1914-1973
BULK DATES: 1914-1973