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Dr. John Bitter collection


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Dr. John Bitter collection, 1923-1971 | University of Miami Special Collections

By Laura Capell

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Title: Dr. John Bitter collection, 1923-1971Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1940-1959

ID: ASM0029

Creator: Bitter, John (1909-)

Extent: 1.0 Linear Feet

Formats/Genres: Certificates, Fliers (printed matter), Music - Manuscripts, Photographs, Programs (documents), Sheet music

Languages: English, German

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Dr. John Bitter collection contains materials documenting Bitter's career as a conductor and composer. The collection includes sheet music for several compositions by Bitter, as well as publications about the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami and a 1953 photograph of the University of Miami Orchestra at the Miami Beach Auditorium. Also included are numerous programs from the 1940s-1960s, including ones from the UM Symphony Orchestra, the Greater Miami Philharmonic, and the Berlin Philharmonic.

Biographical Note

John Bitter served as the Dean of the School of Music at the University of Miami from 1950-1963. He also conducted the UM Symphony Orchestra. Bitter was a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, PA.  He was a student of Artur Rodzinski and Emil Mlynarski for conducting, a student of William Kincaid and Georges Barrere for flute, and a student of Rosario Scalero for composition. He conducted the Jacksonville Symphony from 1934-1937, and the Florida Federal Symphony from 1937-1939. He was also a guest conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic, the Radio Italiana, the Hamburg Philharmonic, and other European symphonies from 1945-1950.

Subject/Index Terms

Bitter, John, 1909-
University of Miami. School of Music

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Dr. John Bitter Collection Finding Aid © 2009 University of Miami. All rights reserved. Requests to reproduce or publish materials from this collection should be directed to

Preferred Citation: Dr. John Bitter Collection, Special Collections, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida

Processing Information: Processed by Laura Capell, 2011.

Finding Aid Revision History: Original finding aid by Rudo Kemper, 2009.

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Folder 1: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Programs, 1946-1967Add to your cart.
Folder 3: University of Miami, 1950s-1960sAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: ScoresAdd to your cart.

Memo to a Midget

Quintette in B Flat for Flute and Strings

Tutan Motors

Three Pieces for Young People

Reverie for Flute and Piano by Rosario Scalero

Folder 5: Flute Duets, 1942Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Duett for Two Flutes, 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Prenatal Lullaby, 1936Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Three Duos for Two FlutesAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Two Cannons for Two Flutes, 1934Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Quartet in Three Quarter TimeAdd to your cart.

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