Roger Harris discusses Mission’s Music Festivals in the 1940’s and the 1950’s, and the choral presentations in particular. He describes the preparation of school choirs, which grades were involved, the songs that were performed, transportation of choir members to the performance hall, and the necessity to obtain parents’ permissions. He remembers the audiences at the festivals, recognition given to the performers and those who later became professionals. He explains the reasons why the Music Festival ended in 1963.

Title: Mission History – Choral Festivals
Box: H
File: 4
Topic: Music Festivals
Interviewer: Jo Haste
Interviee(s): Roger Harris
Date: October 8, 1999
Scope: 1 audio tape; transcription
Length: N/A
Summary: Interviewee discusses the Mission Music Festivals in the 1940’s and the 1950’s. Topics include: The school choirs, preparation of school choirs, grade level of students, songs that were performed, transporting the choir members to the hall to perform, turn out at performances, certificates received by performers, permission from performers’ parents, fees, performers who later became professionals, reasons for stopping the Music Festival in 1963, Choral Speeches, bandmasters.