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Honoring Conductor David Randolph (1914 - 2010)


The New York Public Library celebrates the life and work of David Randolph, conductor, educator, broadcaster, and author, who passed away on May 12, 2010 in his home in Manhattan  Among his many supreme career accomplishments, Mr. Randolph had been since 1965 the conductor of The St. Cecilia Chorus (, leading amateur singers in mastering and performing the great works of the choral-orchestral repertoire in such esteemed venues as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall. The Library’s Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound is honored to count The St. Cecilia Chorus collection of sound recordings amongst its vast holdings

As part of its regular efforts to document living treasures of the New York performing arts community, the Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives recorded a 100-minute video oral history interview with the vibrant 95-year David Randolph (in conversation with Gerald Greland) on March 25, 2010, which would turn out to be his final interview before he succumbed to illness. With the kind cooperation of The St. Cecilia Chorus, the Library is proud to present this oral history in its entirety here online, so that many may be able to experience of the wisdom and spirit of world-class conductor, David Randolph. Interested individuals may visit the Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound at the Library for the Performing Arts to listen to myriad recordings of The St. Cecilia Chorus under Randolph’s direction. For more information about accessing this information you can contact Jon Pace in the Library's Press Office at or at (212) 592-7710. 

Watch an interview with Mr. Randolph