Rebecca Burkhardt Papers

Collection Overview

Title: Rebecca Burkhardt Papers

Record Series: 14/09/02/05

Record Group:

14/09/02 Faculty & Staff Papers

Creator: Burkhardt, Rebecca

Date: 1985-2019

Extent: 6 boxes (4.10 linear feet); 5 oversize items (3.58 linear feet)

Repository: Special Collections & University Archives at Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

Language: Materials mostly in English. Some materials are in Portuguese, Chinese, French, and Russian.

Information for Users

Accessing the Collection:

No restrictions. Materials are open for research.

Technical Access: Some content is recorded on CDs, DVDs, audiocassettes, DAT tapes, and VHS, and requires special playback equipment for access and use. It may require the production of a listening or viewing copy. SC&UA staff will determine options for use on a case-by-ca

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

This collection was donated by emeritus professor, Dr. Rebecca Burkhardt, in 2020.

Related archival materials can be found in 14/09/01 Department of Music Collection, at Special Collections & University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa.

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Historical Note

Rebecca Burkhardt was the Director of Orchestral Activities at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) from 1988 until her retirement in 2020.

Burkhardt earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Southwestern University, and her masters degree and Ph.D. from the University of North Texas and the University of Texas, Austin, respectively. In addition to her work as director of the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra (NISG), Burkhardt was involved in opera and theater productions at UNI, and also taught music theory and conducting. She was presented with the Award for Faculty Excellence by the Iowa Board of Regents.

Outside of her career at UNI, Burkhardt has guest conducted locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally, including in Russia, France, and Brazil. Additionally, Burkhardt is a composer and has written works for orchestra, chamber orchestra, and voice.

Scope and Content

The Rebecca Burkhardt Papers consist of materials gathered by Burkhardt during her career at UNI. The materials' original order and folder labeling was maintained. The collection contains items related primarily to Burkhardt's work with the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra (NISG), as well as a handful of outside endeavors. Included are newspaper clippings about Burkhardt and the NISG; materials from the group's 2014 Brazil tour, Burkhardt's involvement in the 2018 International Music Week of Sichuan Conservatory of Music; and programs from the Women Composers Concerts, dating from 1990-1993 and 2009.

Burkhardt also donated programs from assorted UNI performances. Please note that a majority of these programs are located in record series 14/09/01, boxes 27 to 31. The programs retained in this collection contain handwritten annotations related to concert recordings. Additional programs, largely from off-campus performances, are also included. Examples include Iowa All-State Orchestra, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra, and a handful of materials related to NISO's international tours.

The collection also contains audiovisual materials, a majority of which are NISO concert recordings. Included are CDs, audio cassettes, DAT cassettes, and VHS and DVDs. Most of the individual items are labeled with the performance's date and program. Also among these materials are CDs with NISG tour photos and videos, primarily from the group's 2005 Costa Rica tour and slides from the NISO's 1997 "Halloween Hoopla" concert.

Finally, the collection includes a Costa Rica flag and a Chinese silk tapestry, which was given to the NISO by the Shanghai Opera Orchestra in 2018.


Box 1

  • Folder 1: Articles & Clippings
  • Folder 2: Programs - Annotated, 1988-2002; undated
  • Folder 3: Programs (off-campus performances)
  • Folder 4: NISO New York City Tour Program, March 2001
  • Folder 5: Ephemera
  • Folder 6: NISO Trip/Tour to Russia, May 1997
  • Folder 7: NISO Brazil Tour, March 2014
  • Folder 8: Women Composers Concerts, 1990-1993; 2009
  • Folder 9: Newspaper Reviews & Articles - Burkhardt/Opera/NISO, 1988-1992
  • Folder 10: NISO Fundraiser - Trip to Russia
  • Folder 11: China 2018 [2018 International Music Week of Sichuan Conservatory of Music]/[Chengdu International Music Exchange Weekend?]
  • Folder 12: Halloween Hoopla slides, October 20, 1997, Studio III

Box 2

  • CDs: 1997-October 28, 2011

Box 3

  • CDs: February 23, 2012-April 2018

Box 4

  • CDs, April 2018-Nov 2018, some with tour photos, 2003; 2005; 2009; Audio casettes 1992-1999; 2000-2002; and DAT cassettes 1995-2002

Box 5

  • VHS and DVDs of performances, 1997, 2003, 1988, 2004

Box 6 (oversize box)

  • Costa Rica flag; Chinese silk tapestry


  • 5 items
    • 2018 International Music Week Certificate
    • NISO Costa Rica Tour 2005, poster
    • NISO Russia Tour May 1997, poster
    • one poster in Portuguese
    • one poster in Russian


Processing Information

Collection processed and finding aid written by Archival Processor Tessa Wakefield, April 2021.