The Anne Potter Wilson Music Library at the Blair School of Music celebrated its 25th anniversary on the Vanderbilt campus with an afternoon reception this spring. Nearly 150 attendees enjoyed the event, which marked the rollout of the Blair Performance Archive (BPA).
“The Anne Potter Wilson Music Library has always been at the heart of the Blair School, both in a physical sense—it’s at the very center of our building—and, more importantly, in an intellectual and cultural sense,” Blair Dean Mark Wait said. “It has a superb collection of music in many formats and also reflects the global thrust of music today in its rich array of African and Latin American holdings. It’s a jewel, a joy to visit and work in.”
Holling Smith-Borne, director of the Music Library, explains that the BPA documents the performance history of Blair. “It’s a digital library that allows the study of performances at Blair,” he said.
The BPA is a searchable database and includes scans of original programs and streaming audio files of the Blair and Peabody recording masters in the library’s archives. The Music Library also produces the Global Music Archive , a streaming audio database with nearly 2,000 recordings available.