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Fontana Festival of Music and Art/Fontana Chamber Arts Collection

Identifier: RH-A-2802

Scope and Contents

Fontana Festival of Arts and Music and Fontana Chamber Arts materials include concert booklets, pamphlets, tickets and fliers, season announcements, program notes, newspaper clippings, mailings and newsletters.


  • Creation: 1980-2014


Biographical / Historical

The Fontana Festival of Music and Art began in 1980, held in Shelbyville, Michigan. The summer festival lasted from July to September and featured local and regional artists and musicians.

The Society eventually expanded their programming to include concerts held during the winter with local musicians as well as touring ensembles. In 2001, the Society merged with the Chamber Music Society of Kalamazoo to form the Fontana Chamber of Arts. They hold 8 to 10 performances each year from September to May. They also hold a Fontana Downtown Series, a Fontana International Chamber Music Series, and a Summer Music Festival. The Chamber of Arts has done some collaborating with the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival. They also have their own publication, Fontana Footnotes/Notes, which releases issues four times a year.


1 boxes

Language of Materials



This collection is composed of materials from the Fontana Festival of Music and Art and the Chamber Music Society, covering a period of 1980 to 2014. The summer festival was held for many years at The Art Emporium in Shelbyville, Michigan. However, year-round concerts are currently held at several venues in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Physical Description

The collection amounts to 1.0 cubic feet and is composed of a variety of items relating to the Fontana Festival of Music and Art/Fontana Chamber Arts. The size of materials varies greatly, but most items are printed on 8 ½” x 11” white paper. There are concert booklets, pamphlets, tickets, and flyers, as well as season announcements, program notes, newspaper clippings, mailings, and newsletters.

Most items are in excellent condition, but some older items are a little faded, stained, or torn in some places.


Most of the items in this collection were acquired by Dr. Sharon Carlson, from her father, Dr. Andrew Carlson. The rest of these items came from the Acquired Collection, A-2670.

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Repository Details

Part of the Western Michigan University Archives & Regional History Collections Repository

Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center
1650 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5307 US
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