Alice Chalifoux papers

Alice Chalifoux papers

Dates: circa 1924-2008

This collection contains materials collected by Alice Chalifoux. Dates range from approximately 1924 to 2008. Includes photographs, news clippings, concert programs, correspondence and greeting cards, and certificates and awards. It also contains materials from the Salzedo School and various ephemera like a cross-stitched pillow.

  • Extent: 4 oversize items (2 linear ft.). -- 21 cartons (21 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Chalifoux, Alice
  • Call Number: MSS 7835
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; Music Special Collections; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606;
  • Access Restrictions: Open to public research.
Languages and Scripts
This collection has been arranged into two series: 1. Alice Chalifoux personal papers, circa 1924-2008; and 2. Salzedo School records, circa 1924-2000. The original order of the collection has been maintained.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Alice Chalifoux papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 7835; Alice Chalifoux papers; International Harp Archives; L. Tom Perry Special Collections; Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citation: MSS 7835, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Materials collected by Alice Chalifoux. Her daughter Alyce Rideout inherited the materials upon Alice's death in 2008 and donated the collection in 2009.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Alyce Rideout; 2009.
Subject Terms
Salzedo Harp Colony; Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Music
Genre / Form
Awards; Books; Certificates; Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.); Greeting cards; Invitation cards; Letters; Licenses; Membership cards; Photograph albums; Photographs; Pillows; Programs; Sound recordings; Trophies (Objects)
Processing Information
Processed; Lynzi Phillips; 2011.
Appraisal Information
Prominent Harpists, (Section IV.a.i. International Harp Collection Development Policy January 2011).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Chalifoux (Alice) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Lynzi Phillips
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2012-09-19T14:14-0600
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Biographical History

Alice Chalifoux (1908-2008) was an influential harpist who studied under Carlos Salzedo and later ran his harp school in Camden, Maine.

Alice Chalifoux was born in 1908 in Birmingham, Alabama. Her mother, Alice Hallé Chalifoux, was a harpist and taught her from a young age. Alice continued to study the harp through local schools and then went on to study under Carlos Salzedo at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A few years after Salzedo began teaching students during his summers in Maine, Alice became his assistant. When Salzedo died in 1961, he left Alice his house and school. She continued to run and teach at Salzedo's Harp Colony every summer until its end in 2002. While in concert seasons, Alice performed and traveled with the Cleveland Orchestra. She participated from 1931 to 1974 and was the only female member for her first twelve years. She met John Rideout and in 1937 they were married. He died in 1951 and left her to raise their daughter, Alyce Rideout, alone. In 1991, Alice was awarded both an honorary doctorate of fine arts degree at Bowdoin College and was recognized as an artist-teacher by the American String Teacher Association. Two years later, she was awarded an honorary doctorate of musical arts by the Cleveland Institute of Music. Alice was always going, and even at her old age she never retired. She continued to teach and even established the Alice Chalifoux Scholarship Fund in order to help aspiring harpists. She died in 2008 at age 100.

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