Karl and Martha Holvik Collection, ca. 1958-2012

Collection Overview

Title: Karl and Martha Holvik Collection, ca. 1958-2012

Record Series: 14/09/02/03

Creator: Karl and Martha Holvik  

Date: ca. 1958-2012

Extent: 3 boxes (1.33 linear feet)

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa.

Language: This material is primarily in English, although some performances are in other languages.

Access and Use

Accessing the Collection:

There are no restrictions on the use of this material. Some of this material was recorded using obsolete technology. It has not been digitized.

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item] in the Karl and Martha Holvik Collection, Archives Record Series 14/05/20, [box and folder number], University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

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Historical Note

Karl Magnus Holvik (July 24, 1921-September 11, 2003) joined the UNI faculty as an instructor of woodwind instruments in 1947.  He directed several bands during his tenure.  He retired as a Professor of Instrumental Conducting in 1984. 

Martha Tharalson Holvik (July 1, 1920-July 10, 2014) joined the faculty as an instructor of music in 1970.  She founded the UNI Suzuki Program.  She retired as an Assistant Professor of Viola and Theory in 1986.

Scope and Content

The scrapbook consists of photographs and a few newsclippings relating to band trips and performances from about 1958 until about 1960.  Some photos are labeled; many are not.  Probably both Karl and Martha Holvik compiled this scrapbook at the time when the photos were taken. Martha Holvik gave the scrapbook to Tabitha Langis in 2005, when she was conducting research for her History of Bands at the University of Northern Iowa, 1892-2005.  Tabitha Langis donated the scrapbook to the University Archives in 2006, at the completion of her research.  Martha Holvik also gave Tabitha Langis a collection of band performance programs which are included in material related to the Langis essay. In January 2014 and July 2015, the Holviks' daughters gave additional photographs, band recordings, and papers relating to their parents to the University of Northern Iowa Archives. 


Box 1

Karl and Martha Holvik biographical information, including Suzuki program information

Scrapbook of photographs and a few newsclippings relating to band trips and performances, c. 1958-c. 1960

Photographs of Karl Holvik and his bands

Amphion:  a concert march.  Written for the occasion of the dedication of the Cedar Falls Municipal Band Shell; June 25, 1996, and dedicated to Karl M. Holvik, Professor of Music and Director of Bands, Emeritus; University of Northern Iowa, by Dennis J. Smith (autographed by Dennis Smith)

Box 2 - Recordings of UNI band performances, audiocassette format

UNI Alumni Band, September 5, 1982

UNI Band and Concert Chorale, May 10, 1972

UNI Wind Ensemble, December 7, 1976

UNI Bands Tape II, April 28, 1980

  • Side 1:  Symphony No. 2, John Barnes Chance; Serenade for Solo Alto Saxophone, Frank Benecriscutto; Mozart Serenade No. 10, Steve Porter
  • Side 2:  Sinfonietta, Ingolf Dahl  1.) Susserendo 2.) Pastoral Nocturne 3.) Dance Variations

UNI Bands Tape III, April 25, 1978

  • Side 1:  Prelude to Die Meistersinger, Wagner; Concertino, Weber; Manzoni Requiem, Verdi; Sonitus Revelationis, Hogancamp
  • Side 2:  Fanfare to Precede La Peri, Dukas; Fantasies on a Theme, Haydn; On The Mall, Goldman

Holvik "Top 50" Tape IV

  • Side 1:  Intro to Act III from Lohengrin, Wagner; Irish Tune and Shepherd's Hey, Grainger; Dramatic Essay, C. Williams; Suite from the Water, Handel; Gymnopedie, Eric Satie; Polka from "the Bolt", Shostakovich
  • Side 2:  Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes by Weber, Hindemith; Symphonic Songs, Bennett; Serenade, Dvorak; Fantisia in G Major, Bach; Sussex Mummers Christmas Carol, Grainger; Scarborough Fair, Clark

UNI "Top 50" Tape V

  • Side 1:  Concerto Conclusion, Handel; Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, Bach; Liturgical Music, Mailman; Nutcracker Suite, Tchaikovsky; Masquerade Ovt., Neilsen
  • Side 2:  Tuba Concerto, Williams 

Holvik "Top 50" Tape IV

  • Side 1:  Piccolo Concerto, Vivaldi; Someone to Watch Over Me, Gershwin; Fidelity March, King; The Occasional Suit, Phillips; Mini Suite, Gould; Prelude on Brother James's Air, Wright;
  • Side 2:  Overture to Marriage of Figaro, Mozart; Bach; Sarabande, Debussy; Bach (again); Da Capo, Boulanger; Black is the Color, Reed

UNI Top 50 Tape VII

  • Side 1:  Hill Song No. 2, Grainger; Lincolnshire Posy, Grainger; Robinson's Grand Entree, King; O Sacred Head, Bach/Wright; Chester Overture, Schuman; Suite Francaise, Milhaud
  • Side 2:  Dramatic Essay, William; Prelude and Fugue, Nelhybel; Oboe concerto No. 3, Handel

UNI Wind Ensemble IBA 1981

UNI Wind Ensemble German Music rehearsal

UNI Wind Ensemble, 1976

Irish Tune, Grainger; Shepherds' Hey, Grainger; Armenian Dances Part 1, Reed; Robinson's Grand Entree, King; Troupe Days Barnum and Bailey, King

UNI Wind Ensemble, February 2, 1977

Suite in E flat, Holst

UNI Wind Ensemble, Sonitus Revelationus, Hill

Radio programs, audiocassette format

  • Great moments in 20th century band music, KUNI Concert Classics, December 18, 1985; Peter Hamlin, host, and Karl Holvik, guest
  • Happy birthday, Mr. Sousa, KUNI, November 6, 1982

Box 3

UNI School of Music Hall of Fame Award, Martha Holvik, 2012 (large plastic memento)

Sturgis Falls Celebration, Parade Grand Marshall, Martha and Karl Holvik, 2003 (large plastic memento)

Processing Information

Material initially processed and finding aid prepared by University Archivist Gerald L. Peterson, June 2006; additions to collection processed by Student Assistant Renee Croghan; updated, July 20, 2015 (GP). Updated by Library Associate Dave Hoing, January 2018 and April 2018. Linear feet updated on September 14, 2017.

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