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Mastersingers Inc. records

Identifier: RG-0000-0101

Content Description

The Mastersingers records date from 1978 through 2014. Suellen Alford, a longtime singer in the Mastersingers, compiled the collection and made the associated scrapbooks. Records include performance schedules, photographs, reviews, notes, flyers, programs, budgets, ticket sales, financial statements, group constitutions, board member duties and responsibilities, fundraiser attendees and contributors, personnel information, scrapbooks, and compact discs of their music. The records provide a detailed account of the beginnings and growth of the Mastersingers through 2014.


  • Creation: 1978 - 2014

Biographical / Historical

The Mastersingers was formed in Cookeville, Tennessee in 1978. It originated with community members who all had a desire to sing. Dr. David Urness served as the first choral director. It was Mr. and Mrs. Urness along with Alice Derryberry who formulated the idea of forming the group. The choral group started out small with just eighteen members but steadily grew, and would eventually incorporate as Mastersingers Inc.

As of 2016, the Mastersingers were based out of Tennessee Technological University. Member were historically associated with the university, but it was not a requirement. Students can and did join the Mastersingers, but many members were regular citizens of Cookeville and surrounding areas. It also provides a scholarship to two eligible Tennessee Tech Music students a year for performing with the ensemble. Since its creation, the Mastersingers had hundreds of choral members and performed before thousands of audience members. The ensemble has performed choral music in the Upper Cumberland region of Tennessee, as well as at Carnegie Hall in 2018. The ensemble took a temporary hiatus in March 2020 due to the Covid-19 virus, but resumed normal rehersals in fall 2021. That semester also featured the first outdoor concert for the group.


2.5 Linear Feet

11 Volumes

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The Mastersingers was a choral group that was formed in 1978 by Mr. and Mrs. David Urness and Alice Derryberry in Cookeville, Tennessee. David Urness served as the Mastersingers first choral director. Although based at Tennessee Technological University, members are not required to be students. Many members come from Cookeville and surrounding areas. The records date from 1978 to 2014 and include ephemera, memorabilia, and the official records of the Mastersingers such as information on membership and singers, board member meetings, constitutions, budgets, and financial statements.


Records are arranged into three series: Series I: General Files; Series II: Ephemera; and Series III: Scrapbooks. Records are arranged chronologically within series.

Mastersingers Inc. Records
Van Fields
November 16, 2016
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Repository Details

Part of the Tennessee Tech University Archives Repository

1100 North Peachtree Avenue
PO Box 5066
Cookeville Tennessee 38505 United States