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George E. Waln woodwind collection, 1936 - 1979

 Sub-Series — document-box: 2

Scope and Contents

This collection contains various manuals, paperwork, teaching material and articles on the proper care and playing of woodwind instruments. It also includes several brochures and flyers of musical performances, with a brief history of Gerorge E. Waln.


  • 1936 - 1979

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Biographical / Historical

George E. Waln (1904-1999) served as a professor of clarinet, chamber music and music education at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music in Oberlin, Ohio, from 1929 until 1969. Mr. Waln was a long-time editor of the "Woodwind Clinic" column in the Instrumentalist magazine, author of the "Waln Elementary Clarinet Method" and the arranger and editor of many woodwind solos and ensembles. Waln also taught music in Idaho, Arizona, California, Oregon, Iowa and New York.

He retired to California in 1969, but taught part time at USC until 1972 then again at Chapman University from 1973 to 1980.

In 1994, Waln donated his extensive sheet music collection, worth an approximate $15,000, to Chapman University's School of Music. Due to this donation, the George Waln Woodwind Library was created to house and display his collection. This collection is one of the country's most extensive single collections of solo and ensemble pieces, covering the woodwind instrumental category.


0.05 Linear Feet (3 folders)

Language of Materials



The George E. Waln woodwind information collection is arranged by subject.

Folder 1: Miscellaneous materials

Folder 2 & 3: Personal teaching materials

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transfer from the Chapman Conservatory of Music.

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives, Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections & Archives Repository

Chapman University
One University Drive
Orange CA 92866 USA US