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Joyce Castle collection

Call Number: RH MS 1441


The collection consists mainly of scores that were either written for or performed by Joyce Castle, University of Kansas Music Department faculty member, and an assortment of playbooks from the plays and operas she appeared in. She also collected a number of prints and drawings of famous 18th and 19th century singers.


  • Creation: 1847, 1903, 1953-2014


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Audio visual materials associated with KC AV 35 are stored in the KU Annex off-site storage area.

All researchers interested in reviewing this material must consult Spencer Research Library Public Services staff (785-864-4334 or, 9-5 M-F CST) before a planned visit; staff will respond within three days, though materials may not be available in that timeframe. Access to audio visual materials may require digitization first. Be advised that drop-in requests for this material cannot be accommodated.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Research Libaray Staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Joyce Castle

Joyce Castle is a Mezzo Soprano singer who grew up in Baldwin City, Douglas County, Kansas and studied at the University of Kansas and the Eastman School of Music. She made her professional opera debut in 1970 at the San Francisco Opera and continued to have an active opera career, performing at the Houston Grand Opera, the Metropoliton Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, and Glimmerglass Opera. She was a leading artist with both the New York City Opera and the New York Metropolitan Opera, in shows including Sweeney Todd and Leonard Bernstein's Candide.

Castle has worked closely with Jake Heggie and William Bolcom, both of whom have written pieces for her throughout the years. Later in her career, Castle returned to the University of Kansas to teach in the Department of Music and Dance. She has also directed and sung in Strawberry Fields, which was performed at KU with KU students.


1 linear foot (1 box + 1 oversize box)

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Scope and Contents

The Joyce Castle collection provides an overview of her operatic career, including playbooks and musical scores, copies of costume designs for characters she played and sang, progams from operas and other productions in which she performed, photographs, and some correspondence and other related materials. Materials in the collection have largely been organized by format. Oversize materials have been physically separated and are described at the end of each series with which those items are associated.

Physical Location

RH MS 1441

Physical Location

RH MS Q434

Physical Location

KC AV 35

Physical Location

RH MS R465

Physical Location


Physical Location

RH CD 43

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Joyce Castle, 2013.

Separated Materials

Sondheim, Stephen. Sondheim. Mary D'Arcy, Joyce Castle, et al. Paul Gemignani. Book of the Month Records 11-7517. Located at Spencer Research Library at KC AV 30.

Bernstein, Leonard. Candide. New York City Opera. John Mauceri. New World Records Nw 340-New 341. Located at Spencer Research Library at KC AV 31.

Heggie, Jake. Flesh & Stone: Songs of Jake Heggie. Classical Action, 2007. Located at Spencer Research Library at KC AV 32.

Torke, Michael. Strawberry Fields; Pentecost. Albany Symphony Orchestra. David Alan Miller. Ecstatic Records Er 092208. Located at Spencer Research Library at KC AV 33.

Menotti, Gian Carlo. The Medium. Chicago Opera Theater. Lawrence Rapchak. Cedille Cdr 90000 034. Located at Spencer Research Library at KC AV 34.

Printed books and other publications have been separated from the collection and will be made available when they have been individually cataloged.


Guide to the Joyce Castle Collection
Joyce Castle collection
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Joyce Castle collection, RH MS 1441, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States