Conductor (musician), Musician, Teacher
Sound recording: 1 sound tape reel
Transcript: 17 p. (on partial microfilm reel)
Collection Summary: An interview of Valter Poole conducted by Heyward Ehrlich in 1964 for the Archives of American Art.
Poole speaks of his background and education; his musical training; his years prior to the Federal Music Project; getting the directorship of the Federal Music Project in Detroit, and later becoming orchestra conductor; the activities of the orchestra, including regular concerts in schools and museums; introducing new music and new composers to Detroit; the effect of the Project on the musicians involved; the project's benefits to the community.
Biographical/Historical Note: Symphony conductor, violist, music professor; Detroit, Mich.
Conducted as part of the Archives of American Art's New Deal and the Arts project, which includes over 400 interviews of artists, administrators, historians, and others involved with the federal government's art programs and the activities of the Farm Security Administration in the 1930s and early 1940s.