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Folder Scope & Content JCC Music Committee - Eileen S. Wingard Collection
Collection Eileen S. Wingard Collection
Box / Folder ESW01
Collection Location Special Collections & University Archives
Series Organizational Records
Dates of Creation 1970's-1990's
Dates of Accumulation
Description (ESW) - Eileen S. Wingard Collection: consisting of photocopies of scripts for honorarium banquets and other documents; programs and correspondence; contents of 7 scrapbooks of newspaper articles and memorabilia of JCC Music Committee; photographs of various events; guest book from the JCC.

Collection of materials from 54th St. (East County) Jewish Community Center Music Committee, highlighting cultural activites such as concerts and performances by guest artists. See collection of Cantor Henri Goldberg for more materials pertaining to the JCC Music Committee.

The Eileen S. Wingard Collection was donated to the JHSSD in 2001. It contains materials about the Music Committee at the East County (54th St) Jewish Community Center. In September, 2009, Wingard donated two scrapbooks from the Music Committee compiled by Sally Sachs (deceased), committee historian. Together with the Cantor Henri Goldberg Collection, this collection provides a very comprehensive picture of this San Diego Jewish cultural institution. The processed collection was donated to SDSU's Special Collections and University Archives in 2014.

Chicago native, Eileen Wingard grew up in Los Angeles, where she studied music at UCLA, eventually becoming a Fulbright Scholar, with studies in Germany. As a professional music teacher and violinist, Wingard played with the San Diego Symphony for over 35 years. She also played with the San Diego Opera Orchestra and the La Jolla Chamber Orchestra and has written and lectured extensively on musical topics. She was chair of the Music Committee of the East County (54th St.) JCC and/or its major driving force for over 18 years.

The Committee existed in various forms from 1958 to the mid 1990's. In the late 1990's the East County JCC was closed and Jewish cultural events shifted to the Lawrence Family JCC in University City. The Music Committee programs served as a venue for musicians, either local or visiting. There were virtuoso concerts; music marathons; honorary dinners for those who contributed to musical life; a performing choir; the Jewish Community Center Symphony Orchestra (now located at Tifereth Israel Synagogue) and any manner of special events during the year, organized by volunteers and professional musicians.