approximately 800 items (1.0 linear ft.)..
The collection documents Velma Rooke's career as a musician, music educator, and music therapist. There are scores, including manuscript arrangements for the Hour of Charm All-Girl Orchestra; sheet music; song lyrics; personal notes and drafts; concert programs; brochures and newsletters from Rooke's workplaces; clippings; a few letters; photographs; and other materials.
Velma Rooke was raised in Jacksonville, Fla., but spent her adulthood as a professional musician, music educator, and music therapist in New York, N.Y. Rooke studied at The Julliard School and Columbia University. From approximately 1933 until 1956, Rooke was first chair trombonist, relief pianist, and arranger for Phil Spitalny's Hour of Charm All-Girl Orchestra. After the orchestra disbanded in 1956, Rooke became first trombonist for the Great Neck Philharmonic Orchestra. She also worked as a music therapist at the Creative Arts Rehabilitation Center (CARC), commonly known as the Music Therapy Center from its inception in 1960 until the early 1980s. Rooke also conducted music therapy and lessons at various New York locations, including the veterans affairs hospital in the Bronx, the Reece School for Emotionally Disturbed Children, and the Turtle Bay Music School.
In the Southern Folklife Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (#20476).