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Richard P. Benedum papers

Identifier: UASC-023

Scope and Content

The Richard P. Benedum papers highlight Dr. Benedum's teaching career, prolific grant-writing, and the sponsored programming that he organized and directed during the course of his career at the University of Dayton. His contributions to the UD Music Department and the Dayton arts community are well documented.

The subject files in series one include personal faculty files spanning 1974-1999, containing correspondence, news clippings, class lists, teaching evaluations, and other materials. The series also contains grant proposals, personal writings, and files from the University of Dayton's Organ Recital Series and Arts Series and Dr. Benedum's National Endowment for the Humanities summer seminars and institutes.

Dr. Benedum's professional activities outside the University are also documented through Ohio Music Education Association, Ohio Music Teachers Association, and Dayton Arts/Humanities Festival files. The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra programs (1976-2006) containing program notes that Dr. Benedum wrote comprise series two.


  • 1972-2006


Access to Materials

This collection is open and available to the public for research in the University Archives and Special Collections reading room. The materials are non-circulating.


The materials in this collection may be protected by copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). The literary rights to the collection belong to the University of Dayton, but copyright to some materials may belong to a third party. The materials are available for personal, educational, or scholarly use. It is the responsibility of the researcher to locate and obtain permission from the copyright holder or his or her heirs for any other use, such as reproduction or publication.

Biography of Richard P. Benedum

Richard P. Benedum is professor emeritus of music at the University of Dayton. He joined the faculty of the University of Dayton Performing and Visual Arts Department in 1973 and taught for over 30 years. He was twice chair of the Music Department (1980-1988 and 1996-2001) and held the endowed Alumni Chair in the Humanities from 2001-2005. He founded and organized UD's First Tuesday Lecture Series. He often performed as organist at University of Dayton commencements.

Dr. Benedum received a bachelor's degree from Concordia Teachers College in 1966 and a doctoral degree in organ performance from the University of Oregon, where he studied with John Hamilton, in 1972. He subsequently studied organ and conducting with Helmuth Rilling in Stuttgart, Germany, and musicology with Christoph Wolff at Harvard. His research interests include compositional process in Bach's organ works, the significance and patterns of articulation marks in Bach's autograph manuscripts, and the operas and early biographical studies of Mozart. He has conducted all the major oratorios and numerous cantatas of Bach, as well as other major works from the seventeenth to the twentieth century.

Over his career, Dr. Benedum has received more than 250 grants for performances, workshops and symposia, and research, totaling nearly $3 million. Since 1990, he has directed over a dozen National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) summer seminars and institutes in Vienna, Austria, instructing teachers on the music of Mozart. He has also directed numerous interdisciplinary mini-institutes for teachers on operas, especially by Mozart, in Ohio and Florida, supported with NEH and Ohio Humanities Council funding. In the early 1990s, he wrote and produced "Mozart: His Music and His Letters," a six-part series of programs for National Public Radio broadcast by approximately 150 stations across the U.S. He has been a review panel member for the NEH four times and has been a consultant for the Ohio Arts Council. In 2000, he was invited to join the Speakers Bureau of the Ohio Humanities Council and in 2003 he joined the Council's Board.

Dr. Benedum is equally as active in his local community. He is an accomplished organ recitalist and church musician. Before his retirement, he was the former organist and choirmaster for St. George's Church in Dayton. He is the founder and former music director of the professional Dayton Bach Society chorus and a former trustee for the Kettering Children's Choir. For thirty years he wrote the program notes for the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra (1976-2006). He now resides in Sarasota, Florida, and is organist and choirmaster for Christ Church in Bradenton, Florida, and co-artistic director of the Sarasota-Manatee Bach Festival. He has been appointed to the Florida Humanities Council's Directory of Humanities Professionals.

For his excellence in teaching and his dedication to the music profession, Dr. Benedum has received the following awards:

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  1. Amicus Musicae Award, University of Dayton, 2009
  2. Outstanding Alumnus, University of Oregon School of Music, 2009
  3. Vocal Arts Resource Network of Ohio Ovation Award, 2001
  4. University of Dayton Alumni Award for Teaching, 1998
  5. Culture Works Opus Award (for outstanding arts educator in greater Dayton), 1996
  6. Ohioana Library Association Music Citation, 1995
  7. College of Arts and Sciences Award for Teaching, 1994


9 Linear Feet (20 boxes)

Language of Materials



Faculty papers of University of Dayton music professor Dr. Richard P. Benedum, including teaching materials, grant project files, correspondence, news clippings, and writings, most notably his program notes for the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra programs (1976-2006).


The Richard P. Benedum papers are arranged into two series.

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  1. Series 1: Subject files
  2. Series 2: Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra programs

Acquisition Information

These papers were donated to the University Archives and Special Collections by Richard Benedum in a series of donations spanning 1991-2006, including accessions 1991-033a, 1994-015a, 1995-006, 1996-002, 1997-012, and 2001-031.

Related Material

Dayton Bach Society records, 1974-2001. University Archives and Special Collections, University of Dayton Libraries, Dayton, Ohio.

Dept. of Music records. University Archives and Special Collections, University of Dayton Libraries, Dayton, Ohio.

Processing Information

The Richard P. Benedum papers were processed by Rachel DeHart in January 2011.

Guide to the Richard P. Benedum papers, 1972-2006
Rachel DeHart
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Repository Details

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