Guide to the Andre Singer Photograph Collection
RG 12.1.7

Summary Information

Repository
Sarah Lawrence College Archives
Creator
Singer, Andre, composer
Title
Andre Singer Photograph Collection
ID
RG 12.1.7
Date [inclusive]
undated, circa 1910-1993
Extent
0.25 linear feet 1 half box
Language

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Sarah Lawrence College Archives January 2001

Sarah Lawrence College Archives
1 Mead Way
Bronxville, NY, 10708
914-395-2480
archives@sarahlawrence.edu

Revision Description

 Finding Aid entered in Archivists' Toolkit by Elijah Black. July 2012

Terms of use

The collection is open to researchers without restriction.

Acquisition note

Collection of photographs donated by George and Beth Wolf in 2000.

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Biographical note

Andre Singer was born November 1, 1907 in Hungary to Dr. Simun and Elsa Singer. He studied music composition in Vienna at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts (Akademie fuer Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Wien), graduating in 1927. Andre furthered his studies in piano at the Vienna Professional School of Higher Learning of Music and Performing Arts (Fach Hochscule fuer Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Wien) from 1927 through 1931 as a student of Paul Weingarten. In the early 1930s, Singer co-founded the Literatur am Naschmarkt cabaret in Vienna. Under the alias “Otto Andreas,” Singer composed works for the cabaret which were often censored for their anti-Nazi content. In the mid 1930s, Andre served in the Royal Army of Yugoslavia at the Officer’s School in Sarajevo. From 1936 through 1938, he worked in Paris and London as an accompanist and solo pianist. While in Paris, Singer met Lucie Ros, whom he married on August 2, 1938, the day before they immigrated to the United States.

Andre and Lucie took up residence in New York, where Andre procured employment as an accompanist and composer. From 1939 through 1942, he worked as the music director of the Chekhov Theatre Studio in Ridgefield, Connecticut. In 1944, Andre was drafted into the U.S. Army and served overseas in Noumea, New Caledonia until his honorable discharge in 1945. In 1946, Andre Singer joined the Sarah Lawrence College music faculty, where he taught until his retirement in 1977. In addition to teaching music theory, composition, and piano at Sarah Lawrence, Singer continued to compose across a wide spectrum of musical forms. Andre Singer died on November 1, 1996.

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Scope and Contents note

The Andre Singer photograph collection consists of two folders of photographs from Singer’s personal collection. Beginning around 1910, the collection documents Singer’s life from early childhood to old age. Included are pictures of Singer’s parents and grandparents in Europe as well as photos of Singer in the Yugoslav Army and U.S. army.

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Related Materials

See also

Andre Singer Collection.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Sarah Lawrence College. Faculty.
  • Sarah Lawrence College. Music Department.

Genre(s)

  • Photographs

Personal Name(s)

  • Haines, Edmund
  • Kupferman, Meyer, 1926-2003

Subject(s)

  • Immigrants - United States.
  • Jews - United States.
  • United States. Army
  • Yugoslavia. Jugoslovenska narodna armija

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Cataloging status

Uploaded to OCLC March 2013 OCLC # 830387208

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Collection Inventory

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Andre Singer 1910 or 1911 

111

Andre’s Brother (Nicola), Andre, Andre’s Mother 1911 

112

Mother, Nicola, Andre, Grandfather, Grandmother, Father (Postcard—vacationing in Abbazia, then Italy, now Slovenia) 1908-1909 

113

Andre and Maid - Postcard 1912 

114

Andre’s Mother and Andre next to her, other unidentified - Postcard addressed to Andre’s Father in Austria on vacation n.d. 

115

Andre’s Grandfather n.d. 

116

Andre’s Grandmother (two photos) n.d. 

117

Andre's Mother Grandmother and two Aunts n.d. 

118

Andre's Mother n.d. 

119

Andre’s Mother (three photos) n.d. 

1110

Andre’s Mother & Father n.d. 

1111

Nicola and first wife; Nicola (two photos) n.d. 

1112

Andre (three photos) n.d. 1929; 1929 

1113

Nicola and first wife; Nicola (two photos) n.d. 1931; 1931; 1932 

1114

Andre as Officers Candidate in Royal Yugoslav Army (1934), Sarajevo (1934), Andre (1935) n.d. 1931; 1931; 1932 

1115

Andre (three photos) n.d.  

1116

Paul Weingarten (two photos) n.d.  

1117

Literatur Am Naschmarkt (Vienna) 1936 

1118

Literatur Am Naschmarkt (Vienna) 1936 

1119

“To Otto Andreas, In Appreciation” Belle Dedjah December 31, 1937 

1120

Michael Chekov n.d. 

1121

Michael Chekov 1941-1942 

1122

“For My Dear Andre and Lucy” Michael Chekov August 28, 1943 

1123

Burgess Meredith (Chekov Studio) 1940 

1124

Beatrice Straight and E. Barrie (Lear) 1940 

1125

Ford Rainey (Lear) 1940 

1126

Andre and Lucy, second and third from right, Nicola and Margot (second wife) (bottom three photos) n.d. 

1127

Lucy - Ridgefield (second from left) 

1128

“Private Andre Singer, former concert pianist of New York City, now with the Finance Office, in New Caledonia, is shown in studio of AES Radio Station in Noumea, New Caledonia during a broadcast. At the microphone is AES announcer Private James Lake.” 

1129

Andre in the U.S. Army (five photos) 1944 

1130

Andre in the U.S. Army (three photos) n.d. 

1231

Andre in the U.S. Army (five photos) n.d. 

1232

Andre in the U.S. Army (seven photos) n.d. 

1233

Andre (two photos) n.d. 

1234

Andre (two photos) n.d. 

1235

Alcottiana School of Music, University of Illinois January 14-17, 1953 

1236

Andre and Nadia Boulanger 1960s 

1237

Ed Haines and Andre 1960s 

1238

Meyer Kupferman, Andre, and Ed Haines 1963 

1239

Andre and Horace Kallen at Cape Cod; Andre at home; Andre and Nicola vacationing in Northern Westchester n.d. 

1240

Andre (two photos) 1975 

1241

Andre at Wolf apartment, New York City (two photos), Andre, Nicola and Margot vacationing in Northern Westchester 1978-1979 

1242

Andre and George Wolf, Andre at Wolf apartment in New York City 1980 

1243

Andre at Wolf apartment in New York City (two photos) 1980 

1244

Andre (two photos) 1980's 

1245

Andre (three photos) 1980's 

1246

Andre at Cape Cod two photos, Andre at Parnassus Bookstore 1983 

1247

Andre at Cape Cod (three photos) 1983 

1248

Andre playing chess at Cape Cod (two photos) 1983 

1249

Andre at Cape Cod (three photos) 1986 

1250

Andre at Cape Cod (three photos) 1986 

1251

Andre at Cape Cod (three photos) 1986 

1252

Party for Andre at Sarah Lawrence College, President’s House; photo 1 Andre with former students (l-r): Joyce Lindorff ’72, Beth Wolf ’51, Susan Bingham ’66, Dorothy Belford ’76, Lucy Rosenfeld ’60, Julie Sturges ’48, & Anita Gordon ’58; photo 2 Andre; photo 3 Lanone Davenport, Sheila Schonbaum, Andre, David Lindorff ’71, & Joyce Lindorff ‘72 1987 

1253

Andre at Cape Cod (two photos) 1988, 1989-1990 

1254

Andre and Nicola; Andre, Nicola, and Margot 1992 

1255

Andre; Andre 1992-1993 

1256

Andre’s room at the Williams Residence 1993 

1257

Andre’s home in Nyack (three photos) n.d. 

1258

Andre’s home in Nyack (three photos) n.d. 

1259

Berenice Lipson-Gruzen, friend 1971 

1260