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Lloyd Pfautsch papers, 1919-2011:

A Guide to the Collection


Creator: Pfautsch, Lloyd
Title: Lloyd Pfautsch papers
Dates: 1919-2011
Dates (Bulk): 1945-1995
Abstract: Lloyd A. Pfautsch (1921-2003) was a composer, conductor, and professor of voice and choral conducting who taught at Illinois Wesleyan University, the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, Indiana University Bloomington, Union Theological Seminary, Northwestern University, and Southern Methodist University (SMU). This collection comprises Pfautsch’s draft and published compositions, writings, teaching files, correspondence, materials on the Dallas Civic Chorus and Mu Phi Epsilon fraternity, audio-visual resources, and personal papers.
Identification: STA 69
Quantity: 36 boxes (17.5 linear feet)
Language: Material is in English
Repository: Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University

Biographical Note

Lloyd Pfautsch was born in Washington, Missouri on September 14, 1921, to Walter A. and Ouida Henselmeier. He attended Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, Illinois (BA 1943) and Union Theological Seminary, New York, New York (BD, 1946; MSM 1948). He also studied conducting with Robert Shaw and choral masterworks with Julius Herford. In 1946 Pfautsch married professional singer Edith L. “Edie” Herseth (1922-2011) of Bertha, Minnesota. They raised three sons: Eric, Peter and Jonathan.

An ordained minister in the Evangelical and Reformed Church (now part of the United Church of Christ), Pfautsch began his career as a professional vocalist. From 1946 to 1948 he served as Director of Music at the Congregational Church of Mahasset, New York. Academic positions followed at Illinois Wesleyan University (1948-1958), the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign (visiting faculty 1956-1957), Indiana University Bloomington (visiting faculty 1956), Union Theological Seminary (visiting faculty 1951, 1953, and 1959), Northwestern University (visiting faculty 1958), and Southern Methodist University (1958-1992). At SMU Pfautsch served as associate professor of sacred music and the founding director of the Master of Sacred Music program (1958-1964), director of choral activities (1958-1992), and associate Dean of the Meadows School of the Arts (1964-1965).

In addition to being a notable music educator, Professor Pfautsch was a celebrated conductor and choral festival leader. A prolific composer and arranger of choral and instrumental pieces, his publications include more than three hundred musical works, three books, periodical articles, and an instructional video.

Pfautsch organized the Dallas Civic Chorus in 1960 and served as the group’s conductor for twenty-five years. He was the recipient of honorary doctorates from Elmhurst College (DMus, 1971), Illinois Wesleyan University (DHL, 1978), and West Virginia Wesleyan University (DHL, 1985). Pfautsch also received special honors and awards from SMU, ASCAP (The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers), The United States Navy, The United Methodist Church, the Texas Choral Directors Association, Mu Phi Epsilon, Sigma Alpha Iota, and the State of Texas.

Lloyd Pfautsch died in Dallas, Texas, on October 3, 2003. To honor his memory, friends and former students endowed a Lloyd Pfautsch Award at the SMU Meadows School of the Arts. The annual award recognizes a university choir member who demonstrates leadership, musicianship and scholarship.


"Lloyd Pfautsch.” Dallas Morning News, October 5, 2003. NewsBank, accessed May 22, 2019,

Hart, Kenneth W. "Lloyd A. Pfautsch." The Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology. Canterbury Press, accessed May 22, 2019,

Hart, Kenneth W. A Day for Dancing: The Life and Music of Lloyd Pfautsch. Denton, Texas: University of North Texas Press, 2014.

Scope and Contents Note

The Lloyd Pfautsch papers document the life and career of a prominent twentieth-century American sacred music performer, conductor, composer, and music educator. The collection includes original working manuscripts of compositions and arrangements by Pfautsch, copies of his published choral octavos, instrumental works, hymns, instructional books, concert programs, and materials from the many festivals and choral workshops that he led. The collection also holds audio and video recordings, personal and family photographs, concert posters, scrapbooks, award certificates and plaques, and memorial tributes.

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection comprises seven series:
Series 1: Compositions and other writings, 1943-circa 2000
Series 2: Teaching files, 1948-2002
Series 3: Correspondence, 1948-1998
Series 4: Dallas Civic Chorus, 1961-1986
Series 5: Mu Phi Epsilon Dallas alumni chapter, 1978-2006
Series 6: Audio-visual materials, 1984-1998
Series 7: Personal materials, 1919-2011


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research use.

Publication Rights:

Permission to publish copyrighted materials must be obtained from the copyright holder. Items that have entered the Public Domain do not require permission to publish.

Copyright Statement:

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain copyright authorization.

Sensitive Material Statement:

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications for which Bridwell Library assumes no responsibility.

Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following terms in the Southern Methodist University Libraries' online catalog. Researchers desiring related materials may search the catalog using these terms.
Subjects (Persons)
Pfautsch, Lloyd.
Subjects (Organizations)
Southern Methodist University -- Faculty.
Dallas Civic Chorus.
Mu Phi Epsilon -- Dallas Alumnae Chapter.
Composers -- Texas -- Dallas.
Choral conductors -- Texas -- Dallas.
Choral music.
Document Types
Musical works.
Audiovisual materials.

Related Material

Kenneth W. Hart papers, Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University

Kate Warnick papers, Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University

Master of Sacred Music Program records, Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Item], Lloyd Pfautsch papers, Bridwell Library Special Collections, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.

Acquisition Information

Gift, Lloyd Pfautsch and family, 1996-2001

Transfer, Southern Methodist University Archives, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University, 2017

Transfer, Jake and Nancy Hamon Arts Library, Southern Methodist University, 2017-2018

Gift, Kenneth Hart, 2017.

The papers of Professor Lloyd Pfautsch were held by the family, Kenneth Hart (Pautsch’s biographer), and two libraries at Southern Methodist University. As a resource for the use of the Master of Sacred Music students, faculty, and other researchers, the various parts of this collection were brought together at Bridwell Library starting in 2017.

Processing Information

Processed by Kate Chalupa and Timothy S. G. Binkley, 2019.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Compositions and other writings, 1943-circa 2000
11 boxes

The first series comprises folders of original manuscript compositions, published works, and royalties ledgers. To access a searchable, itemized list of the approximately 300 compositions and arrangements in this series, follow this link:
Box Folder
1834A 01-04 Manuscript and informally published works circa 1950-2000
Box Folder
1834B 01-04 Manuscript and informally published works circa 1950-2000
05-09 Working drafts of tunes and texts, circa 1950-2000
Box Folder
1835A 01-25 Working drafts of tunes and texts, 1943-circa 2000
Box Folder
2178 01-34 Large format music manuscripts, circa 1950-2000
Box Folder
1821B 01-13 Large format music manuscripts, circa 1950-2000
14 Large format: unidentified music score fragments, circa 1950-2000
Box Folder
1821C 01 Large format music manuscripts: Carols for the Church Year series, 1973-1987
02-03 Large format music manuscripts: Commissioned anthems, 1969-1982
Box Folder
1821D 01 Large format music manuscripts: Commissioned anthems, 1973-1990
02 Large format music manuscripts: Commissioned secular works, 1986-1990
03 Large format music manuscripts: Works for women’s chorus, 1953-1982
Box Folder
1835B 01 Catalogue of published works by Lloyd Pfautsch, circa 1990-1998
02-03 Royalties ledgers 1-251, 1952-1995
04-07 Published works 1-60, circa 1950-2000
Box Folder
1836A 01-07 Published works 61-150, circa 1950-2000
Box Folder
1836B 01-07 Published works 151-253, circa 1950-2000
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1837A 01 Published works – un-enumerated, 1958-2003
02 Southern Methodist University chapel choir anthem series, 1963-1984
03 Lawson-Gould Music Publishers Lloyd Pfautsch Choral series, 1963-1986
04 Sea Chanters chorus (U.S. Navy) commission: A Prayer for The Fleet and Sea Fever, 1996-1997
05 Published reviews, articles, and speeches, 1956-1993

Series 2: Teaching Files, 1948-2002
6 boxes

The second series comprises folders of materials related to Pfautsch’s employment at Illinois Wesleyan University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Southern Methodist University. In addition the series includes records from his workshops and lectures.
Box Folder
1837A 05-06 Illinois Wesleyan University, 1948-1978
07 Illinois Wesleyan University photographs, 1948-1999
08 University of Illinois concert programs, 1956-1957
09 Perkins School of Theology seminary singers, 1960-1964
10 Perkins Chapel Christmas worship service programs, 1961-1991
11 Southern Methodist University Christmas concert programs, 1958-1991
12 Southern Methodist University School of the Arts / Meadows School of the Arts concert programs, 1964-1991
Box Folder
1837B 01 Southern Methodist University choir tour programs, 1959-1992
02 Southern Methodist University – A Festival of Psalms, 1991 October
03 Southern Methodist University music alumni lists, circa 1990
04 Choral Conductors’ Guild annual convention, San Francisco, 1965 June
05 Convocation of Religion for World Peace, San Francisco, 1965 June
06 Texas Music Educators Association workshop on English diction, 1996
07 Conferences and workshops, 1964
08-12 Festivals and workshops, 1966-1971
Box Folder
1938A 01-08 Festivals and workshops, 1972-1980
Box Folder
1938B 01-12 Festivals and workshops, 1981-1992
Box Folder
1839A 01-07 Festivals and workshops, 1993-2000
08 Festivals and workshops, circa 1980-2000
09 Addresses and writings, 1958-1978
10 Southern Methodist University correspondence, 1958-2003
Box Folder
1839B 01-02 Southern Methodist University twenty-fifth anniversary letters, 1958-1983
03-04 Southern Methodist University conducting majors after-concert parties, 1958-1999
05 Southern Methodist University, 1959-2002
06 Southern Methodist University Psalm festival in honor of Lloyd Pfautsch, 1991 October
07 “We Gather Together” celebration of Jane Marshall and Lloyd Pfautsch at First United Methodist Church, Dallas, 2000
08 Hymnology notes, undated, circa 1999
09 Martin Luther’s hymn texts and tunes notes, undated

Series 3: Correspondence, 1948-2003
4 boxes

Series three opens with thirty-four folders of personal letters to and from notable musicians, poets, and theologians. Twenty-four folders of publisher correspondence follow. The series concludes with a single folder of letters written to authors and other rights holders requesting use of their lyrics in Pfautsch’s compositions and arrangements.
Box Folder
1840A 01 Aaron Copland, 1952
02 Clarence Dickinson, 1948
03 Emma Lou Diemer, 1974-1986
04 Robert Donington, 1983
05 Earl George, 1951-1994
06 Fred Pratt Green, 1978-1994
07 Jester Hairston, 1969-1991
08 Julius Herford, 1954-1973
09 Adolph Herseth, 1965
10 W. Richey Hogg, 1959
11 Normand Lockwood, 1955
12 George W. Low, 1965
13 William Mathias, 1983-1990
14 Kirke Mechem, 1965-1998
15 Anthony MiIner, 1978
16 Dave Morrah, 1955-2003
17 Elwin Myrick, 1987
18 Reinhold Niebuhr, 1957
19 Knut Nystedt, 1976-1982
20 Schubert Ogden, 1960
21 Flor Peters, 1954
22 Burrill Phillips, 1953-1959
23 Joseph D. Quillian Jr., 1966-1992
24 Gisela Richter, 1976-1977
25 Helmuth Rilling, 1974-1986
26 Erik Routley, 1970-1983
27 John Rutter, 1984-1986
28 Robert Shaw, 1957-1985
29 Randall Thompson, 1980
30 David Willcocks, 1977
31 Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1952
32 Malcom Williamson, 1975
33 A. A. Wright, 1965
34 Heniz Werner Zimmermann, 1973-1985
Box Folder
1840B 01-09 Lawson-Gould Music Publishers, 1978-1999
Box Folder
1841A 01-05 Lawson-Gould Music Publishers, 1955-1978
06 Hope Publishing Company, 1985-2003
Box Folder
1841B 01-04 Hope Publishing Company, 1967-1984
05-06 Abingdon Press, 1961-2003
07 Belwin Mills / Warner Brothers Publications, 1990-1995
08 Carl Fischer Inc., 1972-1990
09 Warner / Chappell Music Inc., 1993-2003
10 Lyrics permission requests, 1950-1996

Series 4: Dallas Civic Chorus, 1961-1986
2 boxes

Lloyd Pfautsch was the organizer and founding conductor of the Dallas Civic Chorus. This series contains information about the chorus and Dr. Pfautsch’s leadership.
Box Folder
1842A 01 Administrative handbook, 1964-1971
02-03 Dallas Civic Chorus, 1961-1992
04 Dallas Civic Chorus directories, 1972-1987
05 Rehearsal photographs, circa 1961-1986
06 Twentieth anniversary of the Dallas Civic Chorus, 1980
07 Dallas Civic Chorus programs, 1962-1986
Box Folder
2176C 01 Dallas Civic Chorus scrapbook, 1960-1982

Series 5: Mu Phi Epsilon Dallas alumni chapter, 1978-2006
5 boxes

Mu Phi Epsilon is a international professional music fraternity. This series comprises scrapbooks documenting the activities of the Dallas alumni chapter, of which Edith Pfautsch was a leading member. In 1998 Lloyd Pfautsch received the Mu Phi Epsilon Citation of Merit.
Box Folder
2175 A-C Mu Phi Epsilon scrapbooks, 1978-1995
Box Folder
2176 A-B Mu Phi Epsilon scrapbooks, 1995-2006

Series 6: Audio-visual materials, 1984-1998
2 boxes

The sixth series comprises digital and magnetic recordings of Lloyd Pfautsch and his creative works. The series also includes cassette tapes containing oral history interviews of twenty-two SMU School of Music and Music Division of the SMU Meadows School of the Arts faculty members. Robert T. Anderson, Eugene Bonelli, Orville J. Borchers, William Cooper, Harris Crohn, Charles Eagle, Eugene Ellsworth, Thomas Hayward, Kermit Hunter, David Karp, Lois Land, Barbara Moore, Alfred Mouledous, Luise Mueller, Larry Palmer, Lloyd Pfautsch, Oakley Pittman, Ross Powell, Ruth Rutherford, Herbert Turrentine, Paul Vellucci, and Carlton R. Young. The interviews were conducted in 1996. On the first tape Lloyd Pfautsch introduces the oral history project.
Box Folder
1842B 01 Compact Discs: Music of Lloyd Pfautsch (8 CDs) and Lloyd Pfautsch Recordings (3 CDs), circa 2001
02 Printed lyrics of the works on the “Music of Lloyd Pfautsch” CDs, circa 2001
03 VHS tapes: A Day for Dancing, First United Methodist Church, Dallas (1984, 1989); KXAS-TV interview (December, 24 1989); SMU Archives interview; Befana and A Day for Dancing performances; Coming Alive: Choral Directing with Lloyd Pfautsch (1998) 1984-1998
Box Folder
1844B SMU music program oral history tapes and index, circa 1996

Series 7: Personal materials, 1919-2011
8 boxes

The final series documents Pfautsch’s genealogy, childhood in Washington, Missouri, family life, education, and ordination in the United Church of Christ. This series also contains information about honors he received, his retirement, and his death.
Box Folder
1842C 01 Herman, Missouri, 1965-1990
02 St. Peters UCC, Washington, Missouri
03 Walter A. and Ouida Henselmeier Pfautsch, 1919-1942
04 Marian Pfautsch and Wilbur Lefmann wedding, 1947
05 “Bud” Adolph Herseth, 1977-2001
06 Grandparents Henselmeier and Pfautsch, 1999
07 Elementary school, 1932-1935
08 High School National Orchestra, 1938
09 Washington High School, 1938–1989
10-11 Elmhurst College, Elmurst, Illinois, 1943-1971
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1843A 01 Wedding pictures and news clippings, 1946
02 Motet Choir, 1945
03 Union Theological Seminary, 1940-1959
04 Candidate for Ordination, 1959-1963
05 Photographs of family and friends, 1946-1999
06 ASCAP membership certificate, 1960
07 Citation for pastoral service, 1984
08 Sigma Alpha Iota Service to Music Award, 1972
09 Lloyd Pfautsch Award, 1984-1997
10 Bridwell Library gifts and appraisal, 1992-2001
11 Photographs of Lloyd Pfautsch, 1939-1979
12 News clippings, 1956-2003
13 Biographical data, 1962-2005
14 Scrapbook of news clippings, 1941
15 John F. Kennedy memorial concert, 1965
16 Inscribed octavos by Atherton, Duson, and Price, 1964-1986
Box Folder
1843B 01 Thomas Edward Miller Dissertation: The Sacred Choral Music of Lloyd Pfautsh, 1981
02-03 Retirement letters, 1992
04 The Pfautsch Family at Fifty-Five, 2001
05 Obituaries of family members and associates, 1941- 2011
06 Funeral and memorial services, 2003
07 Texas Choral Directors Association, 2003-2004
08 Memorial concerts, 2003–2004
Box Folder
1844A 01 Lloyd Pfautsch Award, American Choral Directors Association, Southwest Division, 1994 March 19
02 Thirty-four year recognition, Southern Methodist University Meadows School of the Arts, circa 1992
03 Beautification Award presented to Mu Phi Epsilon Dallas Alumnae Chapter by the Dallas Times Herald, 1977
04 Meadows Chorale and Southern Methodist University leadership recognition, 1992
05 Roger Deschner Award, Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts, 1999 July 8
06 Texas Distinguished Choirmaster Award, Texas Choral Directors Association, 1991 August
Box Folder
2179A 01-10 Scrapbook of professional work, 1971-1976
Box Folder
2179B 01 Paul Velluci orchestrations and compositions, circa 1960-1990
02-03 Choral programs and reviews, 1947-2000
04 United States Air Force certificates of appreciation, circa 1975
05 Music Educators National Conference, National High School Orchestra photograph, 1938
06 West Virginia Wesleyan College Doctor of Humane Letters, 1985
07 Delta Omicron Certificate of Honor, 2000
08 Mu Phi Epsilon Citation of Merit, 1998
09 Sigma Alpha Iota Service to Music in Dallas Award, 1972
10 Union Theological Seminary diplomas 1946-1948
11 Illinois Wesleyan University Doctor of Humane Letters, 1978
12 Amherst College Doctor of Music, 1959
13 Southern Methodist University Outstanding Professor Award, 1978
14 Phi Kappa Phi Member Certificate, 1953
15 State of Texas Governor's commendation, 2002
Box Folder
2179C Four academic hoods, circa 1950-1990
Box Folder
2179D 01 Union Theological seminary class of 1946, 1946
02 Confirmation and high school oversize photographs, circa 1938-1942