The collection is divided into three series: Music Compositions, Sound Recordings, and
Miscellany. The Music Composition series is further subdivided into seven subseries:
Concertos, Other orchestral works, Stage music, Choral music, Chamber works, Instrumental
works, and Songs. These subseries are designated by David Meckler, a student of Shere,
who orignally arranged the collection before transferring to the University of
California, Berkeley. Although the collection consists mainly of compositions by Shere,
other materials such as correspondence, programs, and reviews may be added to the
collection later and rearrangement of the Miscellany series may be warranted.
The materials date from circa 1954 to the present.
Shere, Charles (b Berkeley, CA, 20 Aug 1935). Composer. He attended the University of
California, Berkeley (BA in English literature, 1960), and then studied composition with
Luciano Berio at Mills College, Oakland, and with Robert Erickson at the San Francisco
Conservatory and privately, and conducting with Gerhard Samuel. He was music director for
the radio station KPFA, Berkeley (1967-74), and later produced music programs for KQED,
San Francisco (1967-1974). From 1973 to 1984 he lectured in composition and the history
of music at Mills College. Admired as a writer, he was from 1972 music and art critic for
the Oakland Tribune and from 1973 to 1978 edited and published Ear, a monthly magazine devoted to avant-garde music. His continuting interest in
art led Shere to write and produce television programs on the artists Marcel Duchamp and
Georgia O'Keefe, among others; he also lectures frequently on art and has done scholarly
research on West Coast painting. Shere has received commisions from the San Francisco
Comtemporary Music Players, and the Arch Ensemble, Berkeley, and in 1978 was awarded a
composition grant by the NEA.
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in
writing to the Head of the Music Library.
Collection is open for research.