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Welcome to the
GUTHRIE MUSIC RENTAL LIBRARY

 

Hundreds of pieces of music you'll only find here!

In 1994, Maestro James K. Guthrie donated his extensive music library to the San Bernardino Symphony. the Library consists of approximately 5000 pieces of orchestral music and additional conductor’s scores, which are rented to college, community and professional orchestras throughout the United States.The collection includes the standard repertoire for orchestras, opera companies and choruses, plus many other orchestrations, which are unique, such as specific opera arias in many different keys, and orchestrations of serious and popular music published from the 1870s to the 1950s.

 

The Library

Guthrie Music LibraryThroughout his career, James K. Guthrie collected numerous musical scores. In 1974 he founded the Guthrie Music Rental Library and made his extensive collection available for rent in order to encourage musical performances. 

Through the library, he provided scores and orchestra music to thousands of schools, colleges, and orchestras, including both major and new struggling orchestras, at affordable prices. He also acquired the library of his friend, James Dolan, librarian for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. Later, Mrs. Louis Palange donated her late husband’s library to Guthrie, as did Mrs. Leo Damiani. The result is an extensive and varied musical library full of important scores, both well-known and obscure, that are still available today for rent.

 

James K. Guthrie

James Kelley Guthrie was born on March 11, 1914 to James A. Guthrie, publisher of the San Bernardino Sun. In 1929, at 15, he began his musical career and formed an orchestra of 60 professional, amateur and retired musicians from the San Bernardino community and the Los Angeles area to form the San Bernardino Community Orchestra, today known as the San Bernardino Symphony. 

James K. GuthrieHis road toward the conductor’s podium was solidified when he introduced himself to Dr. Alfred Hertz, conductor of the San Francisco Symphony and founder of the summer concert series at the Hollywood Bowl. Dr. Hertz became Guthrie’s advisor, teacher and mentor. At 17, Guthrie conducted his first opera, “Don Pasquale,” with the Riverside Opera Company. That same year he also became the music director for the community orchestra he’d founded two years before.

Maestro Guthrie attended the University of Redlands and expanded his training with Maestros Cimini and Berezowski. At age 22, he became the youngest conductor in the United States as the chief conductor of the Hollywood Grand Opera Association and conducted its first performance of Verdi’s “Aida” before an audience of 5,000 at the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium. After this performance he gained national attention in the press and on the pages of Life and Time magazines as “the youngest full-fledged symphony conductor in the U.S.” 

Maestro Guthrie’s musical career flowed in tandem with his life as a newspaperman and publisher. From 1964 to 1969 he was the owner and publisher of the San Bernardino Sun. He also served as a special deputy with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s office from 1931 until 1996, the year he died. In this role he was instrumental in improving the education opportunities and living conditions for the inmates.

The board, staff and volunteers of the Guthrie Music Rental Library are grateful for the example and the resources made available through the generosity, leadership and foresight of Maestro Guthrie and his family.

 

Adopt-A-Part

How would you like to part of our new era at GUTHRIE MUSIC RENTAL?

Maestro Guthrie bequeathed his entire collection of musical scores to the library so future generations could enjoy live musical performances. However, these treasures must be maintained or they will decay with time.

The library is already over 40 years old and has made thousands of rentals. Now we need your help to preserve Maestro Guthrie’s legacy for the future.

Look through our catalog and choose a favorite composer, symphony, opera, even simply a piece of music or a conductor’s score. You can help us either mend or replace that piece to it can be available for rent. All borrowers will know of your contribution thanks to a bookplate we’ll put on the score with your name.

To ADOPT-A-PART contact us at: 909.889.7984 or email us at rental1@guthriemusiclibrary.com .

 

Volunteer Support

Guthrie Music Library

 

We also need help with our collection, fulfilling orders, mending scores, maintaining our website, events, and much more.

If you need community service hours, some practical experience in a variety of areas, or just want to help us better serve the community and our renters, please call at 909.889.7984.

 

Music Catalog

Order music from Guthrie Music LibraryWelcome to the Guthrie Music Rental Library catalog, donated by Maestro James K. Guthrie. This extensive music Library consists of approximately 5,000 pieces of orchestral music and additional conductor’s scores available for rent to college, community and professional orchestras throughout the United States.

The collection includes the standard repertoire for orchestras, opera companies and choruses, plus many other orchestrations. Some of these pieces are quite unique, such as specific opera arias in many different keys, and orchestrations of serious and popular music published from the 1870s to the 1980s. From Strauss to Star Wars, our catalog is one of the widest collections available for rent.

 

Order Music

To place a rental order, please have the exact Catalog Number for the item(s) you wish to receive and contact us at (909) 889-7984 or via email at rental1@guthriemusiclibrary.com.

To place a rental order, please review all Terms and Conditions and email your completed Reservation Form to rental1@guthriemusiclibrary.com. If you wish to speak with us directly, please call (909) 889-7984.

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