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About the Library

Established in 2001, Emma Ray Riggs McKay Music Library serves the students, faculty, and community of the University of Utah. The Library is named for Emma Ray Riggs McKay (1877-1970), a former U music student and graduate. The Library is a beautiful space, located in Gardner Hall, and is an integral part of the School of Music and its mission.

 
McKay provides our students and faculty with the learning and teaching tools needed for successful semesters. Resources include 25 Mac computer stations outfitted with a wide variety of music notation and editing softwares; circulating scores, books, and technology equipment; over 30,000 recordings; and, a friendly and knowledgeable staff specializing in music.
 
Feel free to direct any questions and comments to the McKay Music Library Director, Lisa Marie Chaufty.

 

 


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Emma Ray Riggs graduated from the University of Utah in 1898, receiving one of six degrees awarded that year. She was among the first to study music at the University, which organized the Department of Music in 1888. A talented pianist with a fine contralto voice, she ensured that all her and her husband’s, David O. McKay, children learned to play the piano, and many performed second instruments. Following in their parents’ footsteps all seven children, and their spouses, graduated from the University of Utah.

When David O. McKay became President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Ray traveled the world with him, speaking to thousands of people in many countries. She especially inspired young people. She died in 1970 at age 93, ten months after the death of her husband. Her legacy includes 22 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. Full bio.

Library Staff

Emma Hanson

Lisa Marie Chaufty, director

Hello and welcome to the library!  Libraries have held a special place in my heart since I was old enough to take a trip to my local public library and browse the shelves. I've worked in libraries in some way since 1983 (that's 40 years)! I'm honored to lead the McKay Library and will continue to do everything I can to ensure the success and safety of all of our students. Feel free to drop by my desk or office to introduce yourself.


Emma Hanson

Emma Hanson, student

My name is Emma Hanson, I am in my first year of graduate school at the U. I am pursuing a Master of Architecture degree here at the University. My undergraduate degree was in Art History with an emphasis on early abstract art in Northern Europe. I am from Salt Lake but studied at the University of Washington in Seattle. My interests include architecture, music, and printmaking.


Spencer Kellogg

Spencer Kellogg, Library Technical Specialist

My name is Spencer Kellogg, and I am an alumni of our wonderful School of Music at the U of U. I started working at the McKay Music Library in early 2004 during my last year of school. Outside of the library I perform in a plathera of groups ranging from jazz to rock to musical theatre. I find such endless joy working here at the library witnessing our talented students, grow into such wonferful musicians!


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James Navarro, student

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Long Wang, student

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Heidi Wilde, student

Hello! I am studying Music Education here at the U. Aside from music, I love to be active with friends in my spare time. I lately have been climbing a lot as well as hiking, though, not right now due to the snow. Though I do often play video games when I'm not with friends. Thank you for reading this and I'm always wanting to make new friends. See you at the library!


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Autumn Wood, student

Photo and bio coming soon!

 

 

 

Library Policies

Collection Development

Introduction:

The McKay Music Library is named for Emma Ray Riggs McKay (1877-1970), a music student and graduate of the University of Utah. McKay Music Library was founded in 2000 and is situated in Gardner Hall. It shares the music collection and the catalog with the Marriott Library. In combination, the McKay and Marriott ably fulfill the needs of the School of Music and serve music research and performance across the University with ties to the greater Salt Lake community. The McKay Music Library primarily serves and supports the learning, teaching, and research needs of the faculty and students of the School of Music.

University of Utah School of Music:

The school educates undergraduate (2020-21 academic year: 271) and graduate (2020-21 academic year: 87) students through programs in composition, conducting, jazz, music education, music theory, musicology, and performance. The full program of study offered is here.

Scope of collection and collection development guidelines:

Materials for research collected by the McKay Library are primarily English-language monographs, edited volumes, handbooks, and festschriften that support the teaching and learning of music students from the undergraduate level through to the doctorate. Collected works are received on standing order. Scores purchased are in English as well as the world languages of art song, for example. Performance scores reflect the music studied in the school (primarily the Baroque through to the present). Physical materials in both the McKay and Marriott Libraries are leveraged with comprehensive subscriptions to the primary music databases (RILM, RIPM, Music Database, Music Index, Oxford Music Online, Naxos, Medici.TV, Met Opera on Demand), as well as historical and newspaper databases for contextual work. A robust ILL and document delivery service through the Marriott Library round out the collection offerings.

Selection criteria:

  1. Highest priority: materials (books, scores, media) requested by students and faculty that are related to their learning, performing, teaching, and research needs.
  2. High priority: scholarly and creative publications of School of Music faculty.
  3. High Priority: Materials (books, scores, media) that provide comprehensive coverage of subject areas that augment the curriculum offerings to encourage broadening of the western musical canon through performance and study.
  4. Priority: Materials (books, scores, media) related to Utah music history that have not been collected by the Marriott Library Special Collections.

 

Created:   1/2015
Updated: 1/2022


 

General Policies and Procedures

The McKay Library exists primarily to promote learning and teaching in the School of Music, College of Fine Arts.

Safety:

  • McKay Library prohibits any behaviors that disrupt patrons or damage library collections and spaces.
  • To protect our patrons and staff, please report any threatening behavior to our circulation staff and staff will notify the proper authorities.

Personal Belongings:

  • Be aware of your belongings while you work in the library. Unattended belongings could be stolen.
  • If you believe you have lost a personal item in the library, notify circulation staff and they will check the library lost and found. A lost and found is also maintained in the School of Music office, Room 204, Gardner Hall.

Collections:

  • The physical collections of the McKay Music Library consist primarily of monographs, anthologies, scores, and CDs. The music library shares a catalog with the Marriott Library; therefore, all digital materials available through the Marriott Library are also available to users of the McKay Library.
  • Scores that are borrowed from the collections and marked for the purposes of rehearsal or performance should be erased before return to the library.
    • If you are not able to erase your markings, please tell the circulation staff and we will erase markings before reshelving.
  • Any loaned tech equipment inside or outside of the School of Music needs to be used carefully and according to any use instructions you receive when you check-out the equipment.
    • If you notice that the equipment is working improperly, contact us so we can evaluate the item upon return.
  • The Maurice Abravanel Studio is a special collection space that includes Maestro Abravanel’s marked scores. These scores do not circulate. Scores are to be used in the studio under the supervision of the music librarian or music library staff. Requests to view the scores can be made by appointment by contacting mckaylibrary@music.utah.edu.

Food and Drink:

  • Covered drinks and food are allowed in the main reading area. All food and drink are prohibited in the public lab space, the Sorenson Legacy Foundation Music Technology Studio, and the Maurice Abravanel Studio.

We recognize that accidents happen. If you spill your beverage, tell the circulation desk assistant immediately for assistance with cleanup.

Labs:

The McKay Library contains two lab spaces that are maintained by the College of Fine Arts IT staff: the public lab is for use by patrons during all of the hours that the library is open. The Sorenson Legacy Foundation Music Technology Studio is a large lab classroom for use by the School of Music’s Music Technology and Electroacoustic Composition classes as well as ad hoc teaching sessions by School of Music faculty. When the SLF Music Technology Studio is not being used by a class, it is free for general patron use during the hours that the library is open.

Both labs are maintained by the College of Fine Arts IT office and are student computing facilities. Please refer to the University of Utah's Information Resources Policy: 4-002 for appropriate use of information resources on campus.

Created: 8/2021
Updated: 3/2022


Instruction Plan

The McKay Library’s goal for library instruction is to teach music students how to use the library’s physical and digital music resources with confidence. Our aim is two-fold: to support the academic and performance curriculum of the School of Music; and, to teach students to think critically about the information they use as they move on professionally and in life to become lifelong learners. Instruction occurs within the library serendipitously, through 1:1 and group targeted sessions, as well as outside of the library through classroom presentations in individual courses. The ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education is integrated into library teaching as much as possible.

McKay Library Workshops are open to all students, faculty, and staff and have included  the following topics in the 2021-2022 academic year:

  • Searching USearch for music materials as well as other interdisciplinary materials that can augment music research and study.
  • Using online resources to discover diverse solo repertoire

McKay Library Writing Assistance

  • Students can make appointments with Lisa Chaufty, the music librarian, to seek in-person or virtual assistance with short-term or long-term writing assignments. Working with an instructor that is knowledgeable about music and writing is very beneficial. To make an appointment, contact Professor Chaufty.

McKay Library Tutoring

  • Musicianship and music theory tutoring is offered in-person and virtually throughout the semester. The schedule for each semester is posted during the first week. You can also contact Dr. Haruhito Miyagi to make an appointment.

Library Facilities

Maurice Abravanel Studio

Sorenson Legacy Foundation Music Technology Studio

 


About the Abravanel Studio:

Housed in the McKay Music Library, the studio replicates the space in Maurice Abravanel's home and contains his conducting scores, books, personal memorabilia, photographs and his Steinway piano. In the words of Maurice Abravanel's widow, Carolyn Abravanel, the studio provides . . .

"a space for musicians and students [who, hopefully, through] sitting in his chair and brushing his keys will gain a greater breadth of understanding of music and in some real way be touched by Maurice's great love and compassion for the art of music, its performance and instruction, to which he dedicated his life."

An intimate environment for serious study by individuals and small groups, the studio provides a fitting environment for graduate oral exams, one of the capstone events of a student's advanced music study. The studio draws visitors worldwide. Click here to view a PDF of the inventory of the Maurice Abravanel Studio collection. Please contact us to schedule a visit. Additionally, please see more information about the annotated Mahler scores and a gateway into the Abravanel Studio digital collection.

 

About Maurice Abravanel:

The internationally renowned maestro Maurice Abravanel conducted the Utah Symphony for more than 30 years, transforming it from a community orchestra into a well-respected, professional ensemble. Thanks to his efforts, Salt Lake's Symphony Hall, now named Abravanel Hall, opened in 1979. Before accepting the position in Utah to build his own symphony, Abravanel had established a remarkable career, including conducting great orchestras such as the Berlin State, Paris, Sydney and Melbourne Operas. In 1936, he became the youngest conductor in the history of New York's Metropolitan Opera. Abravanel turned down a five-year contract and considerable salary with Radio City Music Hall come to Utah.
Full Biography


About the SLGF Music Technology Studio:

Completed in September of 2018, the SLF Music Technology Studio is a state-of-the-art resource for students studying music technology. The classroom contains 26 student working stations. Nine of those stations are outfitted with Kurzeweil full-size keyboards. More information on classes offered in the Studio and reservation information is coming soon! In the meantime, you can learn more from the video below.

 


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Friday
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Fall 2023 Hours
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Saturday
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Winter Break
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Sat. Dec. 16th 10am ~ 3pm
Mon. Dec. 18th 9am ~ 5pm
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Dec. 22nd ~ Jan.1st
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Tues. Jan. 2nd 9am ~ 5pm
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Fri. Jan. 5th 9am ~ 5pm
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Spring 2024 Hours
January 8th  – April 23rd
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Monday ~ Thursday
   8am ~ 8pm
Friday
   8am ~ 5pm
Saturday
   10am ~ 3pm

Closed
Martin Luther King Jr. Day ~ Jan.15th
Presidents Day ~ Feb.19th

Spring Break
Closed
Sat. Mar. 2nd ~ Tues. Mar. 5th
Open
Wed. Mar. 6th 9am ~ 5pm
Thurs. Mar. 7th 9am ~ 5pm
Fri. Mar. 8th 9am ~ 5pm
Sat. Mar. 9th 11am ~ 2pm

Summer Hours
May 6th – August 17th
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Saturday
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Sunday
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Fall 2023 Hours
August 21st  – December 15th

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Monday ~ Thursday
   8am ~ 8pm
Friday
   8am ~ 5pm
Saturday
   10am ~ 3pm

Winter Break
Open

Sat. Dec. 16th 10am ~ 3pm
Mon. Dec. 18th 9am ~ 5pm
Tues. Dec. 19th 9am ~ 5pm
Wed. Dec. 20th 9am ~ 5pm
Thurs. Dec. 21st 9am ~ 5pm
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Thurs. Jan. 4th 9am ~ 5pm
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Spring 2024 Hours
January 8th  – April 23rd
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Monday ~ Thursday
   8am ~ 8pm
Friday
   8am ~ 5pm
Saturday
   10am ~ 3pm

Closed
Martin Luther King Jr. Day ~ Jan.15th
Presidents Day ~ Feb.19th

Spring Break
Closed
Sat. Mar. 2nd ~ Tues. Mar. 5th
Open
Wed. Mar. 6th 9am ~ 5pm
Thurs. Mar. 7th 9am ~ 5pm
Fri. Mar. 8th 9am ~ 5pm
Sat. Mar. 9th 11am ~ 2pm

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Last Updated: 12/4/23