Ignatius Gennusa collection (MSS 46)
Scope and Contents
The collection contains memorabilia, photographs, a scrapbook documenting Gennua's war service, and his first clarinet played as a child.
- Gennusa, Ignatius, 1920-2003 (Person)
Biographical / Historical
Ignatius Gennusa studied with Jules Serpentini, clarinetist at the Philadelphia Orchestra, prior to being accepted to the Curtis Institute of Music in 1940. Though he officially graduated in 1945, Gennusa left Curtis early to serve in the Armed Forces. Upon returning from the war he played with the Ballet Theatre Orchestra, the National and Chicago Symphonies, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, where he stayed until his retirement in 1972. In addition, Gennusa was a member of the Peabody Conservatory faculty and the inventor of “The Excellente” clarinet mouthpiece.
1.2 Linear feet ((1) photo box)
Language of Materials
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of William J. Taylor in 2004.
Gennusa's first clarinet, purchased in 1930 for $25, is kept in the Artifact Collection.
- Ignatius Gennusa collection (MSS 46)
- Kristina Wilson
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Edition statement
- revised 2017