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Carl Seale Collection

 Collection — Container: ELIBR-0127
Identifier: ELIBR-0127

Scope and Contents

The collection includes over 120 compositions encompassing a wide range of genres from symphonic literature to small chamber and solo works and include: orchestra (35), concert band (24), choral (14), opera (2), ballet (3), film (1), smaller chamber and solo works (51).

Many scores are accompanied by parts, copies of which can be made available by the library to interested parties upon request. Select works have also been published with Southern Music and Really Good Music and are available for purchase from those publishers.

In addition to scores, the collection includes recordings, concert programs, news clippings, photographs, etc.


  • Creation: 1961 - 2014


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use. 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. Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. 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 (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials in our collections may be protected by copyright. Publication, transmission, or reproduction of items protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Whenever possible, accurate information about the copyright status of material is provided in the item record and/or documentation for material in the collection. The Library does not own the copyright in much of the material in its collection and is therefore unable to grant copyright permission to publish those items. It is the researcher's responsibility to determine copyright or other use restrictions and obtain proper permission when publishing or distributing materials found in these collections. Researchers must make their own assessments of rights in light of their intended use. Additional information about copyright and fair use is available via the Library's Copyright Guide at

Biographical / Historical

Carl Seale (1936—2014) lived and worked in the Rio Grande Valley for most of his 50-year career composing, teaching, and performing. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts in composition from the University of North Texas, his Master of Music from the University of Louisville, and his Bachelor of Music from Baylor University. He began his musical career as a band and orchestra director for high schools in cities throughout Texas including Harlingen, Edinburg, and Denton. He later served as a professor in the music department at the University of Texas Pan American for nearly 30 years. Upon his retirement from UTPA, he was conferred with the title Professor Emeritus in recognition of his contribution and service to the university. A champion of classical music and music education, he served for nearly 30 years as the conductor of the Valley Symphony Orchestra, was a guest conductor with various orchestras in Mexico, served as clinician\ conductor for numerous school bands and orchestras in Texas, Kentucky and Indiana, and advocated for the development of string education programs in public schools in the RGV region. He was the recipient of many awards and honors throughout his career.


29 Linear Feet (Oversized boxes)

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The collection is organized into the following genres: Ballet, Band, Chamber, Choral, Film, Opera, Orchestra, Pedagogy, and String Orchestra.

General information about the life and career of Carl Seale is located under “General.”

Recordings composed of multiple compositions are described in “Recordings – multiple works.”

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Collection donated by Carl Seale.


Please contact University Library, Special Collections and University Archives at (956) 665-2726 or via email at for more information and requests.

Carl Seale Collection
Under Revision
Deandra Portner and Kelly Leu
2016 June 8
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Revision Statements

  • 2023 January: New accruals from donor. Revisions by Manny Rodriguez.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Special Collections and Archives, Edinburg Campus Repository

ELIBR 4.100
University Library
1201 West University Drive
Edinburg TX 78539-2999
(956) 665-2726