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Henry T. Ginsburg Collection

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The Ginsburg Collection

The Ginsburg collection consists of 18 boxes of scores and parts for salon orchestras. Click to view the list of salon orchestra sets in the Ginsburg Collection.

Henry T. Ginsburg (December 16, 1892 – February 4, 1982)

Henry Ginsburg taught at the Colorado State Teachers College (later renamed the Colorado State College of Education and the University of Northern Colorado) for more than 25 years, but his impact on music and musicians in Colorado spanned his lifetime.

Henry T. Ginsburg

His family moved to Denver from New York City when he was five, and he later returned there to study music. At the age of 17 he became a violin soloist with the Red Path Chautauqua and Lyceum and performed with them for seven years, traveling across the country.

Ginsburg settled in Denver at the age of 22 and headed the string department at Wolcott Conservatory of Music, which later became the Denver College of Music. While at the Wolcott Conservatory he organized the Denver String Quartet and was its first violinist. He was head of the string department there until he took a position teaching music at Colorado State Teachers College in Greeley in 1931.

Ginsburg began teaching music at Colorado State Teachers College in Greeley and continued teaching there until 1957. He received his Master of Arts degree in Music from CSTC in 1942, and in 1952 CSCE recognized his achievements by awarding him an honorary Doctor of Music degree. 

An extraordinarily accomplished violinist, he served as concertmaster for the Denver Symphony Orchestra for over 20 years. He was the concertmaster for the Rudolph Ganz and Henry Hadley orchestras at the summer concerts held at the original Elitch Gardens, and was the concertmaster for the Central City Opera orchestra

Ginsburg’s superb musicianship also carried over to his orchestral leadership. As musical director of Denver’s KOA radio, he conducted ensembles for the General Electric Hour and McMurtry Golden Melodies. He was also the conductor for the America Theatre Company, which accompanied silent movies.

When he came to Greeley, Ginsberg played a major part in the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra, first as concertmaster, and then beginning in 1934 as its conductor. In his 26 years as the maestro, he contributed greatly to its success and longevity, including bringing great artists to the area and launching the Junior Philharmonic. He retired from that position in 1970.

Blanche and Henry Ginsburg

He and his wife Blanche, who was also a violinist, continued to mentor young Greeley violin students for twenty years following his retirement from CSCE. Many of their students felt very close to them and fondly referred to them as Uncle Henry and Aunt Blanche.