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Lenzy Wallace lectures at the University of Connecticut

 Digital Record


  • 1975 March 18


Musician and conductor Lenzy Wallace lectured on 3/18/1975 (2015-0002/RR291). Hale Smith makes several class related announcements before introducing the speaker for the evening. Lenzy Wallace provides historical background and connections between early forms of Black musical expression, some of which are African in origin and some through transmutation come down to us through what's known as "field call" or "field holler." Wallace will make a connection between this transmutation and today's popular music (i.e., Beatles, Chicago, etc.)

Biographical / Historical

Wallace holds a bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Hartt School of Music and a PhD from the University of Connecticut. Initially beginning his career as a music teacher for twenty-two years, Wallace returned to school in order to pursue an additional career in higher education as a management trainer and consultant. Archives & Special Collections, University of Connecticut Library Dr. Lenzy Roman Wallace was born on March 10, 1927 in Hartford, Connecticut. As an African American, Lenzy overcame numerous obstacles to achieve three successful careers: as a music educator for K-12 in Rockville, Vernon and Ellington, and E. O. Smith High School in Connecticut; as an educational administrator for the Community Division of the Hartt School of Music and as an Associate Dean of the South Carolina State University School of Business; and as a corporate educator at The Hartford. Lenzy graduated from Weaver High School, received Bachelor of Arts and Master of Music Education degrees from the Hartt School of Music and a doctoral degree from the University of Connecticut. He was a decorated World War II veteran who served in the Navy.

A skilled guitarist, Lenzy loved music. He was passionate about his life’s mission, which was to serve, inspire and help others be successful. He was the consummate teacher and mentor, who had a boundless love for his family. While spending most of his life in Connecticut, he relocated to Cornelius, North Carolina, in 2005. Lenzy described himself as an “active retiree” who stayed engaged with community as an education consultant, a member of the Arts & Sciences Council in Charlotte, diversity initiatives with Unity in Community and the Community Building Initiative and many other endeavors.

Dr. Wallace died on November 10, 2021, in Cornelius, North Carolina, at the age of 94.

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1 Reels (Magnetic tape audio recordings) : RR 291 1 reel, 1:06:00; tape speed 3¾ IPS; track position ½-Track Mono; Substrate: Polyester.

Existence and Location of Originals

Original audio recordings reside in the University of Connecticut, Black Experience in the Arts Collection, Archives & Special Collections, UConn Library.

Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, University of Connecticut Library Repository

University of Connecticut Library
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