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John Boda Collection

Identifier: FSUML-2020-001

Scope and Contents

This collection contains information on John Boda's musical works, audio recordings, and nearly 100 manuscript reproductions of his compositions.


  • 1945-2001


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to all researchers. Users may access this collection by making an appointment with the Music Special Collections staff at

Biographical / Historical

Dr. John Boda (1922-2002) was Professor of Theory, Composition and Piano at Florida State University, teaching from 1947-2001. Born in Boyceville, Wisconsin, he received his Bachelor's degree in Music at Kent State University. Following a year as apprentice conductor to George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra, he received his Master's and Doctoral degrees at Eastman School of Music. Throughout his many years in education, he remained constantly active as composer, pianist, and conductor. At FSU, Dr. Boda directed more than fifty dissertations in composition, and taught many courses in composition, theory, and opera. He was a specialist in the music of Richard Wagner, conducting Wagner's works and teaching a specific class on the Ring Cycle.

Dr. Boda was a fan of baseball, golf, and tennis, which he would play as often as his schedule would allow. He loved cooking and playing bridge. He was also a charter member and president of the Tallahassee Orchid society, collecting and cultivating those exotic flowers for decades.

Dr. Boda wrote many works for large and small ensembles. Included in his larger works are Poem (for orchestra, 1994), Concertino for Piano and Chamber Orchestra (1981), Sinfonia for Orchestra (1960), and Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (1967) written for Edward Kilenyi. The Sinfonia, written under a Ford Grant, was performed by various orchestras, including the Rochester Orchestra, the Oklahoma City Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, and the Brevard Music Festival Orchestra.


2 Linear Feet : manuscript reproductions; 58 audiocassettes; 2 audio reels

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Related Materials

  • Powell, Daniel. “The Life And Music Of John Boda With An Emphasis On His Saxophone Works”, 2009.
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    Repository Details

    Part of the Allen Music Library Special Collections Repository

    FSU College of Music
    122 N. Copeland St.
    Tallahassee FL 32306
    850-644-3982 (Fax)