Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Scrapbooks, Part II


Back in 2005 I received an e-mail from Elsa Jean Davidson informing me she had in her possession the two Branscombe Choral scrapbooks that dated from 1934-1954.  Her grandmother and mother had been members of the Choral and were  keepers of the scrapbooks.  The scrapbooks were handed down to Elsa Jean to preserve.  

The Branscombe Choral scrapbooks reside with Gena Branscombe’s collection at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. 

Scrapbooks – books that hold mementos, pictures, documents, dried leaves or flowers, postcards, letters, announcements and more.  They help us reach back to precious memories of times gone by whether joy-filled, bittersweet or sad.  Scrapbooking is personal storytelling!

In 1872 Mark Twain, the author of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, patented a self-pasting scrapbook that had an adhesive grid pattern on each page.  Who knew this famous author was also an inventor? 

Gena Branscombe’s daughter, Gena Tenney Phenix, kept a scrapbook during her younger years including her years studying at the Royal Conservatory in London.  The scrapbook is in the possession of her son, Roger Phenix. 

Recently Roger shared pictures of his mother’s scrapbook that included an article written by poet and author Katherine Hale. Miss Hale writes of Gena Branscombe's life, studies and her compositional goals.  The article was published in a Canadian newspaper. 

There is a partial article, a recital program with her mother's Violin Sonata in A Minor as the last piece and a typed out commendation.  

What beautiful remembrances and a partial story of her mother’s life cherished by her daughter. 


Sunday, September 10, 2023

Four Years of The Gena Branscombe Project Scholarship Winners


Over the past four years through donations and the purchase of The Gena Branscombe Project merchandise, the money we have received has allowed us to award scholarships to an up-and-coming Arts Administrator, Conductor and Composer. The first year we awarded a Conducting Honorable Mention and the second year an Art Song Commission. 

These scholarships and awards have assisted our talented and gifted winners with furthering their education and careers.  As we get news of our winners’ achievements, we post that update on Facebook.  It has been an honor to see our winners follow in Miss Branscombe’s beliefs that education and hard work will open doors of opportunity. 

Our winners by the year:

For 2020:

For 2021:

For 2022:


For 2023:

Your donations to The Gena Branscombe Project or your purchase of our merchandise will help us grow our yearly scholarship fund. 
Thank you for your continued support.  


Wednesday, September 6, 2023

The Gena Branscombe Project has MERCHANDISE!

The Gena Branscombe Project has merchandise!  For sale is promotional merchandise that supports our mission of #BringingBackBranscombe and increases our scholarship funds. 


Go to the hyperlink below and purchase t-shirts, sweatshirts, mugs and stickers with our logo or pictures of Miss Branscombe conducting.  And, we suggest musical organizations program the music of women composers.

For another 20 hours today, September 6th, we have a discount sale.  It’s back –to-school-time, the holidays are a few short months away.  Buy The Gena Branscombe Project merchandise as special gifts for friends and family.  Someone in your circle of friends and family needs a new coffee mug with an image of Gena Branscombe!


By purchasing any of our items you are helping us fund our yearly scholarships granted to an up-and-coming arts administrator, composer and conductor!