Kate Stevens (1927-2016)

May 21, 2016
Kate Stevens

Dr. Kate Stevens (August 4, 1927 - April 30, 2016)

May 18, 2016

Dear CHINOPERLers and Colleagues,

It is with great sadness that I write to inform you that Dr. Kate Stevens passed away quietly on April 30, 2016.  Kate was one of the Founding Members of CHINOPERL.  She will be missed.

Please find attached a copy of the obituary of Dr. Kate Stevens, as it appeared in the local paper the Victoria Times Colonist this week and is appearing in the weekend edition (May 21-22) of the Toronto Globe and Mail.

Do any of you have information on where the recordings she made and related transcriptions are currently held?  See the attached list from the 1974 issue of CHINOPERL.  We are thinking about how best to help preserve her legacy.  Please check the holdings at your university and let us know if you have any information. You may email to David Rolston, Margaret Wan, Marjorie Chan or me.

Best regards,

Wenwei Du


CHINOPERL had an honorary issue for Kate Stevens, No. 27 (2007) with the editors Vibeke Bordahl and Kathryn Lowry: http://www.chinoperl.org/journal/back-volumes-2001-2010.html

Times Colonist Orbituary:  http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/timescolonist/obituary.aspx?pid=180015890  -- Guest Book (open until 17 May 2017)

 -  Archive copy here: PDF icon Kate-Stevens-Obituary_The-Times-Colonist_17-18-May-2016.pdf

Kate Stevens' recordings and transcriptions listed in the 1974 issue of CHINOPERL: PDF icon Stevens_1974.pdf

Kate Stevens' Life: https://storysave.wordpress.com/kate-stevens/  (includes excerpts from her (2002) 3-CD set: StorySave: Kate Stevens - Traditional Chinese Tales)

Helen Rees and Maureen Russell have contributed the following research note to CHINOPERL 41.1 which will be published by this July:

Digital Publication of Catherine Stevens's Recordings of Chinese Vocal Genres (1960) and Other Audiovisual Collections from East Asia

The research note includes information about a digital publication of sixty collections of field recordings held in the Ethnomusicology Archive at the University of California, Los Angeles. It pays particular attention to the collection of recordings made by Kate Stevens.