About this Collection
Donn Borcherdt was born in Montrose, California. Borcherdt was a composer and pianist. After he received his BA from UCLA in composition and conducting, he began his graduate studies in ethnomusicology in 1956, focusing first on Armenian folk music and, later, on the music of Mexico. He earned his MA from UCLA in 1962. Borcherdt conducted field research in Jalisco, Mexico, in 1960, 1961, and 1963-64. His publications include "Armenian Folk Music in the Los Angeles and Fresno Areas," Western Folklore (1959). Borcherdt also hosted the weekly radio program, "Many Worlds of Music," in 1960-62, on KPFK in Los Angeles.