DUMIC News

Honoring our New Acquisitions

Friday, January 30, 2015
On Friday, January 16th, DUMIC presented a concert celebrating the arrival of our newest acquisitions. Duke faculty Eric Pritchard and Andrew Bonner played using our new baroque violins and bows, and were accompanied by William Conable on baroque cello and Elaine Funaro on harpsichord. They... Read More »

The Clementi and Conservation

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Have you wandered past the museum recently and seen something that looks a little funny? No, I'm not talking about the serpents or our tiny portative organ; I'm talking about our Clementi grand piano. It's looking a little different than usual, right? Maybe missing some parts? That's... Read More »

Check us out on Facebook!

Monday, April 7, 2014
Did you join DUMIC for a class or a concert this semester? Check out our Facebook page for photos from the events and see if you can find yourself!

Thank you!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Thank you to those of you who came out last Friday afternoon for our first Rare Music concert of 2014! Randy, Eric, and William Conable played beautifully, and it was a treat to hear William's beautiful instrument, as well as DUMIC's piano and new violin. It was a pleasure to see so many excited... Read More »

Recent Exhibits: Tabla

Tuesday, July 9, 2013
This past year, we had two small exhibits of musical instruments from DUMIC's collection. One featured free reed aerophones, an accordion and concertina, and the other, our Tabla. If you did not get the opportunity to see them while they were on diplsay, you can visit them below. Enjoy! Tabla... Read More »

Duke University Musical Instrument Collections (DUMIC) Update

Monday, June 24, 2013
It has been well over a decade since the G. Norman and Ruth G. Eddy Collection of Musical Instruments took up residence in the lobby of the Mary Duke Biddle Music Building and became the Duke University Musical Instrument Collections (DUMIC). The pioneering group was soon joined by the Frans and... Read More »

Recent Exhibits: Free Reed Instruments

Thursday, June 20, 2013
This past year, we had two small exhibits of musical instruments from DUMIC's collection. One featured free reed aerophones, an accordion and concertina, and the other, our Tabla. If you did not get the opportunity to see them while they were on display, you can visit them below. Enjoy! The... Read More »

Our Steinmeyer Portative Organ

Thursday, May 30, 2013
One of the many instruments in DUMIC's collection is a small portative organ, made by Georg Steinmeyer in the early 1950s. John Santoianni, the Ethel Sieck Carrabina Curator of Organs and Harpsichords here at Duke, wrote the following post after examining the instrument as he prepared it for the... Read More »

Duke Magazine Featuring DUMIC

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
In the middle of October last year, I also had an inquiry from a student who wanted to write about instruments in the collection for Duke Magazine, the university’s alumni magazine. The student, Tim Lerow, ended up choosing write about crumhorns, the collection, and Duke’s Collegium Musicum,... Read More »

Did you see this article?

Tuesday, May 7, 2013
​Stradivarius wanted violins ‘to sing human vowels’ According to a short article on this Arts Journal blog, a study conducted by Joseph Nagyvary, a retired professor of biochemistry and biophysics with an interest in how stringed instruments are made, found that violins made by famous historic... Read More »

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