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 »

Visiting Students this Past October

Sunday, April 7, 2013
On October 5, 2012, Joshua A. Waggener, Instructor of Music at the College at Southeastern in Wake Forest, NC, brought four of his students to see some of the instruments from the collection. This was a really exciting visit because it was the first time that I felt comfortable opening the... Read More »

What is it?! Answer:

Sunday, April 7, 2013
Although it may look like an otherworldly laser gun from a science fiction movie, this is actually a Japanese instrument called a shō. The shō is a free-reed mouth organ; it features pliant metal tongues fastened on one end to a fixed plate. The shō is a part of the modern gagaku ensemble, the... Read More »

How does an inventory work in a museum setting?

Sunday, April 7, 2013
An inventory for a museum collection varies depending on what information needs to be collected. Sometimes, a complete inventory of every object is done, but sometimes only partial inventories are necessary to check and make sure that the objects are where they should be according to the museum’s... Read More »

Welcome back to the Duke University Musical Instrument Collections’ (DUMIC’s) website!

Sunday, March 31, 2013
We apologize for our absence, but some important and exciting things have been going on with DUMIC. In Fall 2011, we hired Gillian Suss (MA, Museum Professions, Seton Hall University) to complete the first comprehensive inventory of the collection and help us begin to visualize what will come... Read More »

Adastra, a period instrument duo

Monday, March 25, 2013
On March 22, 2013, Adastra Duo (Jennifer Roig-Francoli, baroque violin, and Vivian Montgomery, harpsichord) performed a concert sponsored by the Duke University Musical Instrument Collections (DUMIC) in the lobby of the Mary Duke Biddle Music Building. The previous afternoon, Roig-Francoli and... Read More »