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 »

Robert Ward (1917-2013)

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
The Music Department wishes to express our sadness at the passing of Professor Emeritus, Robert Ward. Professor Ward was a prolific American composer of operas and other works and is perhaps best known for his operatic setting of The Crucible, Arthur Miller's dramatic telling of the Salem... Read More »

Duke Notes 4/1/2013

Monday, April 1, 2013
Kerry McCarthy's Byrd released as part of Oxford University Press's Master Musician series; a master class with the Takacs Quartet; Stephen Jaffe's Southern Lights premiered by the Durham Symphony Orchestra; and more.  Read it here.

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 »

Byrd, a new book by Kerry McCarthy

Friday, March 29, 2013
Oxford University Press has released the newest title in its Master Musicians series, Byrd by Kerry McCarthy. In this "detailed, fresh, and readable account," Prof. McCarthy takes a new look at the life and music of William Byrd (c. 1540-1623), one of England's greatest composers of the late... Read More »

Doctoral Defenses

Friday, March 29, 2013
Congratulations to our Ph.D. candidates who have successfully defended their dissertations and will be graduating in May: In Musicology: Karen Cook defended her dissertation, “Theoretical Treatments of the Semiminim in a Changing Notational World, c.1315-c.1440” (advisor: Tom... Read More »

Academic appointments for 2013-14

Friday, March 29, 2013
Chia-yu Hsu (Ph.D. composition, 2009) has accepted an assistant professorship of Music Composition, tenure-track, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Department of Music and Theatre Arts. Angela Mace (Ph.D. musicology, 2013) has accepted an Assistant Professorship of Music History,... Read More »

Graduate Student News, March 2013

Friday, March 29, 2013
Bryan Christian designed the sound for Duke Theater Studies' production of Young Jean Lee's Lear, to be performed April 4-6 and 11-13 at 8 pm and April 7 & 14 at 2 pm in Sheafer Theater on the Duke campus.D. Edward Davis was a guest artist-in-residence for four days in March at Mount St.... Read More »

A Night of Swing with the Duke Jazz Ensemble

Thursday, March 28, 2013
On March 22, 2013 the Duke Jazz Ensemble, led by John Brown, joined the Duke Swing Club to present A Night of Swing.  The Great Hall in the West Union was packed as 400 students and community members took to the floor, enjoying the opportunity to dance to the live jazz provided by Brown's... Read More »