Duke Notes 4/10/2013

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Remembrances of Robert Ward; Philip Rupprecht awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities; the Duke Jazz Ensemble performs with trumpeter Jon Faddis; and more. Read it here.

Baldwin Auditorium renovations continue

Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Renovations continue in Baldwin Auditorium, scheduled to open in Fall 2013.  Enhanced features of the renovated building include a much larger stage, side balconies, a state-of-the-art control booth, and enlarged bathrooms. Click image for additional photos.

Chamber music master class with Edward Dusinberre of the Takacs Quartet

Tuesday, April 9, 2013
On April 4, 2013, Edward Dusinberre of the renowned Takacs Quartet conducted a master class for undergraduate students enrolled in Music 211-2 (Chamber Music). Wenjia Xu (violin), Diana Christensen (violin), Timothy Shih (viola), and Catherine Hueston (cello) performed the first movement of... Read More »

What is it?!

Sunday, April 7, 2013
I found this object during the inventory, what do you think it is? A laser gun? A wind instrument? A piece of jewelry?

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 »

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 »