Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments

Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments 2,500 instruments and growing!

The Stearns Collection houses the largest collection of ancient and contemporary musical instruments associated with an institution of higher learning in North America--the University of Michigan. We provide exhibit, lecture, and performance opportunities that are free to the general public. With its beginnings as an anthropological collection, the Stearns Collection is a national treasure of instruments from nearly every country and culture.

The University of Michigan Tuba-Euphonium Studio  gave a great demonstration during the 2015 Ann Arbor Tuba Day last wee...
11/23/2015

The University of Michigan Tuba-Euphonium Studio gave a great demonstration during the 2015 Ann Arbor Tuba Day last week using six instruments from the Stearns Collection. That's an alphorn Prof. Kaenzig is demonstrating, and it's 12 feet long!

Happy 201st Birthday to the famous musical instrument maker Adolphe Sax. The Stearns Collection has one of his earliest ...
11/06/2015

Happy 201st Birthday to the famous musical instrument maker Adolphe Sax. The Stearns Collection has one of his earliest surviving instruments: a bass clarinet constructed around 1840. As the maker's mark shows, this instrument was built while Sax was still living in Brussels. He moved to Paris in 1841.

Thanks to Julie Andrijeski of Les Délices for yesterday's workshops on Baroque dance and string playing. Join us this af...
10/31/2015

Thanks to Julie Andrijeski of Les Délices for yesterday's workshops on Baroque dance and string playing. Join us this afternoon at 1 pm in the Glenn Watkins Hall at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance for a lecture/demonstration on the Baroque oboe by the ensemble's director, Debra Nagy. Admission is free.

Here's an artist spotlight on Les Délices founder Debra Nagy, who will be presenting a lecture/demonstration on the baro...
10/27/2015

Here's an artist spotlight on Les Délices founder Debra Nagy, who will be presenting a lecture/demonstration on the baroque oboe this Saturday at 1 pm in the Glenn Watkins Hall at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance.

Artist Spotlight: Debra Nagy

Les Délices founder Debra Nagy is one of North America’s leading performers on the baroque oboe and has been praised for her “dazzling technique and soulful expressiveness,” (Rocky Mountain News), and a musical approach that’s “distinctly sensual…pliant, warm, and sweet,” (New York Times).

Debra regularly performs with AMERICAN BACH SOLOISTS, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Apollo's Fire, and Boston Early Music Festival, among others. She is the recipient of a 2009 Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities and a 2010 Creative Workforce Fellowship from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture and has studied at Oberlin Conservatory, Conservatory of Amsterdam, and Case Western Reserve University.

www.debranagy.com
www.academyofearlymusic.org

The early music ensemble Les Délices comes to Ann Arbor next week to perform on The Academy of Early Music's concert ser...
10/23/2015

The early music ensemble Les Délices comes to Ann Arbor next week to perform on The Academy of Early Music's concert series, and as part of their visit they will present some activities for the Stearns Collection's Virginia Martin Howard Lecture Series. The events begin on Friday morning on October 30, when Julie Andrijeski presents an introductory workshop on Baroque Dance and Dance Music, followed by another introductory workshop on Baroque String Playing later in the day. Then on Saturday afternoon, Debra Nagy will give a lecture/demonstration on the Baroque Oboe. Hope to see you there!

The 2015-16 Virginia Martin Howard Lecture Series kicks off tomorrow with of first of two lectures this weekend as well ...
10/01/2015

The 2015-16 Virginia Martin Howard Lecture Series kicks off tomorrow with of first of two lectures this weekend as well as an educational event for young audiences. Come hear Jordan Sramek's lecture on "The Polish-Italian Renaissance: A Rich Period of Patronage, Reform and Music-Making" at 12 pm on Friday, October 2. On Saturday, October 3 at 1 pm, Jordan will be joined by the rest of The Rose Ensemble for the lecture/demonstration "Renaissance Poland & Baroque Russia: The Thirst for Italian Style." Both events will be held in the new Glenn Watkins Lecture Hall at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance.

The Rose Ensemble will also present "600 Years of Eastern European Choral Music," a special event for young audiences, at 10 am on Saturday in the downtown branch of the Ann Arbor District Library.

Another instrument currently on display is a double trumpet once belonging to former Boston Symphony Orchestra trumpeter...
09/11/2015

Another instrument currently on display is a double trumpet once belonging to former Boston Symphony Orchestra trumpeter Armando Ghitalla. This experimental model utilizes three pistonlike
touchpieces connected to double rotary valves. An additional
touchpiece redirects air flow to a second set of tubing that changes the trumpet's pitch from C to D.

One of the instruments in our new display is this "tear-drop" cornet, which was constructed around 1870 by Louis Schreib...
09/07/2015

One of the instruments in our new display is this "tear-drop" cornet, which was constructed around 1870 by Louis Schreiber. This particular example once belonged to C. Jacob Gwinner, one of Ann Arbor's earliest band leaders. Gwinner's Band and Orchestra was in constant demand and played for many university, civic, and social functions during the last quarter of the 19th century.

A new academic year is upon us, and with it comes new exhibits. Check out our display of brass instruments in the main l...
09/04/2015

A new academic year is upon us, and with it comes new exhibits. Check out our display of brass instruments in the main lobby of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance.

Happy 360th birthday to Bartolomeo Cristofori, Italian instrument maker and inventor of the fortepiano. Pictured is a th...
05/04/2015

Happy 360th birthday to Bartolomeo Cristofori, Italian instrument maker and inventor of the fortepiano. Pictured is a three-manual harpsichord from the collection that bears Cristofori's name, but which was actually assembled in the 19th century from several earlier instruments by the maker/forger Leopoldo Franciolini.

Untitled Album
04/27/2015

Untitled Album

The 2014-15 Virginia Martin Howard Lecture Series concludes tomorrow. Join us for "Tabla 101: An Introduction to the Dru...
04/24/2015

The 2014-15 Virginia Martin Howard Lecture Series concludes tomorrow. Join us for "Tabla 101: An Introduction to the Drums of North Indian Classical Music" with Dan Piccolo at the downtown branch of the Ann Arbor District Library at 2 pm. For more information, visit http://www.aadl.org/node/265069.

Happy birthday to Frederick Stearns, who was born on this day in 1831. Mr. Stearns was a successful pharmacist from Detr...
04/08/2015

Happy birthday to Frederick Stearns, who was born on this day in 1831. Mr. Stearns was a successful pharmacist from Detroit and donated over 900 instruments to the University of Michigan in 1899. He added over 300 more by the time he died in 1907.

The Stearns Collection would like to thank Susie Napper and Margaret Little from Les Voix humaines for presenting last w...
02/16/2015

The Stearns Collection would like to thank Susie Napper and Margaret Little from Les Voix humaines for presenting last weekend's Virginia Martin Howard Lecture. Here are some pictures from the event.

Curious about the history and music of the viola da gamba? Join the members of Les Voix humaines on Saturday, February 1...
02/10/2015
UM School of Music - Stearns Collection - Upcoming Events

Curious about the history and music of the viola da gamba? Join the members of Les Voix humaines on Saturday, February 14th at 1 PM at the Downtown Branch of the Ann Arbor District Library for a Stearns Collection lecture/demonstration (part of the Virginia Martin Howard Lecture Series). Admission is free. Les Voix humaines will also be performing on The Academy of Early Music's concert series on Friday, February 13 at 8 pm.

http://www.music.umich.edu/research/stearns_collection/upcomingevents.htm — at Ann Arbor District Library.

The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance educates the artists, scholars, educators and entrepreneurs of the future. Students are prepared with expert skills, instilled with passionate enthusiasm, and emboldened to challenge and inspire the world through the power of the performing…

11/20/2013

Carol and Sipkje are looking forward to today's tour of the gamelan, Lurie tower carillon and the rest of the instruments with the second grade music students from Burns Park Elementary!

The FORTEPIANO FESTIVAL is THIS weekend at Stamps Auditorium!  Lectures and a concert on an original Graf piano.  (These...
03/20/2013
UM School of Music - Stearns Collection - Upcoming Events

The FORTEPIANO FESTIVAL is THIS weekend at Stamps Auditorium! Lectures and a concert on an original Graf piano. (These events are free.)

http://www.music.umich.edu/research/stearns_collection/upcomingevents.htm

The Piano Department and the Stearns Collection have teamed up to present a Fortepiano Festival featuring: David Kim, pianist & Edward Swenson, instrument restorer and musicologist. David Kim’s performance of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert will feature an original fortepiano (Opus 1389) ma...

02/22/2013

Reminder that the Trumpets Through the Ages lecture begins @ 6:00PM, Hill Auditorium, Lower Level this coming Wednesday, February 27th! See January posting for more info...

01/15/2013

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Come join us at Hill Auditorium on Wednesday, February 27th at 6PM for a Trumpets Through the Ages Lecture by Guest Cura...
01/14/2013

Come join us at Hill Auditorium on Wednesday, February 27th at 6PM for a Trumpets Through the Ages Lecture by Guest Curator Ron Berndt and the Exhibition Premier of The Evolution of the Modern Trumpet!

Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments's cover photo
11/12/2012

Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments's cover photo

10/12/2012

Tomorrow at 3:30pm on ABC/ESPN, Highlights from the Stearns Collection will appear during the Michigan/Illinois Football game! Also, the final edit may include footage of Steven Ball playing Hail to the Victors on the Charles Baird Carillon.

While not a Stearns Collection event, we think that you may enjoy:  The Newberry Consort presents 'Queen Elizabeth: An E...
10/10/2012
The Academy of Early Music

While not a Stearns Collection event, we think that you may enjoy: The Newberry Consort presents 'Queen Elizabeth: An Early Movie with Early Music'

Michigan Theater
Friday, October 12 at 8:00
Preconcert lecture at 7:00

Celebrate the centennial of Sarah Bernhardt’s 1912 role as Queen Elizabeth in Paramount Pictures’ first film, which Bernhardt said would give her “a last chance at immortality.” The first feature-length film to achieve commercial success, this silent movie was also one of the earliest films to have its own film score, now lost. The Newberry Consort, renowned Chicago based Renaissance ensemble, has recreated a soundtrack of Elizabethan music, to perform as a live accompaniment to the film. World-famous soprano Ellen Hargis joins The Newberry Consort viols for this performance.

Note this is a ticketed event.

http://www.academyofearlymusic.org/newberry.htm

Beguiling and intelligent, provocative and classic, ravishingly beautiful and deliciously edgy—The Newberry Consort has been delighting audiences for nearly three decades. Directed by David Douglass, Newberry Musician-in-Residence, and early music diva Ellen Hargis, the ensemble plumbs the Newberry ...

03/15/2012
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Here is a link to a very unusual film--the music was scored with a Bercandeon (an accordion with keyboards on BOTH sides).

Documentario sperimentale sul Bercandeon, inedito strumento musicale costruito da Teknofisa Created with MAGIX Video deluxe 17

02/28/2011

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