4th International HBS Symposium - July 10-14, 2024 in New York City

Innovations in Brass: Design, Manufacturing, Performance, Repertoire, Teaching

Plans are well underway for our July Symposium in New York City!

In addition to a varied program with over 40 presentations, there will be a private tour of the Musical Instruments Collection, a set of performances at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, concerts, and playing sessions. Watch this space for updates and further details!

We are very pleased to announce that Sabine Klaus will present the first Keynote Address at our July 2024 Symposium. In honor of the 100 th anniversary of Vincent Bach beginning his New York manufacturing venture, she will present “Myths and Facts about the Birth of the Modern Trumpet”. Sabine is Professor Emerita at the University of South Dakota, having served from 2000–2023 as the Joe R. and Joella F. Utley Curator of Brass Instruments at the National Music Museum, University of South Dakota. She is the author of the five-volume book series Trumpets and Other High Brass: A History Inspired by the Joe R. and Joella F. Utley Collection, published by the National Music Museum (completion expected in 2024).

Sabine Klaus

 Sabine received the 2017 Christopher Monk Award from the HBS. She has been column editor of the Historical Instrument Window for the International Trumpet Guild Journal since 2005. A frequent lecturer at international conferences, she has published extensively in leading journals, such as the Galpin Society Journal, the Historic Brass Society Journal, and the Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society. She is a contributor to the Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments, MGG, and the Cambridge Encyclopedia of Brass Instruments. In 2013–14 she collaborated with the musical instrument museum in Berlin in the preparation of the exhibition Valve Brass Music. She curated the traveling exhibition Trumpets Weird and Wonderful: Treasures from the National Music Museum, shown at the Morris Museum in Morristown, New Jersey (2018–2019), and the Sigal Music Museum in Greenville, South Carolina (2019–2020). She also contributed significantly to the development of the permanent galleries at the National Music Museum (opened in 2023).

After receiving her PhD in musicology from Tübingen University with a thesis on stringed keyboard instruments in Munich collections, Sabine worked at the Germanisches Nationalmuseum in Nuremberg, the Historisches Museum Basel, and on the planning of the permanent exhibition of musical instruments at the Technical Museum in Vienna. In 1995–96 she held an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for research at the department of musical instruments in The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. She currently serves in the role of Mirrey Keyboard Instrument Cataloguer at the Musical Instrument Museum of the University of Edinburgh.