Amazing Horns

One of the Sheldon’s current exhibits is the Amazing Horns – Bridging Continents, Bridging Time. The exhibit is in the Gallery of Music from June 10th, 2016 until August 12th, 2017. This collection provided by Dr. Aurelia Hartenberger has been researching and collecting instruments and artifacts which now have surpassed 3,000 items. There are 94 horns out of the 3,000+ currently on display in our galleries.


Serpentine Pedalphone, created in 1993 by John E. Maier, a high school teacher at Jennings High School in St. Louis, Missouri. Made out of metal, rubber and fiber the Serpentine Pedalphone is an unique instrument. John Maier also made the Hungarian Officer’s Corps Signal Horn (displayed above the Pedalphone) which is made out of metal. The signal horn has 6 different bells giving it a particular look. Both of these pieces we professionally restored by St. Louis Woodwind and Bass Instrument Repair, Inc. in Florissant, MO.


In the second room, we have a set of trumpets and horns with multiple Bells. The 8 Bell Schalmei Free Reed Trumpet create with nickel plated brass and made in Germany by Max B. Martin. This instrument is actually a reed instrument that produces a very loud sound. When no valves are pressed down, the air goes through a reed and bell(s), which produce a different sound. However, when the valves are pressed down, the air will go through the reed and different bell(s) this produces a different sound.



img_3143Alto One the Shoulder (OTS) Horn in B-Flat, c. 1864 is one of the multiple OTS horns that we have in our galleries. Made in New York, New York by Louis Schreiber this instrument is made out of brass and has a rare “teardrop” shape. Schreiber produced a small number of the “teardrop” shaped instruments at his business, Schreiber Cornet Manufacturing Company in New York in 1864, six years after emigrating to the United States from Germany.


To find more information on The Hartenberger World Music Collection of Historical Instruments check out their official website:


First Annual Career in the Arts Day

Last Thursday, November 17th the Sheldon Art Galleries hosted their first Career in the Arts Day where high school students from five different schools visited to learn more about arts careers.  The Sheldon welcomed four universities Maryville University, Saint Louis University (SLU), Webster University and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) who all sent representatives to talk to students and answer questions about the arts programs at their schools.

The morning also featured six different speakers with a variety of jobs in the arts, including:

  • Chris Peimann, Director of Marketing and Publicity at the Sheldon Concert Hall and Art Galleries
  • Jennifer Doyle, Associate Educator, Teacher and Student Learning at the St. Louis Art Museum (SLAM)
  • Zoe Perkins, Textile Conservator at the St. Louis Art Museum
  • Janet Brown, Executive Director, Dance St. Louis
  • Kevin McCoy, Graphic designer and Owner of WORK/PLAY
  • Olivia Lahs-Gonzales, Director of the Sheldon Art Galleries

Each presenter spoke of their own jobs and the process of getting to where they are now. All of them encouraged students to follow their passion in the arts and to see where it will lead them. Chris Peimann talked about how she learned that she could still be involved in the arts as she worked in marketing. Jennifer Doyle spoke of the opportunities that SLAM has for students to become museum assistants and also on the Teen Arts Council.

Zoe Perkins talked about what a conservator does, while Janet Brown spoke about the importance of arts. Kevin McCoy told the students not to let other people discourage them from something they love to do, and shared his own story from his student days. Olivia Lahs-Gonzales talked about being the director of the Sheldon Art Galleries and the many responsibilities of her position.

After the session on Thursday, the staff at The Sheldon brainstormed more ideas to make the next Career in the Arts Day even better than the first!