Through the generosity of Jack Schuman of Phoenix, Oregon and Dorinda Schuman of Sun City West, Arizona, residents of southern Oregon, visitors to the region and students and faculty at SOU will soon have access to the Schuman Collection of Musical Instruments, one of the world's largest and most unique collections of musical instruments, which will be housed in the Music Building on the SOU campus.
The Schuman Collection encompasses European, Islamic, African, Asian and American musical traditions. Schuman's collection includes everything from an Indian elephant bell and an English cog rattle to a Vielle a roue and Spanish harp. Much of the collection was assembled when Jack and Dorinda Schuman were living in London in the 1960's and traveling throughout Europe.
Jack, a retired art historian and writer, has a life-long passion for musical instruments. Over the last forty years he has amassed one of the finest private collections of instruments in the country, and one of the largest in the Pacific northwest.
A special part of Dr. Schuman's vision for the collection is his desire that some of the instruments be available for playing. Very few collections provide for this kind of access, making this a distinctive feature of the collection.
"The Schuman Collection rivals many musical instrument collections at major museums, and will bring long term benefits to our students and university. The collection contains rare and valuable instruments that are known internationally by museums, collectors and scholars. The historical instruments in the collection complement the region's renown for Shakespeare and the university's own Shakespeare studies program, and will draw both musicians and scholars to the university," said Dan Morris, Interim Dean of Arts and Letters.