Musical Instrument Calendar December 2018

Updated: Dec 13, 2018


H. N. White Co. Double tuba and baritone, "Bellophone" in BB-flat, ca. 1930. Cleveland, Ohio, United States. The Metropolitan Museum, New York, Gift of Drs. Eli and Carolyn Newberger, 2015.

AMIS Loves Musical Instruments! The following select events represent some of the scholarly meetings, concerts, demonstrations, lectures, trade shows, auctions, and more that are occurring this month. If you would like to list your event please email: blogs.amis@gmail.com. We reserve the right to include or not include any event for any reason.

December 2 Snowbelt Chapter Meeting of the Musical Box Society International - Mahtomedi, MN


December 2 Baltimore Mandolin Ensemble - Easton, MD

December 4 Lecture: Laurence Libin - Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments, University of Michigan


December 4

Exhibition: Doisneau and Music - Musée de la musique, Cité de la musique, Paris, France through April 28, 2019


December 7, 8, & 9 Sanfilippo Foundation Christmas Concerts on the Mighty Wurlitzer - Barrington, IL

December 7-9 Wishing Peace for the World, Brandywine Baroque – Wilmington, DE

December 8–15 York Early Music Christmas Festival - York, UK

December 9 National Capital Chapter Holiday Party of the Musical Box Society International Annapolis, MD

December 9 Lake County Musician’s Swap Meet - Mt. Dora, FL

December 9 45th Anniversary Tuba Christmas - Rockefeller Center, New York City

Check other dates and locations around the world


December 9 Carillon Recital: Holiday Ring Concert – University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

December 10 Auction: Online Violin Sale - Brompton’s

December 12 Auction: The Guitar Sale - Gardiner Houlgate, Bath, UK


December 13 National Violin Day


December 13 Exhibition Opening: Accordions: Expanding Voices in America - Museum of Making Music, Carlsbad, California (through Aug. 31, 2019)

December 13 Ja Just Accordions, accordion jam session - The Pheonix Club, Anaheim, CA


December 14 Auction: Miscellaneous Musical Instruments - Gardiner Houlgate, Bath, UK


December 14 Auction: Musical Instruments of the Violin Family - Gardiner Houlgate, Bath, UK


December 16 Concert: Organ Recital Spreckels Organ Pavilion – Balboa Park, San Diego December 16 Concert: Masterworks of Five Centuries - National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.


December 16 & 17 Concert: Irish Christmas in America - Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix, AZ

December 19–22

The Midwest Clinic: International Band and Orchestra Conference – Chicago, IL

December 29 Concert: Mid-Winter Music of Early America - Postal Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.

December 31 Concert: A Baroque New Year’s Eve at the Opera – Herbst Theater, San Francisco, CA


***Read about the "Bellophone" tuba, made for William Bell, the "father of American tuba playing." Tuba Christmas was started as a tribute to Bell.

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