UMSL instructor Aurelia Hartenberger poses with one of her many world music instruments. Items from her collection are on display at The Sheldon Art Gallery through Aug. 18. (Photo by Myra Lopez)

Aurelia Hartenberger has been collecting musical instruments for nearly four decades. But, they’re not your average run-of-the-mill ones. They come from all over the world. Her collection features African drums, bells and rattles, plus historical Civil War instruments and one-of-a-kind custom-made modern jazz pieces, including some played by jazz greats Artie Shaw and Clark Terry.

All summer, Hartenberger, an adjunct associate professor of music at the University of Missouri–St. Louis, is sharing her collection with the public.

Through Aug. 18, instruments in her collection will be on display at The Sheldon Art Gallery in an exhibit titled “The Beat Goes On: Instruments from the Hartenberger World Music Collection.” The instruments fill three rooms of the History of Jazz Gallery.

Gallery hours are noon – 8 p.m. on Tuesdays; Noon – 5 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; and 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Admission is free.

Myra Lopez

Myra Lopez