Arnold Myers

CURRICULUM VITAE 19th October 2021: RÉSUMÉ

Present Positions Held

2013-2023 :: Senior Research Fellow, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (part-time)

2009- :: Professor Emeritus, The University of Edinburgh

Employment History (recent)

2012-2013 :: Shackleton Curator, Edinburgh University Collection of Historic Musical Instruments (part-time)

2009-2012 :: Chairman, Edinburgh University Collection of Historic Musical Instruments (part-time) The University of Edinburgh

2006-2009 :: Professor of Organology, The University of Edinburgh

2004-2009 :: Director, Edinburgh University Collection of Historic Musical Instruments (part-time) with responsibility for both the Reid Concert Hall Museum of Instruments and St Cecilia's Hall Museum of Instruments

2000-2006 :: Senior Lecturer in Music (part time), University of Edinburgh

1996-2004 :: Director and Curator, Edinburgh University Collection of Historic Musical Instruments (part-time) with responsibility for the Reid Concert Hall Museum of Instruments

Doctoral degree

1991-1998 :: University of Edinburgh (Doctor of Philosophy), thesis Characterization and Taxonomy of Historic Brass Musical Instruments from an Acoustical Standpoint jointly in the Faculty of Music and the Department of Physics and Astronomy

Professional Service (select)

2019-2021 :: Member of Board of Directors, Historic Brass Society

1999-2021 :: Editorial Board member, Historic Brass Society

Teaching experience (select)

2011/12 - 2013/14 :: Course organiser and tutor, Musical Instruments B.Mus Honours course, Reid School of Music, University of Edinburgh

2005/06 - 2013/14 :: Course organiser, Postgraduate Diploma / M.Mus Course, Organology of Wind and Percussion Instruments, Reid School of Music, University of Edinburgh

2005/06 - 2014/15 :: Tutor, Postgraduate Diploma / M.Mus Course, Organology of Wind and Percussion Instruments, Reid School of Music, University of Edinburgh

2004/05 - 2010/11 :: Course co-organiser and tutor, Musical Instruments B.Mus Honours course, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Edinburgh

1997/98 - 2012/13 :: Course Organiser, B.Mus History of Instruments course, Faculty of Music (later Reid School of Music), University of Edinburgh

1997/98 - 2014/15 :: Tutor, B.Mus History of Instruments course, Faculty of Music (later Reid School of Music), University of Edinburgh

1985/86 - 2004/05 :: Tutor, Postgraduate Diploma / M.Mus Organology, Faculty of Music, University of Edinburgh

Postgraduate student research supervision (select)

Lisa Norman (PhD) Reid School of Music, thesis principal supervisor, 2009-2013, 'An integrated approach to the analysis of eighteenth-century horns'.

Evgenia Mitroulia (PhD) School of Arts, Culture and the Environment, thesis principal supervisor, 2005-2011, 'Adolphe Sax's brasswind production with a focus on saxhorns and related instruments'.

Conferences and Meetings Organised (select)

7th International Congress on Organology, Lisbon and and Caldas da Rainha, 2-7 July 2018. (Director of Brass Focus sessions)

Serpentarium, Edinburgh, 2017. (co-organiser)

Serpentarium, Edinburgh, 2013. (co-organiser)

Making the British Sound, Conference on Instrumental Music and British Traditions, London and Edinburgh, 7-11 July 2009: University of Edinburgh / Horniman Museum / Galpin Society / Historic Brass Society. (co-organiser)

Galpin Society and Historic Brass Society joint symposium on Musical Instrument History: Edinburgh, 1994

Items of esteem at international symposia and conferences (recent)

Invited lecture, Global Trumpets Festival, Folkwange Universität der Künste, Essen, 25-30 September 2021. Nineteenth-century Brasswind: Understanding the Profusion of Invention.

Invited presentation, Historic Brass Society symposium "Pond Life: Crosscurrents over the Atlantic" [online], May 24-26, 2021. John Webb and his Collection of Brass Instruments.

Invited lecture, 8th International Congress on Organology, Belmonte, Portugal, 20-22 September 2019. Instrument Making with a Mission: the unusual case of the Salvation Army.

Invited paper, 51st International Horn Symposium "Moving Horns", Ghent, Belgium, 1-6 July 2019. Horns, Saxhorns, Wagner Tuben and Mahillon's Wagner Band. (with Ignace de Keyser).

Invited presentation, 6th International Congress on Organology, Porto, Portugal, 24-27 August 2017. Novel Instruments for the Romantic Brass Ensemble.

Invited presentation, 4th International Conference on Romantic Brass: Presentation, Preservation, Interpretation: The Challenges of Musical Instrument Collections in the 21st Century, (held jointly with HBS and CIMCIM), Basel and Bern, 24 February 2017: Information Preservation for Museum Instruments.

Invited presentation, 5th International Congress on Organology, Tomar, Portugal, 28-31 October 2016. Longevity of Brasswind Models.

Invited presentation, 4th International Congress on Organology, Tavira, Portugal, 18-20 Dec 2015. Creativity in the Acoustical Engineering of Brasswind Instruments.

Invited presentation, Conference, From the serpent to the tuba: Development and use of low lip-vibrated wind instruments with holes and valves, Michaelstein, 7-9 November 2014. The tuba and related instruments in the 19th century: an acoustical view.

Invited participation in panel 'Passions Private and Public: Exploring the intersections between private and museum collections', CIMCIM Conference, Stockholm, 25 August 2014.

Invited presentation, 3rd International Congress on Organology, Braga, Portugal, 18-20 July 2014. Rudall Carte's 'Concert' or 'Vocal' Horn: the Story of a Forgotten Instrument.

Invited presentation, Colloquium on Valved Brass Instruments, Staatliches Institut für Musikforschung der Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz and the Galpin Society, Berlin, 26 April 2014: The Taxonomy of the Valved Ophicleide.

Invited presentation, 3rd International Conference on Romantic Brass: Adolphe Sax and his Saxhorns, (held jointly with HBS), Bern, 4 February 2014: Saxhorns by Other Makers - Copies or Deviants? (with Eugenia Mitroulia).

Invited presentation, Visual Intersections: Negotiating East and West: 14th International RIdIM (Répertoire International d'Iconographie Musicale) Conference, Istanbul, 7 June 2013 Distin Themed Jugs and Indications of Instrumentation.

Invited presentation, 2nd International Congress on Organology, Évora, Portugal, 18-20 April 2013. The Valved Ophicleide: A Broken Promise.

Invited presentation, 1st International Congress on Organology, Aveiro, Portugal, 21-22 January 2012. Scaling of brasswind instruments.

Invited presentation, Bridging the Gaps: 2nd ViennaTalk on Music Acoustics, international symposium, Vienna, 19-21 September 2010: The Influence of Bore Size on Brassiness Potential.

Invited presentation at the opening of the exhibition 'Die deutsche Posaune', Leipzig, 4 September 2010. Die deutsche Posaune in Großbritannien.

Invited presentation, First Congress on Musical Research, Valencia, Spain, 25-26 February 2010: Research on Historic Musical Instruments.

Invited presentation, Historic Brass Society session at the Conference of CIMCIM, Galpin Society, American Musical Instrument Society, and HBS, Rome, 11 September 2009: What we can Learn from Measuring Instruments. (with Eugenia Mitroulia).

Invited presentation, Acoustical Society of America, Portland, Oregon, 19 May 2009: Acoustical history of the tuba.

Invited presentation, Acoustical Society of America and European Acoustical Association, Acoustics '08, Paris, France, 1 July 2008: Characterisation of brass musical instrument designs using the brassiness parameter.

Invited presentation, Music, Body, and Stage: The Iconography of Music Theater and Opera: RIdIM (Répertoire International d'Iconographie Musicale) Conference, New York, 14 March 2008 Parade Instruments for the Military.

Invited presentation, American Musical Instrument Society, Yale University, New Haven, 27 June 2007: The Brassiness of Brass Instruments : a Tool for Taxonomists. (with Robert W. Pyle).

Invited presentation, American Musical Instrument Society, Vermillion, 20 May 2006: The Acoustical Design of Nuremberg Brasswind Instruments before 1779.

Invited presentation, Le trombone dans tous ses états - Département de Musique et Musicologie, Tours, 28 Avril 2006: Histoire et organologie de la sacqueboute et du trombone. (with D. Murray Campbell).

Invited presentation, Forum Acusticum, Budapest, Hungary, 31 August 2005: The Acoustical Identity of the Bass Trumpet. (with Seona Bromage and D. Murray Campbell)

Invited presentation, Symposium 'Jagd- und Waldhörner - Geschichte und musikalische Nutzung', Kloster Michaelstein, Blankenburg, Germany, 8 October 2004: The internal evolution of the french horn and the trompe.

Invited presentation, 75th Anniversary Meeting (147th Meeting) of the Acoustical Society of America, New York, New York, 27 May 2004: The Acoustical Engineering of Brasswind Instruments 1779-1929.

Invited presentation, International Symposium on Musical Acoustics, Mexico City, 10 December 2002: The Mystery of the Missing Saxhorn.

Invited presentation, 17th International Congress of the International Musicological Society, Leuven, 3 August 2002: The Acoustics of Historic Brass Instruments.

Invited presentation, 'Acoustics in the Restoration of Ancient Musical Instruments' session, 17th International Congress on Acoustics, Rome, 5 September 2001: Acoustical Aspects of Preserving Historic Musical Instruments.

Invited presentation, Symposium 'Posaunen und Trompeten: Geschichte, Akustik, Spieltechnik', Kloster Michaelstein, Blankenburg, Germany, 20 November 1998: Trombone Designs in the Transition from Early Models to Modern.

National invitations (select)

Invited presentation, Shock Waves in Trombones: Nonlinear Sound Propagation and Brass Instrument Taxonomy. Musical Instruments: Understanding the Old and Inventing the New, Reid Concert Hall, University of Edinburgh, 20 February 2017.

Invited presentation, Instruments of the Distin Family and Contemporary Brass Ensembles. The Brass Ensemble: from New Technologies to Genre Creation, Research Forum on Contemporary Brass, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, 23 April 2016.

Invited seminar, Distin Family Instruments and Brass Instrument Families. Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow, 14 October 2013.

Invited lecture, Identity and Change in Brasswind Design. Institute of Musical Research, University of London School of Advanced Study, 5 March 2009.

Invited paper, Brass Instruments: The Origins of the Species. Musical Acoustics Network meeting, University of Bradford, 7 June 2006.

Invited lecture, Technical Development of Brass Instruments. University of Durham, 12 November 2004.

Invited paper, Physics of Musical Instruments II conference at Institute of Physics Annual Congress, Brighton, 30 March 2000: Wind the Horn: Investigations into the Bore and Response of Coiled Trompes de Chasse.

Visiting lectures (select)

Brassiness Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, 2016

Wagner's Brass Instruments for the Ring. Wagner Society of Scotland, Edinburgh, 12 January 2014 [with Lisa Norman]

What Old Musical Instruments can Teach Us. Universities Retired Staffs Association, Edinburgh, 6 December 2011.

Brass Band Contests. Welsh College of Music & Drama, Cardiff, 19 March 2001.

Instruments of the British Brass Band. Welsh College of Music & Drama, Cardiff, 19 March 2001.

Other papers read and lectures (select)

The Salvation Army as Instrument Maker. Joint seminar of MIRN (Musical Instruments Resource Network) and SHCG (Social History Curators' Group), Edinburgh, 12 November 2018.

Panel member, Historic Brass Society Conference, New York, 13-16 July 2017: [with Trevor Herbert and John Wallace]

Offered paper, Historic Brass Society Conference, New York, 13-16 July 2017: Observations on the Cor Solo (with John Chick and Anneke Scott)

An Instrument for the Tsar. 16th International Conference of Association RIdIM, Saint Petersburg, 7 September 2016.

Brass Instruments for Victorian Domestic Music. Music in 19th-Century Britain Conference, Glasgow. 9 July 2015.

John Bayley's Brasswind Innovations in Boston and London. American Musical Instrument Society, Boston, 6 June 2015.

The Disc Valve: its Place in History. Historic Brass Society, New York, 15 July 2012. (with Sabine K. Klaus)

Is the Sackbut Merely a Narrow-bore Trombone ? Historic Brass Society, New York, 12 July 2012. (with D. Murray Campbell)

MIMO - a new tool for musicological research. 13th International RIdIM Conference and 1st Brazilian Conference on Music Iconography: Enhancing Music Iconography Research: Considering the Current, Setting New Trends, Salvador, Brazil, 20 July 2011.

How different are cornets and trumpets ?. American Musical Instrument Society, Phoenix, Arizona, 21 May 2011.

MIMO: Musical Instrument Museums Online. Diagnostic and imaging on musical instruments, 2nd international workshop, Ravenna, Italy, 14 April 2011 (with Laura Bognetti)

MIMO: Musical Instrument Museums Online American Musical Instrument Society, Washington, D.C., 27 May 2010.

The Brassiness Potential of Chromatic Instruments. SfA Conference, Lyon, 16 April 2010

Trumpet and Cornet: Identity and Convergence. Trumpet Forum, Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow, 14 July 2009.

Use of Serial Numbers in Dating Musical Instruments. Dater l'instrument de musique, journée d'étude. Cité de la Musique, Paris, 6 juin 2009.

From Gabrieli to Glenn Miller: Evolution and Identity of the Sackbut and Trombone. Public Lecture, University of Edinburgh, 26 May 2009.

The Distin Family as Instrument Makers and Dealers. American Musical Instrument Society, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 21 May 2009. (with Eugenia Mitroulia)

The Brassiness of Brass Instruments: a Taxonomic Key. Postgraduate seminar, University of Edinburgh, 24 January 2008.

Non-linear propagation characteristics in the evolution of brass musical instrument design. 19th International Congress on Acoustics, Madrid, Spain, 3 September 2007.

Valved Brass: going Independent ?. Cultural Nourishment talk, University of Edinburgh, 30 August 2007.

The Fluidity of Organological Nomenclature 18th International Congress of the International Musicological Society, Zurich, 13 July 2007.

Adolphe Sax: Visionary or Plagiarist ? Paris - the factory of ideas - the influence of Paris on brass instruments (1840-1930): Historic Brass Society Conference, Cité de la musique, Paris, 1 July 2007. (with Eugenia Mitroulia)

Henry John Distin (1819-1903). A Centenary Critical Evaluation: Was He the Very Model of a Major Manufacturer ?. Conference on Musical Instruments, Oxford, London and Edinburgh, 7 August 2003. (with L.P. Farrar)

How Brass Instruments were Invented. American Musical Instrument Society, Boston, 20 June 2002.

Unnatural Selection of Brasswinds: Survival of the Fittest ? 3rd Music in 19th-century Britain Conference, London, 18 July 2001.

Les Collections Publiques au Royaume-Uni. Rencontre 'L'Atelier du Musicien', Paris, 10 May 2001.

Did Sax Invent the Saxhorn ?. Historic Brass Society and American Musical Instrument Society joint session at 'Musical Intersections' Conference, Toronto, 4 November 2000.

Instruments of the Brass Septets of Finland. Conference on Musical Instruments, Meeting organised by the Edinburgh University Collection of Historic Musical Instruments with the Galpin Society, Edinburgh, 11 July 1999.

Panel chair, 'Organology' Panel Session. Les Journées de Cuivres Anciens Conference of the Historic Brass Society, Paris, March 1999.

Instrument Classification and Museum Misinformation. CIMCIM Conference, Melbourne, 12 October 1998.

Collections musicales et réseau Internet. Colloque muséologie et musiques, Musée de la Musique, Paris, 16 October 1997.

Early Years of the Modern Trombone - Some Observations. Colloquium on Historical Musical Instrument Acoustics and Technology, meeting organised jointly by the Edinburgh University Collection of Historic Musical Instruments and the Galpin Society, Edinburgh, 22-23 August 1997.

Taxonomy of the Brass Instrument Mouthpiece. American Musical Instrument Society, Washington, D.C., 1997.

Improvements in the Resolution of Bore Reconstruction of Brass Musical Instruments by Pulse Reflectometry. Physics of Musical Instruments I conference at Institute of Physics Annual Congress '96, Telford, 23 April 1996.

The Horn Function and its Application to the Taxonomy of Brass Instruments. International Symposium of Historic Brass Instruments; Historic Brass Society, Amherst, Massachusetts, 28 July 1995.

Bore Reconstruction by Pulse Reflectometry and its Potential for the Taxonomy of Brass Instruments. 15th International Congress on Acoustics, Trondheim, Norway, 26-30 June 1995.

How to Measure a Horn. The Galpin Society and the Historic Brass Society Joint Symposium on Musical Instrument History, Edinburgh, 1994 (with R. Parks). (principal contributor)

British Designs for Conical Bore Cornets. The Galpin Society and the Historic Brass Society Joint Symposium on Musical Instrument History, Edinburgh, 1994 (with F. Tomes). (principal contributor)

Algernon Rose and the Instruments of the British Brass Band. American Musical Instrument Society, Elkhart, Indiana, 1994.

Instruments of the British Brass Band. The Horniman Museum, London, 1990.

Contributions to conference papers

What's the Difference? Predicting and Characterising Timbral Distinctions between Families of Brass Instruments. Institute of Acoustics, 11-12 October 2021, online conference. [with Murray Campbell and Joël Gilbert].

Brassiness and the Understanding of Brass Instruments. 9th Forum Acusticum, 7-11 December 2020, online conference. [with Murray Campbell and Joël Gilbert].

The acoustical basis of cornett fingering patterns, Portugal, 2-7 July 2018 [with Murray Campbell].

Ascertaining the playing properties of unplayable brass instruments, Portugal, 2-7 July 2018 [with Robert W. Pyle].

The Secret Life of the Monstre Acoustique: Factors Affecting Intonation and Timbre of Serpents. M. Campbell and A. Myers. 14e Congrès Français d'Acoustique (CFA2018), Le Havre, 23 April 2018.

Timbre of marching-band brass instruments, 174th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, New Orleans, 4-8 December 2017 [with Robert Pyle and Sabine Klaus].

Serpents on Parade, 174th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, New Orleans, 4-8 December 2017 [with Murray Campbell].

The tradition of teaching acoustics at the University of Edinburgh and the collection of Professor John Donaldson. Jenny Nex, Arnold Myers, Michael Newton, Christopher Field. Object Lessons & Nature Tables: Research Collaborations Between Historians of Science and University Museums, conference, University of Reading, 23 September 2016, 'Epistemic Instruments' session.

The influence of bore profile on spectral enrichment due to nonlinear sound propagation in brass instruments. Donald Murray Campbell, John Chick, Amaya Lopez-Carromero, Arnold Myers, Michael Newton. International Symposium on Musical and Room Acoustics (ISMRA2016), La Plata, Argentina, 11-13 September 2016.

Les cuivres basses au temps de Berlioz: principes acoustiques et consèquences musicales. M. Campbell, J. Gilbert and A. Myers. 13e Congrès Français d'Acoustique (CFA2016), Le Mans, 11-15 April 2016.

Spectral enrichment in brass instruments as an approach to understanding their evolution and diversity. M. Campbell, J. Gilbert and A. Myers. Musical Instruments in Science and History: Galpin Society Conference, Cambridge, 27-30 September 2015.

Non-linear sound propagation and spectral enrichment as a key to characterising brass instrument types. M. Campbell, J. Gilbert and A. Myers. 3rd ViennaTalk on Music Acoustics, international symposium, Vienna, 16-19 September 2015.

The revision of the Hornbostel Sachs classification in 2011 by the MIMO Consortium. Margaret Birley and Arnold Myers and Rupert Shepherd. Reflecting on Hornbostel-Sachs Versuch a Century Later, conference organised by the Fondazione Ugo e Olga Levi, Venice, 3-4 July 2015.

Understanding Historical Horns with Crooks by Combining Measuring and Modelling Approaches. Núria Bonet and Arnold Myers. 11th International Symposium on Computer Music Multidisciplinary Research 2015: Music, Mind & Embodiment, Plymouth, 16-19 June 2015.

Spectral Enrichment in Brass Instruments Due to Nonlinear Sound Propagation: a Comparison of Measurements and Predictions. M. Campbell, J. Chick, J. Gilbert, J. Kemp, A. Myers and M. Newton. International Symposium on Musical Acoustics, Le Mans, 7-11 July 2014.

Influence of the bell profile of the trombone on sound reflection and radiation. M. Campbell, A. Myers and J. Chick. International Congress on Acoustics, Montréal, 2-7 June 2013.

A Manufacturer's Picture Album. E. Bradley Strauchen-Scherer and Arnold Myers. American Musical Instrument Society, New York, 18 May 2012.

Hawkes & Son: Image and Reality. Jocelyn Howell and Arnold Myers. American Musical Instrument Society, New York, 18 May 2012.

Brassiness Characteristics of Early Orchestral Horns. Lisa Norman, D. Murray Campbell and Arnold Myers. Forum Acusticum 2011, Aalborg, Denmark, 27 June - 1 July 2011.

Effects of Viscothermal Losses on Wavefront Distortion due to Nonlinear Propagation in Trombones. John P. Chick, Shona Logie, Joël Gilbert, Arnold Myers and D. Murray Campbell. Forum Acusticum 2011, Aalborg, Denmark, 27 June - 1 July 2011.

Musical consequences of nonlinear sound propagation in brass instruments. Shona Logie, Murray Campbell, John Chick, Arnold Myers, and Joël Gilbert. 169th meeting of the Acoustical Society of America Meeting, Cancun, Mexico, 15-19 November 2010.

The influence of the Mouthpiece on the Playability of Early Orchestral Horns. Lisa Norman, John Chick, Arnold Myers, and Murray Campbell 2nd Vienna Talk on Music Acoustics, Vienna, September 2010.

An investigation into the brassiness potential of Wagner tubas. Lisa Norman, Arnold Myers, Murray Campbell. SfA Conference, Lyon, April 2010.

Reconstructing the Lituus: A Reassessment of Impedance, Harmonicity, and Playability. A.G. Apostoli, S.M. Logie, A. Myers, J.A. Kemp, J.P. Chick, and A.C.P. Braden. NAG/DAGA, Rotterdam, March 2009.

Embouchure control of the onset of "brassiness" independently of dynamic level. L. Norman, J. Chick, M. Campbell, A. Myers. NAG/DAGA, Rotterdam, March 2009.

Differences Between Brass Instruments Arising from Variations in Brassiness due to Nonlinear Propagation'. J. Gilbert, D.M. Campbell, A. Myers, R.W. Pyle. International Symposium on Musical Acoustics, Barcelona, Spain, 9-12 September 2007.

Scaling of Brasswind Instruments. Robert W. Pyle, Jr and Arnold Myers. 151st meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Providence, RI, 6-9 June 2006, 'Musical Acoustics: Scaling of Musical Instrument Families' session.

The Sounding Pitches of Brass Instruments. D.M. Campbell, J. Gilbert and A. Myers. 17th International Congress on Acoustics, Rome, 2-7 September 2001.

Trumpet Design and Acoustical Characteristics. Arnold Myers and D. Murray Campbell. Historic Brass Society Conference, Cité de la Musique, Paris 1999.

Training events delivered

Measuring techniques applied to historic brass instruments, workshop 25 April 2012, Bern University of the Arts, Bern

Measuring techniques applied to historic brass instruments, workshop 30 January 2010, Royal College of Music, London

Measuring techniques applied to historic brass instruments, workshop 18 November 2009, University of Edinburgh

Measuring techniques applied to historic brass instruments, workshop 12 September 2009, Rome (with Eugenia Mitroulia)

Concerts Organised

Performances of The Early Victorian Brass Band: Edinburgh, York, Bradford, London, Manchester. Paignton,

Instrumental performance

Orchestral and brass band trombonist and tubist

Sackbut player, founder member of Edinburgh Renaissance Band and the Scottish Gabrieli Ensemble

Award (select)

2014 :: Christopher Monk Award of the Historic Brass Society in recognition of 'work as an organologist, curator, teacher and administrator of symposia' and 'influential contribution to the understanding of the history of brass musical instruments, and exemplary adherence to the highest scholarly standards.'

Publications

9 articles in peer-reviewed journals as sole author plus 15 articles in peer-reviewed journals as joint author, nearly all brasswind-related; also numerous other articles in jounals and proceedings, and book chapters.

For publications list see http://www.euchmi.ed.ac.uk/am/pvm.html