The Hartenberger World Music Collection of Historical Instruments is the product of years of research and accumulation by Dr. Aurelia Hartenberger. This fascinating and eclectic collection of over 3,000 musical instruments and artifacts captures one of the greatest artistic expressions of our humanity - music.


Aurelia Hartenberger is currently adjunct Associate Professor of Music at the University of Missouri – St. Louis and Webster University, and World Music Specialist at Maryville University, and Music Coordinator for the Lindbergh School District.  Formerly she served as Curriculum Director of the Mehlville School District from 1990-2006. 

Dr. Hartenberger is a member of AMIS (American Musical Instrument Society) and the Galpin Society.  She has also served as Southwest Division President of MENC: The National Association for Music Education, 2003-2005; President of MMEA (Missouri Music Educators Association), 2000-2002; and President of SLSMEA (St. Louis Suburban Music Educators Assoc.), 1992-1998.

In the field of education, Dr. Hartenberger has been cited five times as “Teacher of the Year” at the local, district, and state levels.  She is the creator of the web-based “Curriculum SUCCESS Tool” for Aureus Concepts, and is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

In the field of research, Dr. Hartenberger’s most recent research work has been published in the Symposium Proceedings of the 2007 Symposium on Assessment in Music Education – “Connecting Standards to Assessment through Core Conceptual Competencies,” March, 2007, GIA Publications and she is cited in The Music and Literacy Connection, 2003.  Dr. Hartenberger has also been published in many educational journals throughout the United States and has presented clinics and workshops in ten states, on Neuroscience Research and Learning.


Currently the exhibit is only available for the public to view through this website, but we are seeking guidance in obtaining finances and sponsorship for an actual "bricks and mortar" building, a place where people of all ages can embrace, experience, interact and feel the richness of the world's music.