Visionaries and the Alphorn
From Sydney Cosselman
Krone Museum Director
Once again thank you to students who brought their parents by the Krone Museum during Family Weekend. As always, I enjoyed talking with them, and sharing our school’s history. There were many activities on campus this past weekend, and I am sure everyone had a wonderful time.
This year the Krone Museum is holding classes in our exhibit area. In preparation for this, I have recently begun a project that, when completed, will exhibit a visual timeline for our school. Through historical photograph displays, I will focus upon individuals who have made a difference during time spent at our school. Under the photographs there will be corresponding notebooks that include further information about these individuals for those who are interested. The photographs and notebooks will change periodically. In addition, I will be including more information to be presented on a monitor, and will introduce some of these individuals as well as objects in our collection each month in the museum blog. Please feel free to come into the museum when classes are not in session.
DID YOU KNOW?
The first object I would like to introduce is our Alp horn, and fittingly so because it was the first object to be donated to ISOMATA (Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts). The label reads “The first gift ISOMATA received was a Swiss Alphorn, a 12th century shepherd’s instrument that was a popular instrument until the 1880’s especially in the Swiss and Bavarian Alps. It was a gift from Mr.& Mrs. George Haight of Northwestern University who visited the Krones in Idyllwild and thought it a perfect place for an instrument that resounds through the mountains. On July 23, 1950, Meredith Willson premiered his song In Idyllwild in the Atwater Kent Bowl. It began with a distinctive four-note melody for alphorn, which became the traditional wake-up and lights-out signal at ISOMATA . Here are a few photos taken over the years…