Kaplan instrument collection opens


From drums and zithers to more exotic instruments like crumhorns, shawms, and racketts, during and beyond his 30 years at the U of S, Professor Emeritus David L. Kaplan (music) has collected historical and Indigenous instruments from all over the world.

During the past year, Kaplan has assembled a part of his collection as a donation to the College of Arts & Science’s Department of Music for research, exhibition, and use by student and faculty musicians. On March 9, the department honoured Kaplan at the opening of the collection’s new storage and display space in the Education Building.


David Kaplan came to the U of S in 1960s to establish a program in music education. Since that time, and in addition to many other accomplishments, he has served as head of music department and music director of the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra. He officially retired in 1990 but continued to teach as a sessional lecturer until 2005. In 2002, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada for his contributions to music.