Near the start of the semester the UR Carillon Society will perform half hour concerts every Sunday (time TBA). Concerts can be attended in person on the Eastman Quad or online via Facebook livestream
Events are subject to change due to considerations such as weather.
The carillon may be played for Convocation, September 11, Meliora, Scare Fair, and other special events.
Wondering when the bells will ring? We have a Tower Time schedule for that!
Carillon Tower Location: Rush Rhees Library, 755 Library Rd, Rochester, NY.
2023-2024 Concert Programs
- October 8, 2023 - Koen Van Assche
- October 7, 2023 - Alex Johnson
- September 24, 2023
- September 17, 2023
- September 10, 2023
July 2023 Concert Series Information
July 5 - Simone Browne - Simone Browne is a carillonist originally from Tucson, AZ. She was introduced to the carillon at the University of Chicago, where she joined its Guild of Carillonneurs and studied with Joey Brink. After graduating in 2019, Simone spent a year living in Chernivtsi, Ukraine through the Fulbright program, teaching English and visiting Ukrainian carillons.
With the support of the Belgian American Educational Foundation (BAEF), she studied under Eddy Mariën, Koen Van Assche, Tom Van Peer, and Dina Verheyden at the Royal Carillon School in Mechelen, Belgium from 2020-2022. She graduated “with great distinction” in June 2021, then remained at the Carillon School for an additional post-graduation specialization year. In 2023, she spent several months studying with Geert D’Hollander as a Carillon Fellow at Bok Tower Gardens.
Simone researches carillon culture and enjoys learning languages in her spare time. She has performed recitals on carillons in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Norway, Lithuania, Denmark, the US, and Ukraine.
July 12 - Annie Gao - Annie is a carillonist and software engineer from the sunny suburbs of Southern California. She began her carillon studies in the Yale University Guild of Carillonneurs, where she took lessons from Ellen Dickinson and was Co-Chair in her final year. She completed her GCNA Carillonneur exam in 2020 and graduated from Yale in May 2021 with a combined B.S./M.S. in Computer Science. She then had the tremendous privilege of continuing her carillon studies in Europe and the US, studying under Geert D’hollander, Boudewijn Zwart, and Eddy Marien. In her free time, Annie enjoys competitive ping pong, puzzles and brainteasers, good reads, and opportunities to explore and improve her fascinatingly bad sense of direction.
July 19 - Janet Tebbel - A native of Michigan, Janet began her carillon studies at the University of Michigan. She played the Hopeman Carillon while doing graduate work in organ at Eastman. After earning a final diploma at the Royal Carillon School in Mechelen, Belgium, she returned to the US and began playing the 50-bell carillon at the First United Methodist Church of Germantown, Philadelphia. That tower had been silent for 4 years, she has now kept it ringing for 44 years.
She has also been carillonneur of the historic carillon of the Miraculous Medal Shrine, also in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, since 2002.
Her carillon teachers include R. Hudson Ladd, Piet van den Broek and Arie Abbenes.
She has served the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America in many ways, including multiple terms on the Board of Directors, as a juror for the advancement committee and as corresponding secretary. As a recipient of Barnes fellowships, she has done archive work on the papers of both Ronald Barnes and Arthur Bigelow for the GCNA. She has played carillon recitals throughout the US, Europe, and Canada, including performances at several GCNA and WCF congresses.
Janet’s varied working career was in early childhood music education, organ and church music and handbell choir directing. She now enjoys volunteering at church and spending time with grandchildren.
July 26 - Kayla Gunderson - Kayla is a recent graduate of the University of Rochester with a degree in American Sign Language and Brain & Cognitive Sciences. She began playing the carillon in Fall of 2019 during her first semester of college and passed her GCNA exam at the 2022 Congress in Chicago. She was a frequent performer in the University’s live-streamed Sunday concerts and taught carillon lessons to several students for three semesters. In Fall 2022, Kayla regularly performed on the 37-bell carillon in Stockholm, Sweden during her time abroad. In addition to carillon, she has played piano since she was nine and clarinet since she was eleven.
2022-2023 Concert Programs
- July 2023 Concert Series
- April 23, 2023
- April 16, 2023
- April 15, 2023 (Valerie Battista senior solo)
- April 14, 2023 (Molly Kilian senior solo)
- April 9, 2023
- April 2, 2023
- March 26, 2023
- March 19, 2023
- February 26, 2023
- February 19, 2023
- February 12, 2023
- January 29, 2023
- January 20, 2023
- December 11, 2022
- December 4, 2022
- November 20, 2022
- November 13, 2022
- November 6, 2022
- October 30, 2022
- October 23, 2022
- October 16, 2022
- October 1, 2022
- September 30, 2022
- September 25, 2022
- September 18, 2022
- September 11, 2022
Past Concert Programs
Past concert videos can be found on the Hopeman Carillon Facebook page.
Videos of past concerts can also be viewed on the Hopeman Carillon YouTube page.