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The Middlebury College
Summer Carillon Series

The Carillon Series treats audiences to free performances on Friday evenings at 5:00 P.M. from early July through mid-August, in and around Mead Memorial Chapel. Each year, musicians from around the world come to Middlebury to perform in the Chapel’s bell tower high above the College campus. All of the concerts are free and open to the public, and can be enjoyed inside Mead Chapel or on the surrounding lawns.


32st Annual Summer Carillon Series 

The 2017 Summer Carillon Concert season features a fine group of musicians, performing from the soaring tower of Mead Chapel. The melodic sounds of the carillon bells are a staple of summer life on the Middlebury campus. Free

July 1, Friday

George Matthew Jr., carillon

5:00 PM, Mead Chapel and surrounding lawns

George Matthew Jr. is the Carillonneur for both Middlebury College and Norwich University. He will be playing American music composed for the Carillon.  Free


July 14, Friday

Sergei Gratchev, carillon

5:00 PM, Mead Chapel and surrounding lawns

Sergei Gratchev, Carillonneur for the Middlebury Russian Language School and City Carillonneur Hulst, Netherlands. Free

July 21st, Friday

Elena Sadina, carillon

5:00 PM, Mead Chapel and surrounding lawns

Elena Sadina, Carillonneur for the Middlebury Russian Language School and the Belgian Carillon School. Free

 


July 28th, Friday

David Maker, carillon

5:00 PM, Mead Chapel and surrounding lawns

David Maker, Carillonneur for the University of Connecticut. Free

August 4th, Friday

Margaret Pan, carillon

5:00 PM, Mead Chapel and surrounding lawns

Margaret Pan, Associate Carillonneur, Cohasset, MA. Free 

looking inside carillon bellAugust 11th, Friday

Linda Dzuris , carillon

5:00 PM, Mead Chapel and surrounding lawns

Linda Dzuris, Carillonneur for Clemson University. Free

matthew sitting at carillon August 18th, Friday

George Matthew Jr. , carillon

3:00 PM, Mead Chapel and surrounding lawns

George Matthew Jr. is the Carillonneur for both Middlebury College and Norwich University. He will be playing a program of music entirely composed by women. Free 



About Middlebury's Carillon

  • A carillon is set up like a keyboard, with black and white keys and foot pedals that can help produce different kinds of sound. Each key is connected by wire to a bell clapper so different bells are rung depending on which key is struck.
  • It is a 75-step climb up to Middlebury's bell tower, atop Mead Memorial Chapel. The Middlebury Carillon is considered a traditional carillon of 48 bells.
  • The pitch of Middlebury's heaviest bell is E in the middle octave. It is a 2,300-pound bell; roughly the same weight as the Liberty Bell.
  • In 1915, the instrument was begun with eleven bells by the Meneely bellfoundry in Watervliet, NY. Nine bells remain from that work.
  • In 1986, the instrument was enlarged to its present size with bells made by Paccard-Fonderie des Cloches in Annecy, France. The enhanced carillon was presented as a gift from then Chairman of the Board of Trustees Allen Dragone '50 (and his wife Jane) in 1986. 27 bells remain from that work.
  • In 2001, 12 bells were recast or replaced in 2001 by Meeks & Watson of Georgetown, OH.
  • bells-2The bell on the left of this picture of Middlebury's carillon is inscribed with the following quote by Lord Alfred Tennyson: “Ring in the valiant man and free the larger heart, the kindlier hand! Ring out the darkness of the land, ring in the Christ that is to be!”
  • Learn more about our college carillonneur, George Matthew Jr.

 

 

 

Mahaney Center for the Arts
Middlebury College
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