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The Middlebury College
Summer Carillon Series

The Carillon Series treats audiences to free performances on Friday evenings at 6:00 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.

34th Annual Summer Carillon Series 

The 2019 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 5, Friday

Sergei Gratchev, carillon

6:00 PM, Mead Chapel and surrounding lawns

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

July 12, Friday

Tatiana Lukyanova,  carillon

6:00 PM, Mead Chapel and surrounding lawns

Tatiana Lukyanova is carillonneur at the Congregational Church, New Britain, CT, and former Associate Carillonneur, St. Petersburg, Russia. Free


July 19, Friday

George Matthew Jr. , carillon

6:00 PM, Mead Chapel and surrounding lawns

George Matthew Jr. is the Carillonneur for both Middlebury College and Norwich University.  Free 

July 26, Friday

Ellen Dickinson, carillon

6:00 PM, Mead Chapel and surrounding lawns

Ellen Dickinson is carillonneur for Trinity College Hartford, CT and Yale University. Free


August 2, Friday

Elena Sadina, carillon

6:00 PM, Mead Chapel and surrounding lawns

Elena Sadina is a carillon instructor at the Royal Carillon School, Mechelen, Belgium and Middlebury Summer Language School. Free

August 9, Friday

Austin Ferguson, carillon

6:00 PM, Mead Chapel and surrounding lawns

Austin Ferguson is carillonneur for the Plummer Carillon, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. Free


matthew sitting at carillon August 16, Friday

George Matthew Jr. , carillon

3:00 PM, Mead Chapel and surrounding lawns

George Matthew Jr., Carillonneur, Middlebury College and Norwich University. Please note special time to precede Language Schools Commencement. 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.




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