Summer Sessions

Carillon Bells

Carillon Workshop and Tour for Beginners

July 12, 2014: Full Day Workshop

Explore the possibilities of a 3.5-ton instrument to sound your presence on campus this summer. University of Rochester’s Hopeman Carillon is a 50 bell chromatic, touch sensitive instrument played from a baton style keyboard console using both hands and feet.

Fill out and submit an Application Form to take advantage of this unique one day workshop. 

Prerequisites: keyboard or mallet skills, reading music (both treble and bass clef), no fear of heights, able to climb several flights of steps.

Morning session: meet at Rush Rhees Library, Library Road entrance at 10:00 a.m. sharp, class will be held in the basement of Spurrier, practice carillon room. Space is limited. If you need seating and have a compact folding chair, bring it along.

  1. 10:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. - Presentation of the practice instrument and trying out basic techniques of play. Location Spurrier basement.
  2. 11:45 a.m. -12:30 p.m. - Lunch break and free practice time. Bring a packed lunch. Wilson and Rush Rhees Library open at noon.


Afternoon session: Rush Rhees Library, all tower sessions require access through instructor, meet at the circulation desk.

  1. 12:30 p.m. -1:30 p.m.  - Presentation on carillon topics of Hopeman Carillon history, installation, carillon in play, casting and tuning bells, acoustics of bells.
  2. 1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. - Tour of carillon cabin, learn to adjust the bells and listen, participants take turns to play music and observe the instrument in play.
  3. 3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. - Take turns playing while photos and videos are recorded. Videos and photos may be requested and sent via Google Drive.

*Since there is a very limited space in this class, you may want to view the Eastman Community Music School offering for carillon music lessons. The carillon music lesson listing is under the keyboard list at:  http://www.esm.rochester.edu/community/lessons-new/.Carillon_Flyer