Carillon Series Returns for the Summer

The 2009 Judson Maynard Summer Carillon Series to include nine outdoor musical performances for the Texas Tech community.

Summer series carillonneur William Balch plays the Charles and Ruth Baird Memorial Carillon located in the west tower of the administration building.

Summer series carillonneur William Balch plays the Charles and Ruth Baird Memorial Carillon located in the west tower of the administration building.

The School of Music announces the return of the Summer Carillon Recital Series featuring the refurbished Baird Memorial Carillon located in the West Bell Tower of the Administration Building at Texas Tech University. Each Sunday evening from June 7 through July 26, the concert will begin directly after the electronic bells chime the 8 o’clock hour. In addition to the Sunday evening concerts, organizers have planned a special July 4 concert featuring Roy Wilson, adjunct professor of organ and carillon, and Arla Jo Anderton. The performers invite the public to bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets to listen from Memorial Circle, north of the Administration Building. Families with children are welcome. Programming for the performances, which are 40-45 minutes in length, will include popular, classical, folk and hymn songs, songs for children, and original compositions for the carillon, including the complete works for carillon of former Texas Tech professor Mary Jeanne van Appledorn. During Roy Wilson’s performances, attendees are invited into the West Tower of the Administration building to quietly observe the performance, the unusual playing clavier and the 43 chromatic bells.  If another musician is performing, the bells will be demonstrated after the performance and attendees are invited to feel the different weights of the clappers.

Performance Dates:

  • June 7 - Roy Wilson and Cole Shooter, Lubbock
  • June 14 - Judson Maynard, Denton
  • June 21 - Judson Maynard, Denton
  • June 28 - Denise Koncelik, Wichita Falls
  • July 4 (9 a.m.) - Arla Jo Anderton and Roy Wilson, Lubbock
  • July 5 - Arla Jo Anderton, Lubbock
  • July 12 - Will Balch, Katy/Austin
  • July 19 - Roy Wilson and Soo Min and Soo Hyun Chae, Lubbock
  • July 26 - Denise Koncelik, Wichita Falls

About the Carillonneurs:

  • Judson Maynard - Texas Tech emeritus professor of organ and carillon
  • Roy Wilson - retired orchestra director of LISD, organist of St. John’s United Methodist Church and adjunct professor of carillon and organ at TTU
  • William Balch - TTU Bachelor of Arts in music education, violinist
  • Cole Shooter - TTU Bachelor of Arts in political science with minor in music
  • Arla Jo Anderton - immediate past president of The Guild of Carillonneurs in North America and science teacher at Coronado High School
  • Denise Koncelik - flute instructor at Midwestern State University
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Carillon Video

Watch the documentary, featuring the carillonneurs of Texas Tech, and the Baird Memorial Carillon.

See more photos at Carillon Gallery.

Find out more about the Carillon at Texas Tech University.

Playing on Tradition

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The School of Music is part of the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

The School of Music is part of the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

With more than 500 students, the size is ideal for creating larger ensembles as well as ensuring individual attention with private study.

Faculty includes a performing specialist on all band and orchestral instruments as well as piano, voice, organ, harp and guitar, and specialists in conducting, composition, electronic music, music education, musicology, world music and music theory.