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Live from the John Courter Carillon at Berea College

 Berea College Draper building

Berea College Draper building

We invite you to join us in our first carillon concert of the 2017 Summer Series

Live from the John Courter Carillon at Berea College.
Saturday, July 8, 2017 – 7:30 pm (EST)
Draper Tower, Berea College

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 Roy Kroesen 

Roy Kroesen 

Our guest artist will be Roy Kroesen; born in Enschede, The Netherlands in 1967, was appointed carillonneur of the Centralia Carillon in 2016. He studied organ at the Conservatory in Arnhem, with Cor van Wageningen and Theo Jellema. He studied carillon at the Netherlands Carillon School in Amersfoort with Bernard Winsemius and Henk Verhoef, and also at the Royal Carillon School Jef Denijn in Belgium with Geert D'hollander. He holds a masters degree in carillon, and organ and choir conducting degrees. In the Netherlands he served as a municipal carillonneur in Zwolle, Hoogeveen, Arnhem and Huissen. He was organist in Hilversum at the Apostolic Society and choir conductor. He was chairman of the Music Committee of the NKV, (Netherlands Carillon Association). He is carillon- and organ teacher and arranger of music for carillon. He has played numerous carillon recitals in the U.S., Europe, Japan and the island of Curaçao. Kroezen has won prizes at several international carillon contests.

Together with the Zwolse Beiaard Stichting, (Zwolle Carillon Foundation), he organized among others two contests for carillon duet and a carillon composition contest, held in Zwolle.

More About Berea College Carillon

A carillon is an outdoor musical instrument consisting of a minimum of 23 bells and as many as 70. A group of bells numbering 22 or fewer is known as a chime, such as the set of 10 bells in Berea College’s Phelps Stokes Chapel. Chime bells are normally used used to play single-line melodies. Carillon music with harmony in addition to melody and rhythm is made possible by having the larger number of bells.

Berea’s carillon was built and installed by the Verdin Company, Cincinnati, Ohio, the world’s largest maker of carillons and other bell instruments. Richard Strauss, of Verdin, is the carillon’s designer.

Every carillon is a unique, custom-designed instrument, but the basic structure and playing mechanism is the same for all manually played instruments. The bells are hung stationary, bolted to steel frames installed in the an open or enclosed bell tower. Only the clappers move. The clappers are connected through a series of mechanical linkages to the carillon’s distinctive keyboard which is located in the playing room positioned directly below the bells. Lever-like keys are depressed with the loosely-clenched fists to play the smaller bells and the larger bells are played from a pedal keyboard. The force of the player’s hand or foot determines how loud or soft the tone is.
At Berea, the bells are hung enclosed in Draper Tower, with sound openings on all four sides. The unusually large playing room at Berea accommodates 15 -20 people to observe carillon performances.


Berea’s carillon bells range in size from the 2,750 lb. “bourdon,” or largest bell, with a diameter of 50″, to the smallest, which is 5 1/2″ in diameter and weighs 18 1/2 lbs. The bourdon was the first bell to be raised and installed in the tower with the others following in descending size order. The bells were cast and tuned in the Netherlands by Petit and Fritsen Bellfoundry, makers of bells since 1660, and are made of “bell bronze,” an alloy of 80% copper and 20% tin. With 56 bells, the carillon has a range of four and 1/2 octaves, making it possible to play virtually any piece of music in full melody and harmony.

Carillon bells are specially tuned at five different points inside the bell, which ensures that each bell is in tune not only within itself, but with all the others in the series. Once a well-tuned bell leaves the foundry, it never needs tuning again.