The Seventh Berkeley Carillon Festival & The Sixty-sixth Congress of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America
June 10-13,2008, Sather Tower, The University of California at Berkeley
The Seventh Berkeley Carillon Festival centers around the Class of 1928 Carillon, a fiftieth anniversary gift to the university, which enlarged the original chime of twelve bells to a forty-eight bell carillon. In 1982 a generous gift by Evelyn and Jerry Chambers enlarged this 1978 instrument to its present sixty-one bells. The Chambers endowment also provides for a full-time University Carillonist, a library of campanological materials, practice keyboards, maintenance of the instruments, and is the sole support of the carillon program. A stipulation of the endowment is that The Berkeley Carillon Festival honoring the Class of 1928 be held every five years counting from the year 1928. In 1988, 1998 and in 2008, The Berkeley Carillon Festival has been held jointly with a Congress of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America, a distinguished organization devoted to this arcane art.
Jerry and Evelyn Chambers went on to endow the Chambers Chair in Music, given to the most distinguished of faculty, including noted musicologists Joseph Kerman, author of Opera as Drama, and Richard Taruskin, author of The Oxford History of Western Music.
The Berkeley Medal is the highest honor of the university, given in lieu of honorary degrees, which Berkeley does not grant. The Berkeley Medal for Distinguished Service to the Carillon will be awarded at the closing festival banquet.
The Guild of Carillonneurs in North America was established in 1936 and is the largest organization of its kind in the world. A charter member of the World Carillon Federation, the GCNA is a professional guild including in its membership people and organizations interested in the many facets of tower bells. The Guild holds its annual congress at different carillon installations throughout North America. The 2008 GCNA congress will be held at UC Berkeley. Activities open to the general public include artist and examination recitals, scholarly presentations, and professional meetings. For registrants there will also be opportunity to visit the Class of 1928 Carillon, the new Jane Hargrove Gray Music Library, a trip to the newly enlarged Stanford University carillon, and a concert by Sonos Handbell Ensemble.
Jeremy Chesman Springfield, Missouri
Linda Dzuris Clemson, South Carolina
James Fackenthal Chicago, Illinois
Andrea McCrady Spokane, Washington
Gordon Slater Ottawa, Canada
The Berkeley Carillon Players
Jeff Davis, University Carillonist
Sonos Handbell Ensemble
James Meredith, Artistic Director
Joseph Daniel Bloomfield Hills, Michigan: The Rise of the American Handbell Culture
Margo Halsted Pasadena, California: Carillons in California
Justin Ryan Denver, Colorado: Synesthesia of Handling, Regulation, and Articulation
Kim Schafer Austin, Texas: The Construction of Nostalgia through the Chime and Carillon at the American University