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Carol Jickling Lens

Carol   Jickling Lens

  • Williams Carillon, Ritchie Center
  • carol.lens@du.edu

 

Carol Jickling Lens began her carillon study with Beverly Buchanan at Christ Church Cranbrook in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan in 1966. In 1971 she continued her studies at the University of Michigan with Hudson Ladd. From 1972 to 1974 Carol attended the Netherlands Carillon School in Amersfoort where she studied with Leen 't Hart and received both the Practical and End Diplomas. While in the Netherlands she played many recitals, including a series of five at the Palace in Amsterdam.         

Carol and her family were residents of Houston, Texas 5 times, where she was Carillonneur at St. John the Divine Episcopal Church on and off from 1979-93 and Carillonneur at the Bell Tower Center Carillon from 1997-99.  They also lived in England (2 1/2 times), where she learned the art of English change ringing and played recitals at the Loughborough Memorial Carillon and regularly on the Old Bond Street Carillon, including a recital where Princess Margaret dedicated a plaque. Other moves took them to Ghana, New Orleans and Denver where Carol was in on the initial planning meetings for the Williams Carillon.  Their latest adventure had them in Tripoli, Libya, until Dec 1, 2009. They are now back, happily residing in Denver.  Carol was appointed University Carillonneur at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music in January of 2010.        

Carol has been a member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA) since 1971 and was elected to the Board of Directors in 1996, serving one 4 year term.  From 1994 -99 she was a judge, then Chairperson of the GCNA Examination Committee and has been a judge again since 2010.  She is also Chair of the Nomination Committee. She was invited to play two GCNA Congress recitals and has played guest recitals from coast to coast in the US. In addition to recitals in England and the Netherlands, Lens has had the good fortune to play in St. Petersburg, Russia and at Hyechon College in Taejon, near Seoul, South Korea.  Lens has also been a piano teacher on three continents for more than 30 years.

The DU carillon is located in the Williams Bell Tower at the Ritchie Wellness Center, 2201 Asbury Ave., SW corner of Buchtel and University Boulevards at I-25, Denver. DU campus.