Music In-Person: Carillon


Course Details

  • Course Code: ENRICH-0857_BELL
  • Location: University Park
  • Mode of Study: In-person
  • Places Left: 13
  • Waitlist Places Left: 5
  • Fee: $130
Bells, Bells, Bells! Inside the Grand Carillon
Three In-Person Sessions
Wed., Mar. 13, 20, 2024, 7-9 pm MT
Carillon Tour, Sun., Mar. 24, 2-4 pm

Hidden high above the University of Denver campus, tucked away inside the gold-topped tower of the Ritchie Center, is both the most public and most mysterious of instruments. The Williams Carillon, with 65 chromatically tuned bronze bells, is the fifth-largest instrument in the country. Everyone on campus can hear the bells, yet few know how the instrument is played, or that a person is even in the tower at all. How does the carillon work? What is its history? How are bells made? What kind of music is played? Why do bells sound the way that they do? DU Carillonist Joey Brink guides you through the evolution of the carillon, from its birth in 1510 through its 500-year history to its arrival at DU. Brink demonstrates various carillon performance techniques, showcases examples of bells and carillons from around the world, discusses the acoustic properties of bells and the phantom pitch that we all hear (but which is actually a construct of our minds), and goes into how performers, composers and arrangers for the carillon have to flip their musical brains and think “upside-down.” Following two classroom sessions, this course features a live concert and an opportunity to climb the 95 spiral steps up the 215-foot Williams Tower to see the bells up-close.

Joey Brink is the carillonist at the University of Denver, where he performs regularly on the carillon and teaches in the Lamont School of Music. In 2014 he won first prize in carillon performance at an international competition in Belgium.


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2211 S. Josephine St.
Denver, CO 80210
Phone: 303-871-2291

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Charles Stillwagon, Program Manager

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Days of the Week Start Date End Date Time Venue Instructor
Wednesday 13 March 2024 20 March 2024 07:00PM - 09:00PM All Students Joseph Brink
Sunday 24 March 2024 24 March 2024 02:00PM - 04:00PM All Students Joseph Brink