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Carillon Concerts

Mon
6
Jul

Gijsbert Kok
Monday, July 6, 7 p.m.

Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

PHOTO: Gijsbert Kok

Gijsbert Kok studied organ, church music, and improvisation at the Hague Royal Conservatory and music theory at the Codarts Conservatory in Rotterdam. He studied the carillon at the Netherlands Carillon School in Amersfoort and has won prizes in several carillon contests.

At present, he is the city carillonneur of the Hague, Voorschoten, and Zoetermeer. He teaches carillon at the Netherlands Carillon School in Amersfoort and music theory at the Codarts Conservatory in Rotterdam. He also is active as a church organist in the Domkerk in De Lier and the American Protestant Church of the Hague. As a recitalist, he performs regularly on the carillon as well as on the organ. Several of his arrangements for carillon appear in print from Dutch publishers.

Mon
13
Jul

Ulla Laage
Monday, July 13, 7 p.m.
Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

Ulla Laage

Ulla Laage is a carillonneur, composer, and bell consultant. She has an artist diploma from the Scandinavian Carillon School and was the carillonneur of Our Savior’s Church, Copenhagen, from 1974 to 2006. She was also appointed judge for the Ministry of Ecclesiastical Affairs at carillonneur exams from 1993 to 2000. Laage was the head of Our Savior’s Church International Summer Carillon Festivals from 1983 to 2006. She has served as vice president of the Guild of Carillonneurs in Denmark/the Nordic Society of Campanology and Carillon from 1975 to 2000. She was also a member of the International Committee of the World Carillon Federation 1999-2000.

Mon
20
Jul

Toru Takao
Monday, July 20, 7 p.m.
Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

Toru Takao

Toru Takao graduated in 2000 from Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in German language. After his academic study, he spent a year in Los Angeles, and another year in Germany, doing volunteer work. In Germany, he was introduced to the carillon. From 2002 to 2008, he studied carillon at the Utrecht Conservatory in the Netherlands, studying with Arie Abbenes, Bernard Winsemius, and Frans Haagen. He received a bachelor of music degree in 2006 and master of music diploma in 2008. He has given carillon recitals worldwide in countries including Ireland, Spain, and Poland. Since 2012, he and his wife, Katarzyna Takao-Piastowska, have re-started regular carillon recitals in Emmerich, Germany.

Mon
27
Jul

Olesya Rostovskaya
Monday, July 27, 7 p.m.
Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

Olesya Rostovskaya

Olesya Rostovskaya attended the Russian Central Music School from 1993 to 2000. She completed her studies at the Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory, with a specialization in composition, and in 2001, with a specialization in organ. In 1999, she began to play the theremin. In 2003, she began playing Russian bells. She began playing the carillon in 2006. In 2008, she graduated from Saint Petersburg State University as a carillonneur (the first in the world Russian Carillon Diploma) and, in 2009, from the Royal Carillon School “Jef Denyn” in Mechelen. Now she composes music for orchestras, ensembles, choir, organ, carillon, theremin, and more. She has a CD called “Soul of a Bell: Russian Carillon Music.”

Mon
3
Aug

Francis Crépin
Monday, August 3, 7 p.m.
Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

Francis Crépin

Francis Crépin studied piano with Odette Ranfaing in Saint-Quentin. At the National Carillon School in Douai (France), he attended the classes of Jacques Lannoy. Now he studies with Koen Cosaert at the Royal Carillon School in Mechelen, Belgium. He was appointed the municipal carillonneur of Saint-Quentin Town Hall in September 1999. In the conservatory of Saint-Quentin, his musical studies included organ, singing (first prize), jazz, trumpet, and string-bass. He has composed and arranged many pieces for different types of repertoires and instrumentations, including carillon, harmony bands, and brass ensembles. He has given numerous concerts in countries including France, Spain, and Belgium. Crépin is secretary of the Guild of Carillonneurs of France.

Mon
10
Aug

Jonathan Hebert
Monday, August 10, 7 p.m.
Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

Jonathan Hebert

Jonathan Hebert, from Beaver Bank in Nova Scotia, Canada, is a graduate of the University of Ottawa School of Music, where, in 2008, he received a bachelor of music degree in music education, studying piano with Andrew Tunis. He began his carillon studies in 2009 while working as a summer intern with the dominion carillonneur, Dr. Andrea McCrady. In 2013, he attended his first Congress of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he passed the carillonneur exam. He is now a carillonneur member of the Guild. He currently works as an Information and Research Technician at the Library of Parliament and performs regularly on the Peace Tower Carillon. In his spare time, Hebert enjoys travelling, golfing, and watching Canadian sports like hockey and curling.

Mon
17
Aug

Tim Sleep
Monday, August 17, 7 p.m.
Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

PHOTO: Tim Sleep

Tim Sleep was appointed Naperville city carillonneur in 2007; he teaches and performs regularly on the Millennium Carillon in Naperville, Illinois. He is an instructor for the North American Carillon School. Sleep is in his second term as president of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA), having previously served as its vice president. He is a board member and secretary of the Millennium Carillon Foundation in Naperville.

He began his carillon studies with Wylie Crawford in Naperville and continued with John Gouwens at the Culver Academies in Culver, Indiana, becoming a carillonneur member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America in 2004. He has a bachelor’s degree in music education from North Central College in Naperville and a master of science in educational administration from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. A retired band director and middle school principal, he is a long-time church musician, currently serving as organist for Knox Presbyterian Church in Naperville.

Mon
24
Aug

Wylie Crawford
Monday, August 24, 7 p.m.
Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

PHOTO: Wylie Crawford

Wylie Crawford is the university carillonneur at the University of Chicago, a position he has held since 1984. Since 1986, he has been the resident carillonneur for the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, Illinois. He was the first city carillonneur for the Millennium Carillon in Naperville, Illinois.

Crawford has an undergraduate degree in physics and a graduate degree in teaching from the University of Chicago. He initiated the first regular carillon instruction programs at four Chicago-area carillons. He is also president of the World Carillon Federation, a federation of international associations that organizes conferences in countries with a carillon culture. Previously, Mr. Crawford had served as treasurer.

He became a certified carillonneur in 1977 through the Guild of Carillonneurs. He has given carillon recitals in Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Sweden, and the United States.

Mon
31
Aug

Jim Fackenthal
Monday, August 31, 7 p.m.
Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

Jim_Fackenthal

Jim Fackenthal, Ph.D., is the associate carillonneur at the University of Chicago, where he also worked as a cancer researcher. Dr. Fackenthal began carillon studies with David Caldwell at the University of Rochester in 1984, and two years later, became a carillonneur member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA). Since then he has played numerous carillon recitals throughout North America. He is an active member of the piano program and the Early Music Ensemble at the University of Chicago, where he plays various string and wind instruments. He has a bachelor's degree in biology/geology from the University of Rochester and a Ph.D. in molecular biology from Indiana University. Fackenthal is a former member of the GCNA Board of Directors.

Mon
7
Sep

Mark Lee
Monday, September 7, 7 p.m.
Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

PHOTO: Mark Lee

Mark Lee is certified as a carillonneur by the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America and performs regularly at the University of Chicago’s Rockefeller Memorial Carillon. He has served on the Guild’s Examination committee and as co-editor of the Guild’s newsletter Carillon News.

Lee is music director at St. Bonaventure Oratory in Chicago and St. Paul Lutheran Church in Skokie, Illinois, and choir director at Congregation Beth Shalom in Naperville, Illinois. He maintains an active teaching studio in Chicago, and is an examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music Examinations, Toronto, Ontario.