The University of Rochester Carillon Society Needs Your Help

The Carillon Society is in need of a new adjustable practice bench so that we can more comfortably practice and prepare for our carillon concerts. 

Anyone who has been to the University of Rochester has likely heard the gentle sound of bell music wafting down from the top of Rush Rhees tower - an iconic event at the River Campus. It's our group of dedicated carillonists that brings this beautiful music to the campus community throughout the year. It takes many hours of practice for us to prepare and perform to the highest standards and our current practice bench - an essential piece of carillon equipment - is no longer reliable. 

Our goal is to raise enough money to purchase a proper practice carillon bench, suitable for carillonists of varying heights and comfortable enough for multiple carillonists to sit on for long hours. A new bench, while it may seem like a small impact, will cause a meaningful difference in the quality of carillonists from the University of Rochester.

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Duet - A Gift of $25

Our success relies on the generosity of our community. A gift today will have a lasting impact on the Carillon Society for decades to come, and we are so grateful for it.

Trio - A Gift of $50

Our success relies on the generosity of our community. A gift today will have a lasting impact on the Carillon Society for decades to come, and we are so grateful for it.

Quartet - A Gift of $100

Our success relies on the generosity of our community. A gift today will have a lasting impact on the Carillon Society for decades to come, and we are so grateful for it.

Thank You for Your Gift

Our success relies on the generosity of our community. A gift today will have a lasting impact, and we are so grateful for it.

University of Rochester Carillon Society

About The Campaign

Our Story

Led by Carillonist Doris Aman, the University of Rochester Carillon Society is group of students from all different backgrounds that come together to play the Hopeman Memorial Carillon - a set of 50 touch sensitive bells in chromatic sequence played from a baton and pedal keyboard. The bells hang above the crown of Rush Rhees Library, between the top columns of the bell lantern. It is one of only seven carillons in New York State. We perform concerts frequently throughout the year and especially during major University events like New Student Orientation and Meliora Weekend.

Those of us learning to play this valuable and unique world culture instrument  practice daily on a carillon practice kit (not linked to the bells), consisting of a keyboard and bench. The carillon practice kit was assembled and programmed by student carillonists - an amazing experience where we put together the hundreds of pieces of the instrument as a team and programmed it with the sounds of bells. Unfortunately, a problem that arose with the practice kit is that it came with an inadequate bench, that is difficult, and sometimes painful, to practice on. In order to get the most out of our practices and ensure better performances for the community, we are seeking to raise $2,700 to purchase a proper, adjustable carillon bench for our practice room!

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Our Need

Ring out the old - The kit bench has several issues with it that makes it difficult to practice on:

Ring in the new - Given that adjustable benches for carillons are rare to find secondhand (our year long search yielded zero results), we must purchase a brand new bench.

We hope to place the order for the bench this fall in order to have it to use by this spring.

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With Your Support

With your generous support, the University of Rochester Carillon Society will be able to purchase a new adjustable bench that will assist carillonists, from novices to masters, practicing in the carillon room for decades to come - enabling us to continue to thrive and spread beautiful music throughout the campus community. Thank you in advance for your support!

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Chengyi Zhang
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