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In the Gunnison bell tower Alex Merrill (left) a member of the St. Lawrence Class of  2013 and the fifth in three generations of his family to be a "chimer," plays with Robert Gould (1955) and Danica Cunningham (2013) during commencement weekend.  Photo: Martha Cooper/TAUNY Archives
In the Gunnison bell tower Alex Merrill (left) a member of the St. Lawrence Class of 2013 and the fifth in three generations of his family to be a "chimer," plays with Robert Gould (1955) and Danica Cunningham (2013) during commencement weekend. Photo: Martha Cooper/TAUNY Archives

Listen again: hitting a high note in SLU's musical tower

Sunday morning's fire in Gunnison Memorial Chapel heavily damaged the bell tower, but the ten bells of the carillon were spared. Built in 1926, the chapel's tolling bells have been a staple of St. Lawrence campus and community life. During the fire, the wooden beam that held the bells burned, but luckily the bells came to rest on the tower's concrete floor. St. Lawrence University will pay tribute to the bells with a community gathering near the chapel at 5 o'clock this afternoon. "The Bells will Ring Again" will include musical tributes to the chapel bells.

In December 2003, Todd Moe climbed the bell tower for an up close look and listen to the bells and the student ringers.  Go to full article
Karen Lochhead ignored a broken arm and cold weather to hear Dr. McCrady's first performance.
Karen Lochhead ignored a broken arm and cold weather to hear Dr. McCrady's first performance.

Sounds of the carillon in Ottawa

Almost every weekday at noon, a live concert begins in a control room near the top of Ottawa's Peace Tower. 53 bells peal forth and are heard for blocks around Parliament Hill. Music from Bach to the Beatles is performed on a carillon -- a rare instrument where massive bells are controlled by touch-sensitive keys and pedals. Last summer, Gordon Slater retired after 31 years as Canada's official Dominion Carillonneur. Slater was only the 4th carillonneur since the position was established in 1927. A half-dozen non-Canadians tried out for the job. The winner was a family physician from Washington. Dr. Andrea McCrady gave her first official performance from the Peace Tower on November 3rd. Ottawa correspondent Lucy Martin was there when a smattering of appreciative listeners braved near-freezing temperatures on the national landmark's broad lawn, where huge throngs gather in warmer weather.  Go to full article
2 of the 10 bronze bells in Gunnison Chapel (above). Elizabeth Teczar, head bell ringer, at the carrillon in the chapel belfry (below).
2 of the 10 bronze bells in Gunnison Chapel (above). Elizabeth Teczar, head bell ringer, at the carrillon in the chapel belfry (below).

Hitting a High Note: SLU's Musical Tower

Bells have a long and distinguished past. Today the music of the carillon rings from belfries around the world, especially during the Holidays. You'll find them in city halls, churches and on college campuses. For nearly 80 years, music from a set of bells in St. Lawrence University's chapel has been a weekday tradition. The Bacheller Memorial Chimes in Gunnison Chapel are played, by hand, five days a week and for special occasions. Todd Moe visited the school's belltower for an up-close concert.  Go to full article
2 of the 10 bronze bells in Gunnison Chapel (above). Elizabeth Teczar, head bell ringer, at the carrillon in the chapel belfry (below).
2 of the 10 bronze bells in Gunnison Chapel (above). Elizabeth Teczar, head bell ringer, at the carrillon in the chapel belfry (below).

Hitting a High Note: SLU's Musical Tower

Bells have a long and distinguished past. Today the music of the carillon rings from belfries around the world, especially during the Holidays. You'll find them in city halls, churches and on college campuses. For nearly 80 years, music from a set of bells in St. Lawrence University's chapel has been a weekday tradition. The Bacheller Memorial Chimes in Gunnison Chapel are played, by hand, five days a week and for special occasions. Todd Moe visited the school's belltower for an up-close concert.  Go to full article

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