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Summer Carillon Series opens with program by Illinois carillonist

Performing first in the 2010 Wingate Memorial Summer Carillon Recital Series hosted by Alfred University will be Carlo van Ulft. The music begins Tuesday, July 6, at 7 p.m.

Guests may sit on the lawn adjacent to the Davis Memorial Carillon on the Alfred University Campus.

van Ulft was appointed to the position of director/carillonist of the Centralia Carillon, Centralia, IL in 1997. In addition to playing three weekly concerts, van Ulft is also responsible for further development of the instrument and promotes the carillon through scheduled tours and coordinating media attention.

During the academic year, van Ulft plays the carillon and teaches the art of carillon playing at Principia College in Elsah, IL. He is also organist at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hamel, IL.

van Ulft is a native of The Netherlands and holds European master’s level degrees in organ, carillon, and theater organ. From 1984-97, he served on the faculty of the Royal Carillon School “Jef Denyn” in Mechelen, Belgium. Prior to his appointment in Centralia, van Ulft held the position of municipal carillonist for four cities in the Netherlands and was organist at St. Martinus Church in Venlo, The Netherlands.

As a guest recitalist, van Ulft has appeared at all major carillon festivals and carillon summer series in North America and Europe. Additionally, he has served as adjudicator for several prestigious national and international carillon competitions. He received the medal of honor of the University of California-Berkeley in 1993 for “distinguished service to the carillon.”

van Ulft serves on the Guild of Carillonneurs of North America (GCNA) Board of Directors and represents the Board on several GCNA subcommittees.

The Alfred University concerts will continue each Tuesday in July, at 7 p.m. The lineup for the remainder of the carillon series includes:
*Margo Halsted, adjunct professor, teaches and plays the carillon, University of California-Santa Barbara, July 13
* Lee Cobb, organist, choirmaster, carillonneur of the Episcopal Church of the Ascension, Clearwater, FL, July 20
* John Lehrer, carillonneur, member of the Guild of Carillonneurs of North America (GCNA), July 27

The Wingate Memorial Carillon Recital Series honors Dr. Ray Winthrop Wingate (1886-1968), who was a professor of music at AU for 56 years. After the installation of the bells in 1937, he was appointed the University carillonneur and continued in the position until his death. He arranged over 5,000 selections for the carillon and composed nine suites. The Margaret Merrill and Ray W. Wingate Memorial Carillon Foundation funds the series.

The carillon at Alfred University is made of a double row of rounded oak levers, called batons (which are struck with loosely clenched fists), with a pedal board (octave and a fifth). The ground floor display by the carillon has information on its history. Guests are welcome to climb the 69 steps to the top to enjoy the view and watch the guest artists at work.