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Iowa State carillonneur next guest presenter in University's July Wingate Memorial Summer Carillon Series

Alfred University will host Tin-Shi Tam, carillonneur of Iowa State University, on Tuesday, July 15, the second performer in the Wingate Memorial Summer Carillon Series.

This free recital begins at 7 p.m., rain or shine. If inclement weather persists, the nearby Howell Hall will be open for indoor seating.

Tam, Cownie Professor of Music and chairman of the keyboard division at Iowa State, is a celebrated artist on carillon and organ. She has given recitals in Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, and the United States. She was a featured carillon recitalist at the Festival International de Carillon en Côte d’Or in France, the Twelfth International de Carillon Festival at Bok Tower Gardens in Florida, and the Congresses of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America.

In 2008, she represented the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America to perform at the World Carillon Federation Congress in Gronginen, The Netherlands. Her carillon compact disc, “The Bells of Iowa State,” was released in 2004.

The Wingate Memorial Carillon Recital Series honors Dr. Ray Winthrop Wingate, who was a professor of music at Alfred University 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 more than 5,000 selections for the carillon and composed nine suites. The recital series is funded by the Margaret Merrill and Ray W. Wingate Memorial Carillon Foundation.

The carillon at Alfred University is made of a double row of rounded oak levers, called batons, with a pedal board of an 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 artist at work.