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Alumna Doris Aman ’74 plays Davis Carillon to conclude Wednesday demonstration

Doris Aman, a 1974 graduate of Alfred University, performed this week on the University’s Davis Memorial Carillon, an instrument she played regularly in her undergraduate years.


ALFRED, NY – Doris Aman, a 1974 graduate of Alfred University, performed this week on the University’s Davis Memorial Carillon, an instrument she played regularly in her undergraduate years.

Aman played three medleys at the conclusion of Wednesday’s demonstration in Alfred, a weekly event that began in the aftermath of the May 20 death of George Floyd. The medleys ranged from the opening collection of emblematic civil rights songs (including We Shall Overcome, Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Round, and Lift Every Voice and Sing) to healing music (What a Wonderful World, There is a Balm in Gilead, Kum Ba Yah, Abide with Me).

In addition, she played a medley of Native American music arranged for the carillon. “We asked Ganondagan, Native American Cultural Center, and Joanne Shenandoah to help us develop carillon music honoring the Haudenosaunee Confederacy nations living amongst us in New York State,” she said after her performance. “Our Native Americans seldom hear music on carillon that provides sonic recognition that these are their homelands. In 2019 we invited members of several tribes to toll the bells of Hopeman Carillon (at the University of Rochester).”

Songs in the native American medley included Sagoyewatha, by Zettek, which she said was composed to commemorate the 225th anniversary of the signing of the Canandaigua Peace Treaty of 1784 between the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and the United States government; also Wen De Ya Ho (We Are Strong), and 500 Years, by Rita Joe.

Video link for Doris Aman's carillon performance

She currently is a member of the faculty of the River Campus Music Department, University of Rochester, where she serves as Director of Carillon Activities. She visited Alfred University this week along with her husband and their dog, Hobbes.

 

(Views and opinions expressed by Doris Aman are those of Doris Aman and do not necessarily reflect the view of the University of Rochester, Alfred University, or any of its officials.)