Featured Carillon Projects

St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church, Ooltewah, Tennessee
The Linnie M. Barger Memorial Carillon

Here we have built a new 26 bell carillon, installed in stages beginning as a 19-bell chime. (See also earlier history of this chime in our “Featured Chimes” page.) We had provided the working drawings for the original tower framework for the chime, which was built by a local fabricator in Tennessee. However, for the expansion to a carillon, the two additional tower sections to increase its height by 20 feet were designed and fabricated by us, and installed in early Summer, 2007; and at the same time, six bells were added, four larger than the original chime bells, and two smaller, with a new carillon keyboard being provided, to complete the carillon of 26 bells. This instrument was first played for a visit of the carillonneurs attending the Congress of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America at Sewanee, TN on June 20, 2007. The carillon was formally dedicated in a special service on September 30, 2007, and Richard Watson played a recital on the instrument on that occasion, following the blessing of the new bells by the Bishop of East Tennessee, Knoxville. (The original Meeks, Watson & Company baton chime playing keyboard was transferred to play the tuned and expanded chime of St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada, q.v.) (www.stfrancisooltewah.org)

Preparing to disassemble the chime tower for additions
The original chime section is taken down
Modifications being made to original action to permit expansion
The new tower sections arrive
New tower sections are installed
The original bell section is reinstalled on the new sections
The roof goes back on
The completed carillon
The new carillon keyboard installed in the playing cabin