Featured Carillon Projects

Penn State University, (The Behrend College ), Erie, Pennsylvania

The Floyd and Juanita Smith Memorial Carillon. For the tower of the Smith Interfaith Chapel on the Behrend campus of Penn State University we have built an entirely new carillon, 48 bells total. We worked with the chapel architect, Michael Hull, of Noelker and Hull Architects of Chambersburg, PA in planning the bell chamber and playing room. The bourdon is a G3 of 1,344 lbs. and the instrument is entirely chromatic except for the lowest semitone. For this instrument we built a structural steel bell frame, and provided cast iron ball clappers operating in sealed stainless steel ball bearings, and stainless steel bell support bolts. The playing action we furnished for this instrument is designed entirely on the radial principle throughout; the instrument is furnished with a Meeks, Watson standard four octave playing keyboard and a matching practice keyboard. Electric/automatic striking on a chime range of 14 bells is provided, controlled by computer with our proprietary software. The carillon was installed in the Spring of 2002; it was dedicated on June 15th, 2002, with a recital by Gloria R. Werblow, Carillonneur, Williamsville, NY, former President of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America. (www.pserie.psu.edu/affairs/campusmin/history.htm)

Smith Chapel from the South side
Smith Chapel from the North East side
The bourdon, or largest bell of the carillon: 1,344 lbs., G3
Hanging some of the larger bells in the frame
Wire guides in place: nearly ready for connections