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Princeton University Carillon Summer Concert Series

July 2 • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Music that Surrounds the Silence

The carillon is a musical instrument of 23 or more bells that produces music. Carillon bells are stationary with only the clapper moving against the lip of the bell.  The carillon is manually played from a console with both fists and feet activating batons and pedals attached to the clappers through a mechanical linkage. There is no electronic assistance to ring the bells. Remarkable variations in expression are possible and controlled entirely by the carillonneur.  The music can travel great distances in all directions, making it a community instrument for the public.

The Princeton University Carillon is located at the Graduate School at 88 College Road West in  Princeton. Dedicated in 1927, the Princeton Carillon is memorialized to The Class of 1892.  The 67 bronze bells were cast in England, France, and The Netherlands. The largest bell of the Princeton carillon weighs 12,880 pounds.

Community carillon concerts have been performed for 30 years and are a program of Princeton University Chapel. The concerts are made possible by an endowment established by the Class of 1892.

All concerts start at 1 p.m. every Sunday. The summer series runs from July 2 through Labor Day Sunday. Concerts are held rain or shine. Admission is free.  Directions are available online

Summer 2023 performance schedule

Jul 2 – Laura Ellis, Gainesville, Florida

Jul 9 – The DeWaardt Family of Carillonneurs, The Netherlands

Jul 16 – Annie Gao, Irvine, California

Jul 23 – Simone Browne, New York, New York

Jul 30 – Dennis Curry, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Aug 6 – Lynnli Wang, New York, New York

Aug 13 – Lisa Lonie, Blue Bell, Pennsylvania

Aug 20 – Princeton Carillon Studio Members

Aug 27 – New Colleague Recital, Noah Kravitz, Princeton, New Jersey

Sept 3 – Robin Austin, Chester Springs, Pennsylvania

For more information about the Princeton Universit Carillon, visit the university’s website. 


July 2
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Princeton University Graduate College, Grover Cleveland Tower
88 College Road West
Princeton, NJ 08544 United States
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