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45th Annual Summer Carillon Concert Series

The 48 bells of McDonogh School’s Carillon will ring out in song in the 45th Annual Summer Carillon Concert Series beginning on the last Friday in June, and continuing each Friday in July. The free concerts will be held rain or shine from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Guests are invited to picnic on the grounds surrounding Tagart Memorial Chapel or enjoy the recital from inside. Children are welcome to use the Lower School playground behind Elderkin Hall. Tours of the tower will be given after each concert. All are welcome. The 2023 performances can be streamed at

The 2023 recitalists

  • June 30: Laura Ellis, University Carillonneur University of Florida Gainesville, Florida. View the concert program.
  • July 7: Annie Gao, Carillon Fellow Bok Tower Gardens Lake Wales, Florida. View the concert program.
  • July 14: Dina Verheyden, City Carillonneur Mechelen and Puurs, Belgium Richard de Waardt, City Carillonneur Rotterdam and Tholen, The Netherlands. View the concert program.
  • July 21: Buck Lyon-Vaiden, School Carillonneur McDonogh School Owings Mills, Maryland. View the concert program.
  • July 28: John Widmann, City Carillonneur Joseph Dill Baker Carillon Frederick, Maryland. View the concert program.

More about the Carillon

  • The McDonogh Carillon, one of approximately 180 in North America, consists of 48 bells, the largest weighing over 1.6 tons with a diameter of 53”; the smallest weighs 24 lbs. and has a diameter of 7 1/2”. The total weight of the bells alone is in excess of 9.7 tons. The bells were cast and tuned in the Netherlands by the Petit & Fritsen Foundry, dating back to 1660.
  • A carillon's cast bronze bells are tuned so that many bells can be sounded together to produce a harmonious effect. It is commonly played from a keyboard consisting of two rows of spindle-like wooden keys, struck by half-closed fists, and a pedalboard duplicating the lower two octaves of manual keys.
  • By means of an entirely mechanical wire linkage between the bells and the keyboard, the carillonneur is able to produce remarkable variations in expression. Carillon bells are hung stationary; only the clappers move.
  • Carillon music is of all types—original compositions, transcriptions of classical music, hymns, folk songs, and popular melodies.