Our carillon program is led by University Carillonist Joey Brink. You can hear Joey play weekdays during academic quarters, Monday-Friday from 11:45am to 12:15pm.
 

About the Carillon

The Williams Carillon was cast by the Royal Eijsbouts Bell Foundry at Asten, The Netherlands and was dedicated on the University of Denver campus on October 24, 1999. With 65 bells, it is one of the largest carillons in North America.

The Summer Carillon Recital Series invites renowned carillonneurs from across the nation to perform on The Williams Carillon. A highlight of the holiday season on campus is the annual Holiday Carillon Recital presented the afternoon of the second Sunday in December.

 

  • Carillon Song Request

    Submit a song request for Joey to play on the bells! He performs weekdays 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., and presents a variety of music including classical, contemporary, popular, jazz, film, and more. Though he won't be able to honor all requests, he strives to take as many requests as he can. If he's playing your song, he'll send you an email.

    Request a song

  • Tour the Carillon Tower at the Ritchie Center

    Come climb the tower and see the bells! Join Joey for one of his daily recitals, most weekdays at 11:30 a.m. during Academic quarters. The climb includes 95 steps up a spiral staircase, and offers wonderful views of campus, the city of Denver, and the Front Range.

    Tours must be scheduled in advance by contacting Joey at joey.brink@du.edu. Tours are capped at 10 people, and will meet at 11:30 a.m. outside the Ritchie Center, up the first flight of stairs, just below the tower.

  • Learn to Play the Carillon

    Want to play the bells? Joey teaches a 2-credit course in carillon performance, open to students of all majors and degree programs. No carillon experience is required, but students should be able to read music (treble and bass clefs) and have some basic familiarity with a keyboard layout. The class is listed as MUPR-3900-1 and is offered every quarter to beginning and returning students. Contact Joey at joey.brink@du.edu if interested.

Auditions

Applicants may choose to either audition in person in Denver OR submit a recorded video audition. 

 

Applications received after January 15 will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. You may indicate your preference for a live or virtual audition on the Lamont application.

Click here to view the current year’s audition dates and the full steps for how to apply.

  • In-Person Audition Requirements
    All auditions are approximately 15 minutes in length. The applicant will choose one of their prepared works to perform. The faculty will choose the second of the prepared works and possibly an additional work as well.

    Undergraduate (BM and BA)*

    Ten minutes of music, played on carillon or any other instrument, that demonstrates a high level of musicianship. Repertoire selections may be in any style of music and should exhibit the applicant's musical ability. 

     

    Undergraduate (minor)*

    Five minutes of music, played on any instrument or by voice, that demonstrates your musical ability. 

     

    *In many cases, an undergraduate student may be admitted who has had no carillon experience but does have a background in music. In such cases, an applicant is permitted to audition on any instrument of their choosing. Vocalists are also encouraged to apply 

     

    Graduate (MM and Certificate in Performance)

    Twenty minutes of music, played on the carillon. The program can include compositions and arrangements for carillon and should showcase the applicant's skillset with a variety of techniques and musical styles. 

     

    Review Requirements for Artist Diploma

  • Video Audition Requirements
    Applicants unable to travel to Denver for a live audition may submit a video audition via the Lamont application. Repertoire may be recorded separately in multiple takes; editing within each take is prohibited.

    Undergraduate (BM and BA)*

    Ten minutes of music, played on carillon or any other instrument, that demonstrates a high level of musicianship. Repertoire selections may be in any style of music and should exhibit the applicant's musical ability. 

     

    Undergraduate (minor)*

    Five minutes of music, played on any instrument or by voice, that demonstrates your musical ability. 

     

    *In many cases, an undergraduate student may be admitted who has had no carillon experience but does have a background in music. In such cases, an applicant is permitted to audition on any instrument of their choosing. Vocalists are also encouraged to apply 

     

    Graduate (MM and Certificate in Performance)

    Twenty minutes of music, played on the carillon. The program can include compositions and arrangements for carillon and should showcase the applicant's skillset with a variety of techniques and musical styles. 

     

    Review Requirements for Artist Diploma

     

Faculty

 
Joey Brink

Joey Brink

Adjunct Faculty, Carillon

Learn More

 

  • Williams Carillon

    Audience members enjoy a carillon summer concert.

  • Ceiling

    The mosaic ceiling inside the Williams carillon tower.

  • Joey Brink

    Joey Brink demonstrates the bells at the top of the carillon tower.

  • Joey Brink playing

    Joey Brink performing on the carillon.

  • Looking up

    View of the entire interior of the Williams carillon tower.

  • Mosaic ceiling

    A close-up of the mosaic ceiling.

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