Our carillon program is led by University Carillonneur Carol Jickling Lens, who started studying the instrument in 1966. Since then, her career has taken her all over the world to places like the Netherlands, Russia, and South Korea. Jickling-Lens has been a member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA) since 1971 and was elected to the Board of Directors in 1996 and 2016, serving two 3-year terms.

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. When the university is in session the carillon can usually be heard Monday through Friday from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. 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.

Auditions

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are requiring recorded video auditions from all applicants as well as a live Zoom component.

  • Recorded Video Audition

    Video recordings should be unedited, i.e. do not make cuts or edits in the middle of pieces. It is fine to record pieces separately. Use the best recording equipment you have on hand. Faculty will evaluate you on the quality of your performance and not on the audio/video quality. 

    This video should be uploaded through the Lamont application. Recordings received after January 15 will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

  • Live Zoom Interview

    Applicants will preference their top two (2) dates for a live Zoom interview on the Lamont application. 

    The 2021 interview dates are January 30, February 6, and February 13. 

Repertoire Requirements

Undergraduate (BM and BA)

  1. Three contrasting compositions for carillon including a prelude by Matthias Van den Gheyn
  2. Select others from Dutch (eg. Badings, Franken, Maassen), Flemish (eg. Meulemans, D'hollander, Geysen) or American composers (eg. Johnson, Courter, Barnes)

Graduate (MM and Certificate in Performance)

  1. Five contrasting compositions, including a Prelude by Matthias Van de Gehyn
  2. Select others from Dutch (eg. Badings, Franken, Maassen), Flemish (eg. Meulemans, D'hollander, Geysen) or American composers (eg. Johnson, Courter, Barnes)

Review requirements for Artist Diploma

Faculty

 
Carol Jickling Lens in front of carillon

Carol Lens

Adjunct Faculty

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CTA pattern (books, scales, etc)

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