International Carillon Festival Performance: Carol Jickling Lens
Things To Know
Join us in celebrating one of the world’s greatest carillons, Bok Tower Gardens’ Singing Tower. With performances by world-renowned carillonneurs, enjoy a renaissance of this unique musical instrument through debut performances of new compositions and music performed throughout the 500-year history of the carillon.
Event Date & Time
Thursday, March 17, 2022
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Included with general admission or membership
Gary White (b.1937)
L’Envol (Soaring, 2001)
Claude Aubin (b.1937)
Inspired By Nature
Lake Music (1970)
Terry Vaughan (1915-1996)
On the San Antonio River (1984)
Robert Byrnes (1949-2004)
A Carillon Concerto For Two To Play (1981)
Ronald Barnes (1927-97)
Geert D’hollander – primo
Carol Jickling Lens – secundo
About the Preformer
Carol Jickling Lens began her carillon studies with Beverly Buchanan at Christ Church Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, in the 8th grade. She continued with the carillon at the University of Michigan, with R. Hudson Ladd. In the middle of college came the excitement of going to The Netherlands Carillon School in Amersfoort, The Netherlands, studying with Leen ‘t Hart, where she earned both the Practical and End Diplomas.
After her senior year in high school, Lens passed the Exam Recital to become Carillonneur member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA). She was a judge and then chair of the Exam Committee for many years, and is a judge once more, served as Chair of the Nomination Committee for several years, was on the Board from 1996-99 and was reelected for the 2017-2020 term. She is also an instructor at the North American Carillon School.
Lens has played from coast to coast in the US, including several recitals at GCNA Congresses and twice in The Springfield International Carillon Festival. While living in the Netherlands she played recitals all around the country, including four at the Palace in Amsterdam. While living in England she gave regular recitals at the Bond Street Carillon in London and two in Loughborough. She was fortunate to have the opportunity to play un-official recitals in St. Petersburg, Russia and Seoul, South Korea. In 2014 she hosted the GCNA annual meeting in Denver.
Lens and her family have lived in England, Ghana, New Orleans, Houston and Libya. Carol held the position of carillonneur at St. John the Divine Episcopal Church and at the Bell Tower Center, both in Houston. She was appointed University Carillonneur at The University of Denver January 5, 2010.