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The Journey of a Carillonneur: from Bytes to Bells

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a carillon fellow or how people get introduced to this instrument? Join Annie Gao to learn about her journey. Annie is a carillonist and software engineer from the sunny suburbs of Southern California.

Her musical studies began at age five with the piano, and she only discovered the carillon in college at Yale University, where she quickly became an avid member of the Yale University Guild of Carillonneurs. She completed her Carillonneur exam in 2020 to join the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America, and graduated from Yale in May 2021 with a combined B.S./M.S. in Computer Science. She then had the tremendous privilege of continuing her carillon education in Europe and the US, and is having the time of her life as the current Bok Tower Blanchard Carillon Fellow, studying under Geert D’hollander. In her free time, Annie enjoys competitive ping pong, running, brainteasers, and opportunities to explore and improve her fascinatingly bad sense of direction.

Event Date & Time

Wednesday, March 8, 2023
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Olmsted House


Free for members/ Included in general admission for non-members
Registration required
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Please Note:

Ticket price includes general admission to the Gardens. Tickets are available for purchase at www.boktower.org, in person at the Visitor Center or by phone at 863-734-1222. All programs and classes promptly begin at stated time and visitors are encouraged to arrive at least 10 minutes before class begins for check-in. Check-in begins 30 minutes prior to the class start time. Culinary events are demonstration based and late arrivals may not be accommodated. For classes held after 5 pm, the entrance gate will stay open for an additional 30 minutes after the start time. Once the gate closes, late arrivals will not be admitted. Due to the nature of culinary events held at the Outdoor Kitchen, Bok Tower Garden may attempt, but cannot guarantee, to accommodate food allergies. Dogs are not permitted at any educational program.