The 25th Annual International Carillon Festival


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Inspired by Nature

The 2022 International Carillon Festival will celebrate the Olmsted legacy Wednesday, March 16 through Sunday, March 20 with concerts inspired by Olmsted and the beauty of nature. Join four of the world’s top musicians as they present extraordinary carillon concerts each day at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. All concerts are free for members and included in general admission.

The festival will be highlighted by a performance of the winning submission from the National Association for Olmsted Parks Olmsted 200 Carillon Composition Contest: Inspired by Olmsted. Carillonneurs from around the world submitted original pieces inspired by the beauty of Olmsted’s landscapes and will be performing their pieces at their home carillon throughout 2022. The winning piece will be performed during the opening recital on Wednesday, March 16 by Geert D’hollander.

Schedule

Wednesday, March 16
Opening Recital, Geert D’hollander
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Stefano Colletti
3:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Sunset Recital, Carol Jickling Lens
6:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.

Thursday, March 17
Wylie Crawford
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Adrian Patrick Gebruers
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Carol Jickling Lens
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Friday, March 18
Stefano Colletti
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Carol Jickling Lens
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Wylie Crawford
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 19
Carol Jickling Lens
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Wylie Crawford
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Adrian Patrick Gebruers
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Sunset Recital, Stefano Colletti
6:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.

Sunday, March 20
Adrian Patrick Gebruers
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Stefano Colletti
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Closing Recital, Geert D’hollander
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Performers

Geert Dhollander
Geert Dhollander
Belgian-American composer and carillonneur Geert D’hollander was named Bok Tower Gardens’ fourth full-time carillonneur in October 2012. He has studied, performed, taught, arranged and composed carillon music for more than 35 years.

He has held permanent and guest teaching positions of carillon performance and composition at the Royal Carillon School in Mechelen, Belgium, the Dutch Carillon School in Amersfoort and at the University College Roosevelt in Middelburg, both in The Netherlands. From 1997-1999, Geert was the Carillonneur and Professor of Carillon at the University of California at Berkeley, succeeding Ronald Barnes.

He has made numerous carillon arrangements and composed more than 50 works for carillon, published world-wide. He was first prize winner in more than 30 international competitions for carillon or composition; was awarded the University of California Berkeley Medal for “Distinguished Service to the Carillon”, and the prestigious Dutch “ANV-Visser Neerlandia Prize” with his carillon composition “Ciacona”. He frequently gives Master Classes in Europe and the USA and performs all over the world.

Stefano Colletti
Stefano Colletti
A native of France, Stefano Colletti has earned a Gold Medal in writing, musical training, carillon and piano. He also holds a certificate of completion in chamber music, sonata and orchestration, as well as a master’s degree in musicology from the University of Lille III and the Certificat d’Aptitude au Professorat de l’Enseignement du Second degree (CAPES) of musical education and choral singing.He began the carillon in Saint-Amand-les-Eaux in 1985 and entered the French School of Carillon in 1991. He obtained the Master-carillonneur diploma in 1995.

In 1998, he was admitted to the National Conservatory of Music in Paris. That year, he was also a finalist in the Queen Fabiola carillon competition in Belgium. In September 1998, he was appointed master carillonneur of the city of Douai and professor of carillon at the Conservatoire national de Région de Douai. He is co-owner of the Carillons of Saint-Amand-les-Eaux and Orchies, in the North.

In June 2002, he obtained a higher diploma in musical writing, including a first prize in harmony, a first prize in counterpoint, a prize in fugue and forms and an orchestration prize.

A virtuoso of international renown, he performs in Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Spain, Portugal, England, Ireland and the United States (in Michigan, Illinois and Florida). Since 1998, he has recorded more than 10 CDs of carillon pieces.

Carol Jickling Lens
Carol Jickling Lens
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.

Wylie Crawford
Wylie Crawford
Wylie Crawford is the Senior University Carillonneur at the University of Chicago, having served for 31 years as University Carillonneur. He is also the Resident Carillonneur for the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, IL (since 1986) and was the first City Carillonneur for the Millennium Carillon in Naperville, IL. In 2020, he became the President of the Venice Carillon Foundation, Inc. and inaugurated the Florida Carillon Festival in that year.

He is the Past President of the World Carillon Federation (www.carillon.org), a federation of 14 international associations that organizes conferences in countries with a carillon culture. Mr. Crawford served a record-breaking 11-year term as President, having served as WCF Treasurer from 1990 until 2006.

With a B.S. degree in Physics and a Master’s degree in teaching from the University of Chicago, Mr. Crawford is pleased to have initiated the first regular carillon instruction programs at four Chicago-area carillons. He supervised the 2007-2008 renovation of the 100-ton 72-bell University of Chicago carillon.

Mr. Crawford fulfilled the requirements of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (www.gcna.org) to become a certified Carillonneur in 1977. During his forty-seven year membership in the Guild, he served three years as its Vice President and forty years as Chair of the Guild’s Membership Committee. He continues as a member of its Nominations committee. He has given guest recitals in Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Sweden, and the U.S.

Adrian Patrick Gebruers
Adrian Patrick Gebruers
Of Flemish-Irish parents, Adrian Patrick Gebruers holds the unique distinction of being the first Irish carillonneur in the long history of the instrument.
A graduate of the National University of Ireland, he also studied at the Municipal School of Music in Cork (Ireland) and at the Universities of Salamanca and Navarra in Spain. He received his initial carillon tuition from his late father (Staf Gebruers) and subsequently studied under Jef Rottiers, Piet van den Broek and Eddy Mariën at the Royal Carillon School in Mechelen (Belgium).
In 2021 he celebrates his fifty-first year as Carillonneur of St Colman’s Cathedral in Cobh, a picturesque harbour town on Ireland’s southern coast; in the summer of 2002 Cobh, and University College Cork, was the location for the 13th Congress of the World Carillon Federation and in the summer of 2003 of the IX Eurocarillon Festival. In 2019 at a ceremony in Dublin, the Minister for Arts formally designated Carillon Playing in Cobh part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Ireland.

A frequent guest recitalist throughout Europe, Russia, North America, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Japan, as well as on radio, television and recordings, Gebruers has been the recipient of several Travel Awards and a research grant from the Irish Arts Council and Department of Foreign Affairs, as well as a Tyrone Guthrie Centre – Cork County Council Regional Bursary and commissions from the Contemporary Music Centre Ireland and Alfred University (New York).

A former Assistant Principal of Colaiste Muire in Cobh, he is lecturer in carillon studies at the Music Department of University College Cork. A founding Vice-President of Eurocarillon, he was Honorary President of the British Carillon Society from 1997 to 2000 and again from 2001 to 2006. In 1998 he took on the highest executive position in the carillon world on being elected President of the World Carillon Federation and in 2002 was unanimously re-elected for a further four-year term.

In 2005 he received from Pope John Paul II the very special honour of being made a Papal Knight of the Order of St Gregory the Great (KSG) with title Chevalier for services to the Church.
He has become increasingly interested in composing and adapting music of the Irish traditional idiom for the carillon, an instrument that he believes is particularly suited to this genre.
He is married to physiologist Dr Elizabeth Gebruers and they have two sons, two daughters and nine grandchildren.