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Concord Has a New Offering ?Ǫ Music on CD!

Concord Has a New Offering … Music on CD!

Athens, W.Va. - Most don’t think of music publishers and small public colleges at the same time. But, perhaps you should!

Stop by the Concord College Bookstore where you can purchase a CD with special musical selections played on the Marsh Memorial Carillon. The CD features a variety of tunes including patriotic numbers like The Star Spangled Banner and America the Beautiful and several seasonal holiday tunes.

Dr. Joseph F. Marsh Jr., President Emeritus of Concord and donor of the carillon, provided funding for the CD and coordinated its development.

“Dr. Marsh has always been a staunch supporter of this institution,” stated President Jerry Beasley. Throughout the years, he has been very generous and we are grateful for all he has done and continues to do for the college.

“He wanted to produce this CD to have a permanent record of the carillon music, and to promote the College and attract visitors to the campus.

“The Carillon was built in 1997 and plays on-the-hour and 10 minutes before the hour. That way students don’t have to be late for class,” chuckled Beasley.

Proceeds from the sale of the CD will go into the “Friends of the Carillon” fund, which pays for special guest appearances by carillonneurs, professionals who specialize in playing carillons.

Internationally acclaimed carillonneur Todd Fair was the carillonneur for the CD.

Mr. Fair, a native of Pennsylvania, lived in Europe for almost 25 years studying and teaching the carillon and playing some of the most famous bells on the continent. He returned to the United States as carillonneur for the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and now is carillonneur for the University of Denver’s 65-bell carillon.

The beautiful and unique sounds of the 48 tuned, bronze bells of the Marsh Memorial Carillon at Concord College—West Virginia’s only true carillon—can now be purchased in the Concord College Bookstore, for $15. Bookstore hours are Monday through Friday, 8:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m.

For information about the CD, call 1-304-384-9816, or 384-5317. Or, e-mail at


Photo: President Emeritus Joseph F. Marsh Jr. in front of the Carillon at Concord College.

Concord College Notes: The Marsh Memorial Carillon at Concord College is the only true carillon in West Virginia. It has 48 bells and a four-octave musical range. The largest bell (called “the bourdon”) weighs 4,310 pounds. It is a world-class instrument and classified as a “concert” carillon. A true carillon has no electrical amplification and consists of at least 23 tuned, cast bronze bells. In addition to being played manually, Concord’s bells can be played automatically using a computer. President Emeritus Joseph F. Marsh Jr., donated the carillon to the College. A permanent fund, “Friends of the Carillon,” exists to maintain the carillon and finance recitals.