Carillon Concert at Concord College

For Immediate Release: 
Jun 10 2001

Carillon Concert at Concord College

Athens, W.Va. - Melodies of summer and sound will echo through Athens, W.Va., next month when Concord College hosts guest carillonneur John Courter.

John Courter, an internationally known carillonneur and composer for the instrument, is a professor of music at Berea College in Kentucky. Dr. Courter began playing the carillon while he was a student at Michigan State University and continued his studies at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, where he received his master’s degree in music. He later earned the Performing Artist’s Diploma, the carillonnuer’s highest level of achievement.

The summer event, sponsored by Concord College’s division of fine arts, will be the first live carillon concert of the season. Donated by former Concord President Joseph Marsh, Jr., the Marsh Memorial Carillon is West Virginia’s only true “grand” carillon and one of fewer than 100 “concert” carillons in the nation. Concord’s carillon consists of 48 bronze bells cast by the Paccard Founderie at Annecy, France, and was dedicated on the Athens campus in 1997.

Past guest carillonneurs at Concord College include David Breneman of the Luray Singing Tower in Luray, Va., and Gerald Martindale, carillonneur for the Metropolitan United Church of Toronto, Canada.

The Courter concert will be held on Wednesday, July 11, 2001, 7:00 p.m. Admission is free. Concord College’s faculty and staff invite the community to enjoy a summer evening concert of music from the state’s only “grand” carillon. Those desiring more information on the event may contact Jim Bartlett, director of programming, at 1-304-384-5305.


Concord College Notes: The Communication Arts Department produces the college’s student newspaper, radio programming and television programming. The department also produces theatrical and musical productions. It is organized similar to today’s modern corporation with the students completing projects under both student and faculty supervision. This gives students real-world experience that focuses on accountability and responsibility.

Jessica Shifflett, an intern in the public relations/marketing department, wrote this press release. Her hometown is Oak Hill, W.Va. She is majoring in Communication Arts with an emphasis in Broadcasting and Journalism. Her anticipated graduation date is August 2001.