Guest Carillonneur Tin-Shi Tam Performing Live Concert On Concord University's Marsh Memorial Carillon

For Immediate Release: 
Apr 05 2012

CONTACT: Sarah Dalton
Concord University
Office of Advancement
PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712
(304) 384-6312,


ATHENS, W.Va. – Celebrated carillon and organ artist Tin-Shi Tam will perform a live concert on the Marsh Memorial Carillon Monday, April 30, 2012. The concert begins at 5:30 p.m. on Concord University’s Athens campus.

A native of Hong Kong, TAM has given recitals in Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, and the United States. She was a featured carillon recitalist at the Festival International de Carillon en Côte d’Or in France, the Twelfth International Carillon Festival at Bok Tower Gardens in Florida, and the Congresses of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America. In 2008, TAM represented the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America to perform at the World Carillon Federation Congress in Groningen, The Netherlands.

As an active clinician, TAM has given master classes, lectures and education programs extensively. Her recent invited lectures include bells and bell music in China, and music for carillon and orchestra. Her carillon compact disk “The Bells of Iowa State” was released in 2004.

TAM is currently the Cownie Professor of Music (the university carillonneur) and chair of the keyboard division at Iowa State University. She received a Doctor of Musical Arts in organ from The University of Michigan. She also holds a Master of Science in arts management from Durham University, England; a Master of Arts in organ performance from The University of Wales, Cardiff; and a bachelor’s degree in music from The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Among the selections included in her upcoming performance at Concord are “Aria Sebaldina” by Johann Pachelbel; “Weeping Willow” by Scott Joplin; and her arrangement of “O Thou, of God the Father” by Johann Sebastian Bach.

The Marsh Memorial Carillon was donated to the University by the late President Emeritus of Concord Joseph F. Marsh, Jr. A world class musical instrument and true carillon, it was dedicated on the Athens campus in 1997.

A true carillon has no electrical amplification and consists of at least 23 tuned, cast bronze bells. The 48 bells of Concord’s carillon were cast by the Paccard Founderie at Annecy, France. The largest bell, called the bourdon, weighs 4,310 pounds.

The Marsh Memorial Carillon is located atop the administration building. Concert guests are invited to enjoy the performance at an outdoor seating area between the administration building and fine arts center. The bells are audible across campus and into parts of the town of Athens.

The concert is free and open to the public. For additional information contact Kati Whittaker-Hatfield, special events coordinator, at 304-384-6286 or

Tin-Shi Tam

Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 or 1-800-344-6679 extension 6086 if special assistance is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.