Dr. Kipp Cortez Performing Recital On Concord University’s Marsh Memorial Carillon

For Immediate Release: 
Nov 09 2016

CONTACT:  Sarah Dalton

Concord University

Office of Advancement

PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712

(304) 384-6312, news@concord.edu



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ATHENS, W.Va.  – The bells of Concord University’s Marsh Memorial Carillon are ringing again across the Athens campus. To celebrate the return of the melodious sound, Dr. Kipp Cortez, Carillonneur and Joseph F. Marsh Endowed Assistant Professor of Music, will present a faculty recital on Monday, Nov. 14.

A reception and presentation by the carillonneur will be held at 4:30 p.m. at the University Point Fellowship Hall Patio. The recital will begin at 5:15 p.m.

Cortez began playing the carillon while working toward his master’s degree in music at the University of Michigan. While completing his doctoral degree at the same university, Cortez acted as the principal performer on the school’s two carillons and also taught others to play the instrument. In 2015, he was granted the title of Carillonneur after performing an exam recital at the Guild of Carillonneurs Congress.

Concord University has the only traditional carillon in the state of West Virginia. All 48 of the bronze bells were cast in the Paccard Bell Foundry in Annecy, France. They were installed at the University in 1997 as a gift from late president Joseph F. Marsh. The total weight of the instrument and tower is more than 20 tons.  Together the 48 bells comprise four octaves of the musical scale. The carillon is located atop Marsh Hall.

The recital will feature varying pieces, from “The West Virginia Hills” by Henry Everett Engle to the “Concord University Alma Mater.” All members of the Concord University community and the surrounding area are welcome and encouraged to come partake in the festivities. There is no admission charge but RSVPs are preferred and may be made by contacting Trena Stovall at tstovall@concord.edu or 304-384-6292.

According to Cortez, “The best places for listening are anywhere a little away from the tower. Good places include the veteran’s memorial, the patio of University Point, and the lawn to the south of the building. You are encouraged to walk around during the program to find the best listening spot for you.”

In celebration of the newly restored carillon, Cortez will begin offering two-credit hour classes for any students interested in learning to play the bells. A short piano audition is required to ensure an ability to read music in both treble and bass clef. For more information on the carillon or the recital, contact Dr. Kipp Cortez at kcortez@concord.edu



Dr. Kipp Cortez


Brittany Strother wrote this press release. She is a senior Communication Arts major

 with an emphasis in public relations. Strother is from Jane Lew, West Virginia.



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