Brinson Featured in January Carillon Recitals

Monday, January 3, 2022
James Brinson

Mercersburg Academy carillonneur Jim Brinson will give recitals from the school’s Swoope Carillon on four Sundays in January. Recitals are scheduled for January 9, 16, 23, and 30; they begin at 3 p.m. and can be heard from the Prentiss-Zimmerman Quad on campus or the Irvine Memorial Chapel, which includes the Swoope Carillon and its Barker Tower. 

Due to COVID-19 protocols, recitals are currently closed to the public but can be heard from neighboring streets adjacent to campus around the Borough of Mercersburg. 

Brinson is in his 19th year as a member of the school’s music faculty, having arrived at Mercersburg in 2003. He also serves as the Academy’s organist, directs Magalia and Octet (the school’s male and female student a cappella ensembles) and the Chapel Choir, and works with the Chorale. He is the inaugural holder of the school’s Bess Simon Teaching Chair. Brinson is a member of the American Guild of Organists, the American Choral Directors Association, and an associate member of the GCNA. He is a graduate with distinction of both Union Theological Seminary’s School of Sacred Music and Rhodes College; he is experienced in choral arts, organ performance, and music history.

Recitals are held on most Sundays during the academic year. The Swoope Carillon is one of 163 traditional carillons in the U.S. and includes 50 bells. The carillon series is funded in part by a generous endowment established by Robert M. Kurtz Jr. ’52 in memory of his parents, Robert M. and Dorothy Betts Kurtz. 

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