Mercersburg Academy’s Swoope Carillon to Celebrate Independence Day 

Thursday, June 18, 2020
James "Jim" Brinson, carillonneur

Mercersburg Academy carillonneur James “Jim” Brinson will perform a July 4 carillon recital from Mercersburg’s Swoope Carillon in the Irvine Memorial Chapel on campus at 3 p.m. ET. The concert will feature a mix of patriotic music, American folk songs, and hymns.

Brinson has served on Mercersburg’s music faculty since 2003 and took on the role of carillonneur in 2009. He is a graduate with distinction of Union Theological Seminary’s School of Sacred Music and Rhodes College. A member of the American Guild of Organists, the American Choral Directors Association, and an associate member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA), Brinson is experienced in choral arts, organ performance, and music history. 

Recitals can be heard from the Prentiss-Zimmerman Quad on campus. It is recommended that you listen from your vehicle or a blanket on the Quad while practicing social distancing. 

Mercersburg’s 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. 

The Swoope Carillon on campus hosts recitals by Brinson and other invited carillonneurs from across America on most Sundays during the school year. Learn more about the carillon on our website.