Carillon recitals at Mercersburg Academy’s Irvine Memorial Chapel will resume Sunday, March 24, following after the Academy’s spring vacation. Guest carillonneurs for the month of March include Jesse Ratcliffe (March 24) and Dr. Elisa Tersigni (March 31).
Ratcliffe, a native of Hinton, W.Va., earned a bachelor of arts from Concord University and a master of music from Shenandoah Conservatory at Shenandoah University. He completed his postgraduate studies at Westminster Choir College.
Ratcliffe is the choirmaster and organist at St. James Episcopal Church in Warrenton, Va., and carillonneur at the Luray Singing Tower. An active recitalist, he has performed numerous organ and carillon recitals along the East Coast and was invited to perform at the 2014 Edinburgh International Music Festival. He is enrolled in the North American Carillon School while pursuing a performance certificate.
Tersigni began studying piano at age 5 and later picked up the flute and clarinet. Since 2014, she has studied carillon, first with Roy Lee at the University of Toronto (Canada); then with Eddy Marian at the Royal Carillon School in Mechelen, Belgium; and now with Dr. Robert Grogan at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. In 2017, she passed her ACE (intermediate) carillon exam with the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America. She has performed on carillons in Belgium, Canada, England, and the United States. Tersigni is a researcher of rare books at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., as well as a letterpress printer and book artist.
Recitals 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. There is no admission charge and all are invited.
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.
Founded in 1893 in the heart of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic, Mercersburg is a private, coed, college preparatory boarding school with approximately 435 students (15 percent are day), grades 9-12 and postgraduate.
We offer 170 courses, including AP and Honors, more than $7 million in financial aid, 26 varsity sports, and a state-of-the-art performing and visual arts center. Located 90 minutes from Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, and within easy driving distance of New York City, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. 300 East Seminary Street, Mercersburg, PA 17236 GPS Address: 10951 Buchanan Trail West, Mercersburg, PA 17236 717-328-6173