Mercersburg Academy will host carillon recitals from the Swoope Carillon at Irvine Memorial Chapel in April. In addition to Mercersburg’s carillonneur Jim Brinson (April 14 and 21), guest carillonneurs will include Ed Nassor (April 7) and George Matthew (April 28).
Nassor, who is the carillonneur at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., will perform April 7. He joined the music department at the Cathedral in 1990 and performs preludes for Sunday Holy Eucharist and recitals each Saturday afternoon on the Cathedral’s Bessie J. Kibbey Carillon. Nassor holds Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at the Catholic University of America. While working on his doctoral degree, he became the first American to be awarded a Fulbright grant to study carillon in the Netherlands.
Before working at the Cathedral, Nassor was appointed by the National Park Service as director-carillonneur of the Netherlands Carillon in Arlington, Va. Since 1987, he has continuously performed and scheduled guest carillonneurs for the annual carillon recital series sponsored by the National Park Service. He has been a member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA) for more than 30 years and has served as a juror on the guild’s student advancement committee.
Brinson (who will perform April 14 and 21) has served on Mercersburg’s music faculty since 2003 and took on the role of carillonneur in 2009. Brinson is a graduate with distinction from both Union Theological Seminary’s School of Sacred Music and Rhodes College. A member of the American Guild of Organists and the American Choral Directors Association and an associate member of the GCNA, Brinson is experienced in choral arts, organ performance, and music history.
Matthew, of Middlebury, Vt., will perform April 28. He has been carillonneur of Middlebury College and Norwich University in Vermont since 1985. A church organist since age 13, Matthew serves as organist of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Middlebury, Vt.
The carillon recital scheduled for April 7 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 hosts frequent recitals by Brinson and other invited guests during the school year. It is one of 163 traditional carillons in the U.S. and includes 50 bells. Learn more about the Swoope Carillon.
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