May Carillon Dates Announced

Mercersburg Academy will host four carillon recitals from the Irvine Memorial Chapel’s Swoope Carillon on Sundays in May. In addition to Mercersburg’s carillonneur Jim Brinson (May 12), guest carillonneurs will include Lisa Lonie (May 5), Doug Gefvert (May 19), and Elisa Tersigni (May 26).
"The 50-bell carillon programs provide a time for reflection and peace found not only in the beauty of the music but also the lovely campus," Brinson said. "Give yourself the gift of time to walk or sit alone or with a friend and reconnect with the gift of life."

Lonie, who will perform on May 5, is the carillonneur at St. Thomas’ Church Whitemarsh in suburban Philadelphia and at the historic two-octave carillon at The Church of the Holy Trinity in Philadelphia. She began her studies in carillon with Frank Péchin Law (former carillonneur at the Washington Memorial National Carillon in Valley Forge, Pa.) and continued with Frank Della Penna. Lonie is a member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America and chair of the GCNA’s examination committee.

Lonie is a recitalist in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. She performed on the CD recording
Princeton Carillon, Class of 1892 and on the NBC television special Ringing in the Holidays at Longwood Gardens. She continues to share her knowledge by lecturing extensively on the art of programming, audience development, arts marketing, and professional certification.

Lonie studied piano with Nancy Turner of Philadelphia and is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University with dual degrees in German and economics. She is the president’s assistant at Salus University in Elkins Park, Pa.

Brinson (who will perform May 12) 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.

Gefvert, carillonneur of the Washington Memorial National Carillon in Valley Forge, will perform May 19. Gefvert began his musical career at an early age by singing in his hometown church choir and taking organ lessons from local church organists. He continued his study of organ and church music, earning a bachelor of music degree in organ from Westminster College and a master’s in music history from Temple University. He was introduced to the carillon while at Westminster, and later studied the instrument with Frank Péchin Law at Washington Memorial National Carillon. He is a Carillonneur Member of the GCNA.
 
Before coming to Valley Forge, Gefvert was bellmaster at historic Old Christ Church in Philadelphia for 21 years. He has written and arranged numerous pieces for carillon and has given recitals in the U.S. and Canada. Gefvert is a branch manager for the Verdin Bell Company of Cincinnati, selling bells and clocks in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Tersigni, who will perform May 26, 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 GCNA. She has performed on carillons in Belgium, Canada, England, and the U.S. Tersigni is a researcher of rare books at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, as well as a letterpress printer and book artist.
 
The carillon recitals scheduled for May 5 and May 19 are 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.

Carillon recitals will resume at the start of the 2019-2020 academic year at Mercersburg; the first recital is scheduled for Sunday, September 8.
 
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