Mercersburg Academy carillonneur James “Jim” Brinson performed a July 4 carillon recital from Mercersburg’s Swoope Carillon in the Irvine Memorial Chapel on campus. The concert featured 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 from both 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. Brinson’s wife, Doree, is a longtime member of the Mercersburg library staff in Lenfest Hall.
Recitals can be heard from the Prentiss-Zimmerman Quad on campus or the Irvine Memorial Chapel, which includes the Swoope Carillon and its Barker Tower. Blankets or lawn chairs are recommended for listening comfort from the Quad.
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. Click here for more information about the carillon.
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. 100 Academy Drive, Mercersburg, PA 17236 GPS Address: 10951 Buchanan Trail West, Mercersburg, PA 17236 717-328-6173