October Carillon Recitals Announced
Mercersburg Academy announces carillon recitals from the school’s Swoope Carillon in the month of October. This month’s recitals
will be performed by Mercersburg’s carillonneur, Jim Brinson (October 13 and 27), and guest carillonneur, Joey Cotruvo of Penn State University (October 20).
Recitals are held most Sundays during the academic year 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.
Brinson has been a member of Mercersburg’s music faculty since 2003, and also serves as the Academy’s organist, directs Magalia (the school’s female student a cappella ensemble) and the Chapel Choir, and works with the Chorale. He is a member of the American Guild of Organists, the American Choral Directors Association, and an associate member of the GCNA. Brinson is a graduate with distinction of both Union Theological Seminary’s School of Sacred Music and Rhodes College; he is experienced in choral arts, organ performance, and music history.
Cotruvo, of State College, Pa., became a carillonneur member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America in June 2016 at the 74th GCNA Congress at Yale University. Cotruvo graduated from Princeton University in 2006 with an A.B. in chemistry, completed a Ph.D. in biological chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2012, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, where he began his carillon studies under Jeff Davis in 2013. Since July 2016, he has been an assistant professor of chemistry at Penn State University.
Mercersburg’s Swoope Carillon is one of 163 traditional carillons in the U.S. and includes 50 bells.