MSU Beaumont Tower Summer Carillon Series

Wednesday, August 5, 2015 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

"One of the most recognizable sounds of MSU comes from the carillon housed in Beaumont Tower, which is located next to the MSU Museum on West Circle Drive.

The MSU College of Music presents the 19th Annual Muelder Summer Carillon Series, on six consecutive Wednesday recitals beginning July 1 through August 5, MSU Beaumont Tower, beginning at 6:00 p.m., rain or shine.

Schedule of performers:

  • July 1: Ray McLellan, University Carillonneur, MSU
  • July 8: Gijsbert Kok, The Netherlands
  • July 15: Duo Recital: Janet Tebbel and Lisa Lonie, Philadelphia, PA
  • July 22: Toru Takao, Japan and Germany
  • July 29: Oleysa Rostovskaya, Russia
  • August 5: Sally Harwood,  Assistant Carillonneur, MSU


The carillon, a musical instrument consisting of at least two octaves of carillon bells, was developed in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries in the area of Europe that is now Holland, Belgium, and northern France. The MSU carillon features 49 bells and is capable of playing the full range of literature composed for the instrument. The first ten bells were installed in Beaumont Tower in 1928. Thirteen additional bells were added in 1935 to make the instrument a carillon. Both the carillon and the tower were renovated in 1996. There are about 170 carillons in the United States, 13 of which are in Michigan."

All carillon recitals are free and open to the public. Beaumont Tower is located in the West Circle Drive oval area on the MSU campus. It is recommended that those attending park at the Stadium Lot #62. After each recital, the tower will be open for tours and a demonstration of the carillon. Click here for a map to Beaumont Tower. © 2013-2020 East Lansing Info