Traditional carillons in North America:
index by keyboard range

This page is an index to the 184 North American traditional carillons, in order by keyboard range, size and weight.  This puts each instrument near those that are most like it in terms of the limitations their manual, pedal and total ranges impose on what music can be played on them.  It is noteworthy that these instruments are of 36 different sizes with at least 98 different keyboard configurations.  That count is approximate because some keyboard configurations are not yet fully known, and some pedal ranges have been recorded ambiguously.  Investigations to resolve the ambiguities (flagged with "?") are in progress.

The instruments are divided into four major groups by total range, as follows:
  Group 1 - grand carillon = at least 4.5 octaves, keyboard G - C
  Group 2 - concert carillon = at least 4 octaves, keyboard C - C
  Group 3 - medium carillon = at least 3 octaves, keyboard C - C
  Group 4 - small carillon = less than 3 octaves
Each group is subdivided according to the configuration of the bass end of the playing range that defines the group (which often is less than the total range of the instrument).

Within sub-groups, keyboard ranges are sorted as follows:
  -> in ascending order by the visible starting note of the manual,
  <- in descending order by number of notes on the manual
        (which often is the same as the total number of bells),
  <- in descending order by the number of notes in the pedal,
  <- in descending order by the weight of the bass bell
        (which is equivalent to ascending order by transposition).

Any piece of music that fits within the defining range of a subgroup can probably be played on all of the instruments in that subgroup.  Exceptions might occur if that piece requires unusually high pedal notes that are not available on some instruments.

Any piece of music that can be played on all the instruments of one subgroup can also be played on all the instruments of all the subgroups above that one in the table.  The sole significant exception is that music which can be played on all instruments of subgroup 2b+ and which require the bass B-flat cannot be played on instruments of subgroup 2a.  Exceptions might also occur if that piece requires unusually high pedal notes that are not available on some instruments.

The key to the five column headings is at the end of the table.

    Location (City : Country)               Note Chr  Nr  Transp  RngMan/RngPed
Group 1a - fully chromatic within grand carillon range:
5 instruments in 5 different keyboard configurations
NEW YORK - RC                 : USA - NY     C    Y   74   -5     F G   /    F D 33
LAKE WALES - B                : USA - FL     D#   Y   60   -2     F F   /    F C 31
CHICAGO - UC                  : USA - IL     C#   Y   72   -4     G F 71/    F C 31
BERKELEY - UC                 : USA - CA     G    Z   61    0     G G   /    G C 30
NEW HAVEN - YU/1              : USA - CT     F#   Z   54   -1     G C   /    G A#28
Group 1b - missing bass G# within grand carillon range:
14 instruments in 11 different keyboard configurations
BLOOMFIELD HILLS - KH/1       : USA - MI     G    Y   77    0     G C   /    G C 29
NAPERVILLE                    : USA - IL     G    Y   72    0     G G   /    G C 29
PRINCETON - PU                : USA - NJ     G    Y   67    0     G D   /    G C 31
SPRINGFIELD -  TR             : USA - IL     F#   Y   67   -1     G D   /    G C 29
DENVER - UD                   : USA - CO     G    Y   65    0     G C   /    G C 29
CENTRALIA                     : USA - IL     G    Y   65    0     G C   /    G C 29
ANN ARBOR - UM/2              : USA - MI     G    Y   60    0     G G   /    G C 29
COHASSET                      : USA - MA     G    Y   57    0     G E   /    G C 29
NIAGARA FALLS - RB            : CANADA - ON  E    Y   55   -3     G D   /    G C 29
ANN ARBOR - UM/1              : USA - MI     D#   Y   53   -4     G C   /    G C 29

OTTAWA - PT                   : CANADA - ON  E    Y   53   -3     G C   /    G C 29
LAWRENCE - KU                 : USA - KS     F#   Y   53   -1     G C   /    G C 29
WASHINGTON - NC/1             : USA - DC     D#   Y   53   -4     G C   /    G A#27
HOUSTON - HV                  : USA - TX     G    Y   53   12     C C 49/    G G 24
Group 2a+ - fully chromatic within concert carillon range plus bass B-flat:
11 instruments in 6 different keyboard configurations
KENNETT SQUARE                : USA - PA     A#   Y   62    0     A#C 63/    A#C 27
VALLEY FORGE                  : USA - PA     A#   Z   58    0     A#G   /    A#A   
DAYTON - D                    : USA - OH     A#   Y   57    0     A#G   /    A#C 26
LINCOLN - FP/1                : USA - NE     C    Y   57    2     A#G   /    A#C 26
RICHMOND - WM                 : USA - VA     G    Y   53   -3     A#D#  /    A#C 26
DURHAM - DU                   : USA - NC     G    Y   50   -3     A#C   /    A#C 26
AMES                          : USA - IA     A#   Y   50    0     A#C   /    A#C 26
MERCERSBURG                   : USA - PA     A#   Y   50    0     A#C   /    A#C 26
PHILADELPHIA - FM             : USA - PA     A#   Y   50    0     A#C   /    A#C 26
WEST HARTFORD                 : USA - CT     A#   Y   50   12     A#C   /    A#C 26

BLOOMFIELD HILLS - CCC        : USA - MI     A#   Y   50    0     C C 49/    A#C 26
Group 2a - fully chromatic within concert carillon range:
7 instruments in 5 different keyboard configurations
SANTA BARBARA                 : USA - CA     C    Z   61    0     C C   /    C C 25
CLEARWATER                    : USA - FL     C    Z   49    0     C C   /    C C 25
ROCHESTER                     : USA - MI     C    Z   49    0     C C   /    C C 25
SAINT PAUL - HHPC             : USA - MN     C    Z   49    0     C C   /    C C 25 
SPOKANE - C                   : USA - WA     C    Z   49    0     C C   /    C D#28
HOLLAND                       : USA - PA     D#   Z   49    3     C C   /    C C   
BRYN MAWR - P                 : USA - PA     F    Z   49    5     C C   /    C A   

Group 2b+ - missing bass C# from concert carillon range, plus bass B-flat:

23 instruments in 11 different keyboard configurations
GAINESVILLE                   : USA - FL     A#   X   61    0     A#C   /    A#C 25
BEREA - 2                     : USA - KY     D#   X   56    5     A#G   /    A#C 25
ROCHESTER                     : USA - MN     A#   X   56    0     A#G   /    A#C 25
AUSTIN - 2                    : USA - TX     A#   X   56    0     A#G   /    A#C 25
WASHINGTON - NSIC             : USA - DC     A#   X   56    0     A#G   /    A#A   
STAMFORD - FPC                : USA - CT     B    X   56    1     A#G   /    A#A   
SEWANEE - 1                   : USA - TN     A#   X   56    0     A#G   /    A#A   
MADISON - UW                  : USA - WI     A#   X   56    0     A#G   /    A#A  
INDIANAPOLIS - SRC            : USA - IN     G    X   54   -3     A#F   /    A#C 25
TORONTO - UT                  : CANADA - ON  A#   X   51    0     A#D   /    A#C 25

ARLINGTON                     : USA - VA     G   *X   50   -3     A#CD  /    A#C 25
ALBANY - CH                   : USA - NY     G    X   49   -3     A#C   /    A#C 25
DALLAS - CG                   : USA - TX     A#   X   49    0     A#C   /    A#C 25
HARTFORD - TC                 : USA - CT     B    X   49    1     A#C   /    A#C 25
EAST LANSING                  : USA - MI     C    X   49    2     A#C   /    A#C 25
MARIEMONT                     : USA - OH     C#   X   49    3     A#C   /    A#C 25
GASTONIA - FPC                : USA - NC     G    X   49    9     A#C   /    A#C 25
FREDERICK - BP                : USA - MD     D    X   49    4     A#C   /    A#C    ?
MORRISTOWN                    : USA - NJ     C    X   49    2     A#C   /    ----  
BLOOMINGTON - 1               : USA - IN     A#   X   61    0     C C 60/    A#C 25

CORPUS CHRISTI - FBC          : USA - TX     F    X   51    7     C D 50/    A#C 25
TORONTO - EP                  : CANADA - ON  D#  +X   50    5     C C 48/(G) A#C    ?
ROCHESTER - UR                : USA - NY     A#  +X   50   12     C C 48/(G) A#C 26

Group 2b - missing bass C# from concert carillon range:

36 instruments in 10 different keyboard configurations
VICTORIA - NCC                : CANADA - BC  D    Y   62    2     C D   /    C C    ?
BIRMINGHAM - SU               : USA - AL     C    Y   60    0     C C   /    C C 24
MONTREAL - O                  : CANADA - QU  D#   Y   56    3     C G   /    C C 24
SIMSBURY                      : USA - CT     C    Y   55    0     C G   /    C C 24
GARDEN GROVE                  : USA - CA     C    Y   52    0     C E   /    C C 24
PROVO                         : USA - UT     C    Y   52    0     C E   /    C C 24
CULVER                        : USA - IN     B    Y   51   -1     C D#  /    C C 24
NORWOOD                       : USA - MA     A#   Y   50   -2     C D   /    C C 24
SAINT LOUIS - CS              : USA - MO     C    Y   49    0     C C#  /    C C 24
SPRINGFIELD - TM              : USA - MA     A    Y   48   -3     C C   /    C C 24

MUNCIE - BSU                  : USA - IN     C    Y   48    0     C C   /    C C 24
BLOOMFIELD HILLS - STH        : USA - MI     C    Y   48    0     C C   /    C C 24
SPRINGFIELD -- SMS            : USA - MO     C    Y   48    0     C C   /    C C 24
BELMONT - FPC                 : USA - NC     C    Y   48    0     C C   /    C C 24
WINSTON-SALEM - WF            : USA - NC     C    Y   48    0     C C   /    C C 24
MEMPHIS - I                   : USA - TN     C    Y   48    0     C C   /    C C 24
DALLAS - HP                   : USA - TX     C    Y   48    0     C C   /    C C 24
WACO - BU/2                   : USA - TX     C    Y   48    0     C C   /    C C 24
ATHENS                        : USA - WV     C    Y   48    0     C C   /    C C 24
STANFORD                      : USA - CA     C    Y   48    0     C C   /    C C 24

GROSSE POINTE FARMS - GPMC    : USA - MI     C#   Y   48    1     C C   /    C C 24 ?
MCDONOGH                      : USA - MD     D    Y   48    2     C C   /    C C 24
FORT WASHINGTON               : USA - PA     D    Y   48    2     C C   /    C C 24
SAN ANTONIO - CC              : USA - TX     D    Y   48    2     C C   /    C C 24
CHARLOTTE - CPC               : USA - NC     D    Y   48    2     C C   /    C C 24
ALLENDALE                     : USA - MI     D#   Y   48    3     C C   /    C C 24
NORTHAMPTON - 1               : USA - MA     D#   X   48    3     C C   /    C C 24
CORPUS CHRISTI - CGS          : USA - TX     G    Y   48    7     C C   /    C C 24
ERIE - PS                     : USA - PA     G    Y   48    7     C C   /    C C 24
RIVERSIDE - UC                : USA - CA     C    Y   48    0     C C   /    C G   

MILWAUKEE - MU                : USA - WI     C    Y   48    0     C C   /    C G   
SUGAR GROVE - Mobile          : USA - OH     F    Y   48    5     C C   /    C G   
GLENCOE                       : USA - IL     C    Y   48    0     C C   /    C C    ?
GRAND RAPIDS                  : USA - MI     C    Y   48    0     C C   /    C C    ?
HUNTSVILLE                    : USA - AL     D    Y   48    1     C C   /    C --  
MIDDLEBURY                    : USA - VT     E    Y   48    4     C C   /    C C    ?
Group 2c - missing bass C#,D# from concert carillon range:
21 instruments in 10 different keyboard configurations
MORGAN CITY                   : USA - LA     C    X   61    0     C D   /    C C 23
CHARLESTON - C                : USA - SC     C    X   59    0     C C   /    C C 25
TORONTO - MUC                 : CANADA - ON  A    X   54   -3     C G   /    C C 23
DETROIT - STMR                : USA - MI     D    X   51    2     C D#  /    C C 24
LURAY                         : USA - VA     A    X   47   -3     C C   /    C D#26
MINNEAPOLIS - CL              : USA - MN     C    X   47    O     C C   /    C C 23
CLEMSON - CU                  : USA - SC     C    X   47    0     C C   /    C C 23
CLEVELAND - CC                : USA - OH     D#   X   47    3     C C   /    C C 23
MISSOULA                      : USA - MT     F    X   47    5     C C   /    C C 23
CLEVELAND HEIGHTS - CS        : USA - OH     C    X   47    0     C C   /    C G   

JACKSON - FP                  : USA - TN     C    X   47    0     C C   /    C G   
ALFRED                        : USA - NY     D    X   47    2     C C   /    C G   
PHILADELPHIA - STV            : USA - PA     D    X   47    2     C C   /    C G   
NORTHFIELD                    : USA - VT     D#   X   47    3     C C   /    C G   
PLAINFIELD                    : USA - NJ     E    X   47    4     C C   /    C G   
OTTAWA - STJ                  : CANADA - ON  C    X   47    0     C C   /    C E   
CEDAR FALLS                   : USA - IA     C    X   47    0     C C   /    C C 11
OMAHA - UNO                   : USA - NE     C    X   47    0     C C   /    C C    ?
ROANOKE - HC                  : USA - VA     D#   X   47    3     C C   /    ----  
MEXICO CITY - BNOP            : MEXICO       G    X   47   -5     G C 42/    C G   

GREEN BAY - FL                : USA - WI     C    X   47    0     G C 42/    C G   
Group 3a - medium carillons with fully chromatic bass:
3 instruments in 2 different keyboard configurations
WILLIAMSVILLE                 : USA - NY     C    Z   44   12     C G   /    C G   
BIRMINGHAM - FPC              : USA - AL     F#   Z   37    6     C C   /    C G   
WICHITA FALLS - MSU           : USA - TX     C    Z   37   12     C C   /    C G   
Group 3b - medium carillons missing one bass semitone:
9 instruments in 6 different keyboard configurations
CHICAGO - STC                 : USA - IL     C    Y   43    0     C G   /    C G   
NASHVILLE - BU                : USA - TN     G#   Y   43    8     C G   /    C G   
COVINGTON - GP                : USA - KY     A    Y   43    9     C G   /    C G   
LUBBOCK - TTU                 : USA - TX     B    Y   43   11     C G   /    C G   
GUELPH                        : CANADA - ON  F#   Y   36    6     C C   /    C G   
STORRS - CC                   : USA - CT     E    Y   36    4     C C   /    C F   
LA PORTE                      : USA - IN     A    Y   36    9     C C   /    C C 24
GLENDALE - CT                 : USA - OH     A#   Y   36   10     C C   /    C C   
SAN LUIS POTOSI               : MEXICO       D    Y   36    0     D D   /    D F  
Group 3c - medium carillons missing two bass semitones:
24 instruments in 13 different keyboard configurations
AMHERST - UM                  : USA - MA     F    X   42    5     C G   /    C A   
NEW YORK - STM                : USA - NY     D#   X   42    3     C G   /    C G   
OKLAHOMA CITY - STL           : USA - OK     D#   X   42    3     C G   /    C G   
OKLAHOMA CITY - WPC           : USA - OK     F    X   42    5     C G   /    C G   
HOUSTON - STJ                 : USA - TX     F    X   42    5     C G   /    C G   
NEW WILMINGTON                : USA - PA     A#   X   42   10     C G   /    C G   
BLOOMINGTON - 2               : USA - IN     C    X   42   12     C G   /    C C 23
ELSAH - 2                     : USA - IL     A#   X   39   12     C D 38/    A#G   
NEW BRITAIN - FCC             : USA - CT     G    X   37    7     C D   /    C G   
GREENCASTLE                   : USA - IN     A    X   37    9     C D   /    C G   

LANSING - C                   : USA - MI     B   *X   36   11     C D   /    C C   
SHARON                        : USA - PA     G    X   35    7     C C   /    C C 23
MIDDLETOWN - A                : USA - OH     D#   X   35    3     C C   /    C G   
EVANSTON - SW                 : USA - IL     A    X   35    9     C C  */    C G   
GROSSE POINTE FARMS - CC      : USA - MI     D    X   35    3     C C   /    C C 11
GREENWOOD - CSMBC             : USA - SC     D#   X   35    3     C C   /    C E   
WILMINGTON --                 : USA - OH     A    X   35    9     C C   /    C D   
POTTSTOWN - Mobile/1          : USA - PA     C    X   35   12     C C   /    C G   
POTTSTOWN - Mobile/2          : USA - PA     C    X   35   12     C C   /    C G   
NASHVILLE - LU                : USA - TN     C    X   35   12     C C   /    C G   

WASHINGTON - ZP               : USA - DC     F    X   35   17     C C   /    C G   
NEWARK - S                    : USA - OH     C    X   35   24     C C   /    C G   
WACO - STA                    : USA - TX     C   +X   36   17 (D) G G   /(D) G G   
ABILENE - MMC                 : USA - TX     A#   X   35   10     ----  /    ----  
Group 4a - small carillons with fully chromatic bass:
4 instruments in 4 different keyboard configurations
CHARLOTTE - MPP               : USA - NC     C    Z   27   12     C D   /    C C 
NEW YORK - STT                : USA - NY     B    Z   26    0     B C   /    B C   
DALLAS - SMK                  : USA - TX     C    Z   25   12     C C   /    C C   
SCOTTSDALE                    : USA - AZ     C    Z   25   12     C C   /    C D 
Group 4b - small carillons missing one bass semitone:
5 instruments in 5 different keyboard configurations
GLOUCESTER                    : USA - MA     D#   Y   31    3     C G   /    C G   
RUMSON                        : USA - NJ     C    Y   26    0     C D   /    C C   
OOLTEWAH                      : USA - TN     D    Y   26   14     C D   /    C D   
SHERMAN                       : USA - TX     G   +Y   25    7 (G) C C   /    C C 
READING - SLC                 : USA - PA     A    Y   24    9     C C   /    C E   
Group 4c - small carillons missing two bass semitones:
21 instruments in 10 different keyboard configurations
WELLESLEY                     : USA - MA     G    X   32    7     C A 49/    C C 23
NEW CANAAN                    : USA - CT     D#   X   30    3     C G   /    C F   
DENVER - CWC                  : USA - CO     A#   X   30   10     C G   /    C F   
SPRINGFIELD - HPC             : USA - MA     B    X   25   -1     C D   /    C --  
DES MOINES - STP              : USA - IA     E    X   25    4     C D   /    C D   
PHILADELPHIA - HT             : USA - PA     D    X   25    2     C D   /    C C 11
DANBURY - STJ                 : USA - CT     E    X   25    4     C D   /    C C 11
CLEVELAND HEIGHTS - STP       : USA - OH     F    X   25    5     C D   /    C C   
HOUSTON - TLC                 : USA - TX     A#   X   25   10     C D   /    C C 11
MIDDLETOWN -- WU              : USA - CT     D#   X   24    3     C CD  /    NONE  

SAN JOSE                      : USA - CA     G#   X   24    -     ----  /    ----  
HAMILTON - CCK                : CANADA - ON  G#   X   23   -4     C C   /    C E   
DETROIT - JAPC                : USA - MI     E    X   23    4     C C   /    C C   
SIMCOE                        : CANADA - ON  F#   X   23    6     C C   /    C C 11
CHARLOTTESVILLE               : USA - VA     G    X   23    7     C C   /    C C   
NOTRE DAME                    : USA - IN     G    X   23    7     C C   /    C C 11
NEW MILFORD                   : USA - CT     A    X   23    9     C C   /    C C   
CONCORD - S                   : USA - NH     E    X   23    4     C C   /    ----  
PLAINFIELD                    : USA - IL     F#   X   23    6     C C   /    NONE  
AIKEN                         : USA - SC     C    X   23   12     C C   /    C E   

GATES MILLS                   : USA - OH     D    X   23   14     C C   /    C D   
not indexed (configuration unknown) - 1 instrument
TUXTLA GUTIERREZ              : MEXICO       -    -   48    -     ----  /    ----  

Key to column headings:

Note
pitch of the bourdon (bass bell) of the carillon.  (In rare instances there may be a heavier sub-bourdon bell; see below.)  In this index, no distinction is made between the different octaves within which a given pitch can occur.

Chr
chromatics indicator:
Z = fully chromatic (no missing semitones)
Y = missing one semitone in the bass (typically keyboard C# or B)
X = missing two semitones in the bass (typically keyboard C#,D# or B,C#)
+X = same as "X" but has an additional sub-bourdon bell, separated by at least two semitones from the one indicated under "Note".
*X = same as "X" but also has a treble semitone missing somewhere.
- = unknown

Nr
number of bells (notes) in the carillon.

Transp
transposition from the keyboard notes to the pitches of the corresponding bells, in semitones.  (Thus the number "12" reflects transposition upward one octave, while "-4" reflects transposition downward by a major third, and "0" represents concert pitch.)

RngMan/RngPed
Ranges of the manual and pedal keyboards; for a complete explanation see the page about keyboard ranges.


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