Elliott Carillon Tower
   Oakland University
   NE / University Drive & Meadow Brook Rd
   Rochester, Michigan, USA
   LL: N 42.6736, W 83.2157
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   Dennis Curry   (C)
   420 Suffield Avenue
   Birmingham, MI  48009-4639
   H: (248)338-0420   C: (248)508-7050
   F: (248)626-4924   E:
      dncurry/@/oakland DOTedu


   Oakland University
   2200 North Squirrel Road
   Rochester, MI  48309-4401
   T: (248)370-3184   F: (248)370-3182
      [Media Relations]
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   E: bells/@/oakland DOTedu


   Quarter & hour strikes;
   1200 Friday; summer series,
   6pm on six Fridays (guests)


   Electro-pneumatic autoplay through the
   manual transmission.
   Practice keyboard in O'Dowd Hall.

*Technical data:

   Traditional carillon of 49 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is C  in the middle octave
   Transposition is nil (concert pitch)
   Keyboard range:     C C   /    C C 25
   There are no missing bass semitones
   There is an identical practice console
   The whole instrument was installed in 2013
     with bells made by Petit & Fritsen
   Auxiliary mechanisms: QH    
   Tower details not available
   Year of latest technical information source is 2013

The university Website has a news article about the carillon, with photos from the groundbreaking ceremony, 19 Apr 2013.  Use the Website's own search facility to find older news articles, press releases, etc.  A newsletter article has more details.  A page about the tower has an artist's rendering of it, a timeline of construction, and information about the donation and the donors.

News article about Dennis Curry and the carillon

News/video article on the dedication of the Oakland U carillon

News/video article on the dedication of the tower and carillon

A news article:has a photo of the completed tower, and discusses how it harmonizes the campus; with tower photo.  Another news article has a photo of Dennis Curry at the keyboard.

News article on installation of the bells, with two photos.

June 2014 article about construction progress

News story on progress of the tower construction, with photo of the completed steel frame

A news article from Verdin has an artist's rendering of the planned tower.

Where this work lies in the sequence of output of the Petit & Fritsen bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.

Ranking among all North American traditional carillons by weight.
Ranking among all North American traditional carillons by size (number of bells).
Ranking among all North American concert class carillons by year of completion.

Other concert carillons with similar keyboard ranges.

Index to all traditional carillons in MI.

Index to all tower bell instruments in MI.

   This page was built from the database on 21-Sep-18
   based on textual data last updated on 2018/09/20
   and on technical data last updated on 2014/10/22

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