Luther Tower
   Concordia Seminary
     (Lutheran, Missouri Synod)
   De Mun Avenue
     St.Louis County, Missouri, USA
   LL: N 38.63814, W 90.31043
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   John Klinger,   Seminary Carillonneur
     and Chief Information Officer
   Technical Services
   T: 314-505-7384
*Past carillonists:
   1971-79 (unknown)
   1980-2000 Rev.Dr.Wayne E. Schmidt
   2000-20xx Karel Keldermans


   Concordia Seminary
   801 Seminary Place
   St.Louis, MO  63105-3168
   T: 314-505-7000   F: 314-505-7001
   - or -
   Rev.Dr.Jon D. Vieker, Dean of Chapel
   T: 314-505-7570


   Summer series 1900 Tue in June (guests)


   Basses (10) from Heiligerlee foundry;
   trebles from Greenwood foundry.
   Bass C,D,E formerly swung.
   Original playing keyboard was on display
   in the middle level of the tower for
   many years after its replacement,
   but then disappeared.
   Practice keyboard (non-functional)
   in mid level of tower.
   Near the tower is the original bell
   of the Seminary, cast in 1883 by
   J.G.Stuckstede & Bro. of St.Louis.

*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 24
   There is one missing bass semitone
   There is a non-identical practice console
   The present keyboard was installed in 1983
     by an unknown maker
   Prior history:
     In 1971, the complete instrument of 49 bells was installed
       with bells made by vanBergen   
   Auxiliary mechanisms: S3E16 
   Tower details: 
     Height of console:                 28 meters above ground
     Height of lowest level of bells:   28 meters above ground
     Height of highest level of bells:  35 meters above ground
     Belfry openness:  40%
   Year of latest technical information source is 1983
Additional information on the technical history of this instrument can be found in a database printout.

The seminary Website opens with a large photo of the tower and quadrangle.  A page about the tower has a description plus several photos, and mentions the carillon.
An article about the Campus Plan opens with an aerial photo that shows Luther Tower in context with the rest of the campus.

TV visit (3:08) to the carillon

Waymarking page, with 4 photos

Where this work lies in the sequence of output of the vanBergen 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 MO.

Index to all tower bell instruments in MO.

   This page was built from the database on 23-Jul-23
   based on textual data last updated on 2023/06/21
   and on technical data last updated on 1992/05/09

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