MEDFORD - TU : USA - MA

   Bowen-Tilton Memorial Carillon

*Location:

   Goddard Chapel
   Tufts University
   (formerly Tufts College)
   Professors Row at Latin Way
   Medford, Massachusetts, USA
   LL: N 42.40707, W 71.11963
Site locator map

*Player:

   Timothy Nelson, Chapel Music Director
   T: (617)548-6140
   E: tim@timothynelson.net
*Past players:
   Chaplain Wm. (Scotty) McLennan

*Contact:

   Music Department
   Tufts University
   Medford, MA  02155
   T: (617)628-5000  [main switchboard]

*Schedule:

   (unknown)

*Remarks:

   One Meneely/Troy bell (probably the
   third-largest) installed 1908.  Original
   added semitone was flat 7th.

*Technical data:

   Electric-keyboard carillon of 25 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is F  in the middle octave
   Transposition is unknown
   Keyboard range:     ----  /    ----  
   There are two missing bass semitones
   The instrument was enlarged in 1965
     with bells made by Petit & Fritsen
   Prior history:
     In 1926, the instrument was begun with 10 bells
       with bells made by Meneely/Troy
   No auxiliary mechanisms known
   Tower details not available
   Year of latest technical information source is 2021
Additional information on the technical history of this instrument can be found in a database printout.
*Links:

The Tufts University Website has virtually no information about the carillon.  A superb interactive campus map shows clearly the location of the chapel.  A "tour" of the chapel (actually an illustrated history) mentions the tower, and has a photo of a bell added in 1950, but otherwise says nothing about these bells.  A brief news article (Nov.2001) does tell about the bells and their history.

Where the initial phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Meneely (Troy) bellfoundry.
Where the final phase of 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 non-traditional carillons by weight.
Ranking among all North American non-traditional carillons by size (number of bells).
Ranking among all North American non-traditional carillons by year of completion.

Index to all tower bell instruments in MA.

*Status:
   This page was built from the database on 19-Mar-21
   based on textual data last updated on 2021/03/17
   and on technical data last updated on 2021/03/17
*Photos:

(none available)

Explanations of page format and keyboard range are available.

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