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Hopeman Memorial Carillon

2016 Summer Carillon Concert Series

The summer carillon concerts are a long-standing treat featuring internationally renowned carilloneurs. All concerts begin at 7 p.m. Bring a lawn chair and a snack, and enjoy!

note: performance dates are subject to change

people in lawn chairs on the quad, in front of Rush Rhees, listening to bells

Keep the bells ringing...

After 40 years of use and exposure to Rochester weather, our carillon is in serious need of maintenance and renovation. Bolts are rusting, leather attachments are cracked, clappers need replacing. The bells can no longer be played at temperatures below freezing.

Repair costs are estimated at $130,000. The Hopeman Carillon Fund has been established to cover these costs. A generous donor is offering to match up to $50,000—any help you can provide will be doubled.

Donate online (on the form, denote the gift as "other" and enter "Hopeman Carillon Fund"). Or, mail your check to:

Alumni and Advancement Center
c/o Cherith Meeks
300 East River Road
P.O. Box 278701
Rochester, NY 14627 -8701

The Carillon Society and the University thank you for your support!

Hopeman Carillon Fund brochure
Learn more - download the updated brochure (June 2015)

man sitting by carillon
Carillon expert Rick Watson discusses the impact of weathering on the Hopeman Memorial Carillon

The Hopeman Memorial Carillon, a set of bells played from a keyboard and pedalboard, hangs in the tower of Rush Rhees Library. It is one of only seven carillons in New York State. At 50 bells, it is considered a large carillon; by comparison the world's largest carillon in Bloomfield, Michigan has 77 bells. Carillonist Doris Aman and her students perform frequently throughout the year and especially to mark major university events.  Contact Doris at

Interested in playing the carillon? Community residents may now take lessons at Eastman Community Music School. ECMS offers their community of music students a carillon tour once each semester to see the carillon close up.  Space limitations apply.

For more information or to make a donation, contact Jimmy Warlick in the Music Department at (585) 275-2828.

A view up the bell tower...

Learn more about
our carillon

Rochester Review pdf thumbnail

Pull-out illustration as seen in Rochester Review
(July-Aug 2012) (.pdf)

hand-drawn diagram of bell tower

Hand-drawn diagram of the bell tower (.jpg)

chart of carillon keyboard frequencies

Keys and frequencies of the carillon keyboard