Friends of the McGaffin Carillon Visits the 75 Congress of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America

 The Thomas J. Emery Memorial Carillon, Mariemont, OH

The Thomas J. Emery Memorial Carillon, Mariemont, OH

During the congress we heard 14 carillon concerts on two different instruments and six presentations about carillon, music, and history. There were four Guild business meetings. We attended evensong at an Episcopal convent and a duo organ concert at a church in Cincinnati. During a trip to a bell foundry watched a bell being cast. 

Covenant and University Circle Carillonneur, George Leggiero with Board President, Denise Horstman, and Board Member and frequent guest carillonneur, David Osburn, attended the annual congress of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America. The congress took place in Mariemont Ohio June 18-22, 2017. We also visited carillons Dayton and Cincinnati. 

 David Osburn, Denise Horstman, and George Leggiero. 

David Osburn, Denise Horstman, and George Leggiero. 

 The Deeds Memorial Carillon, Dayton, Ohio

The Deeds Memorial Carillon, Dayton, Ohio

 Sister Jacquiline welcomed us and told us about the history of the order and the chapel. Later we joined the sisters for evensong. 

Sister Jacquiline welcomed us and told us about the history of the order and the chapel. Later we joined the sisters for evensong. 

 The impressive 175th anniversary bell designed and cast by Verdin. 

The impressive 175th anniversary bell designed and cast by Verdin. 

 Preparing the mold for the new bell.

Preparing the mold for the new bell.

Wednesday was a day with four concerts, four presentations, and a business meeting. We learned about discoveries in the Guild Archives and about the discovery of carillon music composed by Gian Carlo Menotti and Rosario Scalero. We also heard the prize winning compositions in the Guild's Johan Franco Composition Competition. 

Tuesday we traveled to Carillon Historical Park in Dayton, Ohio to hear several concerts on the fine carillon there and to tour the grounds. The museum chronicles the impressive history of the creativity and milestones in Dayton history. After lunch and concerts we boarded busses to visit the chapel of the Episcopal Convent of the Transfiguration in Glendale, Ohio. 

 The Chapel of the Transfiguration, Glendale, Ohio. Ralph Adams Cram, architect, the same man who designed the McGaffin Tower..

The Chapel of the Transfiguration, Glendale, Ohio. Ralph Adams Cram, architect, the same man who designed the McGaffin Tower..

After evensong, we bussed into Cincinnati where we visited the Verdin Company who  were celebrating their 175 years of casting bells. After a "Taste of Cincinnati" dinner, we toured the factory and watched the casting of a bell on the company's mobile foundry. 

 The Verdin Mobile Foundry

The Verdin Mobile Foundry

 The bronze reaches 2000 degrees F and is ready to be cast into a new bell.

The bronze reaches 2000 degrees F and is ready to be cast into a new bell.

 The molten bronze is poured into the mold. The mold will be opened in a few days. 

The molten bronze is poured into the mold. The mold will be opened in a few days.