Each summer, Dave Johnson, carillonneur at House of Hope Presbyterian Church in Saint Paul, arranges a series of carillon recitals, which are also presented at Central Lutheran Church in downtown Minneapolis, where they are part of Summer on the Plaza (which features food trucks). House of Hope and Central house two of only three traditional (manual) carillons in Minnesota. The third is at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.


Do you know what it takes to play a traditional carillon? Dave Johnson demonstrates in a YouTube video here.

Following the inaugural recital on July 4, the performances continue with guest recitalists the next four Sundays:  following the 10:30 a.m. worship service at Central Lutheran and 4:00 p.m. at House of Hope.

Wednesday, July 4 (at House of Hope)

Dave Johnson, Carillonneur

House of Hope Presbyterian Church, Saint Paul

Dave Johnson was appointed carillonneur at House of Hope Presbyterian Church in 1993. He is active in The Guild of Carillonneurs in North America and has performed recitals throughout the United States. He was an elected member of The Guild’s board of directors from 1999 to 2005, was again elected in 2010, has served on various committees, was its recording secretary for ten years, and in June 2010 was elected its president. Dave received his B.A. from Hamline University, M.A. from Stanford University and Ph.D. in American Intellectual History from the University of Kansas. He taught history at Kansas Wesleyan University, the University of Kansas and Pacific Lutheran University

Sunday, July 8

Sue Bergren, Carillonneur

Naperville Millennium Carillon, Naperville, Illinois

Sue Bergren is principal organist at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Naperville, Illinois. She earned a master’s degree in organ performance from Northern Illinois University after having worked for several years in a non-musical technical environment. She is also a certified carillonneur and plays regularly on the Naperville Millennium Carillon. She served on the board of directors of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America for six years, and was co-editor of Carillon News for more than ten years. She is also the owner of American Carillon Music Editions, a publishing company of carillon music.

Sunday, July 15

Hunter Chase, Carillonneur

University of Ilinois, Chicago

Hunter Chase, studied the carillon while an undergraduate student in mathematics at the University of Chicago, first under Oliver McDonald, then Jim Fackenthal. For three years he served as president of the Guild of Student Carillonneurs at the University of Chicago—a student organization dedicated to the instruction and promotion of the carillon. There he played one of the world's most formidable carillons: the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial Carillon, housed in the tower of Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, is a massive instrument of 72 bells, weighing a collective 100 tons.

Sunday, July 22

Kimberly Schafer, Carillonneur

Chicago Bell Advocates, Chicago, Illinois

Kimberly Schaffer performs regular carillon recitals at St. Chrysostom’s Episcopal Church in Chicago and has been guest recitalist on carillons in the United States, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands. She taught carillon students from 2003 to 2014 while in residence at the University of Texas, Princeton University and the University of Chicago, where she worked with the Guild of Student Carillonneurs to boost student and community involvement with the carillon. In 2015, she spearheaded, managed and performed a mobile carillon concert tour.

Sunday, July 29

Laura Ellis, Carillonneur

University of Florida, Gainesville

Laura Ellis has been on the faculty in the School of Music at the University of Florida since 2003. Dr. Ellis teaches undergraduate and graduate organ, harpsichord, and carillon. She was invited to discuss the music of her carillon mentor at the 2012 Congress of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA). The presentation was entitled "Bert Gerken: His Arrangements and Original Compositions for Carillon." In June 2010 she performed a solo carillon recital for the 2010 GCNA Congress at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel on the campus of the University of Chicago. During this same congress, Ellis passed her advancement examination recital on The Millennium Carillon in Naperville, Illinois to become a certified carillonneur member of the GCNA.

Sunday, August 5

4:00 p.m. at House of Hope only

Dave Johnson, Carillonneur

House of Hope Presbyterian Church

Sundays, August 5, 12 and 19

Central Lutheran only

Timothy Short, Carillonneur

Central Lutheran Church, Minneapolis