Oakland University announces first summer carillon concert series

Beginning on Friday, June 26, Oakland University inaugurates a new tradition of summer carillon recitals on the Elliott Tower Carillon. Guest performers are all recognized international carillonneurs, and will provide a wide variety of music. 

The public is invited to this series of free concerts. Bring a picnic and enjoy the fountain. Bring your friends to enjoy this unique and newest feature of Oakland University, with the newest carillon in the world. In addition, the public will be offered the opportunity to climb the 77 steps on a tower tour following each recital.

Summer Carillon Series Schedule: 

Learn more about the Elliott Tower and carillon at oakland.edu/elliott-tower.

Media photos: Dennis Curry 1Dennis Curry 2BellsCarillon keyboard

, Elliott Tower

  • The largest bell weighs around 5,000 pounds and is five feet in diameter
  • Total weight of all bells is more than 30,000 pounds (over 15 tons)
  • The carillon tower is one of the tallest bell towers on a college campus in the U.S.
  • The carillon bell tower features a fully chromatic 49-bell carillon ranging from low C, which weighs around 5,000 pounds, to high C, at 24 pounds. 
  • The traditional hand-action instrument provides the complete musical range to play any musical composition. 
  • The 49 bells have the capability to be played automatically through preset music, however the full dynamic range of the instrument can only be achieved through manual performance.