James Fackenthal, carillonneur

2017 Muelder Summer Carillon Series
Venue: Beaumont Tower (rain or shine) 

2017 Muelder Summer Carillon Series

James Fackenthal is a Chicago-area free-lance musician and scientific consultant. He is the former Associate Carillonneur at the University of Chicago where he also worked as a cancer researcher, and currently plays the carillons in Moser Tower in Naperville, IL, and St. Chrysostom’s Episcopal Church in Chicago. Fackenthal began carillon studies with David Caldwell at the University of Rochester in 1984, and two years later became a Carillonneur Member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA). Since then he has played numerous carillon recitals throughout North America. He is currently an active member of the piano program and the Early Music Ensemble at the University of Chicago, where he plays various string and wind instruments. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology/geology from the University of Rochester and a Ph.D. in molecular biology from Indiana University. Fackenthal is a former member of the GCNA Board of Directors, has served as a juror on the GCNA Examination Committee, and is the former co-editor of the GCNA publication “Carillon News.”

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