23rd Annual Muelder Carillon Series: Concert 1

Venue: Grounds surrounding Beaumont Tower

close up of carillonneur hands playing instrument
Carillon audience at Beaumont Tower

The MSU College of Music presents the 23rd Annual Muelder Summer Carillon Series, FIVE consecutive Wednesday recitals beginning July 3 and ending on July 31, at the MSU Beaumont Tower, each beginning at 6:00 p.m., rain or shine. Concerts are free and open to the public. Picnics welcome. Visit the Carillon and Beaumont Tower section of the website to learn more.

  • July 3—Bernard Winsemius (carillonneur from Amsterdam, Netherlands)
  • July 10—Gijsbert Kok (carillonneur from The Hague, Netherlands) 
  • July 17—Steven Karp (carillonneur from Vancouver, British Columbia) 
  • July 24—Ray McLellan (Michigan State University carillonneur)
  • July 31—Sally Harwood (carillonneur from Williamston, Michigan)


  • Purcell (1659 – 1695)—Evening hymn “Now that the sun has veiled his light”           
  • Croft—A ground in two parts                                                               
  • Bach—Musette and Air (from Pastorella, BWV 590),  Aria “Erbarme dich” 
  • Mozart—Andante cantabile, Variations on a theme by Gluck
  • Schumann—Three songs: Aus den östlichen Rosen, Am leuchtenden Sommermorgen, Der Nussbaum
  • Chopin—Waltz, op. 69 nr.
  • Translateur—Walzerträumerei “Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt,” Waltz dream “Only he who knows nostalgia”

All carillon arrangements: B. Winsemius

Bernard Winsemius, carillonArtist Bio

Bernard Winsemius studied the organ with Anthon van der Horst and Albert de Klerk at the Amsterdam Conservatory. In addition, he studied the carillon at the Nederlandse Beiaardschool (Dutch Carillon School) in Amersfoort.

His study was crowned with the Prix d’Excellence for organ (1970) and carillon (1971). He was awarded the Zilveren Vriendenkrans (Friends’ Silver Wreath) by the Vereniging Vrienden van het Concertgebouworkest (Society of Friends of the Concertgebouworkest) in 1971.

For years on end Bernard Winsemius taught the organ at Rotterdam Conservatory  and  the carillon at the Dutch Carillon School. He has given masterclasses all over the world (for example Prague, Toulouse, London, Oslo, Rome) and has been a regular teacher at the International Organ Academy, Haarlem.

He is emeritus city carillonneur of Haarlem and Amsterdam. Nowadays, he is active as a freelance carillonneur.

In 1981 he was appointed organist of the historic organs of the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam together with Gustav Leonhardt, a post he still holds today. His main focus lies on the music of the Renaissance and the Baroque.

He has done numerous concerts all over the world and recordings for broadcasting companies, as well as for LP, CD and DVD.

See more about Bernard Winsemius at his website.

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