Please meet and greet the performing artist on the front steps of Duane G. Meyer Library immediately following the performance. The artist welcomes the opportunity to meet you and answer your questions! All concerts begin at 7:00 p.m.
Jeremy Chesman - June 10 and September 9, 2012
Missouri State University
Jeremy Chesman’s performances have been broadcast in the United States, the Netherlands and Japan. He has performed in France, Belgium and Portugal, where he played a recital of American music at the National Palace in Mafra on the European Union’s day of mourning for the events of September 11. Chesman currently serves as University carillonist and associate professor of music at Missouri State University.
Chesman studied carillon with Margo Halsted and Todd Fair at the University of Michigan, where he was the first person to earn a Master of Music degree in Carillon Performance. As a fellow of the Belgian American Educational Foundation, he studied carillon with Eddy Mariën and composition with Geert D’Hollander at the Royal Carillon School of Belgium, where he earned a Final Diploma with Distinction.
Robin Austin - July 8, 2012
R. Robin Austin is celebrating his 20th anniversary as Princeton University's carillonneur, organizing the Summer Carillon series and teaching students and faculty. He began his carillon studies in 1979 with Frank Péchin Law, former carilloneur of the Washington Memorial National Carillon (Valley Forge) and passed his advancement examination recital for the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA) in 1981. He continued his studies with Jacque Lannoy at L'Ecole Français de Carillon, earning the carillonneur's diploma in 1982. Other carillon mentors have included Ronald Barnes and Frank DellaPenna. He is a graduate of West Chester University (B.A.) and Bryn Mawr College (M.S.S.). Robin lives in Media, Penn. and is senior principal gifts officer at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Sharon Hettinger - August 14, 2012
Sharon Hettinger is director of music and organist at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Kansas City, Mo. She has performed recitals throughout the Midwest, including the International Carillon Festival in Springfield, Ill.
Hettinger is a member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA) and active in the American Guild of Organists (AGO) for both Kansas City and Topeka AGO chapters. She is the author of American Organ Music of the Twentieth Century: An Annotated Bibliography of Composers. She also wrote a chapter in a forthcoming textbook, Twentieth-Century Composers for the Organ. Hettinger writes reviews for The Diapason, an international journal devoted to organ, church and carillon music, and composes Psalm settings for her choirs to sing.
A native of Niles, Mich., Hettinger received her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Kansas. Her Bachelor of Music degree is from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J. She began carillon study under the tutelage of world-renowned carillonneur Bert Gerken, at the University of Kansas, where she continues to play. Recent coaching is with Karel Keldermans in Springfield, Ill.