The Jane A. Meyer Carillon Series

Meet the Artists

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 ChesmanJeremy Chesman

Performing September 14, 2014

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.

 

Karel Keldermans

Karel Keldermans

Performing July 13, 2014

Illinois

Karel Keldermans is one of the pre-eminent carillonneurs in North America. Keldermans has been Carillonneur for Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Mo. since 2000. He retired in 2012 from the position of full-time Carillonneur for the Springfield Park District in Springfield, Ill., where he also served as the Director of the renowned International Carillon Festival for 36 years. He has given carillon concerts around the world for the past 40 years. Keldermans has released six solo carillon CDs and one of carillon and guitar duets with Belgian guitarist Wim Brioen. For 12 years, along with his wife, Linda, Keldermans was co-owner of American Carillon Music Editions, the largest publisher of new music for the carillon in the world. He was President of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA) for five years and served on the Board of Directors for nine years. Keldermans and his wife co-authored the book, "Carillon: The Evolution  of a Concert Instrument in North America." This book, published in 1996, received critical acclaim both in North America and abroad, and has been used by carillon schools internationally. In 1998, Keldermans and his wife were honored jointly with the Berkeley Medal for “distinguished service to the carillon art.”
 
Keldermans studied carillon with Piet van den Broek at the Royal Carillon School in Mechelen, Belgium, from which he was graduated “with great distinction.” He also did postgraduate study with Peter Bakker at the Netherlands Carillon School in Amersfoort. Keldermans has a master’s degree in carillon performance and campanology from the University of Illinois. His music is played in Europe, North America and Australia.

 

Julianne Vanden Wyngaard

Julianne Vanden Wyngaard

Performing August 10, 2014

Michigan

A native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Julianne began her musical study at age four and continued in piano at Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Michigan State University. She was a noted concert pianist when she joined the faculty at Grand Valley State University in 1967 where her work included piano studio teaching and management of the Arts at Noon Series. She served the department as chair for 12 years and completed her full-time work in 2005 as an associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Vanden Wyngaard began her carillon study in 1994 and was accepted as a student at the Netherlands Carillon School in Amersfoort where she studied with Todd Fair and Bernard Winsemius. In 1999 she qualified as a carillonneur member of The Guild of Carillonneurs in North America and received the First Diploma in 2000 from the NCS in Amersfoort. Since that time, she has been the principal performer on the two carillons at Grand Valley State University where she also presents a summer concert series on each campus featuring guest carillonneurs from around the world. Vanden Wyngaard has just completed an 8-concert tour of Pennsylvania and adjoining states, and she and George Gregory (carillonneur from San Antonio, Texas) have formed a very successful duo that has recently completed the first performances of a new piece (Summer Serenade) composed by Geert D’Hollander, carillonneur at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, Florida.

Vanden Wyngaard and her husband Joe tour the country in their motor coach with their canine companions, and she does a lot of needlework in her spare time!