Schedule of Events

Listed below are the latest events scheduled for The Jane A. Meyer Carillon Series. Please meet and greet the performing artist on the front steps of the Duane G. Meyer Library immediately following the performance. The artist welcomes the opportunity to meet you and answer your questions!

June 9, 2019 (Sunday), 7:00 PM

Jeremy Chesman

Jeremy Chesman, MSU Carillonist, poses by carillon bells

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.

July 14, 2019 (Sunday), 7:00 PM

Jeremy Chesman

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 Missouri State 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.

August 11, 2019 (Sunday), 7:00 PM

Joe Dias

Joe Dias plays the carillon at MSU

Joe Dias, a Springfield native, began playing carillon in 2014 at Missouri State University on the Jane A. Meyer Carillon, where he recently earned his bachelor’s degree in carillon performance. Dias has a fondness for taking well-known music from movies or shows and playing those themes on the Meyer Carillon, as well as performing those themes on other carillons around the nation.

Dias is currently working towards attaining the status of Carillonneur in The Guild of Carillonneurs of North America, and is pursuing a master’s degree in carillon at Missouri State. In the summer of 2016, he served as an intern in the carillon archives of Bok Tower Gardens.

September 8, 2019 (Sunday), 7:00 PM

Mitchell Stecker

Mitchell Stecker poses in chapel

Mitchell Stecker is director of chapel music and carillonneur at The Citadel, Charleston, South Carolina. He is an alumnus of the University of Florida (Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts in linguistics, 2014), studying principally with Laura Ellis. In 2015, Stecker spent six months at the Royal Carillon School (Mechelen, Belgium) before returning to UF to pursue the Master of Music (musicology), which he received in May of this year. Prior to his current role, Stecker served as carillon fellow to Geert D'Hollander at Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales, Florida, from 2017 to 2018.

Stecker is also an active composer, with titles published by the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA) and American Carillon Musical Editions, and with several commissions in progress. His scholarly interests include shape-note music, campanological topics, and the music of Peter Benoit and the Flemish Romantic. Stecker is an active member of the GCNA, serving as the guild’s corresponding secretary since 2017; in 2016, he was awarded the guild’s Barnes Scholarship to study Roy Hamlin Johnson’s monumental Carillon Book for the Liturgical Year and its relation to Bach’s Orgelbüchlein. In his free time, Stecker is an avid fasola singer, enjoys studying languages, and is passionate about good food and drink.