Carillon Festival 2006


CampanileCarillon Festival 2006
Saturday, April 8
Stanton Memorial Carillon

sponsored by the Stanton Memorial Carillon Foundation.

Schedule of Events   

10:30 AM - 11:50 AM

Carillon Masterclass
Todd Fair, guest carillonneur

Campanile. *Registration Required.

12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

Picnic Lunch and Carillon Concert

Program featuring Libby Larsen's Pealing Fire, and winning composition of the 2006 Carillon Composition Competition.

Central Campus. *Registration Required.

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Seminar:The Anticipation of Bells
Libby Larsen, guest composer

From a composer's point of view, Libby Larsen discusses how sound, operating in time and space, deeply effects the individual sense of being human.

Music Hall, Room 130. *Registration Required.


3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Carillon Recital
Todd Fair, guest carillonneur
Central Campus. *Free and Open to the Public.


Praeludium from Suite for Lute, No. 3

Johann Sebastian Bach
arr. Ronald Barnes

Asteroids (1991)

Gary White
(b. 1937)


Andante con gran espressione

João de Sousa Carvalho
arr. Todd Fair

Two Poems for Children (2004)

Day Dreaming
Drawing Circles

Geert D'hollander
(b. 1965)

Milonga Sureña No. 5 (1967)

Andante con gran espressione

Juan José Ramos
arr. Elsa Slater

Suite No. 1 (2002)

Fantasia Octatonica
Toccata Festevole

John Courter
(b. 1941)


4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Campanile Tours.  *Free and Open to the Public.


Pre-registration is required. Please complete and return the form with $15.00 registration fee (lunch included) by Friday, March 31, 2006, to ISU Carillon Festival, Department of Music, 149 Music Hall, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa 50011. For further information, contact Tin-Shi Tam at (515) 294-2911 or e-mail:

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Todd FairHaving earned a degree in piano/music education from Pennsylvania's West Chester University in 1974, Todd Fair enrolled at the Netherlands Carillon School in the area where the carillon originated.  In 1977 he was awarded the Final Diploma and in 1979 he won a competition and became the first non-Dutch carillonneur for the City of Amsterdam, which has employed carillonneurs to perform at the prestigious Old Church since 1537.  In 1984 he joined the faculty of the Netherlands Carillon school and from 1987-1990 he taught at the Scandinavian Carillon School in Copenhagen.  In 1980 Fair gained playing awards in France and The Netherlands and in 1988 he received the Berkeley Medal for distinguished service to the carillon art.  He has presented workshops and guest recitals in nearly all the countries having carillons, including Australia and Japan.  During the 1998-99 academic year he served as acting carillonneur for the University of Michigan.  During this period the new carillon position at the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music was announced, to which Fair was appointed starting September 1, 1999


Libby Larsen"Music exists in an infinity of sound. I think of all music as existing in the substance of the air itself. It is the composer’s task to order and make sense of sound, in time and space, to communicate something about being alive through music." -- Libby Larsen

Libby Larsen (b. 24 December 1950, Wilmington, Delaware) is one of America's most prolific and most performed living composers. She has created a catalogue of over 200 works spanning virtually every genre from intimate vocal and chamber music to massive orchestral and choral scores. Her music has been praised for its dynamic, deeply inspired, and vigorous contemporary American spirit. Constantly sought after for commissions and premieres by major artists, ensembles and orchestras around the world, Libby Larsen has established a permanent place for her works in the concert repertory.

Larsen has been hailed as "the only English-speaking composer since Benjamin Britten who matches great verse with fine music so intelligently and expressively" (USA Today); as "a composer who has made the art of symphonic writing very much her own." Gramophone); as "a mistress of orchestration" (Times Union); and for "assembling one of the most impressive bodies of music of our time" (Hartford Courant). Her music has been praised for its "clear textures, easily absorbed rhythms and appealing melodic contours that make singing seem the most natural expression imaginable." (Philadelphia Inquirer) "Libby Larsen has come up with a way to make contemporary opera both musically current and accessible to the average audience." (The Wall Street Journal). "Her ability to write memorable new music completely within the confines of traditional harmonic language is most impressive." (Fanfare)

Libby Larsen has received numerous awards and accolades, including a 1994 Grammy as producer of the CD: The Art of Arlene Augér, an acclaimed recording that features Larsen's Sonnets from the Portuguese. Her opera Frankenstein, The Modern Prometheus was selected as one of the eight best classical music events of 1990 by USA Today. The first woman to serve as a resident composer with a major orchestra, she has held residencies with the California Institute of the Arts, the Arnold Schoenberg Institute, the Philadelphia School of the Arts, the Cincinnati Conservatory, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Charlotte Symphony, and the Colorado Symphony. Larsen's many commissions and recordings are a testament to her fruitful collaborations with a long list of world-renowned artists, including The King's Singers, Benita Valente, and Frederica von Stade, among others. Her works are widely recorded on such labels as Angel/EMI, Nonesuch, Decca, and Koch International.

Holder of the 2003-2004 Harissios Papamarkou Chair in Education at the Library of Congress and recipient of the Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Libby Larsen is a vigorous, articulate champion of the music and musicians of our time. In 1973, she co-founded (with Stephen Paulus) the Minnesota Composers Forum, now the American Composers Forum, which has been an invaluable advocate for composers in a difficult, transitional time for American arts. Consistently sought-after as a leader in the generation of millenium thinkers, Libby Larsen's music and ideas have refreshed the concert music tradition and the composer's role in it.

June 2005