NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – The Carillon Guild is a campus organization dedicated to spreading knowledge and appreciation for the carillon.
But what is a carillon exactly?
Kyle Youmans, the Carillon Guild President, gave us a look into the bell tower where Westminster’s carillon lives.
“Originally, it was just considered a chime. I believe it was twelve bells originally were made for our carillon, so it wasn’t considered a carillon then. To be considered a carillon you need to have at least thirty-five bells, and those were installed sometime in the 1930s. Later on, the next twenty-three bells were added, making it thirty-five bells so that we could officially call it a carillon.”
Now, there are even more bells after a donation from the Westminster class of 1956. In 2006, they donated seven more bells. Now Wesminster’s carillon is two bells away from having a full set.
The Guild itself was started in 2003 by Joseph Bandi and Paula Kubik. For a time, the Guild was considered an inactive club until 2018, when Youmans took charge and gave the Guild life again.
“Now we have several members who are very committed to making the Guild’s presence on campus more known.”
The carillon is considered a rare instrument, due to the lack of production of new ones. Westminster is very lucky to have such a unique instrument as a staple of the Westminster Experience.