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Salisbury University set to install 48-bell carillon

Salisbury University set to install...

SALISBURY, Md. - Salisbury University is about to get a whole lot louder in the coming weeks as they begin to install a 48-bell carillon in their Guerrieri Academic Commons tower.

After almost four years of planning and waiting for the bells to be complete, SU is in the final stage and is putting 48 bells into a tower on campus.

The bells were a gift from Delaware entrepreneur, Bill Church, and cost about $2.4 million.

These bells are quite unique too, since less than 200 traditional carillons are left in the U.S., according to the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America.

"It's actually an individual pitch if you think of a piano, there's four octaves on a piano from C3 up to C7. They do have unique harmonics each carillon has their unique sound so Salisbury University will be very unique in that respect," explains Dr. William Folger, Co-chair for SU's Department of Music, Theater, and Dance.

SU's Director for Architectual Engineering, Jeffrey Downs, adds, "I think just the addition to the campus as Dr. Folger said earlier, students are going to come here because of this. Faculty may come here because of this and the community is just gaining a wonderful thing."

We're told they will start lifting the 48 bells into the tower Wednesday and it could take up to three weeks to complete.
 


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