Campanile Chimers and Carillonneurs





This page consists of two lists. First, there is a list of faculty, students, and staff who have played the chimes, and, later, the carillon, on a more or less regular and assigned basis. This list was gleaned from Campanile log books, student newspapers, and other campus publications. It is only a partial list, due to gaps in records. There is a certain amount of chronological ambiguity to some of the entries. If this list includes a player and a date, then there is documentary evidence that he or she played sometime during the stated period. But he or she may well have played at other times as well. There is also some unevenness to the entries. Some players performed long concerts on a regular basis; others played only short selections now and then.

The second list consists of a selection of special Campanile concerts and performances that have occurred over the years. Certainly, other significant concerts have taken place, but this list includes many of the highlights.

Chimers and Carillonneurs

  • Fall 1926: Irving Wolfe, Luther Richman
  • Spring 1927: Pauline Johnson
  • Summer 1927: Frank Swain
  • Fall 1927: Irving Wolfe
  • Fall 1927-Spring 1928: Doris L. Anderson, Norma Chase
  • Summer 1928: Frank Swain, Edna Wolfe
  • Fall 1928 -Summer 1929: Frank Swain, Gladys Arns
  • Fall 1929: Harry M. Kauffman
  • Fall 1929-Summer 1931: Myrtle Kleist
  • Fall 1929-Fall 1933: Lois Roush
  • Summer 1931: Gretchen Rausenberger
  • Fall 1933-Summer 1934: Ralph Moritz
  • Spring 1934-Winter 1935: Fred Feldman
  • Winter 1935-Summer 1936: Dorothy Oelrich
  • Summer 1935; Summer 1936: Lois Bragonier
  • Summer 1935: Marjorie Palmquist, Fred Feldman
  • Summer 1936: Harriet Todd
  • Fall 1936: Fred Feldman, Ralph Moritz
  • Fall 1936-Spring 1938: James Dycus
  • Summer 1938: J. Wesley Pritchard, C. Campbell, Floyd Johnson
  • Fall 1939: Doy Baker
  • Spring 1939: James Dycus
  • Summer 1940-Spring 1941: Myron Messerschmitt
  • Spring 1941: Warren Smith
  • Summer 1941-Spring 1942: William Jochumsen
  • Fall 1942: Russell Calkins
  • Winter 1942-Spring 1943: Norman Paul Dearborn
  • Spring 1943: Rupert Pipho, Joan Doon, Lester Bundy
  • Summer 1943: Russell Calkins, Owen Norman
  • Fall 1943-Spring 1945: Val Jeanne Fairlie
  • Summer 1945-Spring 1947: Lucile J. Craig
  • Summer 1947-1951: Unknown
  • 1951-1952: Don Jackson
  • 1953: Frank Plambeck
  • Summer 1953-Spring 1955: Laurens Arthur Blankers
  • 1955-1956: Curtis Noble
  • 1956: Robert Wade
  • Summer 1958-1960: Don Peterson
  • Winter 1962-1963: Keith Haan
  • 1964-1965: Leroy James LeFebvre
  • 1966:  Bruce Eilers
  • 1968-1969: John Steffa
  • 1969: Jerry Smithey, Robert Lodine
  • 1971: Douglas D. Shaffer
  • 1973-2004: Robert Byrnes
  • 2005-2006: Kui-Im Lee, Trevis Young, Jung-Min Lee, Mary McDonald, Kimberly Cordray
  • 2007-2008: Kui-Im Lee, Danny White
  • 2008-2010: William R. Beyer, Isaac Brockshus
  • 2011-2012: William R. Beyer, Joyce Payer

Special Performers and Concerts

  • September 19, 1926--first concert on Campanile chimes, given by Andrew Meneeley, president of the Meneeley Bell Company at the Campanile Dedication Ceremony
  • October 19, 1968--concert by Wendell Wescott, Carillonneur at Michigan State University, to dedicate the renovations and additions to the set of bells
  • November 26, 1968--impromptu concert by Milford Myhre, Carillonneur of Bok Singing Tower at Lake Wells, Florida
  • May 9, 1971--concert by Robert Lodine, Carillonneur at St. Chrysostom's Church, Chicago, Illinois
  • September 21, 1971--concert by Albert Meyer, Carillonneur at Emery Merial carillon, Mariemont, Ohio
  • September 23, 1973--concert by Richard H. von Grabow, Carillonneur at the Iowa State University campanile in Ames, Iowa
  • December 3, 1974--first time the Campanile was used to accompany the UNI Glee Club--carillon played by Jeff Stearns of Rockwell City, Iowa, and Terry Kroese of Sheldon, Iowa
  • October 12, 1975--concert by Richard H. von Grabow, Carillonneur of the Iowa State University campanile in Ames, Iowa, and UNI Carillonneur Robert Byrnes
  • June 24, 1976--concert by Leen't Hart, Director of Carillon School in Amersfoort, Netherlands
  • May 8, 1977--UNI Carillonneur Robert Byrnes performed his master's degree recital
  • June 23-24, 1980--five formal concerts by visiting carillonneur during the Congress of the Guild of Carillonneur in North America, held at UNI
  • September 7, 1985--concert by Robin Austin, carillonneur at Grace Episcopal Church in Plainfield, New Jersey
  • September 13, 1986--concert by Frank Dellapenna, carillonneur at the Washington Memorial Chapel in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
  • October 24, 1992--Karel Keldermans and Robert Byrnes presented a Dueling Bells concert
  • October 8, 9, 2004--Karel Keldermans performed for Homecoming activities
  • April 27, 28, 2006--Karel Keldermans and organ students performed recitals
  • September 18, 2006--Karel Keldermans performed for the eightieth anniversary of the Campanile
  • Mid-October, 2007--Kui-Im Lee performed for Homecoming
  • Mid-October, 2008--Kui-Im Lee performed for Homecoming
  • April 24, 2009--Karel Keldermans performed a spring concert, including a piece written by former UNI carillonneur Robert Byrnes entitled "Reflection"

Compiled by University Archivist Gerald L. Peterson; last updated September 6, 2011.