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 A LETTER FROM PRESIDING BISHOP MICHAEL CURRY TO THE CHURCH

Dear Friends in Christ, The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect much of our individual and corporate lives, posing a threat to the health of so many.  At this time, as states and countries consider or begin to re-open, it is important for us to remember to care for ourselves, but not for ourselves alone. The […]

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CARILLON 101 – Lesson 4

THE CARILLON – THE VOICE OF THE CHAPEL The carillon here at Washington Memorial Chapel is considered by many to be the voice of the Chapel. Centrally located within Valley Forge National Historical Park on a busy state road and Park walking path, the tower is seen and heard by many – parishioners, local residents, […]

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CARILLON 101 – Lesson 3c

THE CARILLON – HOW IT’S PLAYED The carillon is played from a keyboard inside the playing cabin, situated in within the belfry. The carillonneur must climb 112 steps up a spiral stairway to reach the playing cabin. Six of the largest bells are below the playing cabin and 52 are above. Being right in the […]

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CARILLON 101 – Lesson 3b

THE CARILLON and TOWER – A GRAND MUSICAL INSTRUMENT In the summer of 1946, Professor Arthur Lynds Bigelow, then working in the Department of Graphics and Engineering Drawing at Princeton University, was secured as consultant for the Chapel’s carillon. Bigelow was Princeton University’s first carillonneur. He studied engineering at the University of Pittsburgh and went […]

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CARILLON 101 – Lesson 3a

For a better understanding of our carillon and its place in the mission of the Chapel, I would like to share with you a series of short lessons on the history of the instrument and the art of the carillon. – Doug Gefvert, Chapel Carillonneur THE CARILLON – PHILADELPHIA CARILLONS When Dr. John Hart became […]

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The Alexander Hamilton Window

By Gardiner Pearson The stained glass window over the pulpit and the door leading to the Cloister of the Colonies is the Alexander Hamilton Window. It bears the inscription: “To The Glory of God In Tribute To Alexander Hamilton And in Loving Memory Of William Brice This Window Is Given By His Wife Mary Regina […]

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CARILLON 101 – Lesson 1b

For a better understanding of our carillon and its place in the mission of the Chapel, I would like to share with you a series of short lessons on history of the instrument and the art of the carillon. – Doug Gefvert, Chapel Carillonneur MORE BELLS A centrally located national carillon/tower with a bell representing […]

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CARILLON 101 – Lesson 2a

For a better understanding of our carillon and its place in the mission of the Chapel, I would like to share with you a series of short lessons on history of the instrument and the art of the carillon. – Doug Gefvert, Chapel Carillonneur BUILDING THE CARILLON TOWER Dr. Hart, second Rector of Washington Memorial […]

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CARILLON 101 – Lesson 2b

For a better understanding of our carillon and its place in the mission of the Chapel, I would like to share with you a series of short lessons on history of the instrument and the art of the carillon. – Doug Gefvert, Chapel Carillonneur ART OF THE CARILLON TOWER   The Philadelphia firm of Zantzinger […]

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