About the carillonneur

Doug Gefvert, carillonneur of the Washington Memorial National Carillon, began his musical career at an early age by singing in his hometown church choir and taking organ lessons from local church organists.

Doug Gefvert, Carillonneur

Mr. Gefvert continued his study of organ and church music, earning a Bachelor of Music degree in organ from Westminster College and a Masters Degree of Music History from Temple University.

While at Westminster College, he was introduced to the carillon, and later studied the instrument with Frank Péchin Law at Washington Memorial National Carillon. He is a Carillonneur Member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America.

Before coming to the Washington Memorial National Carillon, Mr. Gefvert was Bellmaster at historic Old Christ Church in Philadelphia for 21 years.  He has written and arranged numerous pieces for carillon and has given recitals in the United States and Canada.  Doug is a branch manager for the Verdin Bell Company of Cincinnati, selling bells and clocks in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Watch the Carillon being played below:

Listen to more of the Carillon below:


Washington Memorial Chapel