Summer Carillon Recital: Margo Halsted (UC Santa Barbara)

Event Date: 

Sunday, August 13, 2017 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Event Date Details: 

Event Location: 

  • UCSB Storke Tower

Event Price: 

Admission is free.

Event Contact: 

Adriane Hill
Marketing and Communications Manager
UC Santa Barbara Department of Music
(805) 893-3230
UCSB Storke Tower
UCSB Storke Tower.
UCSB Carillonist Margo Halsted will present a recital on Sunday, August 13, 2017 at 1 p.m. at Storke Tower on the UCSB campus. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy lunch on the lawn!
About Margo Halsted
Margo Halsted is Associate Adjunct Professor of Music and carillonist at UCSB. In 2008 she began teaching at the UCSB College of Creative Studies with a class in carillon composition. She now teaches cast bell carillon for the Music Department. Halsted retired from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater and Dance as Associate Professor and Carillonist Emerita. At Michigan she was a member of the organ department, Director of the Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments and teacher of carillon, music history and handbells. Her other university teaching was at UC, Riverside and Michigan State University, and she has presented master classes and lessons at Yale University and Trinity College (CT). She has performed for festivals at: UC, Berkeley; Lake Wales, Florida; Iowa State University, Seclin, France and Barcelona, Spain. Thirty-one of her students have passed the exam to become Carillonneur Members of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA).
At UCSB Halsted is in charge of the 61-bell cast bell Dutch carillon in Storke Tower that dates from 1969. She plays a regular Monday morning program and, along with her students, presents formal recitals during the year.
Halsted has performed in all countries with an established carillon tradition, and has been a frequent recitalist and speaker for the meetings of the GCNA and the World Carillon Federation. The GCNA has bestowed on her the Certificate of Extraordinary Service and Honorary Membership. She was the recipient of the Berkeley Medal “For Service to the Carillon Art.” Presently, she is the chair of a new medium-level exam for the GCNA.
Halsted has degrees in music and education from Stanford University, an M.A. degree in Carillon Performance Practice from UC, Riverside and a diploma from the Netherlands Carillon School. In her capacity as bell consultant she has assisted with the creation of six new carillons and two chimes as well as the renovation of other instruments.
About the Storke Tower Carillon
UCSB's Storke Tower and its carillon were a gift from Thomas Storke, former publisher of the Santa Barbara News-Press. The instrument consists of 61 bells cast by Petit & Fritsen of the Netherlands, with the bells weighing from 18 pounds to 2.5 tons, and spanning five octaves. The UCSB carillon is a much larger modern copy of historical instruments that were invented approximately 500 years ago in the Low Countries of Europe. Tower bells had previously been used for signaling time and for additional signals such as "Close the City Gates", "Go to church", and "An enemy is coming." Eventually, the number of bells was increased and were hooked up to a keyboard to facilitate the performance of music. A melody was often played to attract the attention of the townspeople before the hour bell tolled the time throughout the day. A carillon is played with the fists and feet, and the action is completely mechanical. To vary the dynamics of the music, the performer must strike the key harder or use a lighter touch, much like a piano.
Want to learn more about Storke Tower and the history of the UCSB carillon? Please take a look at this 2014 UCSB Current interview with UCSB's Carillonist, Margo Halsted.
UCSB Storke Tower