About the Carillon
The Class of 1892 Bells
- Grover Cleveland Tower is 173 feet to the roof
- The carillon contains 67 bells, concert pitch
- The largest bell, the Bourdon sounding G below middle C, weighs 12,880 pounds
- The smallest bell weighs 14 pounds
- The first 35 bells were cast and installed in 1927 by Gillet & Johnson (England). Subsequent additions to the instrument occurred in 1943, 1966, 1968 and 1993 with bells from the Paccard Foundry (France) and Petit & Fristen Foundry (The Netherlands).
- In 1993 the carillon was renovated and rededicated on June 13, 1993
- How many carillons are there in the U.S.? 180
- Are there other carillons in New Jersey? Yes.
- St. Georges-by-the-River, Rumson
- 26 bells cast in 1934 by Taylor
- St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Morristown
- 47 bells cast 1924, 1952 by Taylor, Paccard
- Grace Church Carillon, Plainfield, NJ
- 47 bells cast 1923 by Gillet & Johnston
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a carillon?
Considered the largest musical instrument in the world, a carillon consists of a series of at least 23 tuned bells, played from a keyboard that allows expressiveness through variation in touch, and on which the player, or carillonneur, can play a broad range of music—from arrangements of popular and classical music to original compositions created just for the carillon.
Where is the Cleveland Tower?
Directions and Parking: http://gradschool.princeton.edu/life-princeton/our-community/residential...
For GPS: The Graduate College is located at 88 College Road West, Princeton, NJ 08544.
How is the carillon played?
Princeton’s carillon is played manually with the fists and feet.
Play a Virtual Carillon (courtesy of the Yale Guild of Carillonneurs)
Visit the Carillon
See, hear, experience the carillon bells:
Every Sunday at 1:00 - 1:45pm and 3:00pm - 4:00pm (Except during July and August and during Ph.D. exams. Restrictions apply)
Saturday, 11:30am -12:30pm
Monday - Friday, 5:30p-6:30p (day light savings); 4:00-5:00p (standard time)
Visit the Porter’s Lodge for details how to ascend the tower.