Meet the Hack the Bells 2017 Jury

Introducing the U-M Hack the Bells 2017 Jury

Zackery Belanger’s work is centered on the integration of acoustics into architecture. He holds a B.S. degree in Physics, and M.S. degrees in Physics and Architectural Sciences. From 2002 – 2010 he consulted and developed materials and geometries for Chicago-based acousticians Kirkegaard Associates. In 2013 he was the inaugural Researcher-in-Residence at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center [EMPAC] in Troy, NY, where he began development of a new framework for the design and assessment of acoustic architecture. He then founded the Detroit-based studio Arcgeometer, which is dedicated to design, consultation, education, and artistic installations involving sound and the built environment.

Carolyn Chen has made music for supermarket, demolition district, and the dark. Her work reconfigures the everyday to retune habits of our ears using sound, text, light, image, and movement. Recent projects include a story for ASL interpreter strung to chimes at a distance and a commission for Klangforum Wien. Ongoing projects are for the guqin, the Chinese 7-string zither traditionally played for private meditation in nature. [website]

Linda Walker Pointer is a graduate of Indiana University, where she received her Master’s and Doctor’s degrees in music. She studied composition and electronic music with John Eaton, and began carillon studies with Arie Abbenes.  She received a Fulbright-Hays fellowship to the Royal Carillon School of Mechelen, Belgium, where she also was rehearsal pianist for the Bejart Ballet and studied with Henri Pousseur.  While attending the Summer Music Courses in Darmstadt, Germany, she was in the workshop of Karlheinz Stockhausen and, with cellist Alvin Singleton, played the German premier of a Morton Feldman work for piano and cello. Currently Dr. Pointer teaches at St. Petersburg College in Clearwater, Florida, and is proud to be a prize-winner in Berkeley’s 2015 Hack the Bells contest with her Theater Piece for Berkeley.

Frank Steijns is city carillonneur of Maastricht, Weert, and Heerlen (The Netherlands) and first violinist of the Dutch Johann Strauss Orchestra, conducted by Andre Rieu. He studied violin, music theory, and carillon at the Royal Carillon School in Mechelen and the Lemmens Institute in Leuven. Frank is known for his ‘out of the box’ educational projects, avant-garde projects, and large concerts featuring his own mobile carillon. This instrument, made of 43 bronze bells with digitally-controlled clappers, was especially designed to play both indoor and outdoor concerts. [website]

Jeff Treviño is a composer living on California’s former Fort Ord Army base. His computationally generated works for carillon have been premiered internationally at a variety of festivals and concerts. You can listen to his work at


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