Wikipedia Edit-a-thon: Where are the articles on women who changed carillon history?

Art+Feminism+Campanology Wikipedia Edit-a-thon 2019-2020

University of Michigan Library annual event

Did you know that about 90% of Wikipedia editors are male, even though editing is open to everyone? Join the global campaign to improve representation of women, transgender, and nonbinary individuals in the carillon profession! The U-M carillon studio shows up for this annual communal editing event to recognize the accomplishments of women and non-binary people and collectives in arts and activism.

U-M library staff provide tutorials for the beginner Wikipedian, in-person assistance, reference materials, arts and crafts, and refreshments. If you’re in Ann Arbor, please register to participate. If you’re anywhere else in the world, we’re offering free access to our checklist of priority articles that need to be created or updated! Please note that this list is not intended to be exhaustive, and that there are many more women whose influence on the carillon, campanology, and bell-ringing we hope you add to Wikipedia. Another way to get involved is through the Boulanger Initiative, which hosts online Wikipedia Edit-A-Thons on a monthly basis.

Articles created at our Edit-A-Thons

  • Maria Blom – first professional carillonist in The Netherlands
  • Adele Colson – first woman to graduate from the Royal Carillon School ‘Jef Denyn’
  • Mary Mesquita Dahlmer – first professional carillonist in USA; first woman carillonist in North America; see articles in GCNA Bulletin and oral history interviews.
  • Nora Johnston – carillonist, author of a published carillon memoir, built her own mobile carillon.
  • Monika Kazmierczak – only titular carillonist in Poland, plays 2 towers, plays a mobile carillon with instrumental ensemble, commissions and premieres new music.
  • Jessie Montgomery – first African American composer to publish a carillon work; first Black composer commissioned by the GCNA to write a carillon work.
  • Lyn Fuller – national carillonist of Australia
  • Sally Slade Warner – prolific American carillonist, composer, arranger, and GCNA leader
  • Julianne Vanden Wyngaard – carillonist of GVSU, first professional African American woman carillonist; current GCNA president
  • Kathryn Alexander – Yale professor of composition and electronic music, American Academy of Arts and Letters winner, composed 2 carillon pieces
  • Ulla Laage – first full-time carillonist in Denmark and one of a small number of women in Europe to hold an appointed carillon position in the 20th century

List of women and nonbinary carillon performers, composers, and educators (updated March 2023)

Articles that need to be created

  • Margo Halsted – U-M professor emerita, held several previous carillon positions including at UCSB, carillon consultant, responsible for helping get carillons built around the world. See Judy Ogden’s interview with Halsted in the GCNA Bulletin and her Bok Tower Gardens finding aid. See also her obituary.
  • International Center for the Carillon and the Organ (CICO) – founded by Ana and Sara Elias in Portugal, with their own mobile carillon (see
  • Heleen B. Van Der Weel – published Dutch author, campanologist, carillonist
  • Malgosia Fiebig – first woman to serve as carillonist of Utrecht, the Netherlands
  • Maria Dolors Coll I Vendrell (from Catalan Wikipedia) – former carillonist of the Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya, Barcelona, succeeded by Anna Maria Reverté; they are the only professional carillonists in Spain.
  • Ann-Kirstine Christiansen – former director of Scandinavian Carillon School
  • Amy Johansen – Australian organist, carillonist, faculty at the University of Sydney
  • Elena Sadina – Royal Carillon School faculty, pioneered childhood carillon music education, author of two volumes of Carillon Book for Children; Russian folk musician in group Zolotoj Plyos; yearly faculty at Middlebury College summer language institute.
  • Ruby Wilson – carillon performer at Duke University. See her bio.
  • Rosemarie Seuntiëns – carillonist of multiple towers in the Netherlands; owner of her own traveling multimedia mobile carillon show, Roaming Bells.
  • Olivia Margaret Ontko – one of the few women pipe organ builders, GCNA 1994 Johan Franco Award-winning carillon composer with additional works published recently
  • Yvette Janine Jackson – Harvard professor, composer of electroacoustic carillon piece “Cannot Be (Unrung)
  • Alice Gomez – Prolific Latina composer. See her website.
  • Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra – Author of books on improvisation and music education, organist, improviser, carillonist, composer, winner of 2019 GCNA Franco Composition Contest Performance Award. See her website.
  • Andrea McCrady – Dominion Carillonneur of Peace Tower in Ottawa; former GCNA president.
  • Margaret Elliot Murdock – Celebrated longtime chimes master at UC Berkeley’s Sather Tower
  • Violet Carrier – First woman to serve as carillonist at Loughborough War Memorial, as reported in the De Kalb Daily Chronicle (Aug. 13, 1929) when she was 20 years old. See under the Carillonists – Europe tabs.
  • Martha Veldemans – Early female enrollee in Mechelen (1931), mentioned in De beiaard: Een politieke geschiedenis and pictured in “Enkele foto’s uit de oude doos” by Koen Cosaert (VBV Magazine 18, no. 2, p. 26). Graduated 2 August 1931. See Michel Lejeune’s “Beiaard in Vrouwenhanden,” available at
  • Some women above can be added to the Women in Red WikiProject list of women composers who need articles to draw attention to them. Likewise, they can be added to the Women in Music WikiProject.
  • Any existing articles on non-North American women carillonists need to have article translations made for their respective non-English Wikipedia sites
Gladys Elinor Watkins‘ dedication of the New Zealand carillon featured on the Wikipedia homepage on April 22, 2022

Articles that need enrichment

Update: Articles enriched!

  • Libby Larsen – Added information on her GCNA-commissioned composition “Pealing Fire”
  • Mary Jeanne van Appledorn – Works list added, including carillon pieces
  • Hilary Tann – Works list added, including carillon piece “First Watch”

Wikipedia categories lacking in gender representation

Carillon towers built with the (unacknowledged) involvement of women leadership

Existing models (for reference):


Find carillonists’ publications:

Look up the exact names of the carillons, towers, and institutions:


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