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 CICO.pt)
- 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 CarillonWomen.org 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 CarillonWomen.org
- 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
Articles that need enrichment
- Dawn Avery – Mohawk composer of Sacred World: Onenh’sa (2023)
- Bertha Tideman-Wijers – one of the earliest published women carillon composers
- Belmont Tower and Carillon – missing Beverly Buchanan’s involvement and publications
- Adèle Colson – first woman to enroll in and graduate from the Royal Carillon School ‘Jef Denyn’ in Belgium, against significant resistance. Can be enriched with Google Books citations, particularly about the award named after her, and her score Ave Maria.
- Maria Blom – first professional woman carillonist in the Netherlands, in Gouda. Needs more biographical data.
- Ruth Muzzy Conniston Morize – Initial article portrayed her as nothing more than a socialite with a scandalous divorce, ignoring her status as one of the earliest women to graduate from the Yale School of Music and to play the world’s largest carillon. See her article at CarillonWomen.org.
- Gladys Elinor Watkins – needs score publications list and recordings list (HMV). Recordings are in the public domain and can be uploaded to Wikimedia Commons.
- Augusta Read Thomas – “Ripple Effects” could use more information as described on her website, and in the festival program book and CD.
- Emma Lou Diemer – Works list should include her other carillon pieces. Article requires more citations.
- Nora Johnston – Missing account of her high-profile appearances with her mobile carillon (as described on pp. viii/158, pp. 96-102, and more of her memoir) and protection of it during wartime. See her article at CarillonWomen.org under “Carillon Creators.”
- Burton Memorial Tower – Missing names of former carillonists, including Margo Halsted
- Église Sainte-Odile de Paris – Missing name of first carillonist Jacqueline Goguet and a citation of her book Le Carillon des origines a nos jours
- Église Saint-Éloi d’Hazebrouck – Missing name of carillonist Olga Doutriaux
- Parochialkirche, Berlin – Awaiting addition of Anna Kasprzycka’s appointment
- Olesya Rostovskaya – Works list should include carillon pieces listed in the International Bibliography of Womxn Carillon Composers
- 1929 North East Coast Exhibition – Missing Violet Carrier’s and Gladys Watkins’ carillon celebrated residencies
- Sally Slade Warner – Needs more information on her prolific arranging and composing; her multiple carillon awards; her leadership on the GCNA Board of Directors
- Margarete Schilling – Needs translation from German article to English
- Hyo Won Woo – Needs addition of composition “Ari Ari”
- Mary Louise Curtis – Needs addition of her financing of the Curtis Institute of Music carillon program at Bok Tower
- Jerusalem International YMCA – Needs addition of the carillon and its donor Amelia Frances Goodrich Jarvie. See her philanthropist article at CarillonWomen.org.
- Cook Carillon Tower – Needs to include the key figures who got it built, especially Julianne Vanden Wyngaard
- Beckering Family Carillon Tower – Needs to include the key figures who got it built, especially Julianne Vanden Wyngaard
- Yale Memorial Carillon – Needs expansion on significance of Florence Sidette Marcy Crofut
- Sather Tower – Missing Margot Murdock in the history of the chime
- Articles on carillonists and carillon composers of any gender, and articles on carillons and their history, can be enriched with citations of books and articles by women writers, as listed in the forthcoming Campanology authors subsection of the International Bibliography of Womxn Carillon Composers
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
- Composers for carillon
- Nederlands beiaardier (Dutch carillonists category contains 0 women)
- Belgisch beiaardier (Belgian carillonists category contains 1 woman added by our project)
- Amerikaans beiaardier
- Stadsbeiaardier van Utrecht
- List of 21st-century classical composers and other lists of composers
Carillon towers built with the (unacknowledged) involvement of women leadership
- Academic libraries in Leuven, Belgium (role of Margo Halsted)
- Belmont Tower and Carillon, Tennessee (see CarillonWomen.org, “Leila D. Mills and Alumnae” by Dr. Linda Dzuris under the “Philanthropists” tab)
- Cape Town City Hall, South Africa (see CarillonWomen.org, “Anna Thorne” article by Chantal Willie-Petersen and Mathapelo Matabane under the “Philanthropists” tab)
- Davis Memorial Carillon, Alfred University, New York (see CarillonWomen.org, “Charlotte Greene” by Margaret Angelini under the “Philanthropists” tab)
- House of Hope Presbyterian Church, St. Paul, Minnesota (see CarillonWomen.org, “Emily Hoffman Gilman Noyes” by Yaa Baker under the “Philanthropists” tab)
- Jerusalem International YMCA (see CarillonWomen.org, “Amelia Jarvie” by Anna Kasprzycka and Kevin Lieberman under the “Philanthropists” tab)
- Shinji Shumeikai, Japan – clarification needed of role of Mihoko Koyama, Hiroko Koyama, and others in the Joy of Angels Bell Tower
Existing models (for reference):
- Carillon composer: Olesya Rostovskaya
- Carillon players
- Article about a carillon in which the resident carillonist is listed
CARILLON RESEARCH RESOURCES
Find carillonists’ publications:
- Anton Brees Carillon Library catalog
- GCNA Publications
- American Carillon Music Editions
- Bibliography of Women, Transgender, and Nonbinary Carillon Composers from the University of Michigan