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James Fackenthal

C (Carillonneur)


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Jim Fackenthal began carillon studies at The University of Rochester with David Caldwell in the mid 1980s, then passed the carillonneur’s exam in Ottawa in 1986. He played the two carillons in Bloomington, Indiana, for seven years, then moved to Chicago 1993, where he became the assistant/associate carillonneur at the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel. He is now a cancer researcher and Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at Benedictine University, performs carillon recitals throughout the United States, serves as Carillonneur at St. Chrysostom’s Church in Chicago, and is on the carillon performance team for the Naperville Park District. As a member of the GCNA, Fackenthal has served in several capacities, including examination juror, board member, and co-editor of the newsletter “Carillon News.” Jim now proudly serves as the chair of the Associate Carillonneur Exam Committee. He enjoys interacting with carillon students and aspiring performers as they enter the GCNA and share their talents with the wider carillon community.

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