Processing and Discovering Treasures in the Barnes Collection (Barnes Grant Project)
Presenters: Robin Austin, Lisa Lonie and Janet Tebbel
Ronald Barnes (1927-1997) was a prolific carillonneur, composer, and more. Prior to his death, he made arrangements for his manuscripts and papers to be transferred to the Anton Brees Carillon Library at Bok Tower Gardens (BTG). The Barnes Collection - which is approximately 58 linear feet of materials - spans more than 50 years of manuscripts, letters, publications and ephemera. It is a unique and invaluable resource. The “Barnes Trio,” Robin Austin, Lisa Lonie and Janet Tebbel, worked closely with BTG librarian Jaime Fogel to process the collection, provide folder-level descriptions of the materials, and develop a user-friendly finding aid. The presentation will share the status of this project and reveal some hidden treasures found in this extraordinary collection!
Robin Austin began his carillon studies in 1979 with Frank Péchin Law and passed the GCNA advancement examination in 1981. In 1982 he earned the carillonneur’s diploma from the French Carillon School, studying with Jacques Lannoy. He served as carillonneur for Princeton University (1993–2012) and the Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon (2012– 2014). A professional fundraiser, now retired, Robin has held leadership positions at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Lisa Lonie is the Carillonneur of Princeton University; St. Thomas’ Church, Whitemarsh; and Church of the Holy Trinity, Philadelphia, which houses the oldest carillon (1882) in North America. Prior to these positions, she was the carillonneur of the Schneider Carillon at Trinity Church in Holland, Pennsylvania, for over 15 years. She is a Carillonneur member of the GCNA, former Chair of the Examinations Committee, and has served on its Board of Directors and on a variety of committees. Lisa began her carillon studies as a teenager with Frank Law, carillonneur at the Washington Memorial National Carillon in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, and continued with Frank DellaPenna, Mr. Law’s successor.
Janet Tebbel is the carillonneur for two carillons in the historic Germantown section of Philadelphia. She has served as carillonneur of the First United Methodist Church of Germantown, playing the 50-bell Taylor carillon since 1979, and has also been the carillonneur of the Miraculous Medal Shrine, with a 47-bell Paccard/Bigelow carillon, since 2002. Janet began her carillon studies with R. Hudson Ladd at the University of Michigan and continued to play at the University of Rochester, New York, while earning a Master’s degree in Organ at the Eastman School of Music. With a grant from the Belgian-American Educational Foundation, she spent a year at the Royal Carillon School in Mechelen, Belgium, studying with Piet van den Broek, and earned a final diploma from the school.
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