Shafer Tower
   Ball State University
   McKinley Avenue, between
     West Petty Road and Riverside Avenue
   Muncie, Indiana, USA
   LL: N 40.20379, W 85.40799
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   John Gouwens,   (C)
     Visiting Lecturer in Carillon
   H: (574)842-2183


   Dr.Kirby L. Koriath,
     Professor of Organ and
     Director of Graduate Studies
   Ball State University
   Muncie, IN  47306
   - or -
   Ron Rarick
   T: (765)285-5793




   Bells by Paccard, via Vanbergen with
   most of the mechanism subcontracted
   to Verdin.  Swinging basses: C,F,G,A;
   Westminster quarters strike hour on D.
   Practice keyboard and remote
   electric keyboard in music building.

*Technical data:

   Traditional carillon of 48 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is C  in the middle octave
   Transposition is nil (concert pitch)
   Keyboard range:     C C   /    C C 24
   There is one missing bass semitone
   There is a practice console
   The whole instrument was installed in 2002
     with bells made by Paccard     
   Auxiliary mechanisms: S4HI48
   Tower details: 
     Height of console:                 20 meters above ground
     Height of lowest level of bells:   25 meters above ground
     Height of highest level of bells:  32 meters above ground
     Belfry openness:  90%
   Year of latest technical information source is 2004

The BSU Website has little information about the carillon except news articles on the tower construction--these can be found through the Search facility, using the word "carillon".  Notable:is the dedication recital.

John Gouwens has a schedule page for carillon events here.

Building photos from Emporis Buildings
(Also see our Emporis Advice.)

Where this work lies in the sequence of output of the Paccard bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.

Ranking among all North American traditional carillons by weight.
Ranking among all North American traditional carillons by size (number of bells).
Ranking among all North American concert class carillons by year of completion.

Other concert carillons with similar keyboard ranges.

Index to all traditional carillons in IN.

Index to all tower bell instruments in IN.

   This page was built from the database on 18-Sep-19
   based on textual data last updated on 2019/09/15
   and on technical data last updated on 2013/08/09

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