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May 12, 2015

A Towering Gift of Generosity: Watsons Provide Funding for New Carillon System

It has been a number of years since West Virginia Wesleyan College students have heard the bells ring from atop Wesley Chapel.  In the late 2000s, the system that provided the sound for the chimes went silent.  However, that silence was broken this spring semester.  Thanks to a generous donation by William ’58, Hon. ’05 and Mara Linaberger Watson ’58, the beautiful hourly chimes and sounds of My Home Among the Hills will once again ring loud over Wesleyan’s campus and Buckhannon.

Construction in early spring to install the Schulmerich g5TM Electronic Carillon, an innovative system that uses classic bell rods created by George Schulmerich that carefully regulate each sound’s pitch, volume, harmonic content, and spatial location.  This system is replacing the College’s second Carillon system that was installed in 1988.  However, the history behind the Wesleyan bells begins a number of years before that.

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