NAPERVILLE, Ill. (Nov. 12, 2007) – Tim Sleep, a member of the Millennium Carillon Foundation (MCF) board who has been involved in the carillon project since its earliest stages, is the new City Carillonneur. The Naperville Park District board unanimously approved Sleep’s appointment Thursday.
Sleep, 58, replaces Wylie Crawford, who stepped down this summer after seven years. Sleep was a student of Crawford and John Gouwens and attained status as a carillon member of the Guild of Carillonneurs of North America (GCNA) in 2004. He has performed Millennium Carillon recitals since 2003.
“Tim has long been an active proponent for the Millennium Carillon and we are thrilled that he will continue that commitment as Naperville’s new City Carillonneur,” said Brien Nagle, Chairman of the MCF.
Crawford will continue his duties locally as a carillon instructor, music director for the summer recital series and as GCNA Host for the 2010 Congress to be held in Naperville.
Sleep can be heard performing Thanksgiving weekend and New Year’s Eve as part of downtown Naperville’s annual holiday celebration. He will play at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov.23, following the conclusion of the holiday lighting parade. Sleep will also perform at noon Saturday, Nov. 24, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, as part of the Hometown Happenings weekend in downtown Naperville.
The carillon’s regular weekly recitals given by Naperville’s local carillonneurs continue at noon Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through April. For more information on the Millennium Carillon and recitals go to www.naperville-carillon.org.
About the Millennium Carillon Foundation
The Millennium Carillon Foundation is an Illinois not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation whose mission is to create a cultural cornerstone that is a living commemorative of the Naperville Spirit. The Millennium Carillon exists and operates today because of the generous gifts of time and financial resources of thousands of Naperville residents, businesses, the City of Naperville and the Naperville Park District. Donations are still being accepted by the Foundation at (630) 527-2188 to finance operations and continue to enhance Moser Tower, the Millennium Carillon and surrounding grounds.