Who's Playing the Carillon?
Our own talented musicians play regularly. See the recital schedules here.
Each summer, Naperville hosts the best carilloneurs in the world. See our schedule.
The hour toll and at numerous other times the Schoenherr Electronic Playing System is in control. Learn more.
Tim Sleep is the Naperville City Carillonneur and plays recitals regularly on the Millennium Carillon in Naperville, Il. He also plays on the Laura Spelmann Memorial Carillon at the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, University of Chicago.
He studied carillon with Wylie Crawford and John Gouwens and became a carillonneur member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America in 2004. He holds a bachelor's degree in Music Education from North Central College in Naperville, and a master's degree in Educational Administration from Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, IL. A retired band director, middle school principal and long-time church musician, Mr. Sleep also currently serves as organist for Our Saviour's Lutheran Church and Knox Presbyterian Church, both of Naperville.
As City Carillonneur, Timothy will play regularly and manage the recital schedule. He is also responsible for developing and managing the educational programs at the carillon.
When is Tim playing? See the Recital Schedule.
Sue Bergren is an Assistant Carillonneur at the Millennium Carillon in Naperville, IL. She studied carillon with Wylie Crawford and Karel Keldermans, and became a Carillonneur member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA) in 2004. She currently serves the guild as co-editor for Carillon News the GCNA’s newsletter, and is music editor and owner of American Carillon Music Editions (ACME), a publishing company of carillon music. She has a Master’s degree in Organ Performance from Northern Illinois University and has served as music director and organist for several churches in the Naperville area. She is active as a carillon recitalist, having been a guest recitalist in the International Carillon Festival at the Rees Memorial Carillon, and has given recitals in Illinois, Missouri,New York, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Michigan. She plays regularly on the Naperville Millennium Carillon and gives weekly recitals on the Rockefeller Memorial Carillon.
When is Sue playing? See the Recital Schedule.
Jim Brown is an Assistant Carillonneur at Naperville’s Millennium Carillon. He studied with Wylie Crawford and became a Carillonneur Member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America in 2003. He performs regularly on the Millennium Carillon in Naperville and at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel in Chicago. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Benedictine University. Jim is the Assistant Branch Manager of the A. G. Edwards & Sons Naperville Branch Office and serves as Assistant Organist of Visitation Catholic Church in Elmhurst.
When is Jim playing? See the Recital Schedule.
Wylie Crawford is the University Carillonneur at the University of Chicago, a position he has held since 1984. In addition, he is the Resident Carillonneur for the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, Illinois (since 1986), the Seminary Carillonneur for Seabury Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, and the past City Carillonneur for the Millennium Carillon in Naperville, Illinois.
Mr. Crawford fulfilled the requirements of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America to become a certified Carillonneur in 1977. During his thirty-three year association with the Guild, he has served on numerous committees, most notably as the Chair of its Membership Committee and as sponsor of the GCNA World Wide Web server (www.gcna.org). He is currently the GCNA’s Vice President and spearheaded a proposal to include a carillon at the World Trade Center site in New York City.
He also heads the GCNA’s delegation to the World Carillon Federation (www.carillon.org). The WCF is a federation of international associations that organizes biannual conferences in countries with a carillon culture. Mr. Crawford was recently elected President of the WCF, having served as its Treasurer since 1990.
A Chicago native, he is the father of twin daughters and husband of Erica Karp, a geriatric care manager. To supplement his carillon income, Mr. Crawford is the President of Compassionate Computing, a PC training and support organization.
When is Wylie playing? See the Recital Schedule.
Jim Fackenthal is the Assistant Carillonneur at the University of Chicago where he also works as a cancer researcher in the Division of Biological Sciences. Fackenthal began carillon studies with David Caldwell at the University of Rochester in 1984, and two years later passed the advancement exam for the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA). Since then he has played numerous carillon recitals throughout North America. While in Rochester, Fackenthal studied secondary piano at the Eastman School of Music and taught performance classes with the American Recorder Society. He holds a bachelor's degree in biology/geology from the University of Rochester and a Ph.D. in molecular biology from Indiana University. Currently a member of the GCNA Board of Directors, he has served as a juror on the GCNA Examination Committee and is the former co-editor of the GCNA publication “Carillon News.”
When is Jim playing? See the Recital Schedule.
Mark Lee holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education (Benedictine University) and a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance (American Conservatory) and is active as an independent music teacher, performer and adjudicator. He currently serves as Director of Music at Sixth-Grace Presbyterian Church in Chicago’s historic Bronzeville community, and as Choir Director at Congregation Beth Shalom, Naperville, IL. Mr. Lee is certified as a Carillonneur by the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America and performs regularly at the University of Chicago’s Rockefeller Memorial Carillon. He currently serves on the Guild’s Examination Committee and is co-editor of its newsletter Carillon News. Mr. Lee is also an examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music Examinations, Toronto, Ontario.
When is Mark playing? See the Recital Schedule.
Christine Power is an Assistant City Carillonneur at Naperville's Millennium Carillon. She passed the advancement examination to become a certified Carillonneur at the 2005 Congress of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America. She performs regularly on the Millennium Carillon in Naperville and at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel in Chicago. She also has performed in the Summer Concert Series on the Theodore C. Butz Carillon at the Chicago Botanic Gardens. She holds a degree in piano performance and pedagogy from Louisiana State University.
When is Christine playing? See the Recital Schedule.