Saint Thomas Carillonneur Takes First Prize

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Julie Zhu, our carillonneur at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, recently took first prize in the 2015 Zwolle Carillon Competition Contest (please note link will need to be translated in your browser) for a piece entitled Circle in Square. The event was organized on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Zwolle Carillon Foundation. Julie’s composition also won the Audience Award, by popular vote outside of the jury. Second place went to Nikos Kokolakis with Squarcle and third to Joey Brink with Capriccio.

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After graduating from Yale University with degrees in mathematics and art, Julie studied carillon performance and composition at the Royal Carillon School ‘Jef Denyn’ in Belgium. Her thesis project was a year-long art installation of scroll / scores and animation at the top of St. Rombouts tower in Mechelen, Belgium. Julie then played at the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel carillon at the University of Chicago while she was an economic consultant in Chicago. She is now pursuing her MFA in visual art at Hunter College and teaches painting / drawing / design in Sitka, Alaska during the summer. As a touring carillonneur, Julie has performed throughout Europe and America and spent some months at Bok Tower, Florida, on a fellowship studying under renowned carillonneur and composer Geert D’hollander.

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