Monday, July 11, 7 p.m.
Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)
Wesley Arai studied carillon with Jeff Davis at the University of California, Berkeley, where he received B.A. degrees in mathematics and statistics with a minor in music. Originally from Los Angeles, Wesley returned to his hometown to pursue graduate studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, earning an M.A. in mathematics. During his time as a graduate student, he played the carillon at the University of California, Santa Barbara regularly.
Wesley passed the advancement examination of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America in 2008. He has toured extensively as a guest recitalist throughout North America and is an annual recitalist at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Spokane, Washington.
In addition to the carillon, Wesley has studied piano, trombone, and voice, and has performed in a number of different concert bands, marching bands, jazz bands, orchestras, and choral groups. He enjoys arranging music and occasionally performs some of his own arrangements on the carillon. Wesley currently works as an actuary for an insurance company in Los Angeles and serves as associate carillonist at the University of California, Berkeley.