Carillonneur Helen Hawley
Monday, June 18, 7 p.m.
Helen Hofmeister Hawley received her carillon instruction at the University of Kansas as a student of Albert Gerken. She is a carillonneur member of the GCNA (Guild of Carillonneurs in North America) and is currently a member of the Barnes Committee. She has performed carillon recitals in 16 states, including International Festivals in Springfield, Illinois, and at the Bok Tower in Lake Wales, Florida, as well as in Belgium and the Netherlands. She represented the GCNA with a recital at the World Carillon Congress at St. Rombouts Cathedral in Mechelen, Belgium, and has played GCNA Congress recitals at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, and at Clemson University in South Carolina. Hawley holds both bachelor’s and master of music degrees in organ performance from the University of Kansas and has done post-graduate study in Cologne, Germany, as a recipient of the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) scholarship awarded through the Fulbright Committee. She currently serves as minister of music at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she directs all of the choirs, a wind ensemble, and a string ensemble, and is the principal organist.