Tuesday, July 4
10 – 11 a.m.
McGinley Pavilion/Evening Island
A native of Tampa, Florida, Wade FitzGerald started piano lessons at age five. He enrolled at the University of Florida in 2015 and began studying the carillon with Dr. Laura Ellis the following year. During college, he worked as a substitute pianist at several churches and as an accompanist for the Gainesville Youth Chorus. FitzGerald was inducted into the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America in 2019 and graduated from UF shortly thereafter with a Bachelor’s degrees in music and biology. In 2020, FitzGerald served for five months as Blanchard Carillon Fellow at Bok Tower in Lake Wales, Florida, where he studied with award-winning carillonneur and composer Geert D’Hollander. In 2021, FitzGerald moved to Pennsylvania, where he began playing the carillon and studying organ with Jeffrey Brillhart at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church. He is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Organ Performance with Dr. Janette Fishell at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, where he also serves as the University Carillonneur and Associate Instructor of Carillon. Outside of his studies, FitzGerald enjoys hiking, photography, reading (particularly cosmic horror), and catching snakes.