Are you looking for a truly unique musical opportunity? Do you think you have what it takes to perform in Yale's most iconic structure? Would you want to serenade all of campus from a 43-ton instrument?
If your answer is yes to these questions, then congratulations, you are ready for Heel!
Heel? Like the back of the foot?
More like the base of your hand! Rumor has it the name was adapted from playing with the true heel of the hand when Harkness tower only had chimes which were heavier to play than the carillon and thus required more force.
Heel now denotes the lessons and audition process that all interested musicians must complete in order to join the Guild. You'll receive weekly lessons from current Guild members for about 5 weeks to begin to learn the instrument, and if at the end of this process you decide you want to join the Guild, you'll audition by playing a piece on the real carillon, another on a practice carillon, a sight-reading passage, and the infamously delicious "Annoying Exercise".
If you're more of a movie person than a book person, here's a quick video about heel!
Also, here's a cool video of a professional carillonneur, Boudewijn Zwart, at work:
Woah, that's so exciting! How do I sign up?
Come to one of our two info sessions:
- Tuesday September 5th at 7pm
- Wednesday September 6th at 7pm
Meet at the base of Harkness tower in the Branford Courtyard, and our heeler monsters will take you up the tower, introduce the Guild, and show the carillon in action!
Am I eligible?
You are eligible if you are:
- First Year in Yale College
- Sophomore in Yale College
- First year graduate student and/or have three years left in a program of a professional school of Yale University
I still have questions. Who do I ask?
Our Heeler Monsters this year are Joy Chiu and James Carrabino. You can reach them at firstname.lastname@example.org.