School of Music

Carillon Studio

Fall 2023
Rayyan Merchant

Rayyan is a fifth-year student majoring in computer science and linguistics. This is his sixth and final semester in the studio, after migrating to carillon from a background in classical voice. During an exchange semester in Germany in 2022, Rayyan played the town hall carillon in the city, and took lessons at the Royal Carillon School "Jef Denyn" in Belgium. Besides schoolwork and carillon, he can be found doing research with the Linguistic Department's SLaM Laboratory (

Fall 2023
Charleigh Baab

Charleigh is a third-year majoring in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology with a minor in Dance and is working towards her Dance in Medicine Certificate. This is her second year in studio. Her main instrument is piano, but she also loves to sing and used to be a part of an a cappella group. Charleigh is also involved in Extreme Dance here at UF where she both choreographs and performs with the team. She is also the Arts in Medicine Director for UF's pre-health honors society, Alpha Epsilon Delta. 

Fall 2023
Beth Blair

Beth is a senior in nursing school and a music performance minor from deep in the Florida panhandle. This is her 4th semester in studio, and she loves having Carillon as her musical outlet. Beth comes from a piano and percussion background, and she is thrilled to get to continue her music education here at UF. Beth is involved with her sorority, Sigma Phi Lambda, and her church, Greenhouse College, both of which she helps lead worship on the keyboard. You can find her on campus at the GatorWell Health Promotions Services office where she works as a Health and Wellness Educator!

Fall 2023
Anna Huber

Anna is a fifth-year student majoring in materials science and engineering with a minor in music performance. After playing piano for fifteen years, Anna wanted to continue music in college and found the UF Carillon Studio. This is her fifth semester in the UF Carillon Studio! Outside of class, she can be found working on legislation as a UF senator, trying local coffee shops, eating Krishna lunch, and spending time outdoors!

Fall 2023
Michael Dixon

Michael Dixon is a third-year student at the University of Florida, majoring in music composition. He has been a member of the UF Carillon Studio since August 2022. He is also a member of the UF Horn Studio under Dr. Paul Basler and performs in the UF Wind Symphony. With a musical background in both French horn and piano, he studies carillon to broaden the scope of his experience as a composer and performer. His hobbies include hiking, baking, Dungeons and Dragons, and rhythm games such as Dance Dance Revolution; he co-founded the University Rhythm Game Enthusiasts, a student organization at UF that focuses on rhythm video games.

Fall 2023
Tri Nguyen

I'm a fourth-year student majoring in civil engineering and minoring in computer science and electrical engineering. This is now my fourth semester playing carillon! Outside of class and carillon, my other interests include piano, soccer, gymnastics, and martial arts. I've also been really enjoying dancing for cultural shows of organizations, such as JiaTing, FSA, VSO, KUSA, and CASA.

Fall 2023
Carlos Colón-Ortiz

Carlos is a graduate student at the J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Florida. He graduated with a music performance minor in carillon in May 2022 with over 4 years of performance experience. During the same month, he was also awarded the Sally Slade Warner Arrangement & Transcription Competition Performance Award. His work was a transcription of El Coquí, a traditional Puerto Rican Danza by José Ignacio Quintón (1881-1925). Due to this distinction, his piece was performed at the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial Carillon at the University of Chicago (IL) during the annual congress of The Guild of Carillonneurs of North America (GCNA) in June 2022.

In his continued approach to contributing to the art of carillon playing, Carlos is developing a project through the GCNA's Ronald Barnes Memorial Fund. His project consists of researching dances archived in his homeland of Puerto Rico to create carillon arrangements, thus enhancing the carillon repertoire with a more diverse cultural heritage.

Fall 2023
Liz Stoeber

Liz is a third-year criminology major who is in the University of Florida Gator Band where she is a member of the 10-time national champion Gatorettes (the majorette team for the university). She is also a member of the band sorority Tau Beta Sigma and this is her first semester playing carillon. Liz was introduced to carillon by another sister of Tau Beta Sigma and has been enthusiastic to learn all she can about being a carilloneur.

Fall 2023
Andrew Lyons

Andrew is a second-year student majoring in economics and minoring in business administration. This is his first semester in the UF Carillon Studio. He has a background in piano, as he has played it for nearly his whole life. Andrew also enjoys playing the trombone, guitar, and singing the bass in the UF a cappella group Tone Def. Outside of music, Andrew is a member of the Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity and can sometimes be found juggling in the Plaza of the Americas.

Fall 2023
Katie Mann

Katie is a third-year international studies and Arabic double major and mass communications minor who joined carillon studio in spring 2022. Her musical background comes from nine years of playing cello, but she also plays piano and banjo. Most recently, she started taking oud lessons while studying in Amman, Jordan on a Critical Language Scholarship. Outside of carillon, she is involved in Students for Justice in Palestine, Swamp Records, Gators for Refugee Medical Relief, and often spends time hammocking and reading by Lake Alice.

Fall 2023
Mark Zhang

Mark is a third-year student majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Digital Arts & Sciences. This is his first semester in the UF Carillon Studio. Coming from a background in Piano, Mark hopes to expand his musical knowledge by pursuing the Carillon. He is involved with the Asian American Student Union at UF and its respective sub-organizations and programs. Learn more about how to get involved at

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