School of Music

Carillon Studio

Fall 2019
Wade FitzGerald

Wade is currently in his fourth year as a double major in Music and Biology. He first heard a carillon at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, and joined the carillon studio at UF when he found out it was offered as a class. Although his principal instrument is the piano, he enjoys playing the bells, giving tours after recitals, and arranging music for the carillon. Outside of class, he is a School of Music Ambassador, and he enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, catching snakes, and photography. He is also President of Florida Trailgators, a club which organizes nature hikes and trail runs in the Gainesville area.

Fall 2019
Katie Boole

Katie Boole is a third-year biology student at the University of Florida. This is her fourth semester in the studio, having stumbled upon it while in search of a handbell choir. Her musical background includes piano, flute, and handbells. In her spare time, Katie enjoys volunteering in the Ichthyology Collection at the Florida Museum of Natural History and serving as the High School Team Leader for MentorGNV, an organization that pairs university students with mentees at Alachua County schools.

Fall 2019
Carlos Colón-Ortiz

Carlos Colón-Ortiz is a third year Engineer student at the University of Florida. He learned about the Carillon Studio through friends while trying to find a handbell choir on campus. His musical background is on piano and handbells. He enjoys being involved in community service through his Church community and Collegiate 4-H organizations, and volunteering in research projects in the Engineering department. His favorite part about Carillon is the wide musical influence of the instrument in the college community. Currently, he is working on a project to make arrangements of traditional musical genres from his homeland to the Carillon.

Fall 2019
John Kemmerer

John Kemmerer is a third year material science student. This is his third semester with the studio and his musical background comes from piano. John found out about the carillon studio after reading about it online and immediately became interested. Outside of class, he enjoys hanging out with friends, listening to a copious amount of music and reading.

Fall 2019
Jack Kiriazes

Jack is a third-year civil engineering student at the University of Florida. In Jack’s second semester he played tuba in the UF concert band, for his second year he decided to follow the family tradition, set by his older sisters Anna and Becca, of being a UF carillonneur. Many nights of the week Jack can be found devouring a Bloomin’ Onion at Outback Steakhouse with his family or ordering Papa John’s for a study party with friends.

Fall 2019
Ryan Childress

Bio forthcoming . . . 

Fall 2019
Sydney Yu

Sydney is new to the studio. Her bio will be online soon!

Fall 2019
Andrew Rocha

Bio is on the way . . . 

Fall 2019
Mitchell Hammack

Mitchell is in his second semester of carillon. A bio will be added soon. 

Fall 2019
Kiko Labayen

Bio will be coming soon . . . 

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