School of Music

Carillon Studio

Spring 2022
Beth Blair

Beth is a sophomore nursing major and music performance minor from deep in the Florida panhandle. This is her 1st semester in studio, and she is so excited to make the Carillon her new 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!

Spring 2022
Rayyan Merchant
Rayyan Merchant

Rayyan is a third-year student majoring in computer science and linguistics. This is his third semester in the studio, after migrating to carillon from a background in classical voice and choir. Currently, Rayyan is on an exchange semester in Germany, where he plans to play the town carillon and cross the border to take lessons at the Royal Carillon School "Jef Denyn" in Mechelen, Belgium. Besides schoolwork and carillon practice, he can be found doing research with the Linguistic Department's SLaM Laboratory (https://slam.lin.ufl.edu) and working out at Southwest Recreation Center.

Spring 2022
Ryan Childress

Ryan is a second-year law student at UF. He has been in the Carillon Studio since August of 2018. Ryan's first instrument was the piano which he played for 12 years. When not playing the carillon, he likes to read Stephen King novels and play golf. He will be interning with a law firm in South Florida this summer.  

Spring 2022
Anna Huber

Anna is a third-year student majoring in Materials Science and Engineering. After playing piano for fifteen years, Anna wanted to continue music in college and found the UF Carillon Studio. This is her first semester in the UF Carillon Studio, and she is excited to see her progress over the next few semesters. Outside of class, she can be found planning public policy events for SWE, trying local coffee shops, eating Krishna lunch, and spending time outdoors!

Spring 2022
Tri Nguyen

I'm a second-year student majoring in civil engineering and minoring in computer science and electrical engineering. I was introduced to carillon by Sydney, and this is now my first 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 FSA, VSO, KUSA, and CASA. I am also one of the dance coordinators for CASA, so I wholeheartedly encourage everyone to come dance or watch the shows! It's a really chill and fun environment guaranteed to foster lots of good memories. Check out: CASA Dance at AASA 2021 (our last show) and Mid-Autumn Choreographer Showcase (preview of dances for the upcoming show).  

Spring 2022
Sydney Yu

Sydney is a fourth-year student majoring electrical engineering and biochemistry. This is her fifth semester in the studio, which she auditioned for after her piano teacher encouraged her to continue with music in college. Outside of class and carillon, she can be found in her research lab running experiments, volunteering with UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine, or stress baking with friends at 2 AM.

Spring 2022
Carlos Colón-Ortiz

Carlos is a fifth-year biomedical engineering student at the University of Florida. He learned about the University of Florida 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 (Puerto Rico) to the Carillon.

Spring 2022
Lauren Bradley

Lauren is a third-year student majoring in environmental science and minoring in music performance with an emphasis in carillon. This is her third semester in the studio. Having been in piano lessons and band throughout school, Lauren joined the carillon studio because she wanted to continue music in college while trying something new. Outside of class, Lauren can be found working on research, having picnics with her friends, or dancing to music in her room. 

Spring 2022
Jacob Hutchinson

Jake is a fourth year Music Performance Major at the University of Florida. This is his third semester in the studio, and he most enjoys playing carillon for all campus to hear. Outside of the carillon studio, Jake plays oboe in one of the school's concert bands and orchestra, sings in the University's Chamber Choir, and has played saxophone in the UF Gator Marching Band. To relax he likes reading, watching Netflix, and spending time with his friends in Tau Beta Sigma, a coed sorority dedicated to serving the bands.

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