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Presented By: School of Music, Theatre & Dance

Summer Carillon Concert: Tom Gurin (Duke University)

Tom Gurin performs the second of our "7 at 7" Monday night carillon concerts at Lurie Tower in the Eda U. Gerstacker Grove on North Campus. His program ranges from Broadway and film tunes to his own award-winning compositions.

The annual series takes place at 7 PM on Mondays from June 21 to August 9, featuring performers from Michigan and around the U.S. playing either Burton or Lurie Tower. The carillon is an outdoor instrument, and attendees are requested to maintain social distance in the outdoor listening areas surrounding the towers. Attendees are required to follow the University of Michigan, Washtenaw County, Michigan state, and federal guidelines for large outdoor gatherings.

Please fill out our convenient pre-registration form: This information will be kept for 21 days after the concert, and will only be used for contact tracing if confirmed COVID-19 cases become associated with the gathering.

BIOGRAPHY: Tom Gurin (b. 1995) is Duke University Chapel Carillonneur. In May 2021, he performed the inaugural carillon recital at North Carolina State University. He is a graduate of Yale University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in music composition in 2018. At Yale, he studied composition with Kathryn Alexander and was President of the Yale University Guild of Carillonneurs. In 2019, he graduated with great distinction from the Royal Carillon School 'Jef Denyn' in Mechelen, Belgium. There, he studied carillon performance with Eddy Mariën and composition with Erik Vandevoort and Rachel Perfecto. During his studies in Mechelen, he was a United States Fellow of the Belgian American Educational Foundation. He has been a member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America since 2017.

In addition to his carillon music, Gurin is an active composer for orchestras, chamber concerts, films, and other settings. He has contributed to numerous international festivals, including highSCORE New Music Festival in Pavia, Italy, and the Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival at Mannes School of Music in New York City, where he was an Emerging Composer Fellow. The Yale Symphony Orchestra, the National Youth Orchestra of China, the Sonus Foundation for New Music and Contemporary Performing Arts, and other ensembles and organizations have performed his compositions. In fall 2021, he will begin a year-long artist residency at the United States Foundation in Paris as a Fulbright Scholar. A recipient of the joint Fulbright-Harriet Hale Woolley Award, he will study in the music composition studio at the École Normale de Musique de Paris while on leave from Duke. His published carillon works include "At Rain-Starred Windows" (2021), which received a performance award from the Johan Franco Composition Contest, "Things with Feathers" (2019), and "Air"; which was selected as a winner of the Twilight Composition Contest at the 74th Congress of the GCNA.

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