Carillonneur Bios

Summer 2017

Amy Johansen is an Honorary Carillonist at Sydney University. Born and educated in the United States, Johansen earned the Bachelor of Music degree and Performer's Certificate in Organ at the University of Florida. She then obtained her Master's Degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She has performed recitals in England, France, Norway, the USA, Australia and New Zealand. 

Carol Jickling-Lens began her carillon study with Beverly Buchanan at Christ Church Cranbrook in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., in 1966. In 1971 she continued her studies at the University of Michigan with Hudson Ladd. From 1972 to 1974 she attended the Netherlands Carillon School in Amersfoort where she studied with Leen't Hart and received both the practical and end diplomas. She has been a member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA) since 1971 and was elected to the Board of Directors in 1996, serving one four-year term. She has played guest recitals from coast to coast in the US. In addition to recitals in England and the Netherlands, Lens has performed in St. Petersburg, Russia, and at Hyechon College in Taejon near Seoul, South Korea. 

James Fackenthal is a Chicago-area free-lance musician and scientific consultant. He is the former Associate Carillonneur at the University of Chicago where he also worked as a cancer researcher, and currently plays the carillons in Moser Tower in Naperville, IL, and St. Chrysostom’s Episcopal Church in Chicago. Fackenthal began carillon studies with David Caldwell at the University of Rochester in 1984, and two years later became a Carillonneur Member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA). Since then he has played numerous carillon recitals throughout North America. 

Julianne Vanden Wyngaard pianist and University Carillonist, studied piano at the Eastman School of Music with Armand Basile and continued with Basile at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, earning the B.F.A. degree. She did graduate work at Michigan State University with pianist Ralph Votapek and has made orchestral appearances in this country and in the Netherlands under conductors Gregory Miller, Theo Alcantara, and Arthur Fiedler. Vanden Wyngaard has been principal performer and teacher on GVSU's Cook Carillon since its dedication in 1994. In June 2000, she completed the diploma requirements at the Netherlands Carillon School.

Jonathan Lehrer began his carillon studies in 2000 at Yale University. He has been a frequent performer on the carillons of Frederick, Maryland and Arlington Cemetery, Virgina, and has played five concert tours spanning the US, Canada, Belgium, and the Netherlands, Spain, and Germany. Lehrer is a laureate of four international competitions for carillon, most notably the Queen Fabiola International Carillon Competition, where he was also awarded the SABAM prize for the best interpretation of Flemish carillon music. He is the winner of the 2010 International Carillon competition of the Dutch Carillon Guild. He graduated with great distinction from the Belgian Royal Carillon School 'Jef Denyn' where he studied with Eddy Marien, Geert D'Hollander, and Koen Cosaert. 

​Ray McLellan was appointed University Carillonneur at Michigan State University in 1997, where he teaches and performs on the 49-bell Beaumont Tower Carillon. McLellan earned his BA degree at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, and his MM and DMA degrees from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He also studied in Freiburg, Germany, and Amersfoort, The Netherlands. In addition to his work at MSU, McLellan serves as organist/music director at St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Monroe, and as organist/accompanist at Temple Beth Emeth in Ann Arbor. He has performed recitals in the USA, Canada, The Netherlands, France and Germany. McLellan currently serves on the exam committee and is co-chair of the Barnes Scholarship committee of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America. He is also a member of the faculty of the North American Carillon School.