Ira Schroeder was Iowa State's longest-tenured carillonneur, 1931 to 1969. He saw the Stanton Memorial Carillon grow from 36 to its present 50 bells. He was a member of the faculty in the Department of Music and a renowned recitalist throughout the United States and Europe. When he retired from ISU he moved to Lake Wales, Florida, and worked in the Anton Brees Carillon Library of the Bok Tower Garden. He subsequently moved to Perry, Iowa, where he died in April, 1994.
A member of the piano faculty, Bruce Eberle was carillonneur from 1969 to 1971. He studied carillon at the Harkness Tower at Yale University. Mr. Eberle left Ames to work as a pianist in New York and San Francisco. He later moved to Switzerland where he died in May, 1991.
Marilyn Anderson was carillonneur from 1971 to 1973, and again from 1991 to 1992. She is an Iowa State University graduate (B.S. 1972, M.S. 1974) and served as audience education specialist with the Iowa State Center from 1980 to 1984. She has given carillon instruction to many individuals both during her term as carillonneur and during the carillon renovation.
Richard von Grabow
As ISU's fourth carillonneur, Richard von Grabow played from 1973 to 1991, when he retired. In addition to performing throughout the United States, Dr. von Grabow published carillon music arrangements which added significantly to the published carillon music repertoire. Dr. von Grabow currently resides in Benicia, California.
In 1992, a gift to the university endowed a carillon teaching position in the Department of Music. The university carillonneur, known as the Cownie Professor of Music, offers carillon instruction and performs regular weekday concerts.
Beginning her tenure as university carillonneur in 1994, Dr. Tam is the first Cownie Professor of Music. She has given recitals in Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, and throughout the United States. Dr. Tam is currently a faculty member in the Department of Music.
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