Mercersburg’s Carillonneur to Perform at Arlington National Cemetery

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

James Brinson, who has served on the Mercersburg faculty since 2003 and as

the school’s carillonneur since 2009, will be the featured recitalist as

part of the Summer Concert Series at the Netherlands Carillon at Arlington

National Cemetery Saturday, July 25, from 6–8 p.m.

For Brinson’s first recital at the Netherlands Carillon at Arlington

National Cemetery, he will perform a variety of music including music from

classical literature written for the carillon to arrangements of national

songs, folk songs, pop songs, and hymns.

Brinson is a graduate with distinction from both Union Theological

Seminary’s School of Sacred Music and Rhodes College. A member of the

American Guild of Organists, the American Choral Directors Association,

and an associate member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America

(GCNA), Brinson is experienced in choral arts, organ performance, and

music history.

The Netherlands Carillon at Arlington National Cemetery, which contains 50

bells, was a gift from the Dutch government in 1954. More information

about the Netherlands Carillon can be found at


Arlington Cemetery is just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.

Mercersburg’s Swoope Carillon, which is located in the Irvine Memorial

Chapel’s Barker Tower and hosts frequent recitals by Brinson and other

invited guests during the school year, is one of 163 traditional carillons

in the U.S. and includes 50 bells. Carillon recitals at Mercersburg will

resume in the fall.