The SMU Carillon resides in the cupola atop the Fondren
Science Building, home of the departments of Physics, Geology, and
Geography. It is a two-octave carillon with twenty-five bells; the largest
of which weighs four tons. The SMU Carillon was gifted by the 1952 June
graduating class and comes from a foundry in Holland, a region where the
instrument is commonly installed in church towers and municipal buildings.
The carillon is played by pressing foot- and hand-operated keyboards that
correlate with metal clappers that, in turn, strike the bells. The tone that
emanates from the instrument mirrors the intensity with which the keyboards
are pressed. Professor Emeritus and Chief Marshal Emeritus Dr.
Lorn Howard plays the SMU Carillon before academic ceremonies and other
special events throughout the year. Former Provost, Professor Ross Murfin is
also a skilled carillonneur.
The SMU Carillon is played daily using an automated program. Monday through
Friday the Westminster Chimes tune can be heard throughout campus at 12:00
p.m. and at 5:00 p.m.