University carillonists

Amy Johansen

Amy Johansen is the Sydney University Organist and Carillonist. Her duties include performing on the organ in the Great Hall and on the 54-bell War Memorial Carillon for graduation ceremonies (over 60 each year), recitals and special events, and teaching carillon. She leads an enthusiastic team of 10 honorary carillonists who share the playing duties.

Amy began her carillon studies with Dr Jill Forrest, now Emeritus University Carillonist, in 1997. She is a certified Carillonneur member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America, and apart from her regular recitals at the University, has played in Canberra and across the USA, including Princeton University, the Mayo Clinic, Arlington Cemetery, the University of Florida and the International Carillon Festival in Springfield, Illinois.


Dr Jill Forrest

Emeritus University Carillonist, Dr Jill Forrest

Dr Jill Forrest, Emeritus University Carillonist, was the University Carillonist from 1992 to 2010, after having served as an Honorary Carillonist since 1978 and becoming a Carillon Scholar in 1980.

As a child, she lived in Bathurst near the Bathurst Memorial Carillon. Each time it was played, the sounds of the bells could be heard all over town.

She began her carillon studies with John Douglas Gordon, who was Sydney’s first University Carillonist from 1944 to his death in 1991. Dr Forrest has also studied overseas and performed on carillons around the world, including New Zealand, the Netherlands, USA, England and Ireland. In 2006, she represented Australia at the World Carillon Congress in Oslo, Norway.

As University Carillonist, Dr Forrest organised the carillon contributions to over 60 graduation ceremonies each year, as well as the recitals each Sunday afternoon and Tuesday lunchtimes. She also played for other University occasions such as the Olympic Twilight Recitals, student welcomes and farewells, and memorial and Anzac Day services.

Dr Forrest is a founding member of the Carillon Society of Australia, for which she has been an office bearer since its inception in 1981. Upon her retirement from the Presidency in 2007 after 10 years, she became an Honorary Life Member. She teaches carillon to many students, having taught all except one of the current Honorary Carillonists, and also teaches organ and piano.

She is a church organist and chorister, a retired physician, medical research worker and editor, and has published the carillon works of John Douglas Gordon and Dulci Holland, as well as her own compositions and arrangements.

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