The Carillon

Throughout history, chiming bells from high towers have provided the function of telling the time and announcing civic gatherings.

UCSD's carillon, which sits atop the Geisel Library, first rang out on September 20th, 1989. The instrument was a gift from educational patron Joe Rubinger, who saw our young campus' need for the warmth and function of a carillon. Joe named the carillon the Irene Rubinger/Institute for Continued Learning Memorial Carillon, after his late wife Irene with whom he founded The ICL.

The carillon chimes on the hour from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on the weekends.

Short noon concerts are featured throughout the week with University Carillonneur Scott Paulson playing "live" in the rooftop carillon room.

Yes, there really are chimes up on the roof of the Geisel Library. It's not a recording!

If you have any song requests, please direct them to Scott Paulson:

New works are commissioned for the instrument several times during the year. Some of those premiere occasions include: first day of classes (Spring, Fall, & Winter Quarters) and Joe Rubinger's Birthday (June 1.)

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