A "Ringing" Endorsement


The generosity of Mary Louise Curtis Bok, founder of the Curtis Institute of Music, frequently resulted in demonstrations of thanks from former students. A more unique example of this, found in the Curtis Archives, is a a scrapbook compiled by Remy Muller (collection ID MSS 44), a student of Campanology at Curtis during the 1931-1932 school year.


Anton Brees, ca. 1931


Remy Muller, 1931

Muller, a World War I veteran who also worked at the John Wanamaker store in Philadelphia,  had the good fortune while at Curtis to study under noted carillonneur Anton Brees at the Bok Singing Tower in the Mountain Lake Sanctuary, Florida (founded by Mary Louise’s husband Edward Bok in 1921) .  The resultant scrapbook grew out of Muller’s desire to express his gratitude for this tremendous opportunity, and gathered together letters, photographs, and postcards to create a simultaneously personal, and personalized, gift for Mary Louise Curtis Bok.

After completing his course of study at Curtis, Muller went on to be the carillonneur of Trinity Reformed Church, Philadelphia (1929-1949) and of St. Vincent’s Seminary (now the Miraculous Medal Shrine) in Germantown, Philadelphia (1947-1969).  He also gave performances at Valley Forge (Valley Forge, PA), the National Shrine of Immaculate Conception (Washington D.C.), the Netherlands Carillon (Arlington, VA), and at Trinity College (Hartford, CT).  However, despite his success in later years, this commemorative scrapbook is proof that Muller never forgot from where those successes arose.

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(Note: Muller’s scrapbook has been digitized as part of an ongoing project by the Curtis Archives.)


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