- Lieber Memorial Associate Instructor Award (2022)
Lynnli Wang Hall has brought the carillon to life on the Bloomington campus and revitalized its presence in the Jacobs School of Music, the IU community, and the nation. Wang Hall is associate instructor of carillon, graduating this May with her master’s in organ performance.
Upon her arrival to Bloomington in 2020, Jacobs had not had a carillon faculty member nor carillonneur for many years, and the instrument had not been taught since 1996. The creation of the Arthur Metz Bicentennial Grand Carillon changed all that. She has quickly, and impressively, built a studio from the ground up and taught carillon to a wide variety of students in and outside of Jacobs, with varying levels of musical knowledge. Inspired by her passion, some of her students have gone on to prepare for and take certification exams for the instrument. Advocating for the importance of the instrument, she has found more ways to elevate the carillon. She created a virtual tour for alumni, assisted in creating a print of the Metz, and collaborated with the Asian Cultural Center, IU Athletics, March Madness, and PBS News.
Using the instrument as a platform, Wang Hall has integrated diversity, equity, and inclusion into her curriculum by requiring all of her students to learn at least one piece by an underrepresented composer and guided the Cook Music Library staff in diversifying their repertory. Wang Hall and her students can regularly be heard on Saturdays giving performances as part of the Meet Me at the Metz series. In these themed performances, she has both created holiday programs and opened a dialogue by touching on societal discussions of race in America. She is the recipient of the Mrs. Hong Pham Memorial Recognition Award for New Music.