Joey Brink is the sixth University carillonneur at the University of Chicago, where he performs twice daily on the seventy-two bell Rockefeller Memorial Carillon and directs the University of Chicago Guild of Carillonneurs. He serves on the board of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America, co-chairing the Johan Franco composition committee.
Brink began his carillon studies with Ellen Dickinson in 2007, as an undergraduate at Yale University; graduated from the Royal Carillon School in Mechelen, Belgium in 2012; and studied further with Geert D’hollander at Bok Tower Gardens in 2015. In 2014, he became the first American to receive first prize at the International Queen Fabiola Carillon Competition, in Mechelen. He is a noted composer of music for carillon, and works with graduate composition students in the University of Chicago’s Department of Music, under the direction of Augusta Read Thomas, introducing them to the art of composing for the bells.
As an engineer, Joey holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Yale University and The University of Utah. He completed an undergraduate design thesis on realistic-touch practice carillon keyboards, and repurposed the original House of Hope carillon keyboard as a personal practice keyboard. In 2015, he recieved the Ronald Barnes Memorial Scholarship to research affordable practice carillon design.