1983-1995: UC Berkeley moves to the international forefront of modern carillon music through the achievements of Ronald Barnes, one of the most important figures in the instrument’s history. The financial security provided by the Chamberses’ 1983 endowment of the carillon program allows Barnes – UC Berkeley’s first University Carillonist – time to write dozens of original carillon compositions and many arrangements.

Carillonists previously had adapted music for the piano, organ and other instruments to the carillon, but Barnes created music based solely on the sonorities, the unique sounds, of the carillon. He dies in 1997.