Edward M. Nassor is the carillonneur of Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., and the Director-Carillonneur of the Netherlands Carillon in Arlington, Virginia. Nassor plays weekly recitals and preludes for Sunday and special services on the 53-bell Kibbey carillon at the Cathedral. Last year he played for Senator John McCain’s funeral, the interment of Matthew Shepard, and the state funeral for President George H.W. Bush.
In performance with the Cathedral Choral Society, Nassor has played the carillon for the Coronation Scene in Mussorgsky’s opera, Boris Godunov, Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, and the premier of a Christmas carol commissioned by the Cathedral Choral Society from Sir David Willcocks, Hark! How all the welkin rings. Nassor’s performances have been featured on the Cathedral Choral Society recordings, The Joy of Christmas, Welcome All Wonders, and Hymns Through the Centuries, Volumes I and II.
Outside of his work at the Cathedral, as the Director-Carillonneur of the Netherlands Carillon, Nassor schedules and performs in a summer recital series sponsored by the National Park Service. He also performs for special events at the Netherlands Carillon, including an annual wreath-laying ceremony at the tower by the Royal Embassy of the Netherlands. Nassor began his carillon studies at Virginia Commonwealth University under Lawrence Robinson, later qualifying as a Carillonneur member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America after studying with Frank P. Law, of Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, before finishing his studies as a Fulbright scholar at the Netherlands Carillon School in Amersfoort, The Netherlands, studying with Todd Fair and Jacques Maassen. Nassor earned his Bachelor of Music degree at Virginia Commonwealth University and his Master of Music and Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree at the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at The Catholic University of America. Nassor is also the Music Director at Merritt Academy in Fairfax, Virginia, where he teaches music and directs the Merritt Academy Handbell Choir. His carillon arrangements and compositions are published by American Carillon Music Editions and the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America. He has recorded for Angel/EMI, Centaur and Gothic Records. His live carillon performances have been featured on ABC Television’s Good Morning America, NBC Television’s The Today Show, and the Voice of America.