UCSD carilloneur wants to play YOUR favorite song in La Jolla

Scott Paulson at the keyboard. Courtesy UCSD
Scott Paulson at the keyboard. Courtesy UCSD

During winter and spring quarters, in honor of the campus's 50th anniversary, Scott Paulson, UCSD Carilloneur and outreach coordinator for the UCSD Arts Library, will take song requests and play them on the library carillon at noon.

“UCSD has no school song,” Paulson explained. “So, for the 50th anniversary, EVERYONE gets to pick their own favorite song to act as the alma mater tune and I'll play it on the chimes atop Geisel Library in celebration.  I invite students, alumni, staff, neighbors, users of the UCSD libraries — everyone!”

Interested persons should send their song requests to Scott Paulson at



In the past, he said, requests have ranged from “I Want To Be Sedated” by the Ramones to Salt ‘N Pepa’s “Push It Real Good.”  He’s also received requests to play theme songs from the “Twilight” movies on Robert Pattinson’s birthday and was once asked to “Rick Roll” the carillon to the strains of Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up.”

Paulson said the Geisel Library chimes are surprisingly versatile, lending themselves to perennial favorites like John Lennon’s “Imagine,” as well as heavy metal classics such as Black Sabbath's “Iron Man.”

“The chimes” first rang out on Sept. 20, 1989. The instrument was a gift from educational patron Joe Rubinger, who thought the relatively young campus would benefit from both the warmth and function of a carillon. Rubinger named the carillon the Irene Rubinger/Osher Institute for Continued Learning Memorial Carillon, after his late wife, Irene, with whom he founded the OICL, a UCSD Extended Studies program that fosters lifelong learning.

During the academic year, the carillon chimes on the hour from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the weekends.

Short noon concerts are featured throughout the week with Paulson playing "live" in the rooftop carillon room.



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