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What is a Carillon?

A carillon consists of a series of at least 23 tuned bells, played from a keyboard that allows expressiveness through variation in touch, and on which the player, or carillonneur, can play a broad range of music—from arrangements of popular and classical music to original compositions created just for the carillon. Carillon bells can be heard throughout North America, in cities, at churches, on school campuses, in public parks, and in many other places where people gather.

Watch this short introductory video about the carillon, how it is played, and the origin of this musical instrument:

About Us

The Guild of Carillonneurs in North America is an organization of professional musicians dedicated to promoting the carillon art. It supports the development of proficient carillonneurs and encourages the building of new carillons, the improvement of existing installations, and the composition and distribution of carillon music. The Guild is a member organization of the World Carillon Federation.

Become a member

Membership in the GCNA is open to all who are interested in the carillon. Join us

Meet our members

Webinar Series

Thanks for those who joined us for our inaugural webinar series! Recordings of past webinars are now available for members. Not a member yet? Join now!

Octatonicism and the Carillon
Presenter: Tom Gurin
Monday June 8 at 9pm ET / 6pm PT

Arranging Aaron Copland's "Rodeo" for Carillon
Presenter: Frances Newell
Saturday June 13 at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT

An Online Guide to Arranging for Carillon (Barnes Grant Project)
Presenter: Rachel Perfecto
Sunday June 21 at 3pm ET / noon PT

Laura EllisThe Carillon Compositions of Alice Gomez
Presenter: Laura Ellis
Thursday June 25 at 9pm ET / 6pm PT

Processing and Discovering Treasures in the Barnes Collection (Presenters: Robin Austin, Lisa Lonie and Janet Tebbel)

Thursday July 23 at 9pm ET / 6pm PT

Classified Ads / Job Postings

We welcome classified advertisements regarding the sale or donation of items that may be of interest to GCNA members such as used practice consoles, collections of sheet music, publications, recordings, etc. Employers are welcome to submit job postings for carillonneurs and related positions (including full-time or part-time, employee or contract positions). For more, visit the Classified Ads / Job Postings page.

Support the Guild

Use these links when you shop at Sheet Music Plus or Amazon, and they will donate a portion of the proceeds to the GCNA:

Contact us: info@gcna.org

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