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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. 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.

Video: "The Carillon, a musical instrument. What is a carillon? How is a carillon played?"

Summer Carillon Recitals

The best way to listen to carillon music is live and in person! Did you know that there are close to 200 carillons across North America? Many carillons are played throughout the year, and many plan special recitals during the summer months. Check out this year's recital listings!

About the GCNA

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 today!

2021 WCF/GCNA Congress

The WCF/GCNA Congress will be held online this year. We have planned a full schedule of concerts, presentations, and more for the month of June.

The tentative schedule is now available.

All events are free, but you must register in order to receive the Zoom link. Register online now!


Member Discount at the Music Store

GCNA members are now entitled to a discount at the Music Store! Members who are full-time students get 25% off all sheet music purchases; all other members get 10% off. Not a member yet? Join now!

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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 second-hand 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

In addition to donating directly to the Guild, you can use these links when you shop at Sheet Music Plus (for both carillon music and other music) or Amazon, and they will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Guild:

Contact us: info@gcna.org

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