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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.

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

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.

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Franco Composition Competition Results

The GCNA Johan Franco Committee is pleased to announce the results of the 2021 Franco Composition Contest. A total of $2,850 was awarded in prizes.

The scores will be published this year by the GCNA, and the works will receive a virtual premier at the 2021 congress. Many congratulations to our prize winners, with endless thanks to all who entered the contest!


Congress Presentations Proposals due March 15

Use this form to submit your presentation proposals by March 15 for the virtual WCF/GCNA congress in June. The special theme of Congress 2021 will be: Broadening our Repertoire: Carillon Music for Everyone.

You can also use the same form to submit presentation proposals for the GCNA's year-round webinar series.

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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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