Arrangements & Transcriptions Competition

The GCNA Sally Slade Warner Arrangements & Transcriptions Competition Committee is pleased to announce the 2022 Warner Arrangements & Transcriptions Competition.

Two monetary prizes ($750 for first place and $500 for second place) will be awarded. At the Committee's discretion, a third place ($250) and a number of performance awards ($150) may also be awarded. All entries awarded prizes and performance recognition will have the opportunity to be performed at the GCNA Congress in 2022. (Longer works may be excerpted rather than performed in their entirety.)

Eligibility: The contest is open to all. Anyone may enter: there is no age limit, membership requirement, nationality requirement, or carillon proficiency requirement. Committee members may submit pieces, but they will abstain from voting on their own submissions, and will not be eligible to win any of the top three prizes.

Submissions: Works may be any length. Submissions must be arrangements or transcriptions of existing works. An entrant may submit a maximum of three (3) works, but will not be awarded more than one of the top three prizes. Works must be playable on a four-octave carillon: 48 bells (c, d, ... chromatic to c4 with low C# omitted), with a 2-octave pedalboard (c, d, ... chromatic to c2). Notating bells outside of this range is permitted provided that substitutions are given in the 48-bell range. Both solo and duet arrangements and transcriptions are allowed. Arrangements for two-octave carillon are welcome (again with low C# omitted).

Works may be submitted even if they have already been performed publicly. Works that have already been awarded a prize are ineligible. Works must be arranged within the past two years (since the deadline of the last Warner Competition, November 2019).

Submissions must be received by December 15, 2021

For entries based on works in the public domain, only arrangements and transcriptions that have not been published or sold are eligible. Works must be submitted via email to Hunter Chase at Submissions will be anonymized for the jury. Please do not include your name or any identifying information on the composition itself. Instead, please separately include your contact information. Winning entries will be offered publication by the GCNA. 

For entries based on copyrighted songs and pieces, the use of Sheet Music Plus SMP Press “ArrangeMe” service is encouraged. (This web-based service, a division of Hal Leonard, includes 1.8 million copyrighted songs and pieces that are pre-approved for arrangement or transcription. SMP Press takes care of permissions and royalties, and handles sales.) For such entries only, you must first self-publish your arrangement or transcription through SMP Press "ArrangeMe" before submitting it to the competition. Only works that were first published on SMP Press "ArrangeMe" between November 9, 2019, and December 15, 2021, are eligible. Works may be submitted via email to and must be accompanied by paperwork showing the date on which SMP Press accepted the work for publication. Winning entries will be promoted on the GCNA website. 

For entries based on copyrighted songs and pieces not available through the SMP Press service, permission to arrange and distribute copyrighted works will be the responsibility of the entrant. Permissions must be obtained before submission to the competition. Arrangements and transcriptions that have already been published or sold are ineligible. Works must be submitted via email to Submissions will be anonymized for the jury. Please do not include your name or any identifying information on the composition itself. Instead, please separately include your contact information. Given proper permission, winning entries will be offered publication by the GCNA. 

The Jury: The jury will evaluate submissions based on their usefulness to the carillon community, and will give consideration to arrangements that enhance the current repertoire, or that represent diverse cultures, ideas, or musical styles. Submissions will be evaluated based on their effectiveness on the carillon, playability, originality, and general musical interest. 

To preserve anonymity of the entrants, we ask that entrants refrain from contacting, directly or indirectly, any members of the jury. Questions may be directed to Ellen Dickinson (committee chair) at, or to Hunter Chase (committee secretary) at

Results: All prize-winning entries will be announced March 1, 2022. Works that do not win a prize will remain the sole property of the arranger/transcriber.

2020 Competition Results

Many thanks you to the adjudication committee: Margaret Angelini, Scott Orr, Michael Solotke, Minako Uchino, and Lynnli Wang. A huge thank you to Hunter Chase, secretary. We know it seems like a long time since scores were submitted, and we thank you for your patience. The original goal was to announce prizes in March. With 84 entries, we worked in two rounds, adding a month to our goal for announcing prizes. Complications due to the current crisis bring us well into April; we are happy to present these results to you in such a timely way as this, and I hope you will join me in thanking the committee for their work!

And looking through all these arrangements and transcriptions, such a fitting tribute to Sally Slade Warner, who arranged so very many pieces, played them with style, and was such a positive force in the carillon world. We miss her!

As announced, the prizes are 1st place - $600, 2nd place - $400; and we are also awarding a third place - $200, and two performance awards of $100 each.

We will be working with each prize winner on publication of their scores. We look forward to hearing them at Trinity next year! 

2020 Sally Slade Warner Arrangements & Transcriptions Competition - Prize Winners

1st place - Itsuki Lullaby, Japanese Folk Song - arranged by Naoko Tsujita
2nd place - Arirang, Korean Folk Song - arranged by Daniel Guo
3rd place - The Snow is Dancing, by Claude Debussy - arranged by Richard de Waardt
Performance award - The Spruce by Jean Sibelius - arranged by Keiran Cantilina
Performance award - Three Christmas Pieces* by various - arranged by Mary Jo Disler
*Maria Wiegenlied, Max Reger; La Nit de Nadal, Catalan; and El Noi de la Mare, Catalan

Thank you again to to all the arrangers for all that you are contributing to the carillon art!

All the best,
Ellen Dickinson, Chair
Sally Slade Warner Arrangements & Transcriptions Competition Committee

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