Board of Directors & Officers

Board of Directors

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Term ending 2022

Wesley Arai

Wesley Arai has served on the Board of the GCNA since 2019 and currently serves as the organization’s Treasurer. He is the University Carillonist at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he performs regularly on the 61-bell Storke Tower carillon and maintains an active teaching studio. Wesley studied carillon with Jeff Davis at the University of California, Berkeley, where he received BA degrees in Mathematics and Statistics with a minor in Music. He received an MA degree in Mathematics from the University of California, Los Angeles and subsequently became a Carillonneur member of the GCNA. An active recitalist, Wesley has performed extensively across the United States and abroad. In addition to the carillon, he has studied piano, trombone, and voice. Wesley’s day job is as an actuary for a company in Los Angeles.

Roy Lee

Roy Lee has served on the Board since 2016 and is currently President. He is Carillonneur of Metropolitan United Church in Toronto, and also performs regularly and teaches at the University of Toronto. Born in Hong Kong, he spent his teenage years in Vancouver, and was an undergraduate at Yale when he began learning to play the carillon. In 2000, he became a Carillonneur Member of the GCNA. He also holds a diploma with great distinction from the Royal Carillon School of Mechelen, Belgium. He received his B.A. (history) from Yale and his J.D. from the University of Toronto. He is a lawyer by day, plays the organ at his church, and enjoys curling recreationally. (Photo credit: Michelle Yee Photography)

Caroline Poon

Caroline Poon has served as Recording Secretary since 2014 and as a Director since 2019. She holds a B.A. from Wellesley College, double majoring in music and in cognitive and linguistic sciences with a concentration in philosophy. She holds an M.S.I. in information policy and an M.Mus. in carillon performance from the University of Michigan. She studied at the Royal Carillon School in Mechelen in the winter of 2015. In her professional life, she has taught undergraduate biology and ‘monged cheeses, cured meats, and bread. She has also worked in library services at public and university music libraries. She grew up in Asia, Europe, and both coasts of the United States, but now lives in Chicago with her husband.

Term ending 2023

Laura Ellis

Laura Ellis is Associate School Director and Professor in the School of Music at the University of Florida where she teaches carillon, organ, and courses in sacred music. A graduate of Luther College (Decorah, IA), she holds the MM degree in church music and the DMA in organ performance from the University of Kansas. While in residence at KU, she studied carillon with Albert Gerken. A carillonneur member of the GCNA, Ellis has performed throughout the United States, the Netherlands, Canada, and Australia. For more details about the carillon program at the University of Florida, please visit www.arts.ufl.edu/carillon.

Austin Ferguson

A native of Longview, Texas, Austin Ferguson led the carillon program at the University of Texas at Austin from 2011 to 2015, performing half-hour concerts seven times per week and teaching lessons to fellow students. He has been a featured recitalist around the country and is an active member of the GCNA, where he serves as co-editor of Carillon News, the Guild’s newsletter, and sits on the Legal and Membership Roster Committees. He was named the fourth carillonneur of the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota, in February 2017. In addition to his work at Mayo, Austin serves as a piano and voice teacher at the Rochester Academy of Music and Co-Director of Music at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Rochester. (Photo credit: Mayo Clinic)

Julianne Vanden Wyngaard

Julianne Vanden Wyngaard has been a member of the Guild since 1996, achieved Carillonneur status in 1999 and was first elected to the board in 2001. She has served as University Carillonneur at Grand Valley State University since 1996 and, until her retirement in 2019, has arranged summer concerts for two instruments and has hosted the Guild congress in 2005. She holds a degree in piano performance from The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a diploma in carillon from the Utrecht School of the Arts where she studied with Todd Fair, Jacques Maassen and Bernard Winsemius. In her new “retired” position, she continues as recitalist, active needlework person and best friend to her companion dog, Lindsey.

Term ending 2024

Linda Dzuris

Linda Dzuris became Clemson’s first University Carillonneur in 1999 and is Chair of the Department of Performing Arts. She received her B.M., M.M., and D.M.A. degrees from the University of Michigan. She studied carillon there with additional training at The Netherlands Carillon School in Amersfoort, NL. Dzuris has been a featured guest artist throughout the United States, The Netherlands, France, and Switzerland. She performed concerts on behalf of the GCNA at the 19th World Carillon Federation (WCF) Congress held in Barcelona, Spain and currently serves as a North American delegate to the WCF. American Carillon Music Editions and the Yale Guild of Carillonneurs publish her original carillon compositions.

Emily Moody

Emily Moody is the Associate Director of Performing Arts Programming at Longwood Gardens. She assists with programming performing arts events and oversees the 62-bell Carillon, Longwood Organ, and Longwood Steinway Piano. She manages a part-time staff working concerts and oversees the guest experience at performances. At Longwood Gardens, Emily programs all carillon and organ concerts. Emily created the Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition in 2013 offering the largest cash prize of any organ competition in the world. Emily also hosted the GCNA Congress in 2009 was in the planning stages for hosting the GCNA and WCF Congress in 2020.

Lynnli Wang

Lynnli Wang is the current University Carillonneur at Indiana University, where she plays both the Metz Carillon and also the Music Addition Carillon. She acts as the GCNA's Corresponding Secretary and also sits on the Music Publications committee. Her carillon journey started at Yale, where she studied with Ellen Dickinson, and she passed her Carillonneur membership exam in 2014. Besides making beautiful bell music for her community, Lynnli loves bringing people together to collaborate on the carillon - she co-authored a children's book on the carillon, Rosie Meets the Carillon; commissioned new works for carillon plus other instruments; and has even worked with various cultural centers and athletic teams to highlight the carillon and music of underrepresented populations. When not in the tower, you can find Lynnli testing out new recipes or reading a new book.

Officers

Officers are elected annually at the Congress.

President: Laura Ellis
Vice-President: Linda Dzuris
Treasurer: Wesley Arai
Corresponding Secretary: Lynnli Wang
Recording Secretary: Caroline Poon
Assistant Treasurer: David Hunsberger


Former Directors

Margaret Angelini (Board service: 2017-2020)

Margaret Angelini began her organ studies as a first year at Wellesley College with Frank Taylor, and graduated in 1985 as a music major. She then completed a Masters Degree in Organ at New England Conservatory with William Porter. She discovered the carillon by opening the window of her dorm room on her second day at the Wellesley College campus, and promptly fell in love with the sound of the bells. She now teaches carillon at Wellesley College, where she acts as the faculty advisor to the 20-member student Guild of Carillonneurs. She also serves as organist at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Sharon. When not playing keyboards of all sizes or dragging students to distant bell towers, she can be found kayaking, bicycling, gardening, and crocheting afghans for her nieces and nephews.

Carol Jickling Lens (Board service: 2017-2020)

Carol Jickling Lens began her carillon studies in 8th grade at Christ Church Cranbrook. She continued at the University of Michigan and The Netherlands Carillon School in Amersfoort, where she studied with Leen ‘t Hart, and earned both the Practical and End Diplomas. Carol became Carillonneur member of the GCNA in 1971 and was a judge and then chair of the Exam Committee for many years, sat on the Board from 1996-99 and was reelected in 2017. Carol and her family have lived in England, Ghana, New Orleans, Houston and Libya. She was appointed University Carillonneur at The University of Denver on January 5, 2010.

Joey Brink (Board service: 2015-2021)

Joey Brink is the sixth University Carillonneur at the University of Chicago. He co-chairs the Johan Franco Composition Fund, and has served on the Board since 2015. After studying with Ellen Dickinson at Yale University, he graduated with greatest distinction from the Royal Carillon School in Mechelen, Belgium, and studied further with Geert D’hollander at Bok Tower Gardens. Brink received first prize at the International Queen Fabiola Carillon Competition in Mechelen in 2014, and has published more than twenty compositions for carillon. He and his partner, Vera, perform duet carillon recitals, are avid outdoor enthusiasts, and are learning how to be parents with their two-year-old daughter.

Dr. Andrea McCrady (most recent term of Board service: 2018-2021)

Dr. Andrea McCrady was appointed Dominion Carillonneur of the Peace Tower Carillon in Ottawa, Canada in 2008. She began playing the carillon in 1971 at Trinity College, Hartford, CT (B.A., 1975). While in Europe on a post-graduate fellowship, she studied at the carillon schools in the Netherlands, Belgium, and France. During medical school at McGill University, Montreal, she was carillonneur at St. Joseph’s Oratory, followed by her hospital residency in Toronto, where she played at the University of Toronto and the Canadian National Exhibition. From 1990-2008, she coordinated the carillon program at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Spokane, WA, where she also practiced family medicine. In 2008, she retired from medicine upon receiving a Bachelor of Music magna cum laude from the University of Denver. She is an instructor in carillon studies at Carleton University in Ottawa. Dr. McCrady served for many years on the Board of the GCNA, and as its President from 1988-89. She has co-chaired the Ronald Barnes Memorial Grant Fund and the Heritage Music Committee, and served as secretary of the World Carillon Federation. In her spare time, Dr. McCrady explores the great Canadian outdoors by hiking, canoeing, and skiing. (Photo credit: House of Commons, Ottawa)

Carol Anne Taylor (Board service: 2015-2021)

Carol Anne Taylor has served as Cathedral Carillonneur at the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Dallas, Texas for 15 years. A Carillonneur member of the GCNA since 2008, Carol Anne has performed carillon concerts at many noted venues in the United States. She serves as chair of the North American Delegates to the World Carillon Federation. While earning her Master of Music at the University of North Texas, she was invited by audition into the organ studio of Madame Marie-Madeleine Duruflé-Chevalier, Visiting Professor of Organ (1992) from Paris, France. She is a member of the American Guild of Organists, and a director of the Royal School of Church Music America. In October 2019, Carol Anne was awarded the Associate of the Royal School of Church Music at a special service at Salisbury Cathedral. An avid runner, Carol Anne has completed 45 marathons including the Boston, New York City, and Chicago Marathons. She resides in Dallas, TX with her husband, Sterling Procter.


Election of Directors

The Board consists of nine directors. Three directors are elected by the voting membership each year. Directors hold office for terms of three years.

Board service for the Guild is a chance to grow personally and professionally, to share valuable skills, gain unique experiences and make lasting connections with other passionate and motivated members. Board service is a chance to help strategically decide the future direction of the organization and profession while being a strong advocate for the carillon. It also offers the unique opportunity to gain recognition from your employer, peers and community.

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2022 Election of Directors (for terms beginning June 2022 and ending June 2025). Both self-nominations and nominations of your colleagues are enthusiastically welcomed!

Nominations are accepted until January 1. Any voting member of the GCNA may submit one or more names (including their own) to the Nominating Committee for its consideration. Please use this nomination form.

Additional information on the responsibilities, frequency of meetings, etc. can be found here: "Becoming a Member of the GCNA Board".

The basic requirements, in addition to the willingness to be an active participant of a working board, are

      • Be a voting GCNA member
      • Show a strong interest and commitment to the workings of the GCNA
      • Interest in advancing the art and science of the carillon and the profession

Upon receipt of a nomination, a member of the Nominating Committee will contact the individual to verify their interest in serving on the board and to answer any questions. The nominee will then be asked to submit a resume and provide a short statement relative to their interest in serving on the board. The official slate of candidates is contingent on committee’s review of all application materials.

For additional questions, please contact Lisa Lonie, chair of the Nominating Committee: nominate@gcna.org.


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