From the beginning of the Guild, one of its important functions has been to promote good music for the carillon. In the earliest years, music was sometimes shared via hand-copied manuscripts; but soon Guild members began using early copying technologies to share their work through free distribution at Congresses. Eventually the Guild began a music publication service, which has evolved over recent decades to include the wide range of music and music-related material which can be found in these pages.
The catalog lists music which has been published by the Guild and is currently available for sale. Open it from the menu at left to find information on how to read the catalog, how to order from it, and what it contains. Composers and arrangers may submit music for possible publication through the Guild via this catalog.
A few pieces of music have been made available by the composer for free download.
In 1982, the Guild began to commission new music for carillon.
View all commissions to date in the GCNA Music Store or click on individual pieces below.
Commissions awarded to date are as follows:
|2018||"july 3, a hall of mirrors" by Jenny Olivia Johnson|
|2018||"Tower City" by Jessie Montgomery|
|2018||"Staying / Going" by Margot Murdoch|
|2018||"Butterfly Chaos" by Paul K. Takahashi|
|2016||"Fantasy on Old Hundredth and Sine Nomine" by John Gouwens|
|2012||"The Bell Invites Me" by Michael Torke|
|2007||"Music for Carillon", Op. 107, by Lowell Liebermann|
|2004||"Pealing Fire" by Libby Larsen - published by the composer, and available through GCNA|
|2003||"Bravo Bells" by Stephen Paulus - published by Paulus Publications, and available through GCNA|
|1997||"Winds of Autumn" by John Pozdro|
|1995||"Winter Song" by Roy Hamlin Johnson|
|1993||"Variations and Theme" by Lee Hoiby|
|1991||"Easter Dawning" by George Crumb (pub. C.F. Peters)|
|1989||"Triptych" by John Pozdro|
|1983||"Figments" by Gary White|
|1982||"Introduction and Sicilienne" by Ronald Barnes|
Except as noted above, all have been published by the GCNA.
Beginning in 1987, the Guild has conducted composition competitions in alternate years.
View all prizewinners to date in the GCNA Music Store or click on individual pieces below.
Prizes awarded to date are as follows:
1st prize: "A Butterfly's Dance" by Mathieu Daniel Polak
|2017||1st prize: "Pulsations" by Geert D’hollander
2nd prize: "Dandelion Field" by Mathieu Daniel Polak
Performance Award: "Grand Serenade for Carillon" by Lee Cobb
|2014||No prize awarded.|
|2012||No prize awarded.|
|2010||First Prize: (not awarded)
Second Prize (tied): "Légende" by Ennis Fruhauf and "For the Planet with the Smallest Voice" by Gabriel Lubell
|2008||First Prize: "Four Flourishes" by Geert D'hollander
Second Prize: (not awarded)
|2006||First Prize: (not awarded)
Second Prize: "Sonata" by Lee Cobb
|2004||First Prize: "Sonata" by Neil Thornock
Second Prize: "Two Poems for Children" by Geert d'Hollander
|2002||First Prize: (not awarded)
Second Prize: "Motorhythmia" by Neil Thornock
|2000||First Prize: (not awarded)
Second Prize: "Passacaglia Antiqua" by Geert d'Hollander
|1998||First Prize: "Modal Nocturne" by Geert d'Hollander
Second Prize: "Passacaglia" by Ennis Fruhauf
|1996||First Prize: (not awarded)
Second Prize (tied): "Prelude con fughetta" by Marcel Siebers and "Nocturne" by Ennis Fruhauf
|1994||First Prize: (not awarded)
Second Prize: "Cortège" by Alan Ontko
|1992||First Prize: (not awarded)
Second Prize: "Evocation" by John Courter
|1990||No prize awarded.|
|1988||First Prize: "Oread Grounds" by Charles Hoag
Second Prize: "Gregorian Triptych" by John Courter
All have been published by the GCNA. Other pieces were entries at one time, and were eventually published, but are not itemized here.
Rules for the latest competition are located in the Guild section.