The work of the GCNA is carried out entirely by committees of volunteers who are motivated by their passion for the art of the carillon. Professional carillonneurs are much more than just musicians. Participating in our committees is a great way to build up valuable experience in a variety of fields, including journalism, music engraving and publishing, library and information science, grant administration, governance, and more.
Our work is segmented into the following committees:
Chair: Tiffany Ng
The Archives Committee is responsible for the GCNA's archival materials, which are stored at the Anton Brees Carillon Library at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, Florida. The archives captures and preserves our history, development, and business affairs.
Chair: Jim Fackenthal
The Associate Carillonneur Examination Committee oversees the Associate Carillonneur Exam, which evaluates a candidate's carillon performance skills and general knowledge at an intermediate level. It creates the rules, administers and grades the exam, and offers valuable feedback to exam candidates throughout the process.
Chairs: Robin Austin and Carolyn Bolden
The Barnes Memorial Grant Committee manages the Ronald Barnes Memorial Grant. It reviews grant applications and handles the grant disbursement process.
Editor: Kim Schafer
The Bulletin Committee is responsible for the publication of The Bulletin, the GCNA's academic journal. It evaluates submissions for publication, performs the editing and layout, and administers the printing and mailing.
Editors: Austin Ferguson and Caroline Poon
The Carillon News Committee is responsible for the publication of Carillon News, the GCNA’s semiannual newsletter. It reviews requests for publication, organizes the layout and style, and administers the printing and mailing.
Chairs: Jeremy Chesman and Margaret Pan
Members of the Carillonneur Examination Committee administer and adjudicate the Carillonneur Exam, whose purpose as specified in the Bylaws is to advance individuals from Associate or Associate Carillonneur to Carillonneur membership. The exam certifies performance proficiency and competency in musicianship and carillon technique. The process also offers written feedback to candidates on their playing.
Chair: Roy Lee
The Emerging Artist Grant Committee manages the Emerging Artist Grant. It reviews grant applications and handles the grant disbursement process.
Chair: John Widmann
The Finance Committee monitors and reviews accounting of GCNA bank and investment accounts. It makes recommendations to the Board of Directors based on its interpretation our financial standing.
Chairs: Andrea McCrady and Carla Staffaroni
The Heritage Music Committee works to locate, catalogue, and electronically preserve the carillon music collections of important past North American carillonneurs. It also collaborates with the Music Publications Committee to research copyright ownership and revive carillon publications that have gone out of print.
Chairs: Joey Brink and Thomas Lee
The Johan Franco Composition Fund Committee seeks to encourage and enable composition of new music for carillon through contests, commissions, and grants. Contests are held biennially, in both a submissions-based and proposal-based format. New works are commissioned regularly, often with specific intent (e.g. for carillon plus, intermediate level, 3-octave instruments). The student composer/performer pair grants are offered annually.
Chair: David Hunsberger
The Legal Committee handles the legal formalities related to the GCNA’s incorporation and legal status and advises the Board of Directors. Recurring topics for advice include interpretation and revision of the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws and acting in ways consistent with our nonprofit status.
Chair: Laura Ellis
Subcommittee chairs: John Gouwens (compositions) and Alex Johnson (arrangements)
The Music Publications Committee manages the GCNA Sheet Music Store. It calls for new music publications annually, reviews submissions and prepares them for publication, and fulfills sheet music orders throughout the year.
Chair: Margaret Angelini
As specified in the Bylaws, the Nominating Committee is charged with evaluating and recommending the best candidates for the annual election to the Board of Directors.
Chair: Elisa Tersigni
The Professionalism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (PDEI) Committee is responsible for bringing about the changes necessary to support and celebrate the diversity of the carillon community. It develops inclusive policies, fosters communication and understanding between members, and encourages the promotion of diversity in our community. Members serve 3-year terms and rotate off for at least 1 year so that the committee can continually hear from new voices.
Chair: Scott Hummel
The Public Relations and Website Committee is responsible with managing and disseminating information about the GCNA to the public and maintaining our website. It runs social media channels, develops and refines the website, and publishes the biweekly newsletter.
Chair: Ellen Dickinson
The Warner Arrangements and Transcriptions Competition Committee manages the music competition in honor of Sally Slade Warner, a prolific arranger of carillon music. Competitions are held in even-numbered years, and the committee determines the procedure, and format, and prizes.
Chair: Carol Anne Taylor
The World Carillon Federation Delegation Committee is the liaison between the World Carillon Federation and the GCNA Board of Directors. It works with the President to select 4 delegates that represent the GCNA at the World Carillon Federation's meetings.
Chair: Linda Dzuris
The Board Subcommittee on Events helps plan the annual congress and hosts the educational webinar series. It also disburses grants to hosts of fall/winter gatherings as well as grants to attend congress.
Chair: Wesley Arai
The Board Subcommittee on Finance is concerned with short-term financial controls, insurance, and the annual budget of the GCNA.
Chair: Caroline Poon
The Board Subcommittee on Membership works to enrich the membership experience at the GCNA. It hosts "Meet the Board" events for new GCNA members, the Newcomers Breakfast at the annual congress, and other activities.
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