Publications of the Guild


The Guild publishes a semi-annual newsletter, Carillon News. See Newsletters for more information.

Forum and Blog

Archives of the former forum and blog are available in pdf format. Both files function like a web site. Click a navigation link to access a particular topic. Use Adobe Acrobat for best viewing. The files can be viewed in other programs but misalignment will occur with objects such as search boxes and other software controls.
Forum (317 pages, 13.7 MB)
Blog (266 pages, 28.3 MB)


The Bulletin contains scholarly articles, including formal reports of each annual Congress. It is generally published annually, though the schedule has varied somewhat in the past.

Back issues of the Bulletin can be purchased from the Archivist. GCNA members can also download recent issues, starting with Vol. 56, 2007, from the For Members section.

Please read the author guidelines before submitting materials for publication.

Vol. 63, No. 2, 2014 - Contents

Honorary Members
Group Photographs of Attendees at the 72nd GCNA Congress
The 2014 GCNA Congress, Denver, Colorado, U.S.A., by Jeremy Chesman
World Carillon Federation Congress 2014: Mobile Carillons, by John Widmann
Fifty Years Going Forward: The Golden Anniversary of the Kibbey Carillon at
Washington National Cathedral, by Edward Nassor
Teaching the Tremolando Technique, by Jeremy Chesman
A History of Carillon Education, by Jo Haazen
Todd Fair - A Remembrance, by Margo Halsted
The Editor's Pages, by John Bordley

Vol. 63, No. 1, 2014 - Contents

Carillonneurs at Work: A Guided Tour through Pictures New and Old, by Luc Rombouts
The Peripatetic Carillonneur, by Adrian Gebreuers
John Cage, Carillon, and Plywood, by Linda Dzuris
Carillonist, not Carillonneur, by Ronald Barnes
The Editor's Pages, by John Bordley

Vol. 62, 2013 - Contents

Honorary Members
Group Photographs of Attendees at the 71st GCNA Congress
The 2013 GCNA Congress, St. Paul, Minnesota, by James Fackenthal
The Bells of the University of Michigan, by Steven Ball
Beverly Buchanan Interview, by John Gouwens
The Vema System, by Marc Van Eyck
Interview with Peter Paul Olejar, by Marie Hammond
The Editor's Pages, by John Bordley

Vol. 61, 2012 - Contents

Honorary Members
Group Photographs of Attendees at the 70th GCNA Congress
The 2012 GCNA Congress, Clemson, South Carolina by Caroline Poon
Cast in Bronze, by Frank DellaPenna
An American in Leuven: Arthur Bigelow's Years in Belgium by Luc Rombouts
The Editor's Pages, by John Bordley
Volumes of the Bulletin, by John Bordley
Letter to the Editor, by Steven Ball

Vol. 60, 2011 - Contents

Honorary Members
Group Photographs at the Combined 69th GCNA and 17th World Carillon Federation Congresses
The 2011 GCNA and WCF Congresses, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, by Tiffany Ng
Foundation of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America, by Daphne Price McCree
John Meikle’s Music Bells: The Story of Britain’s First Carillon, by Peter Rivet
An Englishman Hears a Carillon, by George Williams
A History of the van Bergen Bellfounders, by Harmannus (Harry) Hero van Bergen
The Editor's Pages, by John Bordley

Vol. 59, 2010 - Contents

Honorary Members
Group Photographs of Attendees at the 68th GCNA Congress
The 2010 GCNA Congress, Naperville, Illinois, by Jeremy Chesman
Corrections and Comments
The Renovation of the Rockefeller Carillon, by Wylie Crawford
Guidelines for Submitting Proposed Articles for the Bulletin
An Interview with Milford Myhre (January 2011), by John Gouwens
LaSalle Spier, by Elizabeth Vitu
The Editor's Pages, by John Bordley

Vol. 58, 2009 - Contents

Honorary Members
Group Photographs of Attendees at the 66th GCNA Congress
The 2008 GCNA Congress, The University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California,
by Elizabeth Berghout
The 2009 GCNA Congress, Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania,
by Julia Littleton
Group Photographs of Attendees at the 67th GCNA Congress
Teaching the Preludes of Matthias van den Gheyn, by Jeremy Chesman
The History of America's Original Traveling Carillon, by Charis Lasky
The Editor's Pages, by John Bordley

Vol. 57, 2008 - Contents

Honorary Members
Group Photographs of Attendees at the 65th Congress
The 2007 GCNA Congress, The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee, by Julia Littleton
The 2008 WCF Congress, Groningen, The Netherlands, by Margo Halsted
Group Photograph of Attendees at the 2008 WCF Congress
Correction to: The Carillon at Metropolitan United Church, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
(Volume 56, page 32), by James B. Slater
Down from the Mountain: Ronald Barnes and his Preludes on Appalachian White Spirituals,
by Stephen Miller
The Editor's Pages, by John Bordley

Vol. 56, 2007 - Contents

Honorary Members
The 2006 GCNA Congress, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, by Linda Dzuris
The 2006 WCF Congress, Gdansk, Poland, by Jeremy Chesman
The Bells of Clemson, by Linda Dzuris
The Commonwealth of Bells, by Skip Eisiminger
The Carillon at Metropolitan United Church, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, by James B. Slater
The Editor's Pages, by John Bordley

Vol. 55, 2006 - Contents

Honorary Members
The 2004 GCNA Congress, Culver, Indiana, by Dave Johnson
The Foreman Carillon, Simsbury United Methodist Church, by Ellen Dickinson
The 2004 WCF Congress in Oslo, Norway, by Jeremy Chesman
Geoffrey Cook: A Composer Spotlight, by Linda Dzuris
Teaching Carillon Pedagogy: A Case Study, by Jeremy Chesman
The 2005 GCNA Congress, Grand Rapids, Michigan, by Dave Johnson
James B. Angell (1924-2006), by Margo Halsted

Vol. 54, 2005 - Contents

Honorary Members
The musical and technical aspects of swinging bells and carillons by Dr. André Lehr, trans. Kimberly Schafer

Vol. 53, 2004 - Contents

Honorary Members
The 2002 GCNA Congress, Ann Arbor, Michigan, by Dave Johnson
Banquet Remarks from the 2002 GCNA Congress, by Dave Johnson
The Design and Construction of a Carillon Practice Clavier, by Patrick Macoska
Interview with John Pozdro, by John Gouwens
Interview with Roy Hamlin Johnson, by John Gouwens
An Analysis of Roy Hamlin Johnson's "Summer Fanfares", by Lara Walter West
The 2003 GCNA Congress in Berea, Kentucky, by Dave Johnson

Vol. 52, 2003 - Contents

A Register of Honorary Members, 1936-1996, by James B. Slater

First Bulletin, October 1940 - Contents

Map showing location of carillons in North America
The carillon in North America (article, anonymous)
List of carillons in North America
Carillonneurs in North America (article, anonymous)
Extract from the report of the Second Congress of Carillonneurs [Aims and Objects of the Guild]
List of members of the Guild of Carillonneurs
The Guild President's War-time Appeal [by Kamiel Lefévere]
A Tribute to the late Prower Symons, by Percival Price
An official statement on the misuse of the word "carillon"
Broadcasting the carillon, by Sidney Giles
Concerning carillon records, by Robert Kleinschmidt
List of music published for carillon


The Guild publishes a variety of music for carillon, as well as various music-related materials. See Music for Carillon for more information.


The Guild has adopted a Keyboard Standard for North American carillons. It has also published Resources for Tower Design and Construction. See Tower Design/Standards for more information.

Carillon Directory

A printed Directory of Carillons in North America can be obtained from the Carillon Directory Committee. A downloadable version is also available.


The Guild maintains this Website for the benefit of present and prospective members as well as the general public.

History of this Website - Norman Bliss presented a pilot version of a proposed GCNA Website to the 1996 GCNA Congress. After the Guild approved Norman's concept and general design, Wylie Crawford contracted for Web hosting services, and in December 1996 Norman installed the initial version of the Website for public access. Shortly thereafter, Carl Zimmerman added the initial version of what was then the Data segment of this Website. These three people continued to be responsible for their respective areas, and formed the core of the Guild's Internet Committee during the succeeding years. From time to time, other Guild members provided assistance with subject matter.

At the 2006 Congress, Norman expressed a desire to step down as Webmaster, and it was also decided that a new design for the Website would be useful. Norman continued to serve as interim Webmaster until the 2007 Congress, when Carl Zimmerman was appointed to carry on as interim Webmaster for the top-level section of the Website until the new design became available. Subsequent changes to this section were primarily for routine maintenance of the material presented to visitors.

The present version of the Guild segment of this Website was designed and developed by Dawn Daehn (2D Web Design), with advice and support from the entire Internet Committee. It superseded the previous version on 12 November 2008, and Carl Zimmerman became the Webmaster for entire Website. In late 2010, the Internet Committee implemented further technological enhancements to the Guild segment of this Website, along with some changes of content. On April 1, 2012, Mr. Zimmerman severed all connection with the Website, moving what had been its Data segment (and a product of his life's work) to, where it remains accessible to the public.

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