Year-round Webinar Series

The GCNA holds webinars regularly throughout the year on various topics of interest to the carillon community.

Webinars are advertised to the membership via the biweekly e-newsletter, and recordings of many past webinars are made available to members only.

Call for Webinar Proposals

This online form can be used by anyone (including non-members) to submit a presentation proposal for the year-round GCNA Webinar Series. Deadlines for proposals for each "season" (fall, winter, etc) are indicated on the form. (The same form can be used for proposals for GCNA Congress presentations.)

Student Submissions: Students are very welcome to propose presentations. (Examples: term papers on carillon-related musicological topics, ACE history assignments if you chose to conduct original research beyond the basic requirements, etc.)

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Past Webinars

Octatonicism and the Carillon

Presenter: Tom Gurin

Originally presented on June 8, 2020

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The octatonic scale holds a special place in the carillon repertoire. Many of my colleagues will be familiar with octatonicism by way of Henk Badings, Roy Hamlin Johnson, or John Courter, to name a few. Others may have no experience with it at all. This presentation provides a conceptual overview of octatonicism and its relationship to the carillon, but it doesn't stop there. It also synthesizes music history, theory, and cognition, as well as original analyses from both the carillon repertoire and the broader musical universe, to offer new insights that will be useful for carillon composers and performers alike.

Tom Gurin studied Music at Yale University, where he also chaired the Yale University Guild of Carillonneurs. Within the Music Department, he concentrated his studies on Theory and Composition. He graduated from the Royal Carillon School "Jef Denyn" with Great Distinction in 2019. He is a native of Philadelphia, and is currently based in the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina. He is an active carillon recitalist, composer, and arranger.

Arranging Aaron Copland's "Rodeo" for Carillon

Photo of Frances Newell

Presenter: Frances Newell

Originally presented on June 13, 2020

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Come to Aaron Copland’s orchestral tone painting of the spirited American West! Frances will bring you into Copland’s orchestra pit and show you how to bring the symphony orchestra into your carillon! Lively cowboys, tough cowgirls, wild horses, and the vast prairies and mountains of the American frontier are brought to life in Copland’s orchestration! Frances will show you how to get the most out of Copland’s harmonies, melodies, counterpoints, rhythms, and instrumental colors to make them effective on carillon. Use the techniques that Frances will show you to arrange any orchestral score.

Frances Newell, experienced folk and opera singer, performed her original oratorio, “Soul’s Believing”, and her original operetta, “Captain Charlie”, with members of the Monmouth Symphony. She played the carillon at St. George’s-by-the-River in Rumson New Jersey, and at The Church of the Ascension in Clearwater, Florida. Her original carillon duet, “Passion”, won First Prize in the Sacred Music Competition in Perpignan, France, in 2015. Newell’s original carillon compositions and arrangements are published by the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America and American Carillon Music Editions. Her original handbell compositions and arrangements of Beethoven are published by From The Top Music.

An Online Guide to Arranging for Carillon (Barnes Grant Project)

Presenter: Rachel Perfecto

Originally presented on June 21, 2020

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In this presentation, Rachel discusses the results of her Barnes Grant project, the creation of an online guide to arranging for the carillon. For this project, she analyzed existing carillon arrangements at the Anton Brees Carillon Library at Bok Tower Gardens, experimented with various techniques in her own arrangements, and compared the sound of these arrangements as played on different carillons. In this presentation, she discusses her analyses, shares the tips and tricks that she learned, and explains how the resulting online guide to arranging could be of interest to you and/or your students.

Rachel Perfecto is a carillonneur, conductor, and musicologist. She joined the GCNA as a carillonneur member in 2015 and graduated summa cum laude from the Royal Carillon School "Jef Denyn" in Mechelen, Belgium, the following year. Rachel holds a bachelor’s in music from Yale University, a master’s in musicology from the KU Leuven, and a master’s of music in conducting from the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp. Before starting her current position as the head librarian of the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, she was the interim teacher of harmony, composition, and arranging at the Royal Carillon School “Jef Denyn.”

The Carillon Compositions of Alice Gomez

Presenter: Laura Ellis

Originally presented on June 25, 2020

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Alice Gomez (b. 1960) is an internationally acclaimed Latina composer whose output includes works for symphony, ballet, opera, film, and chamber ensemble. Based in San Antonio, Gomez was introduced to the carillon through respected GCNA member George Gregory. Her background as a percussionist has given Gomez a rare insight into the sonic possibilities of the carillon. Her 20+ carillon compositions have rhythmic intensity and offer the listener an engaging tonal palette. This presentation will survey the compositions of Gomez and offer a performer's analysis of her compositional style.

Laura Ellis is Associate School Director and Professor in the School of Music at the University of Florida. 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 Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (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

Processing and Discovering Treasures in the Barnes Collection (Barnes Grant Project)

Presenters: Robin Austin, Lisa Lonie and Janet Tebbel

Originally presented on July 23, 2020

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Ronald Barnes (1927-1997) was a prolific carillonneur, composer, and more. Prior to his death, he made arrangements for his manuscripts and papers to be transferred to the Anton Brees Carillon Library at Bok Tower Gardens (BTG). The Barnes Collection - which is approximately 58 linear feet of materials - spans more than 50 years of manuscripts, letters, publications and ephemera. It is a unique and invaluable resource. The “Barnes Trio,” Robin Austin, Lisa Lonie and Janet Tebbel, receives a Barnes Grant and worked closely with BTG librarian Jaime Fogel to process the collection, provide folder-level descriptions of the materials, and develop a user-friendly finding aid. The presentation shares the status of this project and reveals some hidden treasures found in this extraordinary collection!

Robin Austin began his carillon studies in 1979 with Frank Péchin Law and passed the GCNA advancement examination in 1981. In 1982 he earned the carillonneur’s diploma from the French Carillon School, studying with Jacques Lannoy. He served as carillonneur for Princeton University (1993–2012) and the Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon (2012– 2014). A professional fundraiser, now retired, Robin has held leadership positions at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Lisa Lonie is the Carillonneur of Princeton University; St. Thomas’ Church, Whitemarsh; and Church of the Holy Trinity, Philadelphia, which houses the oldest carillon (1882) in North America. Prior to these positions, she was the carillonneur of the Schneider Carillon at Trinity Church in Holland, Pennsylvania, for over 15 years. She is a Carillonneur member of the GCNA, former Chair of the Examinations Committee, and has served on its Board of Directors and on a variety of committees. Lisa began her carillon studies as a teenager with Frank Law, carillonneur at the Washington Memorial National Carillon in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, and continued with Frank DellaPenna, Mr. Law’s successor.

Janet Tebbel is the carillonneur for two carillons in the historic Germantown section of Philadelphia. She has served as carillonneur of the First United Methodist Church of Germantown, playing the 50-bell Taylor carillon since 1979, and has also been the carillonneur of the Miraculous Medal Shrine, with a 47-bell Paccard/Bigelow carillon, since 2002. Janet began her carillon studies with R. Hudson Ladd at the University of Michigan and continued to play at the University of Rochester, New York, while earning a Master’s degree in Organ at the Eastman School of Music. With a grant from the Belgian-American Educational Foundation, she spent a year at the Royal Carillon School in Mechelen, Belgium, studying with Piet van den Broek, and earned a final diploma from the school.

A Basic Workshop in Using Facebook and Twitter to Promote Your Carillon

Presenter: Michelle S. Lam

Originally presented on February 28, 2021

Note: to facilitate active participation, this workshop was not recorded.

Participants were led through the process of how to create accounts on Facebook and Twitter, learned how to do basic posts and ads, and create basic visualizations using Canva. Participants could follow the workshop in real-time or just watch. This workshop was intended to be interactive with back-and-forth, and was not recorded in order to encourage active participation and questions as they came up. This list of helpful tutorials was provided to participants.

Michelle S. Lam joined the GCNA in 2019, is the current president of the University of Michigan Carillon Guild and the carillonist at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church. She has run the social media campaigns for the UM and the GPMC carillon summer series, as well as for various carillon events hosted by the UM Carillon Guild and the Wellesley Guild of Carillonneurs.

A Work of Art and Engineering: Iowa State University Campanile-Carillon Model

James Heise, Professor of Practice, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Iowa State University
Robert Sunderman, Associate Professor of Theatre: Resident Scenic Designer, Department of Music and Theatre, Iowa State University
Tin-Shi Tam, Charles T. & Ivadelle Cobb Cownie Professor of Music, Department of Music and Theatre, Iowa State University

Originally presented on April 13, 2021

Note: this workshop was not recorded.

Iowa State University Campanile-Carillon Model is a cross-disciplinary project to construct a working, mobile model of the Iowa State's Campanile and a 27-bell carillon. This model will be used at various university events and outreach programs across the state and throughout the nation. It will also serve as an educational tool and a musical instrument. Three ISU faculty shared this adventure from the inception of the idea to build a 1:5 scale replica of the campanile to working with students, faculty, staff and alumni in the design and engineering of this model.

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