In September 1934, Remsen B. Ogilby, the president (and carillonneur) of Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, invited all carillonneurs from the United States and Canada, as well as others interested in the carillon, to attend a meeting at Trinity College to discuss matters of common interest.
About thirty-five people attended, and resolutions were drawn up for a subsequent meeting. This Hartford gathering became known as the First Congress of Carillonneurs in North America.
In September 1936, the Second Congress of Carillonneurs in North America was called at the Houses of Parliament in Ottawa, Canada. At this meeting, The Guild of Carillonneurs in North America was established, with a central organization and a constitution.
In September 1962, The Guild of Carillonneurs in North America was incorporated under the provisions of the Minnesota Non-profit Corporation Act. The bylaws were also adopted at that time. In 1992, for administrative reasons, the state of incorporation was changed; the Guild is now incorporated as a non-profit corporation in, and under the laws of, the state of California.
The GCNA is also recognized as a non-profit organization by the Internal Revenue Service under the provisions of section 501(c)(3) of the tax code.
|1971-1973 Milford H. Myhre|
|1973-1975 Frank P. Law †|
|1975-1977 Robert Lodine †|
|1977-1979 Janet Dundore †|
|1979-1983 William De Turk|
|1983-1987 Loyd Lott|
|1987-1988 Andrea McCrady|
|1988-1993 Karel Keldermans|
|1993-1996 Larry Weinstein|
|1996-2000 Jeff Davis|
|2000-2002 Gloria Werblow|
|2002-2004 Arla Jo Anderton|
|2004-2010 Dennis Curry|
|1936-1939 Edward B. Gammons †|
|1939-1947 Kamiel Lefevere †|
|1947-1949 Percival Price †|
|1949-1950 Ray W. Wingate †|
|1950-1952 Robert Donnell †|
|1952-1954 Harvey Spencer †|
|1954-1956 E. Boyd Jordan †|
|1956-1958 Sidney Giles †|
|1958-1960 Melvin C. Corbett †|
|1960-1962 Frederick L. Marriott †|
|1962-1965 Ronald M. Barnes †|
|1965-1966 Ira Schroeder †|
|1966-1969 Theophil Rusterholz †|
|1969-1971 James B. Slater|
| † deceased|
Honorary members are those persons whom the Guild wishes to honor because they have made a significant contribution to the carillon art. Honorary membership is permanent, and may be in addition to some other pre-existing category of membership.
William De Turk
Sally Slade Warner (1932-2009), Carillonneur member 1980-2009
The following honorary members died prior to 1990:
Charles K. Arter, Arthur Baxter, Olive Langton Beddoe, Nellie Lee Bok, Bertram H. Borden, Jerry H. Chambers, Florence S. Marcy Crofut, Mrs. Henry W. DeForest, Dr. C. W. Drury, Dr. Chris Engels, Morris I. Evinger, Roy Fruehauf, W. Dudley Gale III, Frank Cecil Godfrey, Katherine Northcott Graves, Charlotte Nichols Greene, Thomas Hogan Jr., William Verne Joy, Otto Kaap, C. Ellison Kaumeyer, Raymond A. Keldermans, Margaret Stanton Kirshman, Dr. Kamiel Lefévere, Charles J. Livingwood, Sir Ernest MacMillan, Sonia S. Maguire, Frederick C. Mayer, Dr. Carl McFarland, Hon. C. B. McQueston, Dr. Earl V. Moore, Mrs. Horace V. Moses, Staf Nees, Grace Miller Niederlander, Lester A. Nordan, Maj. H. M. Nornabell, Mrs. Clarence E. Pigford, Prof. F. Percival Price, Luther Richman, Dr. Luther Richmond, H. Beale and Mary E. Rollins, William J. Rushton, Parker David Sanders, Very Rev. Francis B. Sayre Jr., Henry P. Schneider, Buford Scott, Edgar W. Stanton, Floyd B. Taylor, Walter F. Tilton.
Other Notable Members
Émilien Allard (1915-1977)
William Gorham Rice (1856-1945), Honorary President
Wendell Westcott (1911-2010)