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What is a carillon?

A carillon consists of a series of at least 23 tuned bells, played from a keyboard that allows expressiveness through variation in touch. The player, or carillonneur, can play a broad range of music—from arrangements of popular and classical music to original compositions created just for the carillon. Carillon bells can be heard throughout North America, in cities, at churches, on school campuses, in public parks, and in many other places where people gather. Learn more...

Summer carillon recitals

The best way to listen to carillon music is live and in person! Did you know that there are close to 200 carillons across North America? Many carillons are played throughout the year, and many plan special recitals during the summer months. Check out this year's recital listings!

Can't make it to a carillon recital in person? Check out our online music listings to listen to carillon music from anywhere!

About the GCNA

The Guild of Carillonneurs in North America is an organization of carillon players, builders, scholars, and enthusiasts dedicated to promoting the carillon art. It supports the development of proficient carillonneurs and encourages the building of new carillons, the improvement of existing installations, and the composition and distribution of carillon music. Learn more...

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Webinar: Carillon Arrangements of Puerto Rican Danzas

Join us on July 23, 2024, at 11:00am–12:00pm Eastern for an update on Carlos Colón-Ortiz's Barnes Grant project in which he arranged Puerto Rican danzas for carillon. Register now!

Webinar: Transferring Bronze Sound: Chinese Bianzhong and Carillon

Join us on July 30, 2024, at 8:00–9:00pm Eastern for update on Yiqing "Mitty" Ma's Barnes Grant project in which she composed new carillon music inspired by traditional Chinese music: Bianzhong. Register now!

Apply for a grant to host a fall/winter carillon gathering

Do you want to host a gathering at your carillon this fall or winter? The GCNA wants to support you! Apply for a grant by August 15. Learn more...

Classified ads / job postings

We welcome classified advertisements regarding the sale or donation of items that may be of interest to GCNA members such as second-hand practice consoles, collections of sheet music, publications, recordings, etc. Employers are welcome to submit job postings for carillonneurs and related positions (including full-time or part-time, employee or contract positions). For more, visit the Classified Ads / Job Postings page.

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