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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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Spring issue of Carillon News

The spring issue of Carillon News has dropped! Print subscribers should monitor their mailboxes; everyone else can read online. In this issue, learn about Percival Price and hear recaps of recent excursions.

2024 volume of the Bulletin

The 2024 volume of the Bulletin has dropped! Print subscribers should monitor their mailboxes; everyone else can read online. In this issue, learn about the events of recent GCNA and WCF congresses as well as an exploration of Anton Brees.

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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