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2022 GCNA Congress

The 79th Annual Congress of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America will be held at The University of Chicago from June 16 to 19, 2022.

Congress teaser video (originally presented June 2021)

Attending your first GCNA Congress?

We look forward to welcoming you! Be sure to join us for the complimentary first-timers breakfast on June 16 (the first morning) to meet board members and other first-timers. It will be held at 7:30am at the International House Dining Hall.

Congress events include presentations, masterclasses, workshops, and business meetings, as well as social opportunities to meet other carillonneurs - and of course lots of great music! We will be spending a lot of time outside listening to recitals, so be prepared with sunscreen, a hat, an umbrella, etc. Casual, comfortable dress is highly recommended! For the banquet, many people will dress up, but you won't feel out of place in smart casual attire either.

Questions? Email events@gcna.org



Detailed Congress Schedule - new!

The details congress schedule is now available! Please click here.


Schedule at a glance

Wed Jun 15
  • 1pm:  Registration check-in begins 
  • 5pm:  Congress opens with a concert and reception
Thu Jun 16 
  • The first GCNA business meeting will convene in the morning.
  • GCNA business meetings, exam recitals, other performances, presentations, masterclasses, workshops, and other events will take place throughout the day.
Fri Jun 17
  • Events continuing throughout the day. 
Sat Jun 18 
  • Events continuing throughout the day.
  • The banquet will take place in the evening.
Sun Jun 19 
  • Events continuing in the morning.
  • The congress will officially close at noon.

  • Optional post-congress activities at St. Chrysostom's Church: Shuttle departs at 2pm from the University. 3pm concert on the 43-bell Gillett and Johnston carillon by Elisa Tersigni. Organ demo to follow. Dinner on your own with a chance to explore the surrounding neighborhood. Shuttle back to the University will depart St. Chrysostom's at 8pm.
Mon Jun 20
  • Optional post-congress activities at Chicago Botanic Garden: Shuttle departs at 9am from the University. Visitors will be given the chance to play the carillon from 10:30am to noon and can enjoy the gardens and lunch on their own at the garden café. Admission to the garden is free for congress registrants. Shuttle back to the University will depart the garden at 2pm.
(Due to construction, there will not be a post-congress activity on June 21 in Naperville, as previously advertised.)

 

Highlights

This year marks the 90th anniversary of the Rockefeller carillon at the University of Chicago. With 72 bells weighing 100 tons in total, the carillon is one of the two largest in the world by weight, alongside its sister instrument in New York City. We will be playing this carillon extensively throughout the congress.

In addition to the Rockefeller carillon, we will hear two mobile carillons in concert. On the evening of June 17, we will inaugurate the B.A. Sunderlin Bellfoundry’s new chamber carillon inside Rockefeller Chapel, with many performances of carillon combined with other instruments. In the afternoon of June 18, we will hear a performance on Iowa State University’s Campanile-Carillon Model.

An unprecedented 10 different masterclasses and workshops will be offered during congress! Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate in up to 3 different offerings, but please note that space is limited. Current students will receive priority for a given class if demand is high. For detailed descriptions of each of the offerings, click here. (There will be room for observers at some of the masterclasses and workshops. More info about that to come closer to the time of congress.) The masterclass and workshops are scheduled in the afternoon on June 16, 17, and 18 during free blocks, at which time there will also be visits to Rockefeller and Bond Chapel Organs, and the Mitchell Tower change-ringing bells.

The registration fee includes all lunches and dinners during the congress, courtesy of our generous sponsors! Highlights include:

  • Banquet at the Museum of Science and Industry under a WWII-era U-boat, sponsored by the B.A. Sunderlin Bell Foundry (June 18)
  • Night on the Town, sponsored by McShane Bell Foundry (June 16)
  • Brunch, sponsored by the National Association for Olmsted Parks (June 18)
  • Opening reception, cosponsored by Royal Eijsbouts and International House Global Voices (June 15)
  • Pizza lunch, sponsored by Chimemaster (June 17)

Performances throughout the congress will feature many of our new Carillonneur Members from the classes of 2019, 2020 and 2021, alongside seasoned performers. We will hear four new pieces commissioned by Rockefeller Chapel to commemorate its 90th anniversary, new commissions by the Franco committee, prizewinning arrangements in the Warner contest, prizewinning compositions of the Olmsted contest, new publications, and much more.


Registration

GCNA congresses are open to everyone (whether a GCNA member or not).

Register by April 16 to get a complimentary t-shirt and secure the early bird discount rate of $225. The rate of $250 applies to registrations after April 16. The registration fee includes all lunches and dinners during the congress. 

Grants to Attend CongressThe GCNA is pleased to offer grants to cover the costs of congress registration fees for the following two groups of members: (a) first-time attendees, and (b) new Carillonneur members (those who passed their advancement exams in 2018, 2019, 2020 or 2021). If you are applying for a grant, please do NOT register for congress until you receive approval for the grant. [Note: the grant application deadline has passed.] For more information, click here.

Register for Congress today!


COVID-19 Notice

All congress attendees must abide by the COVID-19 mitigation laws and policies in effect at the time of the Congress.

Links to the current laws and policies are provided here: City of Chicago's Public Health Order; and The University of Chicago's Campus Visitor Policy. These are subject to change. Based on current laws and policies, proof of vaccination will be required for admission to the June 16 Night on the Town, the June 18 Banquet, and all meals and events at off-campus venues.

The University of Chicago encourages all campus visitors to be vaccinated for COVID-19 at their earliest opportunity.


Accommodations

Hotel reservations are now available at the official 2022 Congress Hotel (The Study at the University of Chicago). Use this link to automatically book your room within the GCNA block of rooms at a discounted rate.

(May 4 update: ten more rooms have been added to the block of rooms at the discounted rate for bookings before May 17. After those remaining rooms are booked, check the hotel's main page to see if there are any rooms available at the regular rate.)

The Study Hotel is a 7-minute walk from the carillon and all presentation/meeting spaces on campus. Shuttles will be provided from the Study Hotel to the banquet, as well as to optional post-congress activities on June 19 and 20 as needed. Everyone is encouraged to book their hotel stay as soon as possible, as rooms may fill up. The discounted room rates apply from June 13-20, including two days prior to the start of congress and one day after its conclusion. Modifications and cancellations are possible with a full refund through May 17.

There will be no other suggested accommodations as part of the congress, though attendees are of course welcome to stay elsewhere.


Transportation

You will not need a car during the congress, if you are staying at the Study Hotel or nearby. Shuttles will be provided from the Study Hotel to the banquet, and to the post-congress activities on June 19 and 20.

If you are bringing a car, free street parking is available on the streets surrounding the Study Hotel, including along the Midway Plaisance. The Study Hotel itself does not have a parking lot or garage.

If you are arriving by plane, you can fly into either O’Hare (ORD) or Midway (MDW). From the airports, you can either take busses or trains to Hyde Park, or a taxi or rideshare.

Members who are looking to share a ride with others from either airport to the Congress hotel can check out this page (for members only).

Here are Google Maps directions for public transportation to the Study Hotel from O'Hare; or from Midway.


Questions?

For info about the GCNA Congress Registration Grants (for first-timers and new Carillonneur Members), please contact events@gcna.org (Chair, GCNA Events Committee).

For more info about all other congress-related matters, please contact the congress hosts:  Joey Brink (University Carillonist, The University of Chicago) and Mike Boyman (Events Manager, Rockefeller Memorial Chapel).


Sponsors

The University of Chicago would like to thank the following sponsors:

   B.A. Sunderlin Bellfoundry
(sponsor of the Banquet
at the Museum of Science
on June 18)
McShane Bell Foundry
(sponsor of the Night
on the Town on June 16) 
  
   National Association of Olmsted Parks
(sponsor of the Brunch on June 18) 
Royal Eijsbouts
(co-sponsor with International
House Global Voices of
the Opening Reception
on June 15) 
  
   Chime Master
(sponsor of the Pizza Lunch
on June 17)



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