Carillonneur Exam

The process for the Carillonneur examination is an annual event. The process requires approximately eight months, starting in October with application and concluding the following summer with the exam recital at the annual congress (usually in June).

2022 Examination Process

Information provided here is for prospective candidates who wish to take the exam with the goal of performing an advancement recital at the 2022 Congress. Requirements are subject to change. All such changes will be identified with revision dates. For more information, contact the Carillonneur Examination Committee Co-Chairs, Margaret Pan and Jeremy Chesman. Email them at exam@gcna.org

The jurors for 2022 are: Kipp Cortez, David Hunsberger, Jonathan Lehrer, Carol Jickling Lens and Patrick Macoska (with alternates: Mark Lee and Tin-Shi Tam).

Required pieces for 2022

Performance Notes:

  • Candidates who are preparing recordings of “Burlesca” by Ronald Barnes on a carillon without an extended bass range should transpose up one octave 1) the lowest pedal voice in measure 8 (low C, B, A, G), and 2) the low G pedal notes in measures 4, 17 (end of first ending), and 30.
  • NEW: For candidates who are preparing recordings of “Cortege and Fugue” by John Courter:
    • In keeping with the many Baroque aspects of the "Cortege and Fugue", the exam committee believes its ornaments should be performed in Baroque style. E.g., most ornaments should end on the written note; appoggiaturas should fall on the downbeat; trills should typically start on the upper note, particularly where they act as accents.
    • At the same time, we believe some freedom in execution is intrinsic to ornamentation on the carillon. Within the general parameters of Baroque style, performers should choose ornamental notes to suit the instrument being played, the harmonic/melodic/rhythmic context of the ornamented note, and their own artistic sensibilities. Literal note-for-note compliance with canonical definitions of given ornament markings is less important. Jurors may comment on a candidate's ornaments on the adjudication sheets, but disagreement between a juror and a candidate over specific realizations of ornaments (as long as some stylistically plausible embellishment is played where ornaments are indicated) is not grounds for failure of a performance.
    • As a reference, we provide below some comments that John Courter made to one of the jurors on the "Cortege and Fugue" ornaments. Again, these are intended as helpful ideas for candidates, *not* as ironclad note-for-note requirements in performance.
    • Cortege:
       - m4 : grace note is treated as dotted quarter note
       - m23 : A is treated as grace note.  Trill starts on C and continues for the full value of the note (through beat 11) with a quick LH playing of the G# on beat 10
       - m25 : chord on the beat followed by E-F
       - m26, m28 : [no specific comments from Courter]
    • Fugue:
       - m5 : D/C# trill
       - m9 : a short three note trill
       - m10 : G/F# trill
       - m11 : E flat/D four note trill
       - m29-31 : the rolled chords are like the “down bow” of a cello.  Staccato punch (bottom 2 notes) - chunk (top two notes) for chord on upbeat. Chunk for downbeat.
       - m34 : dwell on the E flat at the beginning of the trill a bit
       - m35 : slower, longer trill

Application Fee

Each applicant must be an Associate member of the GCNA in good standing with dues paid by October 16, 2021. Applicants who are not already Guild members must first apply for membership by completing this online form and paying dues by that date.

To pay the $40 (non-refundable) exam application fee, there are two options:

1) Send a check for $40 US (payable to "The GCNA") along with your Exam Application Form if you are mailing the form in.

2) Pay via PayPal using the button below. For this option, you first e-mail your application to the Carillonneur Examination Committee Co-Chairs at exam@gcna.org by October 16, 2021. The Co-Chairs will reply via e-mail and assign you a candidate number. Enter this number (not your name) in the space provided below and use the PayPal "Pay Now" button to make your payment. You must make your PayPal payment within two weeks of receiving your candidate number. 

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Special Needs

Candidates who have special needs may submit a written request to the GCNA Carillonneur Examination Committee Co-Chairs for special accommodations to be made. Such requests must be made by the October 16 deadline for the respective exam cycle each time a candidate applies for an examination. The President and the Carillonneur Examination Committee Co-Chairs will consider each case individually.

2022 Jury

Since 1983, David Hunsberger has been one of the assistant carilloneurs at the University of California (Berkeley), and during the 1999-2000 academic year was Acting University Carilloneur. He studied carillon at The Riverside Church in New York City with James R. Lawson, and at the Rees Carillon in Springfield IL, with Raymond Keldermans. He holds the Berkeley Medal for distinguished service to the carillon. Mr. Hunsberger joined The Guild in early 1974 and has not missed a congress since. He advanced in 1976 at Trinity UCC, Holland PA. He was Treasurer during 1976-78 and 1996-2019, Recording Secretary during 1978-96, sat on the Board of Directors during 1979-94 and 2010-18, and has been chair of its legal committee since 1992. He has worked on many of its other committees, including nominations, examinations, brochure, scholarship, and world federation. He enjoys traveling abroad and cross-country drives. He walks several miles each day along San Francisco Bay with his husband Neil. He does lots of sudoku. He is now owner of his third convertible. He’s not much of a cook but likes people who are.


Mark Lee is certified as a Carillonneur by the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America and regularly plays the Theodore C. Butz Memorial Carillon at the Chicago Botanic Garden. He has served on the guild’s Examination committee, as co-editor of the guild’s newsletter Carillon News, and on the Ronald Barnes Memorial Fund jury. Mr. Lee has been an active church and synagogue musician in the Chicago area, and has served as an examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music Examinations, Toronto, Ontario. (Lee serves as an alternate juror for the 2022 examination.)


Jon Lehrer is a laureate of five international competitions for carillon, most notably the Queen Fabiola International Carillon Competition, where he was also awarded the SABAM prize for the best interpretation of Flemish carillon music. He is the winner of the 2010 International Carillon competition of the Dutch Carillon Guild, and the highest ranked competitor in the International Alexius Julien Competition for baroque music. Jon began his carillon studies at Yale University and graduated with great distinction from the Belgian Royal Carillon School "Jef Denyn". He has given hundreds of concerts worldwide, served as a fellow of Bok Tower Gardens and the Canada Council for the Arts, and performed the Cast in Bronze theatrical carillon show at Renaissance festivals across the US. Jon currently lives in Vancouver, BC and works as a data scientist.


Carol Jickling Lens began her carillon studies in 8th grade with Beverly Buchanan at Christ Church Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, continuing at the University of Michigan, with R. Hudson Ladd. In the middle of college came the excitement of attending The Netherlands Carillon School in Amersfoort, The Netherlands, studying with Leen ‘t Hart, where she earned both the Practical and End Diplomas. After her senior year in high school, Lens passed the Exam Recital to become Carillonneur member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA). Lens has chaired and served as judge on the Exam Committee, chaired and served on the Nomination Committee, and was on the Board from 1996-99 and 2017-20. Lens has played recitals from coast to coast in the US, including at several GCNA Congresses and twice at The Springfield International Carillon Festival. She has played recitals in the Netherlands; London and Loughborough, England; St. Petersburg, Russia; and Seoul, South Korea. Lens and her family have lived in England, Ghana, New Orleans, Houston and Libya. While in Houston, Carol held the position of carillonneur at St. John the Divine Episcopal Church and at the Bell Tower Center Carillon. She was appointed University Carillonneur at The University of Denver January 5, 2010.


Tatiana (Tanya) Lukyanova earned her Bachelors degree in piano and organ performance at the Novosibirsk State Conservatory (Russia) with professors Natalia Melnikova and Natalia Baginskaya and Masters Degree in organ and carillon at the St. Petersburg State University with Daniel Zaretsky and Jo Haazen, followed by postgraduate organ studies at St. Petersburg State Conservatoire “N. Rimsky-Korsakov”, and carillon studies at the Royal Carillon School in Mechelen, Belgium. In addition to her degree work, Tanya also taught organ and carillon at the St. Petersburg State University (2008-2012) and served as the carillonneur of the Peterhof Museum (2009 to 2011). In December 2012 Tanya moved to United States and is currently the carillonneur at the First Church of Christ Congregational in New Britain, CT and Storrs Congregational church, and organist and accompanist at the South United Methodist Church in Manchester, CT. (Tanya serves as an alternate juror for the 2022 examination.)


Patrick Macoska lived in Michigan until recently, where he had careers in architecture and church music. He studied carillon at the University of Michigan and played his GCNA (Guild of Carillonneurs in North America) advancement recital in 1997 at the University of Kansas. Patrick has been active in the Guild, serving two terms on the Board of Directors and serving as Chairperson of the Examinations Committee. He has given carillon concerts throughout the U.S. and Canada. Until his recent move back to his hometown of Cleveland, he played weekly recitals on the two carillons at the University of Michigan as well as on the 51-bell Paccard carillon at St. Mary’s of Redford Church in Detroit where he served as director of music. He currently serves as chapel organist at St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland and is a frequent guest carillonneur at the Church of the Covenant. Patrick also serves on the Board of Directors of the Friends of the McGaffin Carillon in University Circle.


A celebrated artist on carillon and organ, Tin-Shi Tam has given recitals in Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, and the United States. She was a featured carillon recitalist at the Festival International de Carillon en Côte d'Or in France, the International Carillon Festival at Bok Tower Gardens in Florida, and the Congresses of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America. In 2008, TAM represented the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America to perform at the World Carillon Federation Congress in Groningen, The Netherlands. As an active clinician, TAM has given master classes, lectures and education programs extensively. A selection of her carillon arrangements of Scriabin’s music was published by Nederlandse Klokkenspel-Vereniging, and her carillon compact disk “The Bells of Iowa State” was released in 2004. At present, she is the Charles T. & Ivadelle Cobb Cownie Professor of Music (the university carillonneur) and the chair of the keyboard division at Iowa State University.


List of Prior Required Exam Pieces

The purpose of the List of Prior Required Exam Pieces is to inform the general Guild membership and prospective candidates alike about carillon music that has been chosen by the Committee as required pieces in past years. The list also reflects the Committee's musical expectation level needed to achieve Carillonneur membership.

2023 Examination Process

Information regarding the 2023 Carillonneur Examination will be posted here in January 2022.


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