Leadership

Board of Directors

The GCNA is led by a board of 9 directors. They are divided into 3 classes and serve 3-year terms. A new class of directors is elected annually by the voting membership. To write to all board members at once, email board-list@gcna.org.


Laura Ellis

Term ending 2023

Laura Ellis is Associate School Director and Professor in the School of Music at the University of Florida where she teaches carillon, organ, and courses in sacred music. A graduate of Luther College (Decorah, IA), she holds the MM degree in church music and the DMA in organ performance from the University of Kansas. While in residence at KU, she studied carillon with Albert Gerken. A carillonneur member of the GCNA, Ellis has performed throughout the United States, the Netherlands, Canada, and Australia. For more details about the carillon program at the University of Florida, please visit www.arts.ufl.edu/carillon.

Austin Ferguson

Term ending 2023

A native of Longview, Texas, Austin Ferguson led the carillon program at the University of Texas at Austin from 2011 to 2015, performing half-hour concerts seven times per week and teaching lessons to fellow students. He has been a featured recitalist around the country and is an active member of the GCNA, where he serves as co-editor of Carillon News, the Guild’s newsletter, and sits on the Legal and Membership Roster Committees. He was named the fourth carillonneur of the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota, in February 2017. In addition to his work at Mayo, Austin serves as a piano and voice teacher at the Rochester Academy of Music and Co-Director of Music at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Rochester. (Photo credit: Mayo Clinic)

Julianne Vanden Wyngaard

Term ending 2023

Julianne Vanden Wyngaard has been a member of the Guild since 1996, achieved Carillonneur status in 1999 and was first elected to the board in 2001. She has served as University Carillonneur at Grand Valley State University since 1996 and, until her retirement in 2019, has arranged summer concerts for two instruments and has hosted the Guild congress in 2005. She holds a degree in piano performance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a diploma in carillon from the Utrecht School of the Arts where she studied with Todd Fair, Jacques Maassen, and Bernard Winsemius. In her new "retired" position, she continues as recitalist, active needlework person and best friend to her companion dog, Lindsey.

Linda Dzuris

Term ending 2024

Linda Dzuris became Clemson’s first University Carillonneur in 1999 and is Chair of the Department of Performing Arts. She received her BM, MM, and DMA degrees from the University of Michigan. She studied carillon there with additional training at the Netherlands Carillon School in Amersfoort. Dzuris has been a featured guest artist throughout the United States, the Netherlands, France, and Switzerland. She performed concerts on behalf of the GCNA at the 19th World Carillon Federation (WCF) Congress held in Barcelona, Spain, and currently serves as a North American delegate to the WCF. American Carillon Music Editions and the Yale Guild of Carillonneurs publish her original carillon compositions.

Emily Moody

Term ending 2024

Emily Moody is the Associate Director of Performing Arts Programming at Longwood Gardens. She assists with programming performing arts events and oversees the 62-bell Carillon, Longwood Organ, and Longwood Steinway Piano. She manages a part-time staff working concerts and oversees the guest experience at performances. At Longwood Gardens, Emily programs all carillon and organ concerts. Emily created the Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition in 2013 offering the largest cash prize of any organ competition in the world. Emily also hosted the GCNA Congress in 2009 was in the planning stages for hosting the GCNA and WCF Congress in 2020.

Lynnli Wang

Term ending 2024

Lynnli Wang is the current University Carillonneur at Indiana University, where she plays both the Metz Carillon and also the Music Addition Carillon. She acts as the GCNA's Corresponding Secretary and also sits on the Music Publications committee. Her carillon journey started at Yale, where she studied with Ellen Dickinson, and she passed her Carillonneur membership exam in 2014. Besides making beautiful bell music for her community, Lynnli loves bringing people together to collaborate on the carillon - she co-authored a children's book on the carillon, Rosie Meets the Carillon; commissioned new works for carillon plus other instruments; and has even worked with various cultural centers and athletic teams to highlight the carillon and music of underrepresented populations. When not in the tower, you can find Lynnli testing out new recipes or reading a new book.

Wesley Arai

Term ending 2025

Wesley Arai has served on the Board of the GCNA since 2019 and currently serves as the organization's Treasurer. He is the University Carillonist at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he performs regularly on the 61-bell Storke Tower carillon and maintains an active teaching studio. Wesley studied carillon with Jeff Davis at the University of California, Berkeley, where he received BA degrees in Mathematics and Statistics with a minor in Music. He received an MA degree in Mathematics from the University of California, Los Angeles and subsequently became a Carillonneur member of the GCNA. An active recitalist, Wesley has performed extensively across the United States and abroad. In addition to the carillon, he has studied piano, trombone, and voice. Wesley's day job is as an actuary for a company in Los Angeles.

Tiffany Ng

Term ending 2025

Tiffany Ng is University Carillonist at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her concert career spans festivals throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America. She has premiered over 60 acoustic and electroacoustic pieces, championed the work of women composers, and pioneered models for interactive "crowdsourced" and environmental-data-driven carillon performances. Her score publications include arrangements of music by Florence Price and Clara Schumann as well as Motown, soul, R&B, and civil rights movement songs. Her scholarly publications include the "Annotated Bibliography of African American Carillon Music" and the "International Bibliography of Carillon Music by Women, Transgender, and Nonbinary Composers," as well as two museum catalogs of bells. Dr. Ng is a member of the Johan Franco Composition Committee and Chair of the Archives Committee.

Tin-Shi Tam

Term ending 2025

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, 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-Verenigin, 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.

Officers

The board of directors elects at least 5 officers annually at the congress. They include the president, vice president, treasurer, corresponding secretary, recording secretary, and any additional officers it deems necessary. The president and vice president are always members of the board.

President (email): Laura Ellis
Vice president (email): Linda Dzuris
Treasurer (email): Wesley Arai
Corresponding secretary (email): Lynnli Wang
Recording secretary (email): Caroline Poon
Assistant treasurer (email): David Hunsberger

Committee chairs

The board creates committees as it sees fit to delegate its work, and the president typically appoints their members. Most of the work at the GCNA is carried out at this level.

Election of Directors

Board service for the Guild is a chance to grow personally and professionally, to share valuable skills, gain unique experiences and make lasting connections with other passionate and motivated members. Board service is a chance to help strategically decide the future direction of the organization and profession while being a strong advocate for the carillon. It also offers the unique opportunity to gain recognition from your employer, peers and community.

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2023 Election of Directors (for terms beginning June 2023 and ending June 2026).

Both self-nominations and nominations of your colleagues are enthusiastically welcomed! Nominations are accepted until January 1 each year. Any voting member of the GCNA may submit one or more names (including their own) to the Nominating Committee for its consideration. Please use this nomination form.

Additional information on the responsibilities, frequency of meetings, etc. can be found here: "Becoming a Member of the GCNA Board".

The basic requirements, in addition to the willingness to be an active participant of a working board, are

  • Be a voting GCNA member
  • Show a strong interest and commitment to the workings of the GCNA
  • Interest in advancing the art and science of the carillon and the profession


Upon receipt of a nomination, a member of the Nominating Committee will contact the individual to verify their interest in serving on the board and to answer any questions. The nominee will then be asked to submit a resume and provide a short statement relative to their interest in serving on the board. The official slate of candidates is contingent on committee’s review of all application materials.

For additional questions, please contact Margaret Angelini, chair of the Nominating Committee: nominate@gcna.org.


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