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The Board of Directors has 9 members—each tasked with overseeing both the long-term direction and day-to-day operations of the GCNA. A new class of Directors is elected annually by the membership, and the Board appoints new Officers following each election. The President and Vice President are always Directors. The Board delegates its work to committees, and the President typically appoints their members. Most of the work at the GCNA is carried out by the committees.
Wesley Arai — Director, Treasurer
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.
Linda Dzuris — Director, President
Dr. Linda Dzuris became Clemson's first University Carillonneur in 1999 and is Chair of the Department of Performing Arts. Additionally, Dzuris is a performance instructor of the North American Carillon School, which was established in 2013 as an affiliate and American representative of the Royal Carillon School "Jef Denyn" in Mechelen, Belgium. She received her BM, MM, and DMA degrees in organ performance and church music from the University of Michigan. Carillon study was also done in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with additional study at the Netherlands Carillon School in Amersfoort. Dzuris is President of the GCNA and has been a featured guest artist in carillon concert series throughout the United States, the Netherlands, France, and Switzerland. In 2017, Dzuris 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.
Laura Ellis — Director
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, Iowa), 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 — Corresponding Secretary
A native of Longview, Texas, Austin Ferguson studied carillon with Lynnette Geary, University Carillonneur at Baylor University. As a student at the University of Texas at Austin, he led the UT carillon program, playing daily recitals on the Kniker Carillon and instructing members of the student guild. He graduated from UT in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Theory. In February 2017, Austin was named the fourth Carillonneur of Mayo Clinic, where he plays 8 weekly recitals on the 1928 Rochester Carillon, the only instrument of its kind in North America owned by a medical center. Under his tenure, Mayo Clinic has garnered a reputation for expanding carillon literature by commissioning multiple new compositions for the instrument, most notably works through the annual “Music for Mayo” Carillon Music Series. Austin is an active member of the GCNA, where he is Co-Editor of Carillon News and sits on the Legal, Public Relations/Website, Nominations, Arrangements/Transcriptions, and Heritage Music committees. In June 2023, he ended his first term on the Board of Directors and began a new role as Corresponding Secretary. Outside of Mayo, Austin keeps busy serving as Director of Music and Organist at Calvary Episcopal Church (conveniently located across the street from the carillon) and teaching a full piano studio.
Scott Hummel — Director
Scott R. Hummel is a composer and musician from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Scott holds a Bachelor of Arts in music and a Bachelor of Music in audio and music production from Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pennsylvania. He has performance experience in keyboard instruments, choral music, and percussion. His introduction to the carillon came through listening to the 62-bell instrument housed in the Chimes Tower at Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. In addition to carillon, Scott has written for various other mediums, including choir, pipe organ, and percussion. Scott also serves as an instructor for the North American Carillon School where he teaches music theory. His involvement in the music industry extends beyond composition and performance to audio engineering and lighting design. Scott continues to compose and arrange new works for carillon. Visit him online at www.scottrhummel.com.
David Hunsberger — Assistant Treasurer
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, Illinois, with Raymond Keldermans. He holds the Berkeley Medal for distinguished service to the carillon. Mr. Hunsberger joined the GCNA in early 1974 and has not missed a congress since. He advanced in 1976 at Trinity UCC, Holland, Pennsylvania. 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.
Emily Moody — Director
Emily Moody has been the Associate Director of Performing Arts Programming at Longwood Gardens for over 17 years. She assists with programming performing arts events and oversees the resident instruments including the 62-bell Carillon, Longwood Organ, and Longwood Steinway Grand Piano. She manages a part-time staff of over 30 and oversees the guest experience at performing arts events from set up to execution. At Longwood Gardens, Emily programs all ticketed and free carillon concerts, organ concerts and family programming. Emily created the Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition in 2013 where 10 young organists from around the world competed on the Longwood Organ for a $40,000 first prize, the largest cash prize of any organ competition in the world. In 2016, Emily created the Longwood Organ Academy, a week-long residential summer intensive program providing students the opportunity to study organ transcriptions on one of the world's largest symphonic organs. Emily organizes master classes and oversees the production of all recordings on the Longwood Carillon and Organ. Emily also hosted the GCNA Congress in 2009 at Longwood Gardens and was in the planning stages for hosting the GCNA and World Carillon Federation (WCF) combined congress in 2020. Emily is a past board member of the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) and past Vice President of the board for the Kennett Symphony. Emily is a member of the GCNA, WCF, AGO, and World Federation of International Music Competitions.
Tiffany Ng — Director
Tiffany Ng is University Carillonist and Chair of the Organ Department at the University of Michigan. 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 www.CarillonWomen.org and two bibliographies available in the GCNA Bulletin: "Annotated Bibliography of African American Carillon Music," and "International Bibliography of Carillon Music by Women, Transgender, and Nonbinary Composers." Dr. Ng is a member of the Johan Franco Composition Committee and chair of the Archives Committee.
Caroline Poon — Recording Secretary
Caroline Poon has served as Recording Secretary since 2014 and as a Director from 2019 to 2022. She holds a BA from Wellesley College, double majoring in music and in cognitive and linguistic sciences with a concentration in philosophy. She holds an MSI in information policy and an MMus in carillon performance from the University of Michigan. She studied at the Royal Carillon School "Jef Denyn" in Mechelen in the winter of 2015. In her professional life, she has taught undergraduate biology and 'monged cheeses, cured meats, and bread. She has also worked in library services at public and university music libraries. She grew up in Asia, Europe, and both coasts of the United States, but now lives in Chicago with her husband.
Tin-Shi Tam — Director
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 GCNA 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 Koninklijke 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.
Janet Tebbel — Director, Vice President
Janet Tebbel has a rich career as an early elementary music educator, organist and carillonneur. After completing degree programs at University of Michigan and Eastman School of Music, and earning a final diploma at the Royal Carillon School in Mechelen, she has served as carillonneur at the First United Methodist Church in Germantown, Philadelphia, and more recently at the nearby Miraculous Medal Shrine. Her community outreach included thrice-weekly "quarantine recitals" in 2020, and she is now tolling the bourdon and playing the Ukrainian national anthem every Sunday. Tebbel is active as solo carillon recitalist and with the Treblemakers with Lisa Lonie. She has performed throughout North America and Europe, for the GCNA and WCF congresses. Along with Robin Austin and Lisa Lonie, she received three Barnes grants to work in the archives at Bok Tower, cataloguing the papers of Arthur Bigelow and Ronald Barnes.
Lynnli Wang — Director
Lynnli Wang currently performs at Riverside Church in NYC, which houses a 74-bell carillon weighing 100+ tons. Previously, she held the Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music (IU JSOM) University Carillonist position, where she built and taught a vibrant carillon studio, dedicated two newly renovated carillons, performed weekly recitals, collaborated with student composers, commissioned a trio of new works by female composers, and authored her second children's book on carillons. In recognition of her dedication to making carillon accessible and exciting to performers, listeners, and composers alike, Lynnli was awarded the IU New Music Performance Award, the IU Lieber Memorial Teaching Award, the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools Teaching Award, and one of The Diapason's 20 Under 30 awards.
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