2022 GCNA Congress

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Welcome to the 2022 Guild of Carillonneurs in North America Congress!

Founded in 1936, the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA) convenes annually at carillons across the continent to put on concerts of music both old and new, present research and historical studies, and conduct business among its members. This is the third congress hosted by the University of Chicago, the first two having took place in 1953 and 1977.

The year 2022 marks the 90th anniversary of the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial Carillon, installed in the summer of 1932. In celebration of the anniversary, we are offering five days of concerts and presentations, all of which are free and open to the public.

Two additional mobile carillons are arriving for the congress. The B.A. Sunderlin Bellfoundry’s new chamber carillon will be installed inside Rockefeller Chapel, for an inaugural performance on Friday, June 17 that will be the first of its kind in North America. The Iowa State University Campanile-Carillon Model, a 1:5 scale replica of the ISU campanile, will be arriving on the main steps of Rockefeller Chapel for a performance on Saturday, June 18.

The detailed program book can be downloaded HERE

All concerts are at Rockefeller Chapel (5850 S Woodlawn Ave), and all presentations are at the Assembly Hall in International House (1414 E 59th St).


Schedule of public events:


Wednesday, June 15th

5 pm - Opening Concert, Rockefeller Chapel

Thursday, June 16th

10 am - Presentation by Simone Browne: What Defines a Contemporary Carillon Culture? Global Perspectives, Best Practices, and a Case Study of Carillon Growth in Ukraine. Assembly Hall, International House

10:30 am - Presentation by Tiffany Ng, Scott Allan Orr, Audrey Dye, Michelle Lam, and Cedric McCoy: 2023, A Century of Women and the Carillon. Assembly Hall, International House

12:45 pm - "Journey" concert, Rockefeller Chapel

5:30 pm - "Soaring Skies" concert, Rockefeller Chapel

Friday, June 17th

10:30 am - Presentation: Continuing Education, hosted by Lynnli Wang. Assembly Hall, International House

3 pm - "Celebrations" concert, Rockefeller Chapel

8 pm - Chamber Carillon Concert, B.A. Sunderlin Mobile Carillon, Rockefeller Chapel (inside)

Saturday, June 18th

10 am - "Inspired by Olmsted" concert, Rockefeller Chapel

2 pm - "Rhymes & Chimes" concert, with poems by Robert Frost & carillon music, Iowa State University Campanile-Carillon Model, Rockefeller Chapel (south steps)

3:30 pm - "Song & Dance" concert, Rockefeller Chapel

Sunday, June 19th

10:30 am - Presentation: The North American Carillon Community Survey, Michelle Lam and Elisa Tersigni. Assembly Hall, International House

11 am - Presentation: Carillon Compositions of Alice Gomez, Laura Ellis. Assembly Hall, International House

12 noon - Closing Concert, Rockefeller Chapel