The initial idea for founding the NACS in 2012 came from Carlo van Ulft, the current Director of the NACS, but more importantly, the Director/Carillonist of the Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon, in Springfield, IL. Having actively been part of the American Carillon World for over 18 years, he recognized the need for organized and structured carillon education in the USA. The Springfield Park District, the owner and operator of the Rees Carillon, granted use of, and access to, their 67-bell Petit & Fritsen carillon to future students. In addition they are looking into expanding the office spaces for the Carillonist/Director, in order to be able to host more students, and organize workshops and other events.
Realizing that such a venture would never be a "one man show", Van Ulft immediately found support from two distinguished American Carillonists, Frank DellaPenna and John Gouwens. Both Frank and John bring their own vast carillon experience to the NACS. Besides teaching carillon performance, DellaPenna teaches
Carillon Marketing and Promotion, Gouwens teaches Composition, Improvisation and Campanology/Carillon History, and Van Ulft teaches Arranging for Carillon and Application of Popular Music to Carillon. Students who desire to be prepared for a diploma from the Royal Carillon School "Jef Denyn" are required (by that institution) to take performance from Van Ulft. In 2015, Jim Fackenthal joined the ranks and will be teaching "Introduction to Harmonization".
A team of qualified carillon teachers from around the USA has joined the faculty to make carillon education even more accessible. For their information and locations, please click on "Locations" in the side bar.