North American Carillon School
North American Carillon School

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Royal Carillon School "Jef Denyn", Mechelen, Belgium
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Ellen Dickinson, New England

Ellen Dickinson holds the Master of Music degree in organ from the Yale School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music, and the Bachelor of Arts in Music from Yale College. She is Director of Music at Norfield Congregational Church in Weston, Connecticut, and Artistic Director of Music on the Hill, including a professional Chamber Chorus and a larger Festival Chorus. In 2006, she co-founded the Jubilate Ringers, a community handbell ensemble. She is the founding director of the Weston Summer Chorus and directed the Yale Summer Chorus for five seasons. She has served as guest conductor of the Fairfield County Chorale, the Florilegium Chamber Choir (New York City) and was director of the Yale Freshman Chorus. Ellen is College Carillonneur at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and directs Yale University's bell programs, including serving as teacher and advisor to the Yale Guild of Carillonneurs. As an undergraduate, she was co-chair and Summer Carillonneur of the Yale University Guild of Carillonneurs. She has attended the Summer Academy at the Netherlands Carillon School in Amersfoort, Netherlands, where she studied with Todd Fair. She is a carillonneur member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA) and has served the GCNA in many capacities, including exam juror, Bulletin editor, and vice president. She currently serves on the Associate Carillonneur Exam committee, the music publications committee, and is chair of the Professional Concerns committee. She has performed carillon recitals throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.

Linda Dzuris, Clemson, SC

Dr. Linda Dzuris became the first University Carillonneur at Clemson University, South Carolina in 1999 and is a Professor of Music in the Department of Performing Arts. She received her B.M., M.M., and D.M.A. degrees in organ performance and church music from the University of Michigan. Carillon study was also done in Ann Arbor, MI, with additional study at The Netherlands Carillon School in Amersfoort, NL. Dzuris serves as both a board member and an adjudicator on the Associate Carillonneur Evaluation Committee for the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA). She has been a featured guest artist in carillon concert series throughout the states and in The Netherlands.  Several of her carillon arrangements and compositions are published by American Carillon Music Editions and the GCNA.

John Gouwens, Culver, IN
John Gouwens has been Organist and Carillonneur of The Academies (in addition teaching piano students) at the Culver Academies since fall of 1980. He has four CD recordings of the organ and carillon at Culver available at present (with more in the planning stages). He also plays and teaches carillon on an adjunct basis at Ball State University and Indiana University. 
Gouwens is noted for his improvisation skills, on the organ and on the carillon, and has given presentations for several chapters of the American Guild of Organists and for annual congresses of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America on this subject. He also won a carillon improvisation contest at the 1983 GCNA congress, the first such competition held by that organization. In 2004, he hosted the annual congress of the GCNA at Culver, having done so also in 1985. 
He is active as a composer, primarily for carillon, with works published by the Royal Carillon School Jef Denyn in Mechelen, American Carillon Music Editions, and The Guild of Carillonneurs in North America. He has some vocal compositions to his credit also. In 2010, he was commissioned by the Lexington, Kentucky chapter to compose a work in memory of their colleague - a distinguished carillonneur and composer - John Courter. Gouwens premiered the resulting work, "Suite No. 3" for carillon, at the Lexington Regional AGO convention, on the carillon at Berea College, where Courter served with distinction until his untimely death. 
Mr. Gouwens has many competition awards to his credit in organ, carillon, and composition, and is widely-travelled as a recitalist on both organ and carillon. He will make his seventh European recital tour in the summer of 2012. 
Gouwens studied organ and carillon at Indiana University (Bloomington), the University of Michigan, and the University of Kansas, holding degrees in organ performance from the latter two schools. He was raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana. His instructors included Richard Carlson, Clyde Holloway, Robert Clark, and the late Robert Glasgow in organ, and Albert Gerken in carillon. 
He is very active in the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America, where he serves as chairman of the Johan Franco Composition Committee (which commissions new music for carillon and organizes composition competitions). He also serves on the Music Publications Committee and on the Student Examinations Committee. He is very active as an editor and arranger of music for GCNA publications, as well as a contributing composer. He has performed at numerous congresses of the GCNA, as well as at several carillon festivals and a congress of the World Carillon Federation. 
In 2003, Mr. Gouwens completed a method book (revised and expanded in 2010) for teaching beginning students on the carillon. The book, "Playing the Carillon: An Introductory Method," is the first American carillon method book, and is to date the only one published in the US. It is published by the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America.
George Gregory, San Antonio, TX

GEORGE GREGORY has been organist and carillonneur at Central Christian Church in San Antonio, Texas, since 1958. A member of The Guild of Carillonneurs in North America, Mr. Gregory has served many years on the examining committee for the student advancement recitals and also on the Board of Directors for that Guild. He is a past editor of the Guild's Bulletin, a scholarly journal. The Guild of Carillonneurs in North America selected Mr. Gregory as a representative to play a carillon recital at the World Carillon Federation Congress in Løgumkloster, Denmark, in 1982. In 1985,the University of California, Berkeley, awarded him the Berkeley Medal for "Distinguished Service to the Carillon." He has been guest carillon recitalist in two regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists, and in 1988 he played the dedicatory recital of the McLane Carillon at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. In 2005 he played the re-dedication recital of the Baird Memorial Carillon at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. He has played guest recitals on numerous carillons throughout the United States as well as on carillons in Canada, England, and Denmark.

With a bachelor's degree from the University of Tulsa and a Master of Music degree from The University of Texas at Austin, Mr. Gregory was Professor of Music at San Antonio College for 39 years, where he taught organ, 'cello, harp, music theory and Renaissance instruments.

Guest organ recitals have been performed by him at St. Paul's Chapel at Columbia University in New York City and at Saint James the Great Church in Radley, England, as well as numerous organ recitals in Texas and Oklahoma.

A 'cellist, he was formerly a member of the Tulsa Philharmonic, Austin Symphony, and the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra. During twenty years as the harpsicordist/organist for the San Antonio Symphony, he performed the organ part for the Symphony No. 3 by Camille Saint-Saëns (The Organ Symphony) during two different seasons.

He is the director of the San Antonio Early Music Ensemble that presents programs throughout the Southwestern part of the United States using their large collection of early instruments.

Carol Lens, Denver, CO

Carol Jickling Lens began her carillon studies with Beverly Buchanan at Christ Church Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, in the 8th grade. She continued with the carillon at the University of Michigan, with Hudson Ladd. In the middle of college came the excitement of going to The Netherlands Carillon School in Amersfoort, The Netherlands, studying with Leen “t Hart for two years, where she earned both the Practical and End Diplomas.

In 1971 Lens passed the Exam Recital to become Carillonneur Member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA). She was a judge and then chair of the Exam Committee for 6 years. She was on the Board for one term and currently serves as Chair of the Nomination Committee and again as a judge on the Exam Committee.

Lens has played from coast to coast in the US, including two recitals at GCNA Congresses. While living in the Netherlands she played recitals in many cities around the country, including four at the Palace in Amsterdam. While living in England she gave regular recitals at the Bond Street Carillon in London and two in Loughborough. She was fortunate to have the opportunity to play recitals in St. Petersburg, Russia and Seoul, Korea.

Lens and her family have lived in England, Ghana, Libya, New Orleans and Houston. Carol held the position of carillonneur at St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, Houston, TX, between 1979 – 93, (when in US) and at the Bell Tower Center, Houston, from 1997 – 2006, (when in US). She was appointed University Carillonneur at The University of Denver January 5, 2010.

Lisa Lonie, Phildadelphia, PA

Lisa Lonie is the the Carillonneur at St. Thomas' Church, Whitemarsh, as well as Princeton University. She also performs regularly on the oldest carillon (1882) in North America located at Church of the Holy Trinity (Rittenhouse Square) in Philadelphia. Prior to coming to Whitemarsh, she was the Carillonneur at Trinity U.C.C. in Bucks County, Pennsylvania for nearly 20 years.

She began her carillon studies with Frank Law, carillonneur at the Washington Memorial National Carillon in Valley Forge, PA and continued with Frank DellaPenna, Mr. Law's successor. She is a carillonneur member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA), former chair of the Examinations Committee, and has served on its Board of Directors.

Known for her musical wit and creative programming, Ms. Lonie is a frequent recitalist throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. She has performed in internationally acclaimed carillon festivals, as well as for several national congresses of the GCNA, as guest carillonneur for the 2002 National Convention of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) in Philadelphia, and as an invited recitalist at the World Carillon Federation Congress in Aschaffenburg, Germany. She also is one of the featured performers on the CD recording, “Princeton Carillon, Class of 1892” and on the NBC television special "Ringing in the Holidays at Longwood Gardens." Nearly 5,000 copies of her first solo CD of carillon music, The Bells of Christmas at Longwood Gardens, have been sold.

Lisa studied piano with Nancy Turner of Philadelphia and is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University with dual degrees in German and Economics. Besides her musical interests, Lisa is the Executive Assistant to the President of Salus University and resides in Blue Bell, Penna. with husband, Paul, their children, and assorted wildlife.

Andrea McCrady, Ottawa, Canada

Dr. Andrea McCrady was named Dominion Carillonneur in 2008. She plays the Peace Tower Carillon every weekday and on request to serve Parliamentarians. She began playing the carillon in 1971 as an undergraduate at Trinity College, Hartford, CT (B.A., 1975). While studying in Europe on a Thomas J. Watson Traveling Fellowship (1975-76), she studied at the Dutch Carillon School with Leen ’t Hart, as well as at the Royal Carillon School in Belgium and at the French Carillon School. While attending medical school at McGill University, Montreal, 1976-80, she was carillonneur at St. Joseph’s Oratory, and during her residency in Toronto, 1980-82, played at the University of Toronto and the Canadian National Exhibition. From 1990-2008, she coordinated the carillon program at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Spokane, Washington, where she also practiced family medicine. In 2006, she retired from medicine to continue her study of the carillon. She received a Bachelor of Music magna cum laude from the University of Denver in 2008. She has joined the faculty of Carleton University in Ottawa as instructor in the first carillon studies programme in Canada.

Dr. McCrady served for many years on the board of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA), as its president from 1987-88. Dr. McCrady is currently the co-chair of the Ronald Barnes Memorial Scholarship Fund, and chair of the Heritage Music Committee. From 1990 to 1996 she served as Secretary of the World Carillon Federation. She has played many recitals in Europe, North America, at international carillon festivals in Florida, Illinois, California and at the 2002 Congress of the World Carillon Federation in Ireland.

In her spare time, Dr. McCrady sings in the National Arts Centre Festival Chorus, enjoys New England contradancing, and goes on hikes and canoe trips with her dog “Ragtime”.

Ray McLellan, East-Lansing, MI

Ray McLellan was appointed University Carillonneur in 1997 at Michigan State University. He teaches and performs on the 49-bell Beaumont Tower Carillon and directs the Muelder Summer Carillon Recital Series. McLellan earned degrees at Florida Southern College (Bachelor of Arts) in Lakeland and the University of Michigan (Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts) in Ann Arbor, where he began carillon studies with Margo Halsted in 1989. He also studied for one year, on full scholarship, at the Pädagogische Hochschule in Freiburg, Germany and earned a certificate for carillon study at the Netherlands Carillon School in Amersfoort as a student of Todd Fair. Dr. McLellan has performed recitals in many parts of the United States and Canada. He serves on the Examination Committee and is chair of the nominations committee for the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America. In addition to his academic work, he is the Director of Music for St. Michael's Church and the Organist at Temple Beth Emeth in Ann Arbor.

Tiffany Ng, Ann Arbor, MI

Tiffany Ng, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Carillon and University Carillonist at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and serves on the faculty of the North American Carillon School. An energetic advocate of contemporary music, she has premiered or revived two dozen pieces by emerging and established composers, pioneered models for interactive crowdsourced carillon performances and environmental-data-driven sound installations, and through her composer collaborations significantly increased the American repertoire for carillon and electronics. Her concert career has taken her to festivals in a dozen countries in Europe, Asia, and North America, including Berkeley’s 2015 Campanile Centennial, Stanford’s 2014 CCRMA anniversary festival, the 23rd International Carillon Festival at Bok Tower Gardens, Florida, the 2014 International Carillon Festival Barcelona, and the 2008 Post-Congress Festival of the World Carillon Federation. Dr. Ng’s previous positions include Associate Carillonist at the University of California, Berkeley, and Instructor of Carillon at the University of Rochester (New York). She holds a diploma magna cum laude from the Royal Carillon School “Jef Denyn” where she studied with Geert D’hollander, a doctorate from UC Berkeley (Musicology and New Media), a master’s degree from the Eastman School of Music (Organ), and a bachelor’s degree from Yale University (English and Music). A semi-permanent exhibition of bells that she curated is on display at the Yale University Collection of Musical Instruments. She is former Assistant Director of the Women in Music Festival and the Contemporary Organ Music Festival in Rochester, New York, and author of the multimedia catalog of the Royal Carillon School Museum in Belgium. Her awards include the Ronald Barnes Memorial Scholarship for Carillon Studies, the E. Power Biggs Fellowship of the Organ Historical Society, the Westfield Center for Early Keyboard Studies paper award, and the Belgian American Educational Foundation Fellowship.

Tim Sleep, Naperville, IL

Tim Sleep was appointed Naperville City Carillonneur in 2007 where he teaches and performs regularly on the Millennium Carillon in Naperville, Illinois. He also performs carillon recitals at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois, the Chicago Botanic Gardens in Glenview, Illinois and performs guest recitals throughout the country. Mr. Sleep currently serves as Vice President of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA) previously serving as its Corresponding Secretary and performing on the New Music recitals at recent GCNA Annual congresses. He is a Board Member and Secretary of the Millennium Carillon Foundation in Naperville.

He began his carillon studies with Wylie Crawford in Naperville and continued his studies with John Gouwens at the Culver Academies in Culver, Indiana becoming a Carillonneur member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America in 2004. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from North Central College in Naperville and a Master of Science in Educational Administration from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. A retired band director and middle school principal he is long-time church musician currently serving as organist for Knox Presbyterian Church in Naperville.

Carlo van Ulft, Springfield, IL
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Carlo van Ulft was appointed Director/Carillonist of the Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon in Springfield, Illinois, in July, 2015. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Van Ulft served for 18 years as Director/Carillonist of the Centralia Carillon in Centralia, Illinois. During his tenure in Centralia, he was able to establish the instrument as one of the preeminent carillons in the world. In 2010, Carlo released “Towering Artistry” CD and in 2015 (in collaboration with other financial backers), he helped produce the professionally filmed DVD, “Meet the Carillon."

Mr. van Ulft, a native of The Netherlands, holds European Masters Level degrees in organ performance, carillon performance and theatre organ performance. He served on the faculty of the Royal Carillon School, Jef Denyn” in Mechelen, Belgium from 1984-1997 and also held position as Municipal Carillonist in four cities in The Netherlands prior to moving to the United States. A frequent guest recitalist, Carlo has played at all major carillon festivals and carillon summer series in North America and Europe. He has been an invited guest player at several GCNA (Guild of Carillonneurs of North America) congresses and was guest recitalist at WCF (World Carillon Federation) congresses in Ann Arbor (Michigan) and Annecy (France). As adjudicator, Carlo has judged both nationally and internationally, most recently at the Queen Fabiola Competition in Belgium in 2014.

Carlo served on the Board of Directors of the GCNA from 2005-2011 and currently serves on several GCNA sub-committees. He was awarded the Medal of Honor of University of California (Berkeley) in 1993 for “distinguished service to the carillon.” In 2014, Carlo authored the book, “Arranging for the Carillon,” and as an arranger, he has had many of his works published and in widespread circulation. A number of his original compositions have also been published.

Recognizing the need for an independent carillon institute to serve carillonists of all ages and skill levels, and with an interest in a variety of musical styles, Carlo founded the North American Carillon School in 2012.

During the academic year, Carlo plays a weekly recital and teaches the art of carillon playing at Principia College in Elsah, Illinois. As organist, he serves the congregation of St. John's Lutheran Church in Springfield, Illinois.

Julianne VandenWyngaard, MI

A native of Grand Rapids Michigan, Julianne Vanden Wyngaard began her musical study at age four and continued through grade school and high school. She entered Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York as a piano major and continued her studies at The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Michigan State University. 

She was a noted concert pianist when she joined the faculty at Grand Valley State University in 1967, where her work included piano studio teaching and mamagement of the Arts at Noon series. She served the department as chair for 12 years and completed her full-time work at Grand Valley as associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 2005. 

Vanden Wyngaard began her carillon study in 1994 and was accepted as a student at the Netherlands Carillon School in Amersfoort, where she studied with Todd Fair and Bernard Winsemius. In 1999, she qualified as a carillonneur member of The Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA) and received the First Diploma in 2000 from the Netherlands Carillon School. 

Since that time, she has been the principal performer on the two carillons at Grand Valley State University, where she also presents a summer concert series on each campus featuring guest carillonneurs from around the world. Very recently, Julianne was appointed to the faculty of the North American Carillon School and she continues to serve on the board of directors of the GCNA and is currently vice-president of the GCNA.

Larry Weinstein, Dayton, OH

Larry Weinstein began carillon lessons with Arie Abbenes while a student at Indiana University. He enrolled at The Netherlands Carillon School in 1972, studying with Leen ‘t Hart and Peter Baker. He received his final diploma from the in 1975. He was awarded the Prix d’Excellence for carillon performance in 1978 and was awarded first prizes in performance in competitions in Alkmaar (1974), Goes (1975), and Tiel (1978.) From 1975-1979, he performed throughout the United States and Canada on a 35-bell portable carillon sponsored by the Pepsi-Cola Corporation. In 1988, he was appointed carillonneur of the 57-bell Deeds Carillon at Carillon Historical Park in Dayton Ohio. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America from 1990-1996 and as its President from 1993-1996. In 1992, he hosted the Guild’s national congress in Dayton.

Dr. Weinstein has performed on most of the major instruments in the United States and Europe including the House of Parliament (Ottawa), University of Michigan, University of California-Berkeley, University of Chicago, Princeton University, the National Cathedral in Washington D.C., the Cathedral of Notre Dame (Antwerp), Vor Frelsers Kirke (Copenhagen), and the Royal Palace, Westertoren, and Oude Kerkstoren (Amsterdam).

Dr. Weinstein is a Professor of Supply Chain Management at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio and also has taught at the University of Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky University, and Ball State University. He was a member of the Board of Examiners for the Baldrige National Quality Award program in 2001, 2002, and 2003 and served as a senior examiner and judge for the Ohio Award for Excellence program.