The Associate Carillonneur Exam is designed for current GCNA Associate Members who are already playing the carillon regularly and who would like to have professional feedback and recognition from the GCNA. The candidate's performing instrument may be of any size, including a two-octave instrument. The level of the music is of moderate difficulty. The exam cost is US $20. The candidate may contact the committee chair for answers to questions that may arise at any point of the exam process.
To avoid an overload of applications, only candidates from North America will be accepted at this time. Since all of these procedures are fairly new, the committee will refine the actual process, as necessary, from time to time. There are changes in this text from what was originally published in 2010.
Playing the Carillon: An Introductory Method, 2002 or 2010 edition, by John Gouwens, is the required book for those candidates who play three- and four-octave carillons. The book contains specified choices for the required pieces, useful sections about many aspects of performance and a carillon history section. The 2010 edition of the book is preferred because it has all the music choices. However, a candidate who already has a copy of the 2002 edition may use the older book. The handling, pedaling and tempo marks placed by the editor in the required music need not be followed.
Required Pieces From Playing the Carillon – For those who play four-octave instruments (choose two from here, or choose one from here plus one from the three-octave list)
*Sarabande, by Ronald Barnes, p. 22
*Slow Dance, by Roy Hamlin Johnson, p. 24
*Pastel in Bronze, by Albert Gerken, p. 38
*Suite No. 1: Sonorities, by John Courter, p. 64
Seven Modal Pieces: Mixolydian Mode, by John Courter, p. 70
Seven Modal Pieces: Aeolian Mode, by John Courter, p. 72
Toccata for 42 Bells, by Robert Moore, p. 87
Prelude V, by Matthias Van den Gheyn, p, 91
Required Pieces From Playing the Carillon - For those who play three-octave instruments (choose two from here, or choose one from here plus one from the four-octave list)
*Second Prelude, by Theophil Rusterholz, p.14
*Pedal Aria, by John Gouwens, p. 20
Three Short Pieces: Waltz, by John Gouwens, p. 48
De Gruytters Carillon Book: Andante, by Joseph-Hector Fiocco, p. 62
De Gruytters Carillon Book: Giga, by François Couperin, p. 76
Allegro (Anonymous), p. 103
*This piece may be found in both editions of the book.
The Belmont Carillon Book, Volume II, compiled and edited by Beverly Buchanan in 1994, offers a choice of required pieces for players of two-octave instruments, as well as other two-octave pieces a candidate might find useful. The handling, pedaling and tempo marks placed by the editor in the music need not be followed. Copies of the John Gouwens book history information will be available to the candidates who play two-octave instruments. Notify the committee chair if you play a two-octave carillon and need the history information.
Required Pieces from The Belmont Book, Volume II - For those who play two-octave instruments
Coronation March, by Clifford Ball, p. 40
Belmont Suite: Prelude, by John Knox, p. 44
Belmont Suite: Final Flourish, by John Knox, p. 48
Festival Prelude, by Gladys Watkins, p. 50
Muss I Denn, Swabian Folk Song, arranged Percival Price, p. 54
Stillness, Russian Folk Melody, arranged Percival Price, p. 62
Marche en Rondeau, by Marc-Antoine Charpentier, p. 77
Rondo, K-13, by W.A. Mozart, p. 86
Both books are published by the GCNA (order from the Guild: Playing the Carillon: An Introductory Method, 2010 edition or The Belmont Carillon Book, Volume II). In addition to the two required pieces, candidates may choose another piece or other pieces in order to perform and record 10-15 minutes of music.
Choose two of the required pieces corresponding to your carillon’s range and other music of at least medium difficulty for 10-15 total minutes of music. None of the recorded submissions is to be a composition, arrangement, transcription or improvisation created by the candidate.
Place the microphone in an area where there is good balance for the bell sounds. To avoid keyboard noise, do not place the microphone in the playing room. However, the video may be recorded in the playing room.
Before finalizing your recording, listen to each piece carefully with the music in front of you. Ask yourself:
Depending on your answers, you may decide to record some pieces again.
All or a part of one of the two submitted required pieces must also be videotaped. That video may be burned onto the same DVD as the audio recordings or emailed separately to the committee chair. We think that almost everyone owns or has a friend who owns a smart phone or a video camera. The video camera may be moved around to show the candidate's head, body, hands and feet. Since the judges will have an audio recording of the same piece, the microphone for the video recording may be in the playing room. The committee realizes that no more than 5 MB (not an entire piece) of a video may be sent by email from some smart phones, and so it is all right to send a partial video recording if head, body, hands and feet are clearly shown at some point in the video.
Candidates are to read the carillon history pages in Playing the Carillon: An Introductory Method by John Gouwens (two-octave carillon players are to contact the committee chair to receive the history pages) and then create one of the following:
Perhaps the candidate will have a different idea to propose. Contact the chair to make the proposal. The history project may be scanned and submitted on the recorded music disk.
Along with the application include two sample carillon concert programs you have created of music you know or of music you think would make a good program. Each program should be at least 30 minutes in length. Include a short personal bio for use with the programs.
At any time of year any Associate Member in good standing with the GCNA (i.e., whose dues payments are current) may submit an examination packet to the committee chair. The information in the packet must include:
(Note: Items 1, 3, 6, 7 and 8 may be scanned and also burned on to the audio or videotape disks.)
Associate Carillonneur Exam Committee
Don Cook, Ellen Dickinson, Linda Dzuris, James D. Fackenthal
Margo Halsted, Chair
Associate Carillonneur Exam Committee Chair contact information:
Prof. Margo Halsted
550 Orange Grove Circle, #341
Pasadena, CA 91105