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, Minnesota 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.
Julianne Vanden Wyngaard, a noted concert pianist, joined the music faculty at Grand Valley State University (Michigan) in 1967 and has been principal performer/teacher on the Cook Carillon since its dedication in 1994. Since the dedication of the second carillon for the Grand Valley Campus in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 2000, Julianne has added the Beckering Family Carillon to her roster of weekly performances. Vanden Wyngaard began her university music study at Eastman School of Music with Armand Basile, pianist, and continued study with him at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. She studied at The Netherlands Carillon School from 1996-2000, successfully completing the requirements for the diploma in carillon performance, literature and arranging. An active member of The Guild of Carillonneurs in North America since 1995, she achieved Carillonneur status with that organization in 1999. She served the GCNA for many years as a member of the examination committee and is now serving on the board of directors and is vice-president.