Carillon Composition Competition 2007




To encourage the writing of original carillon compositions by young composers.


  • One cash award of $500.
  • Premiere performance of the winning composition at the ISU Carillon Festival.
    Upon acceptance of the award, it is understood that the rights for the premiere performance will be granted by the composer to the ISU Carillon Festival.

Composition Requirements:

  • The submitted work shall be an original composition, and for four-octave carillon (tenor C to C4), with a two-octave pedal board (tenor C to C2).
  • The composition may be a solo, a duet for one carillon or a work for carillon with one or more other instruments or chorus.
  • A transcription or arrangement will not be accepted.
  • The composition shall be 4 to 7 minutes in length.
  • The submitted work shall never have been published, awarded a prize in another competition, or performed publicly.
  • A composer may submit more than one work.


The composer must not have been born before April 14, 1972, and must not have been awarded a prize in the ISU Carillon Composition Competition.


The judges reserve the right not to award a prize if the submitted compositions are not of a satisfactory level.
The decision of the judges is final.

Instructions for submission:

  • Submit three copies of the composition.
  • The composition must be postmarked no later than Friday, March 23, 2007.
  • The submitted composition must be legible.
  • The composer's name shall not appear on the composition.
  • Along with the three copies of the composition, include a small sealed envelope that contains within the composer's name, address, phone number, e-mail address, and birth date. The title of the composition is to be placed on the outside of the small envelope. The small envelope will be opened only after the judges' decision is made.
  • Submitted compositions will be returned only if a self-addressed and stamped envelope is provided.

Submit materials to:

Carillon Composition Competition 2007
Iowa State University
Music Department
149 Music Hall
Ames, IA 50011

For more information, call (515) 294-2911, or e-mail:

Winning compositions of previous competitions:


Erisian Cycles for carillon by Brandon Vaccaro, Denver, Colorado.


Five Fancies for carillon by Neil Thornock, Provo, Utah. 


Honorable MentionDriving Rain for carillon by Keith Jenkins, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Campanarium I for carillon by Neil Thornock, Provo, Utah.


By de dei l├óns (The proceedings of the day) for carillon by Klass R. R. de Haan, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.


Lux Aeterna for carillon by Mark Storey, Auckland, New Zealand.

Honorable MentionEcho for carillon and mixed chorus by Amy Michelle Black, Waco, Kentucky.


Tree Modes for carillon by Amy Michelle Black, Waco, Kentucky.