Carillon Composition Competition 2015



sponsored by the Stanton Memorial Carillon Foundation.


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


  • One cash award of $500.

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 September 18, 1980, and must not have been awarded a prize in the ISU Carillon Composition Competition.


There are two rounds of adjudication. A maximum of three compositions will be selected in the preliminary round. The selected compositions will be performed during the ISU Carillon Festival & Midwest Regional Carillon Conference on September 19. Immediately after the performance, Carillonneur Members of The Guild of Carillonneurs in North America will be asked to vote for the winning composition. Carillonneur Members are requested to be present at the performance and cast the vote in person. Copies of the selected compositions will be given to the Carillonneur Members at the Festival. Judging criteria include originality, musical interest, idiomatic writing, feasibility for performance, and clarity of notation.

Judges for the preliminary round are Jeffrey Prater and Tin-Shi Tam. The judges reserve the right not to select any composition for the final round if the submitted compositions are not of a satisfactory level. The judges also make the final decision in the case of a tie in the final round. The decision of the judges is final.

Instructions for submission:

  • Submit three copies of the composition.
  • The composition must be postmarked no later than August 15, 2017.
  • 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 2015
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:



Center Panel for carillon by Kyle Shaw, Urbana, Illinois.

Honorable MentionAll The Heavens Were A Bell by Philip Rice, East Lansing, Michigan. score.


For Whom The Bell Tolls for carillon by Alex Weiser, New York, New York.


Hunting St. Hubert for carillon and brass quintet by Ondrej Sarek, Prague, Czech Republic.


Aller Guten Dinge Sind Drei! for carillon by Daniel Nass, Minneapolis, Minnesota.


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.