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Lyn Fuller (July 10, 2019)

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Lyn Fuller is Lead Carillonist at the National Carillon in Canberra, Australia, President of the Carillon Society of Australia, and a carillon teacher at the National Carillon and Bathurst Carillon. She was a scholarship student at the Canberra School of Music, studying piano with Larry Sitsky, and holds associate (AMusA) and licentiate (LMusA) degrees in music from the Australia Music Examinations Board. In 1994, Lyn began studying the carillon at the Canberra School of Music. She attended International Summer School classes in Løgumkloster, Denmark; participated in master classes with visiting artists to the National Carillon; and enjoyed a brief, intensive study at the Royal Carillon School in Mechelen after the 2014 World Carillon Congress in Belgium. Two of her compositions have been published by American Carillon Music Editions, and she has been commissioned to write works for the University of Sydney Carillon and for the ANZAC recital presented at the 2014 congress. Lyn and fellow carillonist Thomas Laue successfully commissioned ten Australian composers to contribute original works to the Ten Australian Miniatures program for Canberra's National Carillon. Another highlight of Lyn's career has been performing works for the carillon and didgeridoo.

Lyn has her own piano-teaching studio and has worked in more musical productions than she can remember. She has served as musical director, choir master, conductor, rehearsal pianist, show pianist and arranger, providing orchestration for small orchestra and writing overtures and homegrown plays. She has implemented a successful music program at her local primary school; played for church, weddings and funerals; and adjudicated in many district eisteddfods—festivals of literature, music and performance. As President of the Carillon Society of Australia, she has supervised composition competitions for students at the Canberra School of Music and Sydney Conservatorium, in collaboration with the Wesley Music Centre and National Capital Authority.

Liesbeth Janssens and Rosalie Dhollander (July 17, 2019)

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Liesbeth Janssens is the city carillonneur of Antwerp and Lommel, in Belgium. In 1994 she graduated from the Lemmens Institute in Leuven, Belgium, as a pianist, and at the same time graduated from the Royal Carillon School in Mechelen, Belgium, as a carillonneur. She went on to study the carillon in Florida with Milford Myhre and in New Zealand with Timothy Hurd.  She has performed recitals in both Europe and America for more than 20 years. Besides playing the carillon, she teaches piano, accepting pupils as young as five years old—the age at which, she believes, children are at their best creative stage for learning.

Rosalie D'hollander just turned 14 and is enrolled in music middle school. She sings and plays the piano, the violin, the harp, the guitar and the carillon. The daughter of two carillonneurs, one could say that she has been studying the carillon since before she was even born, so she has a pretty good ear! She currently studies at the Royal Carillon School in Mechelen. Rosalie's father is Geert D'hollander, whose compositions she loves to play because she finds them fun and energetic.

Alex Johnson (July 24, 2019)

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Alex Johnson grew up in a suburb of Dallas, Texas, where his musical training began on the piano and percussion at an early age. He didn't discover the carillon until he started his undergraduate studies at the University of Rochester in 2015. A campus tour guide mentioned that students could play the bells. The tour guide didn't know the word "carillon", but Alex recalls immediately being hooked by the instrument's uniqueness.

Alex obtained his bachelor's degree in physics in December 2018. That same year, he became a professional Carillonneur member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America and was thus able to dedicate the spring of 2019 to studying carillon performance and composition as part of a fellowship program at Bok Tower Gardens in Florida. He will be studying at the Royal Carillon School 'Jef Denyn' in Mechelen, Belgium, for the 2019–2020 academic year. He plans to pursue graduate work in music theory as well as a career involving carillon performance and teaching.

Ellen Dickinson (July 31, 2019)

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Ellen Dickinson is Director of Bell Programs at Yale University and College Carillonneur at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. Over twenty of her students have completed the exam process to become professional Carillonneur members of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA). Ellen is the author of The Yale Carillon Method, a beginner carillon lesson book used at many carillons. In 2016, Ellen composed The Well-Tempered Carillonist, a book of 48 studies in all major and minor keys, in the form of preludes and toccatas. She has served the GCNA in many capacities, including as vice president and exam juror, and she currently sits on the Music Publications and Professional Concerns committees. In 2017, Ellen was awarded the Certificate of Extraordinary Service by the GCNA. She is an instructor for the North American Carillon School, New England region, and attended the Summer Academy at the Netherlands Carillon School in Amersfoort, Netherlands, where she studied with Todd Fair.

In 2016, Ellen conceived and executed the largest new music project in the history of carillon art, commissioning 50 for the 50th: 50 new works in honour of the 50th anniversary of the Yale Memorial Carillon. The 50 commissions consisted of 47 pieces of concert music for carillon, an illustrated children's book titled Rosie Meets the Carillon, a book of 48 carillon studies in all keys, and a historical exhibit. The project led to the composition of new works by some of the finest established composers of carillon music and encouraged many composers new to carillon to write for the instrument.

Ellen holds a Master of Music in organ performance from the Yale School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music, and a Bachelor of Arts in music from Yale College. She is Artistic Director of Music on the Hill, an independent music organization with four performing ensembles and music education opportunities. Over a period of 25 years, Ellen served as music director and organist for five churches. She has founded several choruses and handbell choirs and has composed a number of multi-movement works for handbells.

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