Devon Hansen, a native of Ottawa, earned his Bachelor of Music from the University of Ottawa’s School of Music in 2010, studying clarinet under Shauna McDonald. He joined the carillon studio of Dominion Carillonneur Dr. Andrea McCrady in 2013. In the summer of 2016, under the auspices of the House of Commons and Carleton University, Devon assisted with the arrangements for the Millennium Mobile Carillon tour in Ottawa. He performed collaborative recitals with Dr. McCrady and her students at Rideau Hall, on the Carleton University campus and at the Carp Farmer’s Market. In 2017, Devon became a Carillonneur member of The Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA), and completed Carleton University’s Certificate in Carillon Studies. Devon has performed on carillons in Toronto, Guelph and Simcoe in Ontario; Montréal, Quebec; Wellesley and Cohasset in Massachusetts; St. Paul, Minnesota; and Mariemont, Ohio. In his spare time, Devon enjoys road trips, golfing and camping.
Luc Rombouts is the city carillonneur of Tienen, Belgium, and university carillonneur of Leuven, Belgium, where he plays the carillons of the University Library and the Great Beguinage. He has given recitals in Europe and the United States and has performed at several festivals and congresses. In 2000 he formed the carillon duo The Bells’ Angels with his colleague Twan Bearda, exploring the repertoire for four-hands carillon playing.
In the 1990s Luc published two collections of 18th century carillon music from Leuven. He has written several books on the carillon, including the award-winning carillon history book Zingend brons, published in English in 2014 under the title Singing Bronze, A History of Carillon Music. In 2016 he obtained a PhD from Utrecht University with a dissertation on the origin of the carillon.
Luc coordinated the project that led to the designation in 2014 of the Belgian carillon culture as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage and is president of the Belgian Carillon Heritage Committee. He is a board member of the National Carillon Museum Klok & Peel in Asten, the Netherlands, and the Royal Carillon School 'Jef Denyn' in Mechelen, Belgium. He co-founded the International Network of War Memorial and Peace Carillons, based at the Peace Palace in The Hague. At present, he is in charge of the reconstruction of the historical carillon in Park Abbey near Leuven.
Hylke Banning, born in 1961 in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, studied electrical engineering at the University of Twente and graduated in 1992. His musical engagement started at the age of six, when he took organ lessons with Dirk S. Donker, organist and the carillonneur of several Dutch cities, including Groningen, Leeuwarden and Emmeloord. During his studies at the university, he discovered the bells of the campus carillon. For nearly nine years he studied carillon under Karel Borghuis, the carillonneur of Oldenzaal. In 1992 he succeeded his teacher as city carillonneur, and he plays regularly on the beautiful Gillett & Johnston instrument in the tower of the St. Plechelmus basilica. He also studied at the Netherlands Carillon School in Amersfoort under Arie Abbenes.
Hylke Banning has been awarded first prize in several carillon contests. From 1994 to 2000 he served as secretary of the board of the Dutch Carillon Society (NKV), and for 10 years as a member of the editorial committee of Klok en Klepel, the magazine of the NKV. Banning was secretary of the Executive Committee of the World Carillon Federation (WCF) from 1996 to 2008. In addition to recitals in the Netherlands, he has also performed in Belgium, Denmark, France, Ireland, Portugal, and the United States. As a tenor he sings in the chamber choir Canteklaer in Enschede. He currently lives in Amersfoort, where he works as a functional designer for Trans Link Systems.
Steven Karp is postdoctoral assistant professor of mathematics at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he also enjoys the use of their two carillons. He obtained his PhD in mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley in 2017, where he studied carillon under Jeff Davis. He has a BMath from the University of Waterloo and a MASt from the University of Cambridge. Karp became a Carillonneur member of The Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA) in 2017, and will play recitals this summer in Ottawa, Toronto and Chicago. He is a native of Vancouver, British Columbia.
Laura Ellis is an associate professor of music with the School of Music at the University of Florida, where she teaches organ, harpsichord and carillon. A native of Minnesota, Ellis is a graduate of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and holds a Master of Music in church music and a Doctor of Musical Arts in organ performance from the University of Kansas. While in residence there, she studied carillon under Albert Gerken. Prior to her Florida appointment, Ellis was on the faculties of McMurry University in Abilene, Texas, and the University of the Ozarks, in Clarksville, Arkansas. A Carillonneur member of The Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA), Ellis serves as director of the Music and Publications Committee. In addition to her regular performances on the carillon in Century Tower on the University of Florida campus, she has performed throughout the United States, the Netherlands, Canada and Australia. She has also given solo recitals for the International Carillon Festival in Springfield, Illinois, and the annual congress of the GCNA.