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Percival Price Symposium


The Percival Price Symposium is an annual conference acknowledging the legacy of the first Dominion Carillonneur, Percival Price, through performance, teaching, and understanding the history of the Peace Tower Carillon and carillon art in North America. The event takes place in October to correspond with the month of Price’s birth and death (October 7, 1901 and October 1, 1985, respectively). The themes of the Symposium place the history of the Peace Tower Carillon within the context of the North American carillon culture.


There is no charge for registration. Schedule details and registration for the 2018 Symposium will be available online as of June 2018. For enquiries, please send an email to

2018 Percival Price Symposium: Renaissance Carillon

The 2018 Percival Price Symposium will take place on Saturday and Sunday, October 13 and 14.

Guest artist: Wylie Crawford, past president of the World Carillon Federation, carillonneur at the Chicago Botanic Garden, senior university carillonneur at the University of Chicago, past carillonneur of the Millennium Carillon in Naperville, IL, and past performer on the mobile carillon in the Cast in Bronze production.

Topic: Renaissance Carillon: looking forward to the Peace Tower Carillon’s future.

Previous Years Symposia


Roy Lee, carillonneur at the Metropolitan United Church in Toronto and regular carillon performer at Soldiers’ Tower, University of Toronto.


Canadian Carillon


Patrick Macoska, director of music and carillonneur at St. Mary's of Redford Catholic Church in Detroit, Michigan, and Chairperson of the Tower Construction and Renovation Committee for the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America.


The Singing Tower


Richard P. Strauss, past carillonneur of the National Cathedral, Washington, D.C., and City Hall, Albany, NY, and leading carillon technician and designer.


Grand Carillon


Robin Austin, carillonneur, Springfield, Illinois and past University Carillonneur, Princeton University.


The Carillon as a Civic Voice


Carlo van Ulft, carillonneur, Centralia, Illinois, past professor of the Royal Carillon School, Mechelen, Belgium, and founder and director of the North American Carillon School.


The Evolution of North American Carillon Music: Old World to New


George Gregory, carillonneur of Central Christian Church, San Antonio, TX, music professor, honoured GCNA musician, and past student and close friend of Ronald Barnes.


The Music of Ronald Barnes


Gordon Slater, Dominion Carillonneur, 1977–2008.


Robert Donnell, Dominion Carillonneur, 1939–1975, and his own tenure


Milford Myhre, past president of the GCNA and World Carillon Federation (WCF), carillonneur emeritus of the Bok Tower.


Émilien Allard, Dominion Carillonneur, 1975–1976


William De Turk, last student of Percival Price, past President of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA), GCNA Archivist, former carillonneur of the Bok Tower, Florida.


Percival Price, Dominion Carillonneur, 1927–1939
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