Guest carillonneurs for the Festival are Julianne Vanden Wyngaard of Grand Valley State University, Michigan and George Gregory of Central Christian Church, San Antonio, Texas. On Saturday, they will perform a program of carillon music for two players, and host a seminar about how to play duet music on the carillon.
The opening concert on Friday at 5:30 p.m. will feature a collaborative performance over advanced network. Performers will be connected via a low latency audio visual streaming system, which allow musicians to perform together in real time in two separate venues. Performers for the opening concert include Tin-Shi Tam, ISU University Carillonneur, a percussion ensemble from the New World Symphony at Miami Beach, Florida, and ISU student brass quintet. A panel discussion about this technology will be held at 7:30 p.m.
As part of the Carillon Festival, a Carillon Composition Competition was held to encourage the writing of original carillon compositions by young composers under age 35. On Saturday at 10:30 a.m., composers from The Netherlands, North Carolina, New York, and Illinois will participate in a composers forum (a video conference) discussing writing music for the carillon, the fun, the challenges, techniques, and do and don’ts.
All events will be webcast LIVE. Schedule of the festival-conference and link to the webcasts are available here.