Carlo van Ulft has been Director/Carillonist of the Centralia Carillon (IL) since 1997. In addition to playing three weekly concerts, he also promotes the carillon through scheduled tours and focusing media attention on the instrument. In 2010, Carlo released Centralia Carillon’s first CD, “Towering Artistry,” and in 2015 (in collaboration with other financial backers), the Centralia Carillon was featured in a professionally filmed DVD entitled, “Meet the Carillon” which will be promoted on nationwide PBS stations and will be available for sale on this site.
Mr. van Ulft, a native of The Netherlands, holds European Masters Level degrees in Organ Performance, Carillon Performance and Theatre Organ Performance. He served on the faculty of the Royal Carillon School “Jef Denyn” in Mechelen, Belgium, from 1984-1997 and held position of Municipal Carillonist in four cities in The Netherlands prior to moving to America. As a guest recitalist, Carlo has played at all major Carillon Festivals and Carillon Summer Series in North America and Europe. He has been a guest player at several GCNA (Guild of Carillonneurs of North America) congresses and was a guest recitalist at WCF (World Carillon Federation) congresses in Ann Arbor, Michigan and Annecy, France. Additionally, he has served as adjudicator for several prestigious national & international carillon competitions including the Queen Fabiola Competition in Belgium (most recently in 2014).
Carlo served on the Board of Directors of the GCNA from 2005-2011 and currently serves on several GCNA sub-committees. He received the Medal of Honor of the University of California-Berkeley in 1993 for “distinguished service to the carillon.” In 2015, Carlo was author of a new book, “Arranging for the Carillon” and as an arranger, he has had many of his pieces published and in widespread circulation. A few of Carlo’s original compositions have also been published.
Recognizing the need for an independent carillon institute which will serve carillonists of all ages and skill levels and with an interest in a variety of musical styles, Carlo founded the North American Carillon School in 2012. The NACS continues to grow and currently has branches throughout North America.
During the academic year, Carlo plays a weekly recital and teaches the art of carillon playing at Principia College in Elsah, Illinois. As an organist, he serves the congregation of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hamel, IL as organist/choir director. He also accompanies the Greenville College Choir as guest organist and has given solo organ concerts throughout Europe & Illinois.
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Centralia, IL 62801