Centralia Carillon

Our Location

114 North Elm

Centralia, IL 62801

Carlo van Ulft, Carillonist/Director
Contact us: 618-533 4381                    Email: carlo@centralia-carillon.org

Carlo van Ulft was appointed to the position of Director/Carillonist of the Centralia Carillon (Illinois) in 1997.  Besides playing three weekly concerts, he is responsible for development of the instrument and promoting the carillon through scheduled tours and maintaining media attention.  In 2010, he released the Centralia Carillon's first CD, “Towering Artistry.”  Mr. van Ulft is a native of The Netherlands and holds European Masters Level degrees in Organ performance, Carillon performance and Theatre Organ performance.  From 1984-1997, he served on the faculty of the Royal Carillon School “Jef Denyn” in Mechelen, Belgium.  Prior to his appointment in Centralia, Carlo held the position of Municipal Carillonist of four cities in The Netherlands and was organist at St. Martinus Church in Venlo, The Netherlands. As a carillon guest recitalist, Mr. van Ulft has appeared at all major Carillon Festivals and Carillon Summer Series in North America and Europe.  He has served as 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, MI, and in Annecy, France.  He has served as adjudicator for several prestigious national and international carillon competitions including the Queen Fabiola Competition in Belgium.  Carlo served on the Board of Directors of the GCNA from 2005 through 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 addition to his recital schedule, Carlo frequently arranges music originally composed for other instruments for use on the carillon.  These arrangements have been published by several publishers of carillon music and are now in widespread circulation. As organist, Carlo has played guest concerts in The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany and the United States.  One of his most memorable recent ventures was performing a joint organ/tympani concert with professional tympanist, Paul Schorsch.  Carlo has also accompanied numerous choirs both in The Netherlands and United States.  He currently serves as organist/choir master at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Hamel, Illinois. During the academic year, Carlo plays the carillon and teaches the art of carillon playing at Principia College in Elsah, Illinois.  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, he founded the North American Carillon School in 2012.