Carillon Composition Contest: Music for an Inclusive Soundscape

U-M Carillon Composition & Arrangement Contest:
Music for an Inclusive Soundscape 2018

What do you want played from U-M’s bell towers? The Organ Department in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance is holding a student contest to arrange or transcribe music for carillon that amplifies the presence of systemically less audible, overlooked, or underrepresented social groups on campus. Specifically, we seek settings, arrangements, or transcriptions of songs and pieces that address student identities not primarily defined by a single ethnicity, such as (but not limited to) the LGBTQ community, DREAMers, veterans, first-generation college students, multiracial students, the working class, people with disabilities, and more.

Five prizes of $200 each will be awarded, and winning entries will be premiered at a celebratory concert by student carillonists, empowering participants to experience their own powerful agency for change. Entrants must first attend a workshop (schedule below). Collaborative entries from pairs or teams are welcome. Carillon students will be available to advise entrants on how to arrange idiomatically. Winners will receive guidance on submitting their work to a publisher.

Every entrant will be acknowledged: Those who did not place in the top 5 will be invited to consult with carillon students to revise their entries and add them to the collections in Burton Tower.

Submissions should include (1) a complete, idiomatic carillon arrangement or transcription of an extant musical work, (2) a recording of the original piece(s) or song(s), (3) a paragraph explaining why your entry would be empowering to a specific social group, and (4) your contact information, degree program, and year. Submissions should be emailed to before midnight on Thursday, February 15, 2018 for consideration. All currently enrolled U-M students are eligible to compete.

Resources for entrants:

  • Composition workshops (attendance at one required unless waived by Prof. Ng):
    • Lurie Tower:
      • Monday, Dec. 4, 1:30 – 2 pm
      • Monday, Jan. 15, 2 pm (in honor of MLK Day)
    • Burton Tower, 12-12:30 pm on:
      • Tuesday, Dec. 12
      • Friday, Jan. 5
      • Thursday, Jan. 18
  • Resources for carillon composition:
  • General information about carillons:
  • Drop-in hours at the U-M carillons:
    • Lurie Tower: Monday – Friday from 1:30 – 2 pm
    • Burton Tower: Monday – Friday from 12–12:45 pm

Entrants, please contact to connect with a student carillon consultant or to ask questions.


This contest is part of “Constructing an Inclusive Public Soundscape for UM and downtown Ann Arbor,” a project generously supported by a U-M Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Innovation Grant from the Office of the Provost.

Photo credit: Liane Rae Photography


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