Carillon Composition Competition 2024


Sponsored by the Stanton Memorial Carillon Foundation.


To encourage the writing of original carillon compositions by young composers in celebration of the 125th Anniversary of the Bells of Iowa State.


  • One cash award of $500.
  • Premiere performance of the winning composition at the 125th Anniversary of the Bells of Iowa State Concert in September 2024.
    Upon acceptance of the award, it is understood that the composer will grant the rights for the premiere performance to the ISU Department of Music & Theatre.

Composition Requirements:

  • The submitted work shall be an original composition for a four-octave carillon (C3 to C7) with a two-octave pedal board (C3 to C5).
  • The composition may be a fanfare for a carillon solo, a duet on one carillon, or a work for a carillon with one or more other instruments.
  • A transcription or arrangement will not be accepted.
  • The composition shall be 4 to 7 minutes in length.
  • The submitted work shall never have been published, awarded a prize in another competition, or performed publicly.
  • A composer may submit more than one work.


The composer must be an Iowa State University student enrolled in Spring 2024 as an undergraduate or graduate, regardless of major.


The judges reserve the right to not award a prize if there is not a satisfactory submission. The decision of the judges is final.

Instructions for submission:

  • Submit three printed copies of the composition. Digital copies will not be accepted.
  • The composition must be postmarked by August 1, 2024.
  • The submitted composition must be legible.
  • The composer's name shall not appear on the composition.
  • Along with the three copies of the composition, include a sealed envelope containing the composer's name, address, phone number, and e-mail address. The title of the composition is to be placed on the outside of the sealed envelope. The sealed envelope will be opened only after the judges' decision.
  • Submitted compositions will be returned only if a self-addressed and stamped envelope is provided.

Submit materials to:

Carillon Composition Competition 2024
Iowa State University
Department of Music & Theatre
149 Simon Estes Music Hall
2427 Union Drive
Ames, IA 50011

For more information, call (515) 294-2911 or e-mail: