Concert–Pleasant Hill, CA Apr. 26

Posted on April 23, 2009
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The bell choirs of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church will present a concert on Sunday afternoon, April 26, 2009 at 3:00.



1601 Mary Drive

Pleasant Hill, CA 94521


Our 3rd-5th grade choir, The Kingdom Ringers, directed by Joe Saba, will open the concert with a change ring and will play:


1) Glory Train,  arr. Day

2) Lord, I Want to Be a Christian, arr. Waldrop


Our mostly junior high/high school group, The Lord’s Ringers, directed by Nancy Grabow, will play:

1) Gloria           Kevin McChesney

2) Just Like John            arr. Young


Our quartet, Cantabile, will play:


1) My Shepherd Will Supply My Need arr. Maggs

2) Pachelbel Canon          arr. von Wolzogen


And, our adult group, Harmonikos, directed by me, will play:


1) Breathe     Marie Barnett, arr. Hakes

2) Colors of the Wind    Alan Menken & Stephen Schwartz, arr. McKlveen 

& McKlveen

3) Broken for You        Kathleen Wissinger

  4) Count Your Blessings               Edwin O. Excell, arr. 

Littleton, with Tessique Houston on drum

5) On Eagles Wings                Michael Joncas, arr. Helman, with 

Tessique Houston on flute


A free-will offering will be taken with proceeds going to St. Andrew’s Art Glass Fund in memory of a ringer we lost to cancer a few years ago.


And we’ll have a whole bunch of cookies afterwards.

Detroit Handbell Ensemble – Benefit Concert

Posted on April 23, 2009
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You are invited to a Benefit Concert for “hearts, hands and voices” – a summer worship and music camp for children, grades 2-5 – presented by the Detroit Handbell Ensemble, under the artistic direction of Susan M. Berry and with organist, Michael Burkhardt, and the Holy Cross Handbell Choir.


Sunday, May 3, 2009

4:00 p.m.

Holy Cross Lutheran Church

30650 Six Mile Road

Livonia, Michigan  48152

(734) 427-1414


For more information about “hearts, hands and voices” see  <>


Check out the concerts page on DHE’s website ( for a map to the concert location and a concert flyer you can share with others.  You can also find us on Facebook.


Don’t miss this opportunity to support what promises to be a wonderful opportunity for children this summer as well as the latest performance by one of the Midwest’s finest regional ensembles!

Ringers learn teamwork, dedication and innovation

Posted on April 23, 2009
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Repost from the Cary News

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As you listen to and watch Farmington Woods’ Ringers and Singers perform their signature piece, “Tall Walls — Fall!” any preconceptions you may have had about handbells will shatter. “Look out below!” and “Timber!” are student innovations, along with marching and other activity throughout the piece.Students stand facing each other in a circle. Some wear funky tie-dyed gloves or plain white ones to protect the bells from tarnishing. Bells rest on white cushions between songs, and black binders full of highlighted music stand open.

As the group works on another piece, “Soliloquy,” music teacher and handbell director Ann LeGarde asks for input. “Stop. How was that?”

Several students reply, “Really bad.” “Again?” Bells are raised, students at attention. After a few bars, “Stop. How was that?” “Good!”

Thirty-nine Farmington Woods fifth-graders arrive at school early twice a week to practice in the only elementary handbell choir in a public school in North Carolina. There is a fourth-grade training choir, too, that practices at different times, because the amount of bells is the limiting factor. “They come in very focused; it may be one of the most focused 30 minutes of their day,” LeGarde said. “One student said, ‘this wakes up my brain.’”

Any fourth- or fifth-grader can “audition” to be accepted for the choirs, but dedication and commitment are stressed, and LeGarde asks each student if they want to continue after the first month of practice.

Practice makes perfect, and choir members help each other improve. “We have two people playing each bell,” said Jayasree Jaganatha, 11. “We give a glance if they need to work to fix it next time, and then we practice again and again.”

As she dismissed the students, LeGarde said, “You are learning, working together and using personal expression. You gave me a lot of goosebumps today.”

LeGarde has led the handbell choir at Farmington Woods since 1990 when former principal Cornelius Swart purchased the instruments, believing knowledge and success would follow. “I had never rung handbells,”

LeGarde said. “But they are just another instrument; I studied hard, went to workshops and learned.”

Early on, there were not many pieces written for young people, and many had a religious flavor. LeGarde found herself arranging her own music and has several musical parents and community members who have helped arrange or have written music specifically for the group. “Today, there is a large body of music that is accessible to young people,” LeGarde said.

Instruments and musical talent are not ignored. “We use all resources we have available, from instruments to students to parents,” LeGarde said. “Our group is very inclusive.”

The bells span an amazing three octaves, and students use Orff instruments, like the xylophone or glockenspiel, to complement the bells. Parent volunteer Merritt Flexman plays flute in some arrangements. And Cary Academy band director Eric Grush, whom LeGarde taught in second grade, helps arrange music for the group.

Flexman, whose daughter Sarah is a fourth-grade ringer, said LeGarde’s dedication to the program translates into long hours to achieve success.

This year alone, the handbell choir has performed at school several times as well as at Glenaire retirement community, the Capital Area Young Ringers’ Festival, a holiday and Family Evening Concert and the lighting of the official state holiday tree at Capitol Square.

The group was invited to perform at “Pieces of Gold” and will ring at N.C. Law Day in May. Students still talk excitedly about their trip to Charlotte for the American Orff Schulwerk Association national conference.

“During a performance, I think we surprise ourselves that we know it so well,” said Jon Copes, 10.

“After our concerts, we always have a bunch of students saying, ‘Oh, I want to be in handbells!’” said Sonali Karnalkar, 11.

Divya Juneja, 10, said the concerts, especially the trip to Charlotte, “made us feel special. We feel proud, and we get to show it.”

Capital City Ringers Concert

Posted on April 20, 2009
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The Capital City Ringers, from Lansing MI, will be in the metro area this weekend! On Saturday, April 25, from 9:30-4:30, they will present a “fun” ringing workshop for handbell choirs. This workshop will feature mass rehearsals where all will work on 3 or 4 pieces together as a group under the direction of Jane Wright. Then in sectionals, member of the Capital City Ringers will answer questions and help individuals with ringing techniques and problem areas. In the afternoon, there will be a reading session or new handbell music and “old chestnuts” (sponsored by Shattinger Music) and the day will close with a “performance”  of the four pieces worked on. The workshop will be held at St. Paul United Church of Christ, 200 N. Main St., Waterloo IL. Participants will need to bring handbells, chimes, pads, tables, mallets, etc… Individuals are also invited to ring as orphans. The cost has been kept at $35 (instead of a raised late fee of $45) and includes lunch and snacks. For more information or to register, contact Mark Babb at mark(at),


In the evening, the Capital City Ringers will present their 25th anniversary concert. The concert will begin at 7:00 PM, and be held in the sanctuary of St. Paul UCC. The concert is free and open to the public, but a free will offering will be received. On Sunday April 26 at 8:30 AM, CRR will be the special guests during worship at St. Paul. On Friday evening, April 24, CCR will be in concert at Signal Hill UMC, 47 Signal Hill Place, Belleville IL.

That concert is also free and open to the public.


Come help the Capital City Ringers celebrate 25 years of handbell ringing!

Dallas-Ft. Worth Concerts

Posted on April 20, 2009
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Concert Bells of Fort Worth announce their Spring 2009 Handbell 

Concerts schedule.


CONTEMPLATION & CELEBRATION will be presented at 3 Dallas/Fort Worth 

venues and will feature the Concert Bells of Fort Worth.

MUSIC FOR THE SOUL will be a joint concert with the Concert Bells of 

Fort Worth and the Denton Community Band.


You will experience an evening where you can contemplate soulful 

melodies and celebrate in the joy of music.

We hope to see you at one of the concert locations listed below.



Saturday, April 25

7:00 p.m.

Lord of Life Lutheran Church

3601 W. 15th Street



Friday, May 1

7:30 p.m.

with Denton Community Band*

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

2255 N. Bonnie Brae Street



Sunday, May 17

7:00 p.m.

First United Methodist Church

521 W. Pipeline Road



Sunday, July 26

6:00 p.m.

First United Methodist Church

505 W. Marvin Avenue


Please visit our website for more information about Concert Bells of 

Fort Worth.

Concert information, flyers and directions are also available on our 



Concert Bells of Fort Worth

Dedicated to musical excellence through artistic handbell performance.

Stephanie Rhoades, Conductor and Artistic Director


*This project is supported in part by a grant from the Greater Denton 

Arts Council and The Arts Guild of Denton, the City of Denton, the 

Texas Commission On The Arts, and the National Endowment For The Arts.

Concert at The Master’s College, Santa Clarita, CA

Posted on April 20, 2009
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Please join us as our handbell ensembles present their annual Spring Concert:


Sunday, April 26, 3:00 p.m.

The Music Recital Hall

corner of Placeritos Blvd. and Quigley Canyon Rd.

Santa Clarita, CA

Classical Bells In Concert and Workshop in Ann Arbor, MI

Posted on April 20, 2009
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Classical Bells IN CONCERT and WORKSHOP at Zion Lutheran Church, Ann Arbor, Michigan


You are invited to join us at Zion Lutheran Church – Ann Arbor, Michigan for two exciting events featuring Classical Bells, Michigan’s Premier Handbell Ensemble.



Classical Bells In


Friday, May 1 at 7:00 pm.

The concert is open

to the public and FREE.  (A free-will offering will be


Come and experience the sounds of bells ringing in Zion’s beautifully renovated Sanctuary.  You will surely enjoy the varied concert that includes settings of favorite hymns tunes – “Praise to the Lord, The Almighty”, Divinum Mysterium (“Of the Father’s Love Begotten”), “Beautiful Savior” and “Lord of the Dance”.  Classical Bells will also play wonderful arrangements of pieces by Georges Bizet (“The Ball”), Leroy Anderson (“Plink Plank, Plunk”), Errol Garner (“Misty”) and Johann Sebastian Bach (“Badinerie”). 

Also, on the program is a medley of tunes from “The Wizard of Oz”, a piece for organ and handbells featuring our Zion organist, Elgin Clingaman and other original pieces for handbells.  Plan now to attend this wonderful concert and invite a friend!



Classical Bells Handbell Workshop

Saturday, May 2 from 8:30 am -

12:30 pm.

ALL are welcome to join us for the workshop.  This hands-on workshop is designed for ringers of all skill levels and is for ringers and directors alike.  Topics include:



        Bells in Worship

        Basic Bass Bells (the “really big ones!”)

        Basic Techniques

        Ringing in Color

        Rhythm & Movement

        Various “How To’s” of Handbells

        Director’s Round Table

The cost for the workshop is $30.  There are discounted rates for students and choirs who register more than 6 ringers.  Contact Rob Meyer 734/994.4455 ext. 18 or for more information.  A brochure with registration form, is available on


the Zion website at   Zion is located at 1501 West Liberty Street in Ann Arbor between Seventh and Stadium.

VTs Bronze Ambassadors

Posted on April 20, 2009
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The Bronze Ambassadors

in  concert with special guests, Karen James and Kevin McChesney

June 14th at  3:00 p.m.

First United Methodist Church, Burlington, VT

A free-will  offering will be taken to help defray travel expenses for

their upcoming  appearance at the National Seminar in Tucson, AZ.





The Bronze Ambassadors, under the direction of Kimberlee Strepka, is 

considered by some composers, directors and music educators as one of this 

country’s premier teen handbell ensembles. They have appeared on CBS, NBC, FOX 

and UPN television networks, as well as at AGEHR Area events. Over the past 

twelve years they have had the privilege of performing throughout the

country,  including appearances at Ground Zero in New York City and at the U.S.

Holocaust  Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. The Bronze Ambassadors are

partially  student-conducted with members learning how to conduct as early as

the sixth  grade.

Concert in Providence, RI

Posted on April 20, 2009
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The Advanced and Beginning Handbells ensembles of Lincoln School will

appear with Lincoln’s Lambrequins (advanced choral ensemble) in

concert on Tuesday, April 21 at 6:30 PM at the Ebner, Elson, Hart

Music Center, Lincoln School, 301 Butler Avenue, Providence,

RI.  Admission is free.  The repertoire is:


Advanced Handbells

         Fanfare & Ostinato – Paul McKlveen

         Grazioso – Arnold Sherman


Handbell Quartet

         Pachelbel Canon – arr. John von Wolzogen



         Fa Una Canzona – Vecchi, arr. Russell Robinson

         Come and Trip It – Handel, arr. Harry R. Wilson

         Echo Song – Orlando di Lasso

         Rise Up With Music – Vivaldi, arr. Patrick M. Lieberger


Beginning Handbells

         Let There Be Peace on Earth – Miller & Jackson, arr. Arnold Sherman


Combined Handbell Ensembles

         LondeLirinen (Land of Song Within Song) – Timothy Waugh



         The Sky is Crying on the Sea – Ruth Elaine Schram

         Ubi Caritas – Ola Gjeilo

         Everything Possible – Small, arr. Willi Zwozdesky


Advanced Handbells

         Lumiere – Fred Gramann

         Moon Over the Ruined Castle – Taki, arr. Kazuko Okamoto

         When You Wish Upon a Star – Washington & Harline


Please join us!

Bay View Week of Handbells

Posted on April 20, 2009
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Hello, Everyone!


The repertoire for this year’s Bay View Week of Handbells has been

announced, and here it is:


Overture to ‘Carmen’ – Bizet/Thompson

Amazing Grace – arr. Dean Wagner

On This Day Earth Shall Ring – Fred Gramann

Climbing Jacob’s Ladder – Sondra K. Tucker

We Three Jazzy Kings – Matthew Prins

Christmas Pipes – Graham/Wiltse (unpublished)

Trilogy – Michael Helman (Allured Composition Award Commission)

Immortal, Invisible – arr. Wiltse

I’m Just a Poor Wayfaring Stranger – arr. Hart Morris

Ragtime – Jacques M. Kearns

The Ballad of Siobhan Laoghaire – Catherine McMichael

Margie’s Silent Night – arr. Wiltse (unpublished – at this time) – composed

in memory of Margie York of B&Y Music Co.

Bellfest – Donald E. Allured

The Lord Bless You and Keep You – Peter C. Lutkin (sung by the Week of

Handbells participants)


There are at this time 6 places left. If you’re interested in joining us,

contact Luanne Barnes for more information:


If you’d like to come and hear the concert, it will take place in John M.

Hall Auditorium in Bay View (MI) on 13 August at 8.00pm.


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