2019 Members

COMMUNITY GROUPS

Bells of the Lakes

William Mathis
PO Box 3907
Minneapolis, MN 55403 USA

Bells of the Lakes is a community handbell ensemble representing the Twin Cities of Minnesota and is directed by William H. Mathis, nationally known conductor and arranger of handbell and choral music. Besides presenting concerts, Bells of the Lakes sponsors a seminar each fall for directors and ringers. They also sponsor Bellfest! each March for handbell choirs.

Charlotte Bronze Handbell Ensemble

General Manager
PO Box 1541
Matthews, NC 28106

The Charlotte Bronze Handbell Ensemble is the largest community handbell group in the Piedmont with twenty-two ringers ranging in age from 14 to 60+.  CBHE performs on two sets of Malmark, one set of Schulmerich, one set of Whitechapel and two set of Malmark chimes.  The Charlotte Bronze Handbell Ensemble includes two community handbell groups and was founded in March of 2011.  Just four years old, the group has already performed in many festivals and events in Charlotte and across the state.

Forté Handbell Quartet

Megan Reishus
719-266-8152
PO Box 2662
Monument, CO 801352 USA

Based in Colorado Springs, Forté is an advanced quartet marked by artistry, energy, and dedication to their craft. In pursuit of musical excellence, Forté strives to explore, innovate, inspire, and glorify God through the gift of music.

The musicians of Forté – Luke Nabeta, Megan Reishus, Dillon Ekle, and Tory Marting – continually challenge themselves to “Rethink Possible,” expanding their musical and performance horizons and adding original compositions and arrangements to their ever-expanding repertoire, while challenging audiences’ perceptions of what handbells can really do.

Since forming in 2007, Forté has had an increasingly active schedule of concerts and recordings, made possible with the help of their growing team of monthly supporters. They have been featured performers and faculty at Handbell Musicians of America events, have presented several successful tours across the country, and released two CDs and a DVD of music videos filmed around the state of Colorado.

 

Music City Bronze

John Robertson
615-837-4003

We are Nashville’s premier community handbell ensemble. We are fully affiliated with the Handbell Musicians of America and are a non-profit organization. A repertoire is available across a variety of musical styles and genres.

The Raleigh Ringers Inc.

David Harris
919-847-7574
8516 Sleepy Creek Dr
Raleigh, NC 27613 USA

The Raleigh Ringers is an internationally acclaimed, advanced community handbell choir based in Raleigh, North Carolina. Since its founding in 1990, The Raleigh Ringers have been dazzling concert audiences with unique interpretations of sacred, secular, and popular music, including famous rock-n-roll tunes arranged just for handbells.

Click HERE for videos of The Raleigh Ringers.

Three Rivers Ringers

Nancy Lutz
412-341-1404
218 Dan Dr.
Pittsburgh, PA 15216 USA

Three Rivers Ringers is Pittsburgh’s premier community handbell ensemble.

Twin Cities Bronze

Amy Maakestad
651-225-9598
1960 Asbury St
Roseville, MN 55113

Twin Cities Bronze is a performing ensemble specializing in the music and art of English handbells. Selected by annual audition, this ensemble of advanced ringers hails from the metropolitan area of Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN.

The Shared Values statement for Twin Cities Bronze captures the essence of the organization:

  • As professionals, to strive at all times for musical excellence
  • As educators, to share our technical knowledge of this unique medium
  • As artists, to showcase the diversity of handbells through innovative performances
  • As friends, to support each other and have fun

Click HERE for videos of Twin Cities Bronze.

Virginia Bronze Handbell Ensemble

Betsy Preston
888-824-2541
703-666-8255
PO Box 844
Alexandria, VA 22313 USA

Virginia Bronze is an auditioned, community-based handbell choir. The group is known for performing thematic concerts that include a wide range of handbell music including secular, sacred, popular and original pieces. Virginia Bronze welcomes opportunities for artistic collaboration, and concert performances have included selections with voice, strings, winds, brass, percussion and keyboard, as well as dance. The choir performs throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area and features a diverse membership including professional musicians, students, business persons, entrepreneurs, and government employees.

Westminster Ringers Inc.

Larry Henning
410-848-5482
737 Holland Lane
Westminster, MD 21158 USA

The Westminster Ringers, an auditioned community ensemble based in Westminster, Maryland, offers gifted musicians the opportunity to play advanced handbell repertoire at the highest possible level of musical sensitivity and technical clarity. Founded in 1997, the group advances the knowledge, awareness, and viability of the art of handbell ringing through performance and educational opportunities. The Westminster Ringers has been recognized as one of America’s premier professional ensembles.

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