In Search Of

Gathering Resources for Handbells in Worships by Beth Ann Edwards Beth Ann Edwards serves as Director of Arts at Plymouth Congregational Church in Des Moines, Iowa, where she assists with arts programming and directs handbell choirs. Beth Ann holds a Master of Church...

Best Practices: Trial and Error

by Beth Ann Edwards Beth Ann Edwards serves as Director of Arts at Plymouth Congregational Church in Des Moines, Iowa, where she assists with arts programming and directs handbell choirs. Beth Ann holds a Master of Church Music degree with Handbell Emphasis, a...

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

As this edition of Overtones is delivered to you, I will start my third job directing handbells in a different church. As I packed and purged, shared and schlepped, I wondered about the careers of church handbell directors and other church musicians. by Beth Ann...

Leaning into the Church Year

Thoughts on Adhering to the Church Calendar by Beth Ann Edwards Beth Ann Edwards serves as Director of Arts, Handbells, and Youth Choirs at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Des Moines, Iowa, where she oversees all arts programming and assists with worship planning, as...

Seven Habits for a Successful Bell Program

by Beth Ann Edwards Author Bio This past summer, while preparing to lead a worship seminar for the Area 8 Festival, I ran across a handout from a similar workshop I taught in 2016. The handout is based on those lists of “Seven Habits for a Highly Successful (fill in...