Milestones are important parts of many aspects of our lives. We celebrate milestone birthdays and anniversaries, milestone achievements in our work and avocations, milestones on a journey, and even milestones in seemingly small projects. But what is it about milestones that put them above other steps in our various journeys?
Back in 2017, after completing a workshop at the Center for Public Interest Communications at the University of Florida, I wrote an article that was published in Florida Weekly as part of a series written by nonprofit administrators.
From the President's Pen
In the world of music, the art of handbell/handchime ringing holds a unique place. A friend once said, “we are a niche.” And if you are a solo ringer, a small ensemble musician, or play bell trees, you are a niche within a niche.
We were putting bells away after rehearsal when one of my ringers looked up and said “we need to have a celebration—a party—a festival!” This was April 2022, and we had just performed one of our first post-pandemic concerts—something that Bellissima!, our community group, had much missed in the dark days of 2020 and 2021.
David Harris of The Raleigh Ringers was named Handbell Musicians of America’s newest Honorary Life Member, the most prestigious designation HMA bestows, at National Seminar this year in Irving, Texas.
Though “college” is in the name, College Ring-In is not just for students! This performance-focused event is designed for experienced handbell ringers ages 18-29.
Solo, Ensemble, Bell Tree Enthusiasts
Into the Forest
An All Bell-Tree Event
On June 22, 2023, thirty bell tree enthusiasts gathered at Messiah Lutheran Church in Lakeville, Minnesota, for three days of everything bell trees.
Handbells in Worship
Why are we so attracted, almost to the point of obsession, to this unique instrument known as handbells? Many handbell directors, including many who responded to my Facebook post several months ago, started directing with little or no formal music training, and many trained musicians knew little or nothing about handbells when they began their [...]
Handbells in Education
Most of the students who join our bell program each year have little musical background, usually limited to what they’ve learned in General Music classes throughout elementary school. The challenge each year is to develop these new students so they can play within an established ensemble.
Back to Basics
A new program gets an ensemble of beginning ringers making music in a short time
Do you remember the first time you picked up a handbell? The first time you made a bell ring? Do you remember the excitement you felt?
Earlier this year, the handbell ensemble I conduct had a wonderful experience participating in a joint handbell concert with another handbell ensemble. I sincerely wish that the following recount of the planning process will inspire and motivate other ensembles to follow suit.
Now Thank We All Our God
Hymn Accompaniment for Final Verse
For Handbells and Organ
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Area Spotlights – Winter 2023
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