As I write this, close to 50% of the United States population has been vaccinated against COVID-19 and sthings are slowly starting to look a little more normal. In many states, those who have been vaccinated are free to be in public places without face masks or social distancing, and activities are starting to resume, [...]
From the President's Pen
I love the way I am able to experience the seasons where I live in northwest New Jersey. Each season brings something unique and colorful and while autumn is my favorite for many reasons, there is also something quite special about spring.
year ago, I met my community bell choir for rehearsal fully anticipating that I would see them the next week, but, like for many of you, “next week” never happened.
Maybe your rehearsals are already tightly-packed models of efficiency. But what happens when things don’t go according to plan?
Handbells in Education
Life Lessons from Handbells
Relating musical terms to life-coaching terms
Every year, I sign up for March bulletin board duty at my school. This monthly display ranges from letters to the President, to cut-out snowflakes, and book cover designs. The bulletin board is in the vestibule that joins the front of the school (office and classrooms) with the gym, lower school classrooms, and restrooms, so [...]
Handbell Musicians Roundtable
March 2021 marked one year for the US response to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the least, it’s been a life-altering time. As vaccines begin to ramp up, there are hopeful signs that there may be some sense of normalcy ahead. I asked some of our handbell friends to reflect on what this past year has [...]
Tips & Tools
An Additive Processional
Tips & Tools
All Creatures of Our God and King
For 8 Bells
Tips & Tools
All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name
The RingNYC bridges the gap between old and new.
On January 29, 1951, Nick Caminiti and Miriam McCreary obtained a marriage license in the Borough of Manhattan, New York. Five days later, on February 3, they were married at the historic Calvary Baptist Church on W. 57th St. Even 70 years ago, they were by no means among the first to be married in [...]
Handbells in Worship
When Church Handbell Rehearsals Reconvene
Directors face challenges and rewards of re-shaping handbell programs
Let’s face it. After a year of total disruption and uncertainty, we will never go back to our old church bell choir “normal,” but as time goes on, our old “normal” sounds better and better every time we talk about it! Maybe we should consider this a time of transitioning to a new way of [...]