Don’t Overlook Level 2 Music
While interviewing david weck on the eve of his retirement, a discussion about handbell music levels came up. After we talked about that, I got to thinking about similar discussions I’ve had doing interviews with David Davidson and Don Allured, as well as in casual discussions with other handbell folk.

While interviewing david weck on the eve of his retirement, a discussion about handbell music levels came up. After we talked about that, I got to thinking about similar discussions I’ve had doing interviews with David Davidson and Don Allured, as well as in casual discussions with other handbell folk.

 

Re-Introducing the Sub-Membership; Now Offering More Benefits!
Our sub-membership has been an option for several years. This membership option is for the musicians in a choir or ensemble that already has a full membership. For just $10 a year (less than 3¢ a day!), it provides these musicians with their own user ID giving them access to all the online resources and [...]

Our sub-membership has been an option for several years. This membership option is for the musicians in a choir or ensemble that already has a full membership. For just $10 a year (less than 3¢ a day!), it provides these musicians with their own user ID giving them access to all the online resources and [...]

 

What is Change?
What comes to mind when you hear the word “change”? Is it the amount and value of the coins in your pocket? Is it the new paint color you are considering for the walls? Perhaps it’s a change from your usual vacation destination this time of year.

What comes to mind when you hear the word “change”? Is it the amount and value of the coins in your pocket? Is it the new paint color you are considering for the walls? Perhaps it’s a change from your usual vacation destination this time of year.

 

Better Together
Planning a Concert Collectively

During our past several concert seasons, I’ve experimented with involving the group as a whole in designing the concerts themselves. What follows is the story of our most recent concert-planning adventure together.

 

Worst Case Scenario
Are You Ready in Case of the Sudden Loss of Key Personnel?

Many people fear change. Many people also think they are invincible. But no one knows what the future holds. While it is a horrible thought, by no fault of one’s own (someone else texting while driving or driving under the influence), one can be snuffed out of this life or incapacitated suddenly.

 

Achieving Expressive Ringing
Once the notes are learned, ringers can focus on specific elements of ringing such as uniform stroke, amount of stopped sound/damp, phrase arch, etc. Using the same chorale for several weeks allows concepts to be overlaid and reinforced.

Once the notes are learned, ringers can focus on specific elements of ringing such as uniform stroke, amount of stopped sound/damp, phrase arch, etc. Using the same chorale for several weeks allows concepts to be overlaid and reinforced.

 

Working Together for the Greater Good
many groups have pet projects near and dear to their hearts, for which they may donate concert proceeds, offer free performances, collect items at the door, or raise funds in other ways. This month I asked directors and ringers to share ways they go beyond their groups’ needs to help make their community, and our [...]

many groups have pet projects near and dear to their hearts, for which they may donate concert proceeds, offer free performances, collect items at the door, or raise funds in other ways. This month I asked directors and ringers to share ways they go beyond their groups’ needs to help make their community, and our [...]

 

The Fruit of the Spirit
Handbell Ringing as Spiritual Discipline

The purpose of Spiritual Disciplines is to provide a toolkit for transformation. As we engage in the spiritual disciplines of prayer, studying scripture, worship, and service, our lives become transformed as our relationship with God deepens. For some, just seeing the words ‘spiritual discipline’ immediately conjures feelings that are daunting and intimidating. Ours is a [...]

 

A Chapter in Handbell History
David Weck’s part-time shipping room job leads to over 40 years as a key player in the handbell world

If you recognize the voice on 89 handbell music demo recordings saying “Greetings from Agape-Hope Publishing Company,” then you know David Weck, handbell editor, conductor, past board member, first chair of HIC, and Honorary Life member. The story of his career is both an interesting one and one with lessons to tell—and it’s a career [...]

 

Why Handbells?
 

In April, a member of a Facebook group posted about her church handbells. She said that, while her church used to have three different bell choirs in the 1990s, they now have one group that has recently dwindled to a quartet. As a result, the pastor posed the question whether the church is the place [...]

 

Chiming In

Don’t Overlook Level 2 Music
While interviewing david weck on the eve of his retirement, a discussion about handbell music levels came up. After we talked about that, I got to thinking about similar discussions I’ve had doing interviews with David Davidson and Don Allured, as well as in casual discussions with other handbell folk.


Executive Notes

Re-Introducing the Sub-Membership; Now Offering More Benefits!
Our sub-membership has been an option for several years. This membership option is for the musicians in a choir or ensemble that already has a full membership. For just $10 a year (less than 3¢ a day!), it provides these musicians with their own user ID giving them access to all the online resources and [...]


Membership Matters

What is Change?
What comes to mind when you hear the word “change”? Is it the amount and value of the coins in your pocket? Is it the new paint color you are considering for the walls? Perhaps it’s a change from your usual vacation destination this time of year.


Handbells in Education

Better Together
Planning a Concert Collectively


Community Connections

Worst Case Scenario
Are You Ready in Case of the Sudden Loss of Key Personnel?


Tips & Tools

Achieving Expressive Ringing
Once the notes are learned, ringers can focus on specific elements of ringing such as uniform stroke, amount of stopped sound/damp, phrase arch, etc. Using the same chorale for several weeks allows concepts to be overlaid and reinforced.


Handbell Musicians Roundtable

Working Together for the Greater Good
many groups have pet projects near and dear to their hearts, for which they may donate concert proceeds, offer free performances, collect items at the door, or raise funds in other ways. This month I asked directors and ringers to share ways they go beyond their groups’ needs to help make their community, and our [...]


Handbells in Worship

The Fruit of the Spirit
Handbell Ringing as Spiritual Discipline


Feature

A Chapter in Handbell History
David Weck’s part-time shipping room job leads to over 40 years as a key player in the handbell world


From the President's Pen

Why Handbells?