Handbell Choir

The Adult Bell Choir is directed by Emily Reep – Click for Biography and consists of members ages 12 and up. The choir rehearses on Thursday evenings from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the new Music Suite on the first floorRehearsals began again on September 12 and go through April 2020.  There are no practices during the summer.  There are still some openings available for anyone wishing to join the ensemble.

The Adult Handbell Choir will open their season ringing Festive Peal on Sunday, October 6 at the 10:30 a.m. liturgy.  This striking bell peal moves from high to low bells seemly calling the listener to return, to return to the Lord.  This selection accentuates the call of the Christ Jesus to consecrate our lives to him.  The Choir rings again on Reformation Sunday, October 27, at the 10:30 liturgy with an arrangement of the classic Lutheran reformation hymn Lord Keep Us Steadfast in your Word.

We currently have members ringing our full five octaves of handbells and four octaves of handchimes. The choir usually plays for services once per month and most major feast days of the church year.  The year’s schedule was shared at the first rehearsal and will be given to new members to avoid conflicts throughout the year.  The Bell Choir also often accompanies psalms, hymns, and vocal anthems. Members enjoy utilizing many different bell techniques and playing pieces which incorporate various instruments.

Vacancies need to be filled in order to continue ringing our full 5-octave set of bells.  Students in 7th grade through adults are welcome to join. If you can keep a steady beat; and have any prior musical experience (even it was long ago), please consider giving bell choir a try.  If you are interested in joining or have questions regarding the bell choir, please contact Emily Reep.

Click on the following link to hear a clip from the May 5 performance of the Handbell Choir playing Blessing by Ralph Vaughn Williams IMG_4184(1)
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Click on the following link to hear a clip of the handbell choir from the Easter Service ….Click here1-IMG_41341