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Summit 2018 will host some of the finest handbell musicians from Oklahoma and Texas with several lunch and evening concerts. Admittance to each concert is included with your full event registration. Daily registrants may attend concerts offered on the day(s) for which they register.

Non-event registrants may purchase a concert ticket on our registration page. Each concert ticket is $12.50. The closing concert is free.

Help us welcome the Summit 2018 performing ensembles and choirs!

Friday Dinner Concert – Houston Bronze Ensemble
Saturday Lunch Concert – Oklahoma City Handbell Ensemble
Sunday Lunch Concert – Austin Handbell Ensemble
Closing Concert Featurette – Cypress Creek Disci-Bells Handbell Choir


Houston Bronze EnsembleThe Houston Bronze Ensemble is a professional, auditioned, handbell ensemble made up of musicians from the greater Houston area. Known as Houston’s premier handbell choir, the ensemble performs regular concerts in the winter and spring as well as community, regional, and national events, weddings, and private parties. HBE plays on 7 octaves of Schulmerich handbells, a 4 octave duplicate set of Schulmerich handbells, 6 octaves of Malmark handchimes, Schulmerich Silver Melody bells, Malmark Cymbells, and 2 octaves of Petit and Fritsen bells.

The group plays a wide variety of musical genres, always with the goal of EXCELLENCE. Founded in 1988, Houston Bronze Ensemble was started as an avenue for Houston area handbell directors to have a place to ring. A lunchtime meeting with only a napkin to write the names of those who might be interested is what started it all. The rest, as they say, is history. Hart Morris became the founding director of Houston Bronze. The ensemble is now under the direction of Bill Nave. HBE will be celebrating its 30th Anniversary next spring.

Houston Bronze also recognizes the importance of building the future of handbell ringing. We offer a variety of educational opportunities designed to meet the unique needs of churches and schools who wish to build or improve their handbell program. HBE is proud to serve as a mentor to the handbell program at the Brookwood Community located in Brookshire, TX. Workshops designed to meet the specific needs of a choir, mini-concerts, and petting zoos are a sample of what we provide to the Houston area handbell community. Our Build-a-Bell Workshop program allows directors to select classes in areas of their choice to fit their needs. This summer, our Summer Ring program will offer two reading sessions to Houston area ringers. Houston Bronze also offers scholarships to students wishing to attend College Ring-In, an event sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America. For information on each of these programs, please see our web page at


Oklahoma City Handbell EnsembleOklahoma City Handbell Ensemble (OCHE) is celebrating its 10th year with a reflection of favorite pieces played since forming in January 2008. Ringers in the Oklahoma City metro founded OCHE to expand their abilities and help further the art of handbell ringing.
In the early years, the groups were known as the OKC Ringtones and Bronze Tapestry until October 2011, when the ringers formed the current OCHE, an Oklahoma nonprofit corporation with a governing board of directors. In the summer of 2015, OCHE began creating educational opportunities for ringers and directors in Oklahoma; part of this endeavor included continuing the work of Central Oklahoma Ringers & Directors (CORD) after their disbanding. Over ten years of ringing, performances throughout Oklahoma have allowed ringers to explore a wide range of music from sacred, secular, classical, and pop styles. From the very beginning, OCHE has been committed to advancing the musical art of handbell/handchime ringing through concerts, education, and community.
Oklahoma City Handbell Ensemble is proud to be a member of Handbell Musicians of America and American Society of Composers and Arrangers (ASCAP).

The primary five-octave set of Schulmerich handbells played by OCHE  were given a new lease on life when two board members drove to Pennsylvania in the summer of 2016 to purchase the set from a school that was disbanding their handbell program. The five-octave set of Malmark Choirchimes® are making their debut performances this season.
OCHE artists bring more than 155 years of ringing experience to the tables and come from many walks of life. Their love of music, and most specifically handbells, has been able to reach the lives of many in the Oklahoma City area through concerts and education.

To learn more about OCHE, please visit today.


Austin Handbell EnsembleThe Austin Handbell Ensemble began in the Fall of 1995 and has been ringing at a very high level ever since. In addition to annual Christmas and Spring concerts, the group has twice been a featured performing ensemble at the Handbell Musician’s of America’s National Seminar, “Pinnacle”, once in Orlando and once in Dallas. The group has also performed as the feature group for previous Area 9 Festivals and has performed at the Texas Choral Directors Association’s state conference in San Antonio, the Alleluia Church Music Conference in Waco, and at several regional events. The AHE had the pleasure of organizing and co-sponsoring the statewide workshop A Texas Bronzefest in 2012 and 2017 which brought together college and community handbell groups in Texas for two days of clinician-led sessions. Through the years, the group has been the main recording ensemble for several publishers of handbell music as they produce and then distribute their handbell demo CD’s nationally. These recording sessions have been a consistent part of AHE’s Fall and Winter activities for well over fifteen years. The group has also recorded and released CD’s of its own through the years with another one in the works. The 16-member AHE performs on 6 ½ octaves of handbells and handchimes.

You can learn even more about Austin Handbell Ensemble by visiting


Cypress Creek Disci-BellsThe Cypress Creek Disci-Bells is the long-standing premier bell choir of Cypress Creek Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Spring, TX. The bell choir has performed both locally and internationally, accompanying the Cypress Creek Community Chorale in their trip to Vienna and Salzburg, and will again perform overseas in 2020 in Scotland. The group is conducted by Dr. Joel Plaag, director of traditional worship at Cypress Creek Christian Church, and is made up of musicians from contemporary and traditional services as well as non-church members who love music.

The Disci-Bells’ website is

Area 9 reserves the right to cancel any portion or all portions of Summit 2018
if the number of registrations is deemed insufficient.

Summit 2018 Sponsors

Phillips 66
Dinner/Lunch Sponsor

Wilson Van Tine
Dinner/Lunch Sponsor

The Springer Company
Visionary Sponsor

Houston Bronze Ensemble
Director Sponsor

Malmark Bellcraftsmen
Musician Sponsor

Schulmerich Bells
Musician Sponsor

Austin Handbell Ensemble
Wi-Fi Sponsor

Heitz Handbells and Music
Wi-Fi Sponsor

Use of Tablets to Hold Music

Handbell Musicians of America is committed to upholding the copyright laws of the United States and protecting the rights of our publishers, arrangers, and composers. If you wish to use a tablet computer to hold your music in place of standard paper copies on a music stand, you must contact the publisher of each piece of music to first obtain permission to convert a purchased piece of music to the format required for the tablet you are using. Copies of the written permission received from publishers must be presented on request from the event organizer, event chair, or Handbell Musicians of America staff. Permission from a publisher for one piece does not imply permission for other songs from the same publisher. The title of each song used in this format must be included in the written permission received. Attendee should also have legally purchased copies of all music with them for verification.