Committing the Uncommitted

This article written by Michelle Tejada, Area 9 Past Chair After a handbell performance, a woman approaches some ringers and talks to them about their choir. When she expresses an interest in playing handbells, the ringers invite her to the next rehearsal. She...

Score Study – It’s Not Just for Directors!

This article written by Marci Corey, Area 9 Treasurer Each semester when I pick music for the various handbell groups I direct I spend some time studying the scores before presenting the music at a rehearsal. Score study is, in my opinion, a necessity for directors,...

Introducing El Sistema OKC: It’s About Chime!

This article written by Lani Aloha Garner, Area 9 Chime Loan Recipient El Sistema OKC is a unique after-school music program that serves over 250 underserved and disadvantaged public school children in the heart of Oklahoma City. Students receive an orchestral...

From the Beginning

This article was written by Stevie Berryman, Artistic Director of Houston Chamber Ringers Let’s start at the beginning. For the last few centuries, the very first toy given to an infant has been: a rattle. Or, as I like to call it, a pre-bell. From the time we can...