This article written by Laura Hyatt of Trinity Episcopal Church.
Trinity Episcopal was a grateful recipient of the chime loan program for the 2016-17 school year. The chimes were used by the 4th-8th grade school choir and 5th-6th grade general music classes. The approximate number of children using the handchimes would be fifty. We used the chimes in connection with the standard music curriculum. These students have had two years of recorder instruction, and they built on this knowledge by using the chimes. I’m sorry that I don’t have a recording of the first day when I introduced the chimes when we played that first C major chord. For an instant, they were absolutely still, and then one student said: “That was awesome!”
The highlight of the year was our Lessons and Carols service. Our 6th grade of 23 students played an arrangement of Silent Night. Proud parents shared it on social media throughout the season. Our school is exploring the possibility of adding handchimes in the future. Thank you for this opportunity to expand our program!