he Sanctuary Bell Choir enhances our worship services by playing for Sunday morning worship once a month from October through June. Occasionally the ringers add their descants to the hymns used during worship. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Strong music reading ability, with or without prior handbell ringing experience, is necessary to have an enjoyable experience with the group. Directed by Nancy Hascall, this group participates in area handbell festivals and events.
Starting in September the Sanctuary Bells will rehearse on Monday nights, rather than Wednesday.
If a Wednesday commitment has prevented you from participating in the handbell choir in the past, here is your chance to join!
New members are always welcome, and prior handbell experience is not necessary.
The only requirements for membership are the ability to read music and a commitment to regular weekly attendance.
We will teach you everything else you need to know.
Rehearsals are held in Room 202 (usually), from 7-9 p.m., starting September 10.
For more information contact Kelly Qualls at 503-228-3195 x 235.
Both FUMC handbell choirs participated in conferences of the Handbell Musicians of America in late June, taking classes, ringing with massed bell choirs, and hearing concert performances.
The Sanctuary Bell Choir attended the Area 10 (Northwest) Conference at the Tacoma Convention Center, and juBELLation traveled to California for the Area 12 (Southwest) Conference at the Disneyland Hotel.
For the Disneyland event, Sanctuary Bells director, Nancy Hascall, served as one of three conductors for the massed ringing, each of whom was also commissioned to write an original work for the final concert.
Under the direction of Nancy Hascall, the Sanctuary Bell Choir provides music for worship at FUMC several times a year, playing 5 (and sometimes 6) octaves of Schulmerich handbells. We rehearse weekly on Wednesday evenings from 7-9 p.m.
Besides the director, we currently have 11 active members, four of whom are new to the group this year, and we are eager to welcome others. The ideal number for a 5-octave handbell choir is 13, but we can easily accommodate more. In addition to ringing in worship, our goals include skill development, outreach, and mutual support through prayer and fellowship.
The only requirement for membership in Sanctuary Bells is the ability to read music. Beyond that, anyone who desires to learn, and will make a personal commitment to regular attendance, is encouraged to participate. In the event of an absence, members are responsible for arranging for a substitute ringer to take their place, as rehearsing with a ringer absent is like playing a piano with missing keys.
This spring we are scheduled to play for Sunday worship on February 19, April 22, and May 20. Plans are also in the works to present a Wednesday night program for a retirement home sometime in May, and/or offer music for another church on a Sunday morning.
Several members of the Sanctuary Bells will attend the Area 10 Conference of Handbell Musicians of America (formerly AGEHR) in Tacoma, June 22-24. The event, in which we have participated biannually for almost 20 years, offers showcase concerts, classes on various aspects of handbell ringing, and a massed ringing experience with as many as 400-500 ringers rehearsing and performing in concert together under a nationally known conductor. (In alternate years, we often attend smaller festivals such as the Siskiyou Summit Handbell Festival in Ashland.)
Come and check us out. Anyone is welcome to observe rehearsals and/or give handbell ringing a try!