Handbell Choir
Leader: Gene Eckert

 

2017 Handbell Choir Season

The Holy Cross Handbell (and Handchime) Choir is one of the most enjoyable and joyful worship groups. We have to concentrate a lot (if you watch closely, you’ll noticed that very few ringers smile until after a song is finished), and count all the way to 4 (sometimes the director is tough and we get a 6/8 song – Ugh.) We have more notes than a pianist has fingers, so we listen hard to hear the melody – that’s why we usually play songs that are familiar. On top of all that, it is a real joy to put it all together as a close-knit team that worships our Lord with this amazing music.

Please consider trying the bells; it’s a worthwhile challenge. It’s quite a bit different than most of us expected, but once you "get the hang of it" it is really fun. Getting started is helped by having a couple separate "lessons" to get used to the way to swing the bells and how to see your part in the music. "Cheating" by marking notes is accepted, and counting out loud in practice is pretty essential, even for experienced ringers. It all turns out to be a wonderful musical teamwork experience – one that is really satisfying and rewarding. Besides, you get to make a new group of great friends.

We practice from 7:30 to 9 PM on most Monday evenings in the sanctuary, and play for church services on the first Sunday of each month (plus special days like Christmas and Easter. We take most of the summer "off", but we start fresh again August 14th and have planned a full season into June of ringing our Lord's praises.  Included are songs like, God of Grace and God of Glory, The Lord Is My Shepherd (with piano), Advent Hope, and other familiar, uplifting songs.  As you listen to familiar hymns of praise, consider joining the group.  Individual training is offered (we all started from ground zero).  It's an amazing team endeavor, making beautiful music even if we've never done it before.  

Questions?  Contact Gene Eckert through the church office. We hope to hear you ringing with us soon.

 

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