Handbells and Chimes
We currently have 7 handbell choirs here at St. Luke!
Many have openings! Please scroll down to see a description of each choir.
CLICK on the NAME of a group for a link to their Winter/Spring schedule.
Concert Handbell Choir
High School Ringers
The Concert Handbell Choir is one of 7 handbell choirs from St. Luke Lutheran Church in Gales Ferry, CT, and is comprised of all high school students. Their repertoire includes a wide variety of sacred, classical and popular music. They play five octaves of handbells and five octaves of Melody Chimes. The handbell program at St. Luke begins in the 3rd and 4th grades, so all of the Concert Handbell Choir ringers have been ringing for over 5 years.
The choir has a rich performance history: In June of 2001 they performed the opening concert for a Handbell Festival in front of an audience of over 800 ringers. They have toured England twice, played in the US Coast Guard Band’s Christmas Program as well as numerous other area festivals.
In June/July 2012, they will be touring in Pennsylvania. Previous summer tours took them to the Midwest (2005), to Washington D.C., including the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (2006), to Northern New England (2007) and to southern Florida, including a performance at EPCOT (2008) down the East Coast to South Carolina (2010), to Maine (2011) and to Pennsylvania (2012).
In 2009, the choir recorded a CD of Christmas music, “Ring in the Season.”
JuBELLation is an advanced choir of 13 adult ringers, playing 5 octaves of handbells. They play Level 3-5 music. JuBELLation has placed in the Bronze (highest) Division of AGEHR (Formerly American Guild of English Handbell Ringers, now Handbell Musicians of America) Festival/Conferences for the past 6 years. JuBELLation plays for worship services and occasionally out in the community.
Belles and Beaux
Belles and Beaux is a group of 11 ringers, playing Level 2-3 music on 4 octaves of handbells. They play for worship services and enjoy performing in the community at hospitals and nursing homes. This group currently has openings; e mail email@example.com for more information.
Joyful Noise is where most of our young ringers begin. They are directed this year by Ms. Gina (Williams) and ring 3 octaves of hand chimes. This group currently has openings, they rehearse on Wednesdays from 4:30 - 5:30 PM. E mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Glory Ringers are our youngest handbell choir, playing 2 octaves of handbells. They are directed this year by Ms. Gina (Williams) This group currently has openings, and they rehearse on Wednesdays from 5:45 - 6:45 PM. E mail email@example.com for more information.
5-7 grade handbell choir
The Ring Tones are our newest choir, and currently play level 2 music on 3 octaves of handbells. This group currently has openings; they rehearse on Fridays from 5:30 - 6:30 PM. E mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Ring Masters play level 2-3 music on 3 octaves of handbells. This group currently has openings, and they rehearse on Fridays from 4:30 - 5:30 PM. E mail email@example.com for more information.