St. Dunstan's Handbell Choir

handbell choir

Refounded in 2003, the Handbell Choir rehearses from 7 – 8 p.m. on Wednesday evenings from September through June. You don't have to be an expert musician to join, but it does help if you can read music, even at a beginner level, and also to keep a steady beat. Members learn all the different techniques of English handbell ringing while preparing pieces for special occasions: they get to slam the bells down onto the foam pad, use mallets on them, shake them, swing them, and ring them. They also have a 3-octave set of Schulmerich MelodyChimes®—those long rods that produce a charming doorbell sound when rung. They are perfect for pieces like "Silent Night" on Christmas! Just like the parish and children's choirs, the handbell choir is always looking for excited new members to join them. The more ringers they can get, the more complex and stunning the pieces they are able to play.