Handbell Music for General Worship Spring 2016

recommended by Jennifer Fry, Handbell Music Specialist

chorgd-cgb941-fAll Things Bright and Beautiful arr. Cathy Moklebust
Cathy Moklebust’s reproducible collection contains several well-known hymn tune arrangements and original compositions for use during various seasons of the church year. Two of the pieces include instrumental parts. Published in compatible editions for 2-3 and 3-5 octaves, this budget-stretching reproducible collection will be a great addition to the libraries of church handbell choirs.

Ring Out for Spring
This collection offers approachable level-one music from some of today’s finest composers and arrangers. Meeting your needs for all aspects of the Easter and spring season, this book contains an eclectic mix of hymn-based pieces and original compositions.

alfred-493870The Alfred Essential Handbell Library Volume 2 arr. Sondra Tucker
This exciting reproducible collection of familiar hymns is both affordable and achievable for most choirs. The wonderful arrangements will come together quickly and will have your handbell choir ready to play at any time throughout the entire church year! All of the arrangements are suitable for 2-3 octaves of handbells and some provisions have been made to make some of the arrangements playable by handchimes as well.

I Must Tell Jesus arr. Anna Laura Page
This is a joyous arrangement of a familiar gospel favorite for bells and piano. Written in 9/8 time, this piece keeps all ringers active throughout. The piano part adds support and color to the overall piece and never overwhelms the bells. A celebration!

lorenz-20_1847l-fHere I Am, Lord arr. Michael Helman
Michael Helman skillfully set Daniel Schutte’s beloved tune in this expressive arrangement that is ideal for concerts, festivals, and worship. The key changes will keep your ringers engaged, and the middle section employs handchimes to great effect.

Reproducible Rings II arr. Lloyd Larson
Arranged with the volunteer handbell ringer in mind, these eight hymn settings by Lloyd Larson are quickly learned and ready to perform with limited preparation time. Engaging settings of familiar hymn tunes guarantee broad appeal to both ringers and listeners. Another cost saving “reproducible” collection from Agape – Buy one book and copy all the music for use by your choir.

Jesus Paid It All arr. Dan R. Edwards
In addition to its traditional Lent and Easter usages, this expressive setting of the hymn offers a wonderful tribute for a memorial or dedication service. Dan thoughtfully marked his musical intentions, allowing any group to play with expression and feeling.

About the Author:
Jennifer Fry is a graduate of Otterbein College with a degree in Vocal Performance. She has worked at Stanton’s for over 14 years specializing in Sacred Choral, Classical Vocal and Handbell music. Jennifer is a soprano section leader in the Chancel Choir at First Community Church in Columbus Ohio, and is also the founder, Artistic Director and bass bell ringer for Handbells Columbus.

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