Featured Choirs

Friday Noon Concert
Lawrence Community Handbell Choir

Friday Night Concert
Columbia Handbell Ensemble

Lawrence Community Handbell Choir, Carol Fleeger & Becky Harris, Co-Directors

The Lawrence Community Handbell Choir (LCHBC) is a new(ish) not-for-profit auditioned community music group formed in Lawrence, Kansas, in the fall of 2016. They focus on advanced ringing techniques for those who already have ringing experience. The choir rings on five octaves of Malmark handbells and handchimes.

The ensemble performs a series of annual Christmas concerts, as well as spring and summer concerts. They have been invited to perform for the area conference meeting of the United Methodist denomination, the Lawrence Music Club, a Christmas wedding, and retirement communities. They have also rung at an area Walmart, enhancing the red kettle ringers during their holiday shopping time!  Two of our members have composed and/or arranged selections for us, two of which were performed as part of the University of Kansas (KU) School of Music’s New Music Guild composition concert.

The Lawrence Community Handbell Choir is honored to have been invited to ring the lunch time concert in June as part of Area 8’s More Than Meets the Eye! Handbell Festival and Conference. In keeping with our goal of ringing sacred, secular, and popular music, we will be presenting a varied repertoire of selections, including a new commissioned piece for handbells and accordion. We look forward to ringing for you!

Columbia Handbell Ensemble, Ed Rollins, Director

The Columbia Handbell Ensemble has been active the handbell and musical world for 30 seasons.

Organized in 1989, the Columbia Handbell Ensemble (CHE) was designed to educate the public about the possibilities of excellence through the medium of handbells; to provide the highest quality performances and programming; to be an example to groups interested in moving to a higher level of musicianship; to develop methods of instruction to assist local and regional handbell ringers in their development; and to help promote and celebrate the arts in the city of Columbia and the state of Missouri.

The ensemble is made up of members from Columbia and the mid-Missouri region.