2023 Mid-Iowa Handbell Festival to be held October 21

More information, including event repertoire, is available HERE

Registration is available HERE

The 2023 Mid-Iowa Handbell Festival will take place at Windsor Heights Lutheran Church in Des Moines on October 21. This event will include rehearsal time, lunch and an afternoon concert featuring massed ringing. Our clinician will be Jessica Kite, Director of Handbell Choirs at Concordia University in Nebraska. We hope to see you there!

Cedar Valley Handbell Ensemble performs Arnold Sherman’s American Tapestry

Fifteen handbell musicians from eastern Iowa collaborated in concert with the Cedar Rapids Municipal Band performing all three of Arnold Sherman’s American Tapestry.  The ensemble was comprised of area handbell ringers and directors, all under the direction of Kevin Lodge, the director of music at St. Paul’s UMC in Cedar Rapids.  One of the movements of this piece is found on YouTube:

Iowa Composers in the Spotlight

Congratulations to Iowa Composers Cathy Moklebust and Chris Peck!

Cathy’s recent piece “I Will Arise and Go to Jesus” was commissioned by the Nebraska State Committee of the guild to honor the life of former Area 8 historian, and past national president, Mary Kettelhut.  This piece is published by Choristers’ Guild, and was given its public premier by the Agape Ringers from Chicago, under the direction of David Weck.  Listen to the piece here:http://www.cathymoklebust.net/NEW!.htm

Chris Peck’s new composition “American Salute” has been included in the Fall 2012 catalog of From the Top Publishing. Chris is the past-past Iowa State Chair for the guild.

Listen to the piece here:

Mount Mercy University Handbells in Motion!

Congratulations also to Carolyn Sternowski, director of the Mount Mercy University Handbell Choir for their moving participation in the 2012 Freedom Festival Parade!  Yes, it is true – this bell choir performed on a float as part of the parade.

Enjoy pictures here, and also on Facebook: