News Pacific Ringers are heading to the Siskiyou Summit Handbell Festival this weekend, May 4-5th. Our own Ellie Hodder will be the featured bronze conductor for advanced musicians (woot, woot!) Coppers Classic is also scheduled for this Fall, Oct 11-14th in downtown Portland. Mission We are dedicated to providing the opportunity for ringers to excel through practice together, through education and through performance. Pacific Ringers strives to foster an excitement for handbells within the ensemble and also in the larger handbell community. What We’re About Pacific Ringers is a Portland-based, adult community handbell ensemble. We are musicians with a desire to ring at our highest potential and to ring with others of similar passion for the instrument. We strive to create a supportive environment where learning and tackling musical challenges is encouraged and growing together as a community of ringers is fun. The Ensemble All ringers will have the opportunity to rotate within positions for learning purposes and all ringers will have the opportunity to participate in concerts and other performances. Who May Join? — We want YOU!! Our ensemble is open, without audition, to ringers who are fluent in AGEHR Coppers level music (level 3-4). Our goal is to teach and to work together to perfect skills. While we recognize that ringers may come with a variety of skills (fluent–or not!–in four-in-hand, weaving, working with large bass bells, etc.), all are welcome who are open to learning new skills and willing to commit to outside practice. I’d like to join Pacific Ringers! Rehearsals Pacific Ringers will rehearse from early fall through June each season. Rehearsals will be held on Tuesday evenings, 6:15-8:30 pm at Moreland Presbyterian Church, 1814 SE Bybee, Portland, OR 97202. FIRST REHEARSAL OF THE 2017 SEASON: Tuesday, September 5th. See you there!