A Community Handbell Ensemble
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 new Portland-based, adult "aspiring to bronze" 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.
Pacific Ringers operates on the philosophy that "everyone who's supposed to be here is here". While we are able to accommodate up to 20 ringers, smaller groups allow ringers to gain invaluable skills in ensemble techniques.
All ringers will have the opportunity to rotate within positions for learning purposes and all ringers will have the opportunity to participate in at least one piece at performances (December and June).
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!
Pacific Ringers will rehearse from early fall through June each season. Rehearsals will be held on Tuesday evenings, 7:30-9:15 pm at First Unitarian Church in downtown Portland.