It’s been awhile since I have had the honor of being a director of a handbell or chime choir. Last spring, I was a ‘guest director’ for a marvelous group of ringers from First United Methodist Church in Ottumwa, IA. My time with them was short — one song performed in two locations — but reminded me of all that is best about ringing. A few weeks later, I performed a solo ring, accompanied by one of the members of that church. I was very thankful (and somewhat surprised) that my ‘muscle memory’ worked as well as it did. As it turned out, however, just as I was getting back into ringing, I moved to another state.
Two months after the official move to Galesburg, IL, I now have multiple part-time jobs, all of them firmly rated as AWESOME. I serve Central Congregational Church as their Director of Music. I teach general ed music and choir for middle and high schoolers at Galesburg Christian School. From time to time I play the organ for the fine folks at Grace Episcopal Church. I teach private lessons in piano, voice, organ and theory.
A few short months ago, I was not a part of a handbell/chime program, and could see no way that I would ever be possible for me to be involved with bells again. As of this week, I now have TWO chime programs, one at Central Congregational, and one at Galesburg Christian School. I am blessed beyond measure! It’s time to chime. Let the merriment begin!