Founded in 1983, The Carillon Choir of Ascension Lutheran Church is made up of 11-13 members who come from very diverse musical backgrounds; accomplished musicians as well as those who could not read music before joining the group. We ring a five octave set of Malmark English handbells (cast of pure bronze in Plumsteadville, Pennsylvania) and five octaves of Malmark Choirchimes. In addition to playing in two church services each month, the choir has enjoyed giving the gift of music at various weddings, holiday events and even handbell-only concerts. In the late nineties the choir was honored to provide entertainment at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library during two of their annual Christmas Around The World events.
As members of the Handbell Musicians of America we enjoy traveling to regional conferences where we participate in massed ringing with hundreds of other ringers and attend workshops to learn the newest techniques emerging in this relatively young instrument. (Watch for the “singing bell” technique on Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence.)
Christi Labrenz is celebrating the twenty-first anniversary of accepting a one-year interim directorship of the group! Contact Christi Labrenz for more information.