Bells of the Lakes is a community handbell ensemble representing the Twin Cities of Minnesota and is directed by William H. Mathis, a nationally known conductor and arranger of handbell and choral music. Bells of the Lakes maintains a membership in the Handbell Musicians of America and supports the work and activities of Area VII.
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Bellfest 2014 Registration is Open!
Bellfest is an annual ringing festival for handbell ensembles. It’s a terrific way to perk up a long Minnesota winter. As many as thirty-five handbell ensembles and all of their ringing equipment gather on a chosen Saturday to ring under the direction of a guest clinician. The repertoire, learned ahead of time, is rehearsed in this massed setting, and a concert for the public is performed in the afternoon. Participating groups are encouraged to ring a solo piece at the concert. Refreshments are offered at the mid-morning break and a lunch option is offered. Food, bells, fun, a guest clinician and a concert for the public — BellFest! 2014. Check out the Bellfest 2014 webpage for more details!
BellFest 2014 will be held on Saturday, March 1st, 2014 at North Heights Lutheran Church located at 1700 Hwy 96 West in Arden Hills, MN 55112.
This year we are pleased to announce that William H. Mathis will be the clinician for Bellfest! 2014. William (Bill) H. Mathis is Minister of Music and Fine Arts at the Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church in Minneapolis. In addition to his work at church, Bill is an active clinician in both the choral and handbell fields, giving special emphasis to teaching rehearsal technique and musicianship. He has been the conductor of Handbell Musicians of America’s National Festivals and Seminars, as well as many events at the local and regional levels. Bill is the founding music director of Bells of the Lakes. His compositions are found in the catalogs of fifteen publishers, and his 3-volume series of books on the creative use of handbells in worship (After the Prelude) is published by Choristers Guild.
Bells of the Lakes is very thankful and appreciative of our Patrons and Volunteers during our 2012-2013 season. With their financial support, Bells of the Lakes finished its 2012-2013 fiscal year in the black.
Check out the Support webpage for more details!