Upcoming Events with Bells of the Lakes

Seminar for Handbell Ringers and Directors

handbell and chimeSaturday, August 27th 9acrossed_bell_chime_b_sm-4pm

Hennepin Ave UMC in Minneapolis
511 Groveland Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Before we know it a new season of handbells will begin. Join us this summer for our seminar full of classes to encourage and educate new and existing handbell ensemble directors and ringers.  There are three tracks to choose from; Director’s Institute, Ringer’s Toolbox, and Handbells 101 along with 2 break-out sessions.

Seminar Registration

Bellfest 2017!

Saturday, March 4, 2017 8:30-4:00pm
Minneapolis, MN

Save the date to join us for Bellfest2017! This annual massed ringing event brings together handbell ensembles from across the upper Midwest to work with a guest conductor and perform a concert together. This year we are pleased to announce that Stephanie Rhoades will be joining us at Bellfest as our guest conductor. Repertoire will be announced July 1st on our website and Facebook page. Registration materials will be available in July.

Stephanie RhoadesStephanie has been the Conductor and Artistic Director of Concert Bells of Fort Worth for over ten years. With a reputation as an effective and engaging teacher, she has been a clinician and guest conductor for numerous workshops and festivals, including the Presbyterian Worship and Music conferences at Mo-Ranch and Montreat, the Music & Worship Arts Week at Lake Junaluska, Baylor University’s Alleluia Conference, the Handbell Musicians of America National Seminar, the Greater Dallas Handbell Association Spring Festival, Colorado’s “Ring in Spring,” and the Las Vegas Twelfth Night Handbell Festival. Ms. Rhoades is Minister of Music and the Arts at Northaven United Methodist Church in Dallas, where she directs the adult and children’s vocal and handbell choirs and leads the youth ensemble.

Audition Opportunities

handbell northwestHave you wondered howhandbell northeast you become a member of Bells of the Lakes or our youth ensemble, Northern Lights Ringers? Join us for auditions and increase your skills with these ensembles in addition to your weekly ringing with your home ensemble at church or school.

Bells of the Lakes:
Auditions: Monday, August 8th 5:30-7:30pm
Rehearsals: Mondays 5:30-7:30pm
Hennepin Ave United Methodist Church
Bill Mathis, director

Northern Lights Ringers:
Auditions: TBA in September — For more information email info@bellsofthelakes.org
Rehearsals: Saturdays 9:30-11:00am
Hennepin Ave United Methodist Church
Christy Gotzman, director

20th Anniversary CD
20th Anniversary CD
The 2015-2016 season was the 20th year Bells of the Lakes has been ringing together. In celebration, the bell choir performed a 20th Anniversary Concert and released a CD showcasing several outstanding pieces the choir has performed.


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.