Northern Lights Ringers

A New Ensemble for Youth Handbell Ringers

Bells of the Lakes is proud to announce the formation the Northern Lights Ringers, a talented group of teens from the Twin Cities area. Directed by Christy Gotzman, the ringers chose the name Northern Lights Ringers to depict the excitement, beauty, and energy of the group and their music.

The Northern Lights Ringers had their premiere performance in the Holidazzle Parade in 2011. The group rode on a float, wore lighted collars and glow-in-the-dark gloves, and rang without music.  They have performed through the years since then across the metro!

Rehearsals for Northern Lights Ringers are held at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church on Saturday Mornings and are open to anyone interested in observing. If you are interested in attending please contact the director, Christy Gotzman, ( or call 651-486-8342) to arrange a time.


Auditions for the 2015-2015 season will be held on Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 9:00am-11:00am at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church. For more information, please contact the director, Christy Gotzman ( or call 651-486-8342).

Anyone 7th grade through college age is invited to attend their open ring session, Saturday Oct. 10th, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.  at Hennepin  Avenue United Methodist Church.  Those interested must already have handbell experience and come prepared to ring some challenging music. An RSVP must be sent by Saturday Oct. 3 to, or by sending a text to Mrs. Gotzman at  763-486-0761.

About the Director

Christy Gotzman fell in love with handbells while ringing at college. After college graduation and her husband’s seminary training, they took a youth ministry position in Michigan. An exciting part of that ministry was starting two youth bell choirs. She has been sharing her passion for bells with youth ever since. Ten years ago, she was asked to start the Junior High handbell choir at Fourth Baptist Christian School. The kids quickly fell in love with bells and what was once one choir evolved into seven. The energy Christy brings to the table inspires kids to set high goals and facilitates the opportunity for them to reach those goals.