Bethany College Handbell Ensemble

Bethany College Handbell Ensemble

The Bethany College Handbell Ensemble and Genesis Ringers will present their spring concert on May 9 at 4 p.m. at the Sandzén Gallery.

The concert will feature students as conductors and instrumental soloists as well as soprano Jodi Frisbie, assistant professor of music. The handbell ensemble will perform songs such as “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise,” “Beautiful Savior” and “Song Without Words.” Senior Gabe Moore will be the featured speaker during “To Everything There Is A Season.”

The handbell ensemble, directed by Assistant Professor of Music Melody Steed, is an auditioned ensemble open to students across campus. The purpose of this ensemble is to learn and perfect ringing techniques, to improve ensemble playing, and to explore new and exciting repertoire. The knowledge gained from this ensemble will help to prepare students to serve as handbell directors and ringers in their communities.

Members of the handbell ensemble include:

  • Aurora, Colo.: Brandi Patrick
  • Brighton, Colo.: Molly Mumm
  • Centennial, Colo.: Sarah Schaeffer
  • Clyde, Kan.: Jodi Bachand
  • Iola, Kan.: Chelsea Kenyon
  • Jamestown, Kan.: Braden Bruntzel
  • Larned, Kan.: Emily Bowen
  • Lindsborg, Kan.: Sean Boller; Jordan Smith
  • Oberlin, Kan.: Gabe Moore
  • Salina, Kan.: Kaleb Feist
  • Sterling, Kan.: Tyler Kroeker
  • Wilson, Kan.: Bennett Lowry
  • Franklin Park, N.J.: Matthew Payor
  • Burleson, Texas: Scott James

Boller, Mumm and Smith are also student directors of the Genesis Ringers joined by Moore, Payor, Patrick and Steed. Other members of that ensemble include: Raeschele Sanders, Haysville, Kan.; Katie Mannebach, Oakley, Kan.; and Joanna Roberts, Lindsborg, Kan.

The group performs at the annual Jultide concert and Christmas Vespers service as well as at area churches. In addition, the Bethany College Handbell Ensemble has performed concerts in Minneapolis, Kan.; Colby, Kan.; Lincoln, Neb., and Alta, Lake View and Okoboji, Iowa. The ensemble has twice been selected to perform at the Kansas Music Educators Association Conference in Wichita, Kan.