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Spirit Bells

Director, Erik Der

The handbell program at Concordia University is internationally respected for its high-quality and richly varied performances as well as breadth of opportunities for ringers and future directors, in three ensembles. A handbell quartet, private lessons and private coaching are also part of the program.

Spirit Bells is a select group which performs in the annual Concordia Christmas (a service for students, faculty, staff and families on campus), both Handbell Invitational Concerts, Young Ringers Festival and Spring Handbell Concert, campus Chapel services, Sunday outings, and concerts at area churches. They, along with Concert Handbells, have an annual Fall retreat and go on tour together. This ensemble is open by audition. Rehearsals are also on Monday and Wednesday, 4:45-6:15.

Past Summer Handbell Tours Include

  • 2022: Denver
  • 2019: Las Vegas
  • 2018: Phoenix
  • 2017: Delta-Bay Area and Dr. Herb Geisler's Retirement
  • 2016: Alaska
  • 2015: Australia

Past tours have included round-trip airfare; in-county transportation; hotel; breakfast daily and some dinners; sightseeing entrance fees and insurance. Contact Faith McKinney for information concerning the availability of future tours: (949) 214-3471.

Spirit Bells Performs

Give Me Jesus

How Far I’ll Go

Nocturne in A Minor

Give Me Jesus arranged by Tammy Waldrop (feat. Zineb Fikri, soloist)
How Far I’ll Go by Lin-Manuel Miranda, arranged by Nicholas Hanson
Nocturne in A Minor by Karen Lakey Buckwalter

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