For sale: Corduroy table covers

For sale: Corduroy table covers, 2 sets
27′ maroon – $200
30′ royal blue (has pockets) – $300

Prices negotiable. Will gladly bring to Area 5 festival in Charleston, WVa in April, or to National Seminar in Grand Rapids, MI in July. Contact: Kathy Kellum,, 513-218-5812, Trinity United Methodist Church Milford, Ohio.

Posted: 2/16/2018
Expires: 5/16/2018

Position Available

Music and Artistic Director
The Kalamazoo Ringers – Kalamazoo, Michigan

Do you shine in front of a crowd? Do you exhibit the decorum befitting the public face of an accomplished music group? Do you love making music with dedicated volunteer musicians? The Kalamazoo Ringers‘ beloved founder and Music Director, Janet VanValey, is retiring after 37 years of dedication to The Kalamazoo Ringers (KR). You may think that KR has some pretty big shoes to fill and you may be right. But KR’s members unanimously voted to continue as stewards to the handbell community and with that decision, a new director will be selected to start September 4th for the 2018-19 season. The Kalamazoo Ringers are not just a community-based, independent musical ensemble. They are an advanced (bronze level) choir and part of a national musical organization – The Handbell Musicians of America who have the motto of “Uniting people through a musical art”.

Job Description:

  • Primary conductor and artistic leader for live and recorded performances (~ 8 per year)
  • Responsible for selection of repertoire, and overall musical judgments (including edits, additions, deletions, interpretations, rearranging of and scripting for that music)
  • Responsible for rehearsals including finalizing ringing positions and assignments
  • Works in conjunction with the elected officers in regards to matters such as personnel, and annual budget
  • Presents all invitations to the full choir for acceptance and negotiates concert fees, with a fee scale being approved by the full choir
  • Selects section leaders, substitute ringers, guest musicians, and guest conductors
  • Sets musical goals; members are expected to use all the tools provided to them to reach those goals
  • Attends handbell festivals, conferences, and other workshops to further enhance their leadership and handbell ringing skills
  • The Music Director will be paid an annual stipend, the amount to be approved by a majority vote of the membership, and will be as specified in an Employment Agreement

A successful bronze level handbell Music Director possesses a special set of skills/qualifications.

  • Experience programming and hosting music programs
  • Dynamic public speaking
  • In-depth knowledge of music
  • Ability to effectively recruit, train, and lead musicians
  • Proficient in at least one performance area, such as keyboard, organ, choral or voice
  • Strive to continually learn the growing art of handbell playing and music
  • Music degree and prior handbell ringing and/or directing experience
  • Minimum five years musical directing experience

Preferred skills:

  • Knowledge and skill in directing and teaching handbell choirs
  • Good communication, organizational, and follow-through skills
  • Ability to work well with others
  • Self-motivated, efficient, and creative
  • Ability in wide range of style including Christian classics (hymns) but with a focus on contemporary music.
  • Dependable, decisive, open-minded, and self-motivated.

Individuals, meeting the necessary qualifications and who share KR’s vision, are encouraged to apply. Send cover letter and résumé to:

Kalamazoo Ringers Advisory Committee
5393 Woodrush Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Or via email:

The position will remain open until filled.

Posted: 2/12/2018
Expires: 5/12/2018

Seeking Ringing Opportunities

Fellow ringers – I moved to KY earlier this year from Area 3 and am looking for ringing opportunities. I live in a rural area near Hodgenville, KY (the Gobi Desert of handbells!), but am willing to drive as far away as Louisville or Lexington occasionally to substitute ring. Since I work at Fort Knox, KY, I’m conveniently available to substitute ring locally any evening after work and am available most weekends. I attended an Area 5 spring festival this year with the goal of immediately finding a group to ring with, but most participating groups were from northern KY or Cincinnati. I just purchased 4 octaves of refurbished bells (!!) and plan to form a group in Taylor County in the near future (church or community – perhaps both – am exploring multiple options). In the meantime, please contact me when you need a substitute ringer – I’m generally available, happy to ring with groups of any level, sight read just below a “studio musician” level of proficiency, and can ring any position. I directed an intermediate adult group for six years and am available to substitute direct when needed (for directors who prefer not to cancel rehearsals when required to be unexpectedly absent). And, my fees are unbelievably reasonable – FREE! Please don’t hesitate to contact me – I’m anxious to return to ringing! Thank you. Karen Eggert ( (571-408-1390)

Posted: 1/31/2018
Expires: 4/30/2018

Seeking Used Equipment Donations

Greetings, fellow ringers! I live in a rural farming community in central Kentucky and recently purchased 4 octaves of refurbished Malmark handbells. I plan to start a group in the very near future (three churches and a local university have expressed interest). Besides bells, I have three Malmark tables, ten foam pads (3′ x 4′), three notebook stands (binders), and about eight pair of gloves. I’d be hugely appreciative of donations of any kind to help me begin a handbell ensemble – corduroy table covers (performance), muslin pad covers (rehearsal), gently used notebook stands (black duct tape works wonders on these, so minor tears are ok!), tables, music stands (director and bass ringers), music, etc… I’d also be grateful if you’d inform any of your ringing or musical friends that live in the Taylor/Green/Adair/Larue counties of my intent to form a ringing ensemble and provide them my contact information. Thanks VERY much!
Karen Eggert ( (571-408-1390)

Posted: 1/31/2018
Expires: 4/30/2018

Position Available

Handbell Director
Grace United Methodist church in Kokomo, Indiana is searching for a Handbell Director for the Vesper Handbell Choir. This is an advanced choir that rings approximately 6 times a year for worship and particpants in the Kokomo Handbell Festival and other community events. They meet weekly for rehearsal. Please contact the church office for all inquiries. (765) 457-5329.

Posted: 12/8/2017
Expires: 3/8/2017

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