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Handbell Ensembles

Concordia University of Edmonton is proud to own the largest handbell collection in Canada, supporting a student- and community-based ensemble. Both ensembles are led by Debbie Rice.

Concordia Ringers

The Concordia Ringers were founded in 2000, following a generous gift by the Concordia Guild. Using a six-octave set of Malmark handbells and a five-octave set of Malmark handchimes, as well as the newly acquired five-octave set of Whitechapel bells, this ensemble rehearses twice a week and performs in concerts, on tours, and for special events.

Each season there is potential for an auditioned quartet from within the group.

The performance schedule includes annual participation in the Sacred Music Festival, the Concordia Christmas concert, and the Chamber Music Ensembles concert, as well as weekend tours in the fall and winter. The Ringers receive academic credit for their year, which includes performances, quizzes, and exams.

Students can register for Handbell Ensemble by enrolling in MUP 164/165. No audition is necessary, but students are expected to have some musical literacy.

To arrange for an audition, please contact Debbie Rice.

Jubiloso! Bells of Concordia

Founded in 2002, Jubiloso! Bells of Concordia is an auditioned community-based ensemble. Its primary mission is to perform quality handbell music with artistic integrity, while promoting and maintaining a professional attitude in rehearsals and performances. The aim of Jubiloso! is to perform at a variety of local and regional venues and to participate in other handbell and music-related projects.

Jubiloso! appears at CUE’s annual Sacred Music Festival along with other Concordia ensembles. Debbie Rice, the USA’s representative at the International Handbell Symposia, became Jubiloso’s present artistic director in 2010. In April 2013, Debbie conducted the first international handbell festival tour of Israel, The Holy Land: A Musical Journey of Faith.

Jubiloso! has commissioned many works from composers including Patricia Thomson and John Hooper, as well as arrangements for bells and choir by Trent Worthington, Jacobus Kloppers, and Larry Nickel. The group has been privileged to work with Kevin Ko of the EmBELLishment Handbell Ensemble in Hong Kong and Avid Harris of the Raleigh Ringers (North Carolina), and continues to work to developing skills in workshops and retreats.

The ensemble performs on a 6.5-octave set of Malmark handbells (F2 to C9), a 6-octave set of Malmark choirchimes® (C2 to C8), and a 5-octave set of Schulmerich melodychimes® (C3-C8), augmented with a 5-octave set of historic English Whitechapel bells (C3-C8) as well as various percussion instruments. Jubiloso! includes musicians from all walks of life and performs a varied repertoire. Auditions are held annually.

Please contact Debbie Rice for an audition and registration information.

Jubiloso! welcomes the opportunity to perform with other groups, in other venues, and at schools.

JuBELLation: A Handbell Orchestra

JuBELLation: A handbell ensemble for beginning and intermediate ringers (high-school age through adults), conducted by Debbie Rice.

Starting on Wednesday, September 13, 2017, JuBELLation will be held every Wednesday from 5:00pm to 6:15pm. The program will run until April 2018 at Concordia University of Edmonton’s campus in the Continuing Education building, room 204 (CE204).

Deborah Rice has been with Concordia University of Edmonton since 2010 and acts as the Artistic Director of Jubiloso! Bells of Concordia, a community-based ensemble, as well as a sessional instructor for CUE’s School of Music. Debbie draws on her vast experience as a professional singer, choral conductor, and passion for teaching to encourage standards for the handbell instrument to be musical and worshipful. She maintains a demanding travel schedule of national, international, and denominational events as clinician, adjudicator, and conductor. International assignments have included Australia, Canada, Estonia, Finland, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Israel, Korea, Japan, Singapore, and Taiwan.

Debbie holds degrees in music education, opera, and musical theatre. She has also sung with U.S. regional opera companies, a professional choir, and has studied early music and conducting. With the Handbell Musicians of America, she held elected offices on the National Board as Area Chair, National Secretary, and National President. In 2014 she was named an Honorary Life Member. Debbie has also served as Executive Director for the International Handbell Committee.

Program fees are $275, which includes the binder and gloves.

For more information, please contact Debbie at deborah.rice@concordia.ab.ca or call 780.479.9355.

To register, please download the  JuBELLation Registration Form, fill out and “Save As” to retain info, then email it to music@concordia.ab.ca. Or print out and send it to:

JuBELLation

c/o School of Music
Concordia University of Edmonton
7128 Ada Boulevard
Edmonton, AB T5B 4E4