Auditions are not currently open but will be arranged at a later date when needed.
How can I register to Audition?
When auditions are open, print or download the form (Click HERE for application form) and send the application form to:
Lancaster Handbell Ensemble
222 N. Broad St.
Lancaster, OH 43130
Why an Auditioned Handbell Ensemble for Lancaster and surrounding communities?
To educate and entertain the community through the art of handbell ringing
To provide advanced ringing opportunities
To explore a wider variety of handbell literature
To provide resources and educational opportunities for area school and church handbell groups and directors
How will auditions be conducted?
Groups of potential ringers will perform before a panel and will have the opportunity to display
Sight reading skills - ringing first from their preferred position and one other position
Ability to briefly study a score and ring first from their preferred position and one other position
Knowledge and performance of handbell terminology and techniques
Potential ringers will have a brief interview with the Director and a member of the Board.
When and where will auditions be held?
How many ringers will be selected?
Depending on our ‘pool’, we will consider 15-16 ringers. As is common practice in auditioned groups, ringers will rotate positions, sitting out, and filling in as needed. With two 5 octave sets at our disposal, all ringers will ring during rehearsals.
Where will rehearsals take place?
First Presbyterian Church in Lancaster
When does the group rehearse?
Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00
How many octaves of bells and chimes will be available?
5 Octaves of Malmark Handbells
5 Octaves of Malmark Chimes
5 Octaves of Schulmerich Handbells
Is handbell experience required in order to audition?
Persons with no previous handbell experience, but are able to read music fluently, are encouraged to audition. Handbell ringing requires a new musical vocabulary, and skill sets. If accompanied by a strong desire and commitment to learn handbell techniques, persons with little or no previous handbell experience may be considered.
Where/How often will this group perform?
In addition to two scheduled concerts, the ensemble is available to perform at organizational clubs and events.
Will there be a membership fee?
Yes. A semi-annual membership fee of $45 is collected each March and September.
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