The Handbell Choir has been alive and active at Desert Spring for many years. It began with 4 ringers ringing 4-in-hand bells and has grown to a choir of 12 ringing individual bells. Each bell represents a key on a piano and our music is written much like keyboard music. Most ringers ring 2-3 bells with more advanced ringers able to ring 2-in-hand. Desert Spring is blessed to own a 5 octave set of handbells reaching 1 ½ octaves below middle C in the bass clef and 3 octaves above middle C in the treble clef. We also have 2 ½ octaves of handchimes which make beautiful ethereal music alone or within a handbell piece.
To ring in a handbell choir, it is helpful if you can read music. However, we do make pieces playable for non-readers by color-coding your notes. Counting to 4 is a big plus, though! Handbells are for all ages and some of our best ringers come from students and adults who play or have played band and orchestra instruments and the piano.
We have one active handbell choir currently. Prayerfully, after Covid subsides, we will be able to offer more opportunities for ringers. If you have ever rung in a bell choir, we are always looking for substitute ringers. Please let us know if you or someone in your family is interested in ringing with us. We would love to form new choirs from grade school to mid/senior high and adult.