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Join us at our 2014 holiday concert Dec. 13!

Jingle All the Way: Bells of the Cascades' 2014 holiday concert!
Marian Singers, St. Mary's Academy

We’re thrilled to invite you to the 2014 Bells of the Cascades holiday concert on Saturday, Dec. 13 in Northeast Portland, OR: Jingle All the Way!

We’ll be joined by the incredible Marian Singers from St. Mary’s Academy.

Admission is just $10 at the door, with no one turned away due to lack of funds.

Learn more about the event or get directions to the concert.

We hope to see you there!

Twice the Fun! A 7-day Caribbean handbell cruise in 2015

Participants in Cruise X: Winter 2009 with David Harris, clinician

Join Bells of the Cascades Jan. 4–11, 2015, as we sail Holland America ms Eurodam from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, through the blue waters of the Caribbean to the ports of Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos; San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and the private island Half Moon Cay, Bahamas.

The days we’re not in port, you’ll be making music with two distinguished and well-known, handbell clinicians, Stephanie Wiltse from Grand Rapids, Michigan and Michael J. Glasgow from Raleigh, North Carolina. Your evenings aboard the ship will be free for mingling with your fellow bell ringers and other passengers, enjoying the on-board entertainment, and of course, doing what cruises are known for … eating!

Learn more about the handbell cruise, and book your ticket today!

Remembering Nancy Hascall

Nancy Hascall

Founding member, former director, ringer and friend Nancy Hascall lost her battle with cancer and passed away August 13, 2014, at the family cabin in Idaho, surrounded by family.

Nancy was one of the original members of Bells of the Cascades, and after the retirement of Dick Coulter, became the director for 14 years. She recently returned to Bells of the Cascades as a ringer.

Nancy toured nationally as a handbell solo artist, releasing a solo album, Ringing from the Heart. She was responsible for taking the art of solo ringing to a new level with the development of the technique known as traveling four-in-hand, which allows the solo ringer to ring complex passages with grace and fluidity. Many solo ringers honed their craft during three-day private solo ringing tutorials at her home in Oregon, and she always made herself available to coach an individual or group while on tour.

As a composer, she has many pieces in print for both ensembles and soloists. In addition to her involvement with Bells of the Cascades, Nancy directed the Sanctuary Bells of First United Methodist Church in Portland and rang along with her husband, Glen, in the Covenant Bell Choir at Lake Grove Presbyterian Church, where she first picked up a handbell in 1979.

The hearts of all Bells of the Cascades members are heavy as we remember this remarkable woman who graced our lives. Farewell, Nancy.

Nancy’s service will be on Friday, Sept. 19, at 2:00 PM, at Lake Grove Presbyterian Church, Lake Oswego, OR.

Nancy performs ‘Waltz in A Minor,’ by Frederic Chopin, at Pinnacle 2010