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Bells of the Cascades auditions — join us!

Members of Bells of the Cascades

Bells of the Cascades, Oregon’s premier community handbell ensemble, is always looking for Bronze-level ringers who are interested in the next challenge!

Our next open audition is Tuesday, Aug. 28 at 7PM. If you can’t make it that day, we can schedule another audition for you.

Learn more and request an audition.

In 2013, we were honored with an invitation to perform at the Handbell Musicians of America National Seminar, and we’re continuing the excellence this season with our conductor and renowned composer Matthew Compton. Join us!

Join us on our handbell cruise to Panama

Handbell Cruise XV: Panamania!
Cathy Moklebust

Bells of the Cascades has become known as the “cruising choir” within the world of handbells, having sponsored 14 cruises during our history.

Our next handbell cruise runs from Jan. 6 to 16, 2019 — from Florida to the Panama Canal!

Featured clinician Cathy Moklebust will lead participants through exciting and innovative handbell pieces, with positions open to ringers at all levels. Meanwhile, you’ll enjoy ten days on the Holland America ms Zuiderdam, with stops at Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Oranjestad, Aruba; Willemstad, Curaçao; the Panama Canal and Gatun Lake; Colón, Panama; and Puerto Limón, Costa Rica.

Learn more about the cruise and book now.

We can’t wait to see you on the high seas!

Bells of the Cascades announces its third full-length CD: Hitting Things!

Hitting Things! album cover

Continuing the celebration of its 25th year, Bells of the Cascades — building on the premise that handbells are a tuned percussion instrument — has created its third-full length CDHitting Things!

The songs on Hitting Things! pair bells with a variety of other percussive instruments and sounds from traditional drums to less traditional, and somewhat improvised, sounds.

Teaming with Michael Charles Smith (“Marimba Mike”), Bells of the Cascades ends the CD with a spell-binding arrangement of “Bolero” for marimba and handbells arranged for Bells of the Cascades by its director, David York.

Hitting Things! can be purchased for $15 directly from Bells of the Cascades via PayPal, or at CDBaby.

View more information and the track list for Hitting Things!

25th anniversary composition contest winners

Congratulations to the winners of Bells of the Cascades’ 25th anniversary composition contest, announced tonight at our concert:

  • First prize to Alex Guebert from Orange, California for “Out of the Silent Planet
  • Second prize to Michael Mazzatenta from Corpus Christi, Texas for “Brave the Day

Bells of the Cascades will premier the winning compositions at its concert in October — mark your calendar now!

Congratulations to the other composition contest finalists, in no particular order:

  • Ed Martin from Neenah, Wisconsin for “Conjuring
  • John Hooper from Edmonton, Alberta for “Passacaglia Chromatica
  • Nathan Whittaker from Harrisonburg, Virginia for “Penumbra

Once again, we were very pleased with the quality and creativity with all the handbell compositions we received. Thank you!