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Join Bells of the Cascades!

Members of Bells of the Cascades

Bells of the Cascades, Oregon’s premier community handbell ensemble, is seeking new, Bronze-level ringers for our 2017 ringing season! Auditions will be Saturday, Jan. 7 at Tualatin Presbyterian Church in Tualatin, Oregon.

Learn more and apply for an audition.

In 2013, we were honored with an invitation to perform at the Handbell Musicians of America National Seminar, and we’re looking forward to this year bringing even more exciting opportunities!

Holiday concerts in Portland, Salem and Mason County WA

Jingle All the Way!

We’re pleased to announce our three holiday concerts:

All ages welcome! Suggested donation of $10. No one turned away due to lack of funds.

We’ll also be participating in a family spectacular with Mason County’s Harstine Island Community Choir on Saturday, Dec. 10 in Shelton, WA. Including your favorite holiday songs, with fantastic choral arrangements! Free; donations gladly accepted at the door.

Learn more about each concert by following the links above. You can also view the concerts on Facebook:

We hope you can join us!

Fall concerts: Ringing the classics in Forest Grove and Salem

Ringing the classics

We’re pleased to announce our two fall concerts:

Featuring popular tunes by Frank Sinatra and The Andrews Sisters, classical works by Vierne and Widor, and several handbell classics! Leanne Bilstrom directing.

Learn more about each concert by following the links above. You can also view the Forest Grove concert on Facebook or view the Salem concert on Facebook.

We hope you can join us!

Bells of the Cascades’ new music director: Matthew Compton

Matthew Compton

Bells of the Cascades is pleased to announce our new music director, Matthew Compton.

Matthew is a Colorado Springs native who has been composing, arranging, and conducting music for handbells since 2007 when he was in the eighth grade. He had his first composition published at the age of 15, making him one of the youngest ever published handbell composers. He has numerous compositions and arrangements in print or in the publishing process.

An avid performer, player and student of handbell music, Matthew is known for his high-energy originals and arrangements and beautiful harmonies. His music has been performed across the world by many elite groups, including The Agape Ringers, the Alleluia Ringers of Concordia University Wisconsin, Pikes Peak Youth Ringers, and Hong Kong Youth Handbell Ensemble.

In addition, Matthew’s music has been selected for the repertoire for regional and national handbell festivals, including Distinctly Bronze East and West, and the International Handbell Symposium.

Matthew graduated in 2016 from Concordia University Wisconsin with a degree in music and a focus on composition and conducting. During his time at Concordia, he rang with the Alleluia Ringers, a touring handbell choir; started a student handbell choir to perform at an annual campus event; and was the handbell director at a local church.

Bells of the Cascades is very excited to have Matt as our new music director in 2017!

Join us on our handbell cruise to Alaska

Our handbell cruise ship
Fred Gramann

Bells of the Cascades has become known as the “cruising choir” within the world of handbells, having sponsored 13 seven-day cruises during our history.

Our next handbell cruise runs from July 31 to Aug. 7, 2016 — from Vancouver, BC to Alaska!

Featured clinician Fred Gramann will lead participants through exciting and innovative handbell pieces, with positions open to ringers at all levels. Meanwhile, you’ll enjoy seven days and nights on the Celebrity Infinity along the Inside Passage to the ports of Icy Straight Point, Hubbard Glacier, Juneau, and Ketchikan, Alaska.

The cruise sets sail the day following the 17th International Handbell Symposium in Vancouver, so if you’re already attending that event, this is a perfect way to extend your handbell trip!

Learn more about the cruise and book now.

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

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