Get involved in Bells of the Cascades!

Bells of the Cascades

Passionate about innovative, advanced handbell ringing in the Portland area? We want your help!


Calling all Bronze-level ringers! What do you do on Tuesday evenings? We are always looking for experienced and versatile ringers who would consider joining Bells of the Cascades.

Interested? Fill out our audition application form. If you have any questions, you can write to

Join the board of directors

We’re always looking for new folks to help guide our 501(c)(3) nonprofit, whether you’re a director of a church or community ensemble, a ringer yourself, or simply a supporter of the musical arts.

While fundraising and budgeting is a big part of the board’s role, we’re also looking for people with experience in event organizing, communications, grantwriting, and strategic planning. No prior board experience necessary. Members of our board are not paid in money but in camaraderie, love for one another, and satisfaction in advancing the art of handbell music.

Interested? Send an email to and we’ll be in touch!

Volunteer as a substitute ringer

As we know you understand, a handbell ensemble is one instrument played by several people, and when one person has to miss a rehearsal the instrument simply isn’t complete!

We’re looking for ringers who have some experience playing intermediate or advanced-level handbell music and are willing to be on call (with advance notice) to step in when we need a substitute ringer for Tuesday evening rehearsals. This is also a great way to get to know the ensemble if you’d like to explore the possibility of auditioning in the future.

If you’d like to volunteer, please email and we’ll put you on the list!


Cancelled - 2023 Spring Handbell Festival

Bells of the Cascades Spring Festival

Join us for our annual Spring Handbell Festival in February 2023!

Open to choirs, ensembles and ringers of all levels: Challenge yourself, learn new skills, and meet musicians from around the region. The festival will include optional individual group rehearsals and massed rehearsals, with a free public concert.

Saturday, Feb. 11, 2023 — Vancouver, Washington

Challenge yourself, learn new skills, and meet musicians from around the region. The festival will include optional individual group rehearsals and massed rehearsals, with a free public concert.

Learn more and register for the Spring Handbell Festival.


Ringing in the new year

You probably know that the handbell favorite “Carol of the Bells” is a Ukrainian folk tune. But did you know that it’s also a song celebrating New Year’s? Originally titled Shchedryk, it tells the story of a swallow flying into a household to sing of good fortune that will come with the following spring.

Several years ago, Bells of the Cascades collaborated with Portland ensemble Pink Martini on a version of “Carol of the Bells” — take a listen!

Like the bird in the song, we wish you a happy and healthy new year, from all of us at Bells of the Cascades. We stand with Ukraine!


Comfort & Joy: 2021 Holiday Concerts

Comfort and Joy: 2021 holiday concerts with Bells of the Cascades
Bells of the Cascades in concert

It’s been a while — too long! — since Bells of the Cascades has been able to share our music with you. Finally, the wait is over: Holiday concerts in Forest Grove and Vancouver this December!

Our theme is “Comfort and Joy” and we’re excited to see you at either of these events:

Saturday, Dec. 18, 7:00 pm
Forest Grove United Methodist Church
1726 Cedar Street
Forest Grove, OR
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Sunday, Dec. 19, 7:00 pm
Salmon Creek United Methodist Church
12217 NE Hwy 99
Vancouver, WA
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Admission is $15 adults, $5 students, children under 6 free, and as always, no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Tickets can be purchased at the door with cash, card or check.

Want to help us spread the word? Download a printable flyer (PDF)!

Happy holidays, and see you soon!