We're looking for a new director. Is it you?

Photo by Phil Roeder, Flickr Creative Commons

For 25 years, Bells of the Cascades has been a pioneer in the handbell community, and we’re seeking a director who can continue that tradition.

Four excellent musicians have held the position of director, and we are looking for a similarly qualified person to continue the work they have started.

Involvement in Bells of the Cascades is incredibly rewarding. The sense of accomplishment we get from preparing and performing advanced level music with a high degree of musicianship is very satisfying.

Read more about who we’re looking for, and information on applying to the position.

Please share this information with your friends and networks who you think might be interested!

The deadline for applications is April 30, 2016.

Photo by Phil Roeder, Flickr Creative Commons.

Join us at one of our annual holiday concerts

Bells of the Cascades 2015 holiday concert: Jingle All the Way

Bells of the Cascades is pleased to invite you to our annual holiday concerts, happening this year in Portland, OR, on Saturday, Dec. 19 and in Salem, OR, on Sunday, Dec. 20.

Not only will you get to experience your holiday favorites in both familiar and unusual handbell settings, but we’ll be performing alongside Bridge Town Sound, a Portland men’s chorus, on several pieces. It will be quite an evening!

Admission to both concerts is $10 at the door, with no one turned away for lack of funds. We hope to see you there!

Fall concert: Bells in Motion - Looking ahead to the next 25 years!

Bells in Motion: Looking ahead to the next 25 years!

Join us for our second concert celebrating Bells of the Cascades’ 25th anniversary!

Saturday, Oct. 10 at 7:00 PM
Central Lutheran Church, 1820 NE 21st Ave, Portland
More information and directions

Featuring Bells of Concordia and Portland Boychoir, as well as a premiere performance of the winning piece from our composition contest: “Out of the Silent Planet,” by Alex Guebert. Pieces from runners up will also be premiered.

$10 admission. No one turned away due to lack of funds.

We hope to see you there!

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!