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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!

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

Join us for our spring concerts: Hitting Things!

Bells of the Cascades presents: Hitting Things!

This spring, Bells of the Cascades is playing two concerts in Oregon — in Portland and Corvallis — hosting a workshop for ringers of all levels, and participating in a special concert event with Fred Gramann. We hope you can join us!

Saturday, April 26: Workshop in Corvallis
Join Bells of the Cascades for a spring handbell workshop! Registration from just $20 for a full afternoon of expert instruction. Learn more and register today.

Saturday, April 26: Concert in Corvallis
“Hitting Things,” featuring percussionist Michael Charles Smith. Learn more and get directions.

Sunday, April 27: Concert in Portland
“Hitting Things,” featuring percussionist Michael Charles Smith. Learn more and get directions.

Saturday, May 17: Special event with Fred Gramann in Portland
Featuing the handbell choirs of Calvin Presbyterian Church, Tualatin Presbyterian Church and Bells of the Cascades. Learn more and get directions.

Mark these events on your calendar, and we’ll see you soon!

Make a donation by Dec. 31 and we'll double it!

Donate by Dec. 31 and have your donation doubled!

Thanks to your help, 2013 has been one of the most successful years ever for Bells of the Cascades.

Your tax-deductible donation will help us ring in the new year.

If you act by Dec. 31, Bells of the Cascades ringers will match your donation dollar for dollar up to $1,200. That means your donation will have twice the impact — but only if you act now!

As you know, Bells of the Cascades is a 501(c)(3) organization, and donations will be fully tax-deductible for 2013 if you donate online by the end of Dec. 31 or send a check postmarked by Dec. 31 to Bells of the Cascades, P.O. Box 151, Tualatin, OR 97062.

As a nonprofit, Bells of the Cascades is committed to supporting and expanding the performance of innovative handbell music. With the launch of Rose City Ringers, we’re training the next generation of advanced handbell ringers, while the creation of the Holiday Ringer ensembles has allowed us to bring handbell performances to more audiences than ever.

Help us do even more by making a tax-deductible donation to Bells of the Cascades today.

We’re committed to making the art of handbell ringing more accessible, more available, more interesting and more exciting to both audiences and other bell ringers in the Portland area. But with these new ventures, expenses are also rising, and we need your help.

Make a tax-deductible donation by Dec. 31, and we’ll double it. Act now!

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