The Thirteenth Annual New Ebenezer Handbell Festival
The concert is FREE to the public.
Saturday, February 17th & 24th, 2018
3:00 p.m. at the Mildred D. Kessler Learning Center
(located behind the tennis courts)
Advanced Festival Featuring – David M. Harris
David M. Harris has been the director of The Raleigh Ringers since January 1990, when he was instrumental in the Formation of the group. David studied music while earning a degree in computer science at Pennsylvania State University and received private instruction in conducting from Dr.Williams A. Payn of Bucknell University. David was the director of the handbell program at Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church, and has served Handbell Musicians of America ( formerly the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers AGEHR) as North Carolina State Chairman and as Area III Treasurer.
February 23rd & 24th, 2018 – Intermediate Festival Featuring – Kevin McChesney
Kevin McChesney graduated with highest honors from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a BMus in Composition and Theory. A composer and arranger of handbell music, Kevin currently has over 450 titles in print and is one of the very few musicians who makes handbells a full‑time vocation. He has won numerous awards for his work, including American Guild of English Handbell Ringers Composition Contests and Jeffers Composer of the Year. Kevin was a church music director in Methodist and Presbyterian churches for twelve years. For five years, he was also accompanist and co‑director for the vocal music department at Air Academy High School, where he co‑directed a major production each fall season for eleven years. Kevin is currently the handbell editor for Jeffers Handbell Supply and the Ringing World catalog. He directs an auditioned community handbell choir, the Pikes Peak Ringers. He is also co‑founder of the Solo To Ensemble Project, STEP, and authors a quarterly newsletter containing instruction and information for handbell programs, the Handbell Classroom. He is in demand throughout the handbell world as a workshop clinician and festival conductor. Kevin lives in Colorado Springs, CO, with his wife Tracy and their cats, Belle and Grace Note.
Swimming Lessons June 4-14, 2018 – Instructor: Christy Rought