Our fourteenth annual Handbell Festival is excited to welcome Michael Glasgow and Kevin McChesney to New Ebenezer for two weekends of instruction and education regarding hand bells. Choirs are welcome to contact our office for registration and information.

Culminating hand bell concerts will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 16th, 2019 and Saturday, February 23rd, 2019 for the intermediate and advanced sessions accordingly. Both concerts are held in the Mildred D. Kessler Learning Center, which is located behind the tennis courts.

The 2019 brochure for this event is available for your review. CLICK HERE to View in PDF

Michael Glasgow, Intermediate Clinician

Michael J. Glasgow is originally from Michigan. He holds B.A. degrees in music theory/composition, and in journalism; as well as a Master of Church Music degree, with emphases in both choral and handbell music. In addition to his full-time position at North Raleigh UMC (Raleigh, NC), Michael serves as the Bass Section Leader for the North Carolina Master Chorale and the Choral Conductor for the Tar River Orchestra & Chorus. A passionate composer with an “abundant melodic gift” (New York Concert Review), he keeps busy with commissions and his own projects, and has been honored by several contests for organ, handbell and choral compositions. Michael is proud to have served as the inaugural conductor for the annual Anthornis and Anthornis North advanced-ringing events in Minneapolis and Fargo; and to have conducted in England, Canada, and on a cruise ship in the Eastern Caribbean.  He made his Carnegie Hall debut conducting his Requiem in June 2017, and has numerous international conducting engagements to his credit.  Michael is member of ASCAP, American Composers Forum, Mensa and several other professional organizations. Additional information and samples of Michael’s work may be found at http://www.michaeljglasgow.com and on Twitter: @MichaelJGlasgow.

Kevin McChesney, Advanced Clinician

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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.

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