Do I have to audition?
No. However, basic knowledge of music on bass and treble clef and some level of comfort with sight reading is helpful. Bonus points if you have ever played an instrument 😊
When are rehearsals?
Thursday nights, 7:00-9:00 PM.
Can I join at any time?
New ringers may join when our season starts in September. Experienced ringers may begin in September or January, depending on the availability of openings in the choir. Our season runs from September - May.
What is the commitment level?
Fairly high. New ringers are asked to commit to at least a semester of rehearsals and Masses and that you try to be as near 100% in participation as possible. Missing one person from rehearsal means missing several notes on the staff (kind of like playing the piano with a missing finger!). This affects an individual’s learning and is also disruptive to the choir as a whole.
An annual schedule is available so you can plan your calendar accordingly.
How old do I have to be?
The choir is open to adults and student Grades 7 and up. Families welcomed!
How do I learn to play the Handbells?
Each new ringer is paired with an experienced ringer who will act as a mentor (free of charge!) and to get you up to speed on basic techniques. The intention is to gradually but consistently develop everyone's skills to higher levels.