Music – Handbell Ensembles

Handbell Ensembles

Being part of a handbell group is a terrific learning experience which is both challenging and fun! Each student is assigned to play several bells from the musical scale (for example, C and D) and rings a bell each time he/she sees the note representing that bell written on the page of music. Together, the choir of bell ringers makes beautiful music together–but it requires a great deal of teamwork and concentration. It can be said that being part of a bell choir is an experience that is both rewarding and unique at the same time. Here at Immanuel Lutheran School, our older students have the opportunity to participate in several handbell ensembles, as described below.

Chancel Ringers

This group typically includes students in grades 7-8. They meet for rehearsals on Wednesday mornings at 7:30 a.m. in the church balcony from September through May. The group is led by Mrs. Shelly Pieper, an excellent teacher and musician with a wide variety of musical experiences and interests. The Chancel Ringers perform at three concerts throughout the school year — Winter Concert, Fine Arts Preview Concert, and the Spring Concert. They also provide special music for various worship services at Immanuel Lutheran Church and participate in the Fine Arts Festival, a day-long event in the spring during which Immanuel students make music with students from a variety of other Chicago-area Lutheran Schools.

2017-18 Chancel Ringers Schedule

Chancel Chimes

This group typically includes students in grades 5 and 6, and begins at the start of the second semester each January. Students use both handbells and handchimes to create their music. They meet for rehearsals on Friday mornings at 7:30 a.m. in the church balcony from January through May. This group is also directed by Mrs. Shelly Pieper. The Chancel Chimes are scheduled to perform in at least one concert each school year (the Spring Concert in May), as well as during several worship services at Immanuel Lutheran Church.

2017-18 Chancel Chime Schedule