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Celebrating her 21st year as conductor of the Westminster Concert Bell Choir, Kathleen Ebling Shaw is a member of the sacred music department at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, where she teaches classes in handbell training and conducts a second handbell choir. A graduate of Westminster Choir College, she is also director of music at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Doylestown, Pa.
Well known as a handbell clinician, Ms. Ebling Shaw has conducted sessions for the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers both on the local and national levels. Other engagements have included sessions for the American Guild of Organists; the New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Texas Music Educators Conferences; Presbyterian Association of Musicians Conferences; the St. Olaf Church Music Conference; the 8th International Handbell Symposium in Japan; the 9th International Handbell Symposium in England; the 10th International Handbell Symposium in Korea; the 11th International Handbell Symposium in Australia; the 12th International Handbell Symposium in Orlando and the 13th International Handbell Symposium in Japan.
She traveled with the Westminster Concert Bell Choir during a critically acclaimed 15-city North American “A Royal Christmas” tour, performing with Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Charlotte Church and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.
Most recently, she conducted the Westminster Concert Bell Choir in an appearance with singer Josh Groban in NBC’s nationally televised Lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.
Choirs under the direction of Ms. Ebling Shaw have performed at Carnegie Hall and the World Financial Center’s Festival of Light and Sound. They have also been featured on Lifetime Television, QVC, NBC’s TODAY Show, New Jersey Network and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.
She has also produced six recordings with the Westminster Concert Bell Choir: Westminster Rings!, Praise and Adoration, Christmas at Westminster: The Westminster Concert Bell Choir, By Request, Westminster Concert Bell Choir: 30th Anniversary Collection and A Time To Dance.
Ms. Ebling Shaw is also the recipient of an Alumni Merit Award from Westminster Choir College of Rider University in recognition of her dedication to the art of handbell ringing and her enthusiasm and accomplishments in the classroom as well as the concert hall.