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Kathleen Ebling Shaw, conductor

The Westminster Concert Bell Choir is composed of students at Rider University’s Westminster Choir College, which was the first institution in the world to develop such a program.

Hailed for its virtuosity, the ensemble performs on the largest range of handbells in the world – 8 octaves, from C1 to C9.  Many of the bells are made of bronze and range in weight from four ounces to 11 pounds; the Choir also uses the large “Basso Profundo” aluminum-cast bells that are a new phenomenon in handbell ringing.  The Choir supplements its handbells with a six-octave set of Malmark Choirchime® instruments from C2 to C8 – the widest range in existence.

The Westminster Concert Bell Choir has appeared on Public Television’s Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and several holiday broadcasts of the Today show, including one in which the ensemble was joined for a performance by NBC television hosts Katie Couric and Willard Scott.  Its holiday performances have been heard annually on National Public Radio’s Performance Today, and it is included on NPR’s Christmas Around The Country II recording.  The choir has performed at Carnegie Hall twice during the Christmas season.   Most recently, the choir was featured on New Jersey Network’s State Of The Arts program.

The ensemble joined Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Charlotte Church and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for a critically acclaimed 15-city tour entitled “A Royal Christmas.”  The Choir has made 11 solo recordings.

Westminster Concert Bell Choir
2016 Songs of America National Tour

TUESDAY, MAY 17 - 7 p.m.
Valley Church
Cupertino, CA

WEDNESDAY, MAY 18 - 7 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church
Monterey, CA

FRIDAY, MAY 20 - 7 p.m.
St. Mark Presbyterian Church
Newport Beach, CA

SATURDAY, MAY 21 - 7:30 p.m.
Pasadena Presbyterian Church
Pasadena, CA

SUNDAY, MAY 22 - 7 p.m.
Ascension Lutheran Church
Paradise Valley, AZ

MONDAY, MAY 23 - 7 p.m.
St. Mark Catholic Church
Tucson (Oro Valley), AZ

TUESDAY, MAY 24  - 7:30 p.m.
Gold Canyon United Methodist Church
Gold Canyon, AZ

FRIDAY, MAY 27 - 7 p.m.
Mountain View Presbyterian Church
Las Vegas, NV                                                                                                                          

TUESDAY, MAY 31 - 7 p.m.
Grace Lutheran Church
Lincoln, NE

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1 - 7 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church
Iowa City, IA

THURSDAY, JUNE 2 - 7:30 p.m.
St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church
Fort Wayne, IN

FRIDAY, JUNE 3 - 7  p.m.
Wooster United Methodist Church
Wooster, OH