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The Knollwood Baptist Church High School Handbell Choir performs "The King of Glory" on
Palm/Passion Sunday, 2014.



   On most Sundays, September - May, worship at Knollwood is greatly enriched with the music of one or more of our five handbell choirs. Children as young as second grade begin in Children's Bells, learning fundamentals of music reading and ringing. As ringers become older and more experienced, the repertoire becomes increasingly more challenging through Middle School Bells, High School Bells, and Chancel Bells. 

   Each group rings regularly for worship, usually once per month. Chancel Bells participates in the OctoberRing Festival each year as well as collaborates with Knollwood Brass on festival Sundays.

   Musical offerings include hymn settings and classical music transcriptions that complement the worship service with a spirit of praise, contemplation, or communion. One unique aspect of handbell ringing is that players are solely responsible for their notes, so each ringer must learn to hold their part while at the same time playing as part of a unified ensemble, much like playing a position on a sports team. We strive for skillful excellence during weekly rehearsals in order to give our best to glorify God in worship.

   The Choirs are supported by three sets of handbells spanning more than five octaves plus five octaves of handchimes. Choirs are often combined with each other or with singers, brass, and/or organ, particularly on festival Sundays. 

   Interested in ringing Handbells?

Contact Lauren Winkelman, lauren@knollwood.org


Rehearsal Schedule



Middle School Bells (6th-8th grade)

5:15 - 6:00 pm

Director: David Winkelman



Children's Bells (2nd-5th grade)

3:30-4:00 pm

Director: Lauren Winkelman

High School Bells (9th-12th grade)

4:00-4:45 pm

Director: Lauren Winkelman

Chancel Bells (Adult)

5:45-6:45 pm

Director: Lauren Winkelman