Emanuel Ringers

The Emanuel Ringers is part of the music ministry from Emanuel Lutheran Church in Pleasantville, New York. This handbell group is comprised of ringers ranging from 8 and up. We ring on 5 octaves of Schulmerich handbells and 7 octaves of Malmark handchimes. We welcome all who want to learn how to ring, you do not have to be a member of the church to participate. Contact Eiko at emanuelringers@gmail.com for more information about our Music Ministry at Emanuel

Friday, August 5, 2022

DAY 13 (NASHVILLE, TN) August 5, 2022

Today is the day for adults! While the kids rested up a bit prior to rehearsal, our day began early with an early trip to the Handbell Commons, where we visited various publishers to review music for the upcoming season. We made choices for our annual benefit concert and area festivals, and found a few new pieces for worship. Happily, each publisher offered a discount, and no shipping since we were able to take the music with us. A good bargain! We convened at 9am for a monster 3 hour rehearsal. In case you’re curious, that is a lot of ringing. Many folks stretched (Sarah), popped Aleve (Sarah) and sat whenever possible (also Sarah). Eunkyung filled in when a ringer (Sarah) needed a break. At one point Eiko donned her translator hat, and provided translation for the Japanese conductor, Mr. Yoshida (a ringer favorite). Workshops followed rehearsal. Ringers and non-ringers attended a variety of fun workshops, including a sight-read and ring, bell painting, treble bell techniques, and learning the cajon, a box drum. Our afternoon was FREE! A few explored downtown, but most folks ate a leisurely lunch and took the time to relax. Sarah spent time purchasing new chimes, and Eiko took the representatives from Japan to a COVID test site so they can be cleared to fly home Sunday. Tonight we were in for a treat! The Symposium arranged an evening at the Wild Horse saloon, where we were able to enjoy southern cooking, games and line dancing. It was also an opportunity to bond with ringers from other nations. Upon returning to the hotel, many broke in a set of Cards Against Handbells. A good time was had by all.
Today's reporters are Eiko & Sarah

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