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Positions Available/Wanted


Handbell Director, First United Methodist Church, Somerville NJ

Handbell Director position available beginning September 2019, at First United Methodist Church in Somerville NJ.  One adult choir rehearses weekly from September into June and plays one Sunday each month.  We have five octaves of Malmark bells and four octaves of chimes. Position description available at http://www.fumcsomervillenj.org/.

Contacts: Reverend David Lehmkuhl, dclehm@aol.com or Mark Halverson, Chair of Staff Parish Relations, mark.halverson@apawood.org; FUMC Somerville, Tel:  (908) 725-1473

(posted July 12, 2019)


Handbell Director, Lewinsville Presbyterian Church, McLean, VA

Handbell Director position available beginning September 2019, at Lewinsville Presbyterian Church in McLean, VA. Four choirs organized by age rehearse weekly and support worship services from September through May. Salary is $10,500. Please email questions, contact information and qualifications to lewinsvillemusicsearch@gmail.com. Position description available at www.lewinsville.org/staff-openings.

(posted July 1, 2019)


Interim Artistic Director and full-time Artistic Director, The James River Ringers, Richmond, VA

The James River Ringers, Richmond Virginia’s premier auditioned community handbell ensemble, is seeking candidates for the positions of Interim Artistic Director and full-time Artistic Director.
The Interim Artistic Director will plan for the holiday 2019 concert season including developing the concert program, preparing the ensemble through weekly rehearsals and directing any concert engagements. The successful Interim Artistic Director may also be a candidate for the full-time Artistic Director position.
The full-time Artistic Director will recruit and develop members of the ensemble optimizing individual ringer skills to improve both the musicality and the artistry of the group; plan concerts and other programs expanding the breadth and depth of the group’s musical range; prepare for and conduct regular rehearsals including score study, musical interpretation, and ringer assignments. The Artistic Director is also a non-voting member of the Executive Board providing input on the group’s short- and long-term planning. Performances generally include two featured concerts per year and numerous other performance opportunities. A limited compensation package is available for either opportunity.
Rehearsals are currently held weekly on Tuesday evenings from 7-9pm on the north side of Richmond. Ad hoc rehearsals are called at the discretion of the Artistic Director. Rehearsals for the holiday 2019 concert season will begin in August, 2019 with the existing complement of ringers. The full-time Artistic Director position will begin in January, 2020.
Interested candidates for either, or both, opportunities, should forward their resume to jrr.president@gmail.com by Monday, July 15, 2019.

(posted June 28, 2019)


Handbell Editor, Exton, PA

J.W. Pepper, the world’s largest sheet music retailer, is seeking a part-time Handbell Editor to work in our corporate headquarters in Exton, PA. Pepper would like to cultivate and grow sales in the handbell world in both church and school markets. Candidates will need to demonstrate their ability to analyze music and build promotions to serve the diverse needs of church and school handbell directors. The ability to identify trends in handbell music, a general understanding of the use of handbells and handchimes in churches and schools, and experience as a handbell director are all highly desirable. The successful candidate must have the flexibility to work seasonally: a few months of the year require a schedule close to full time (March–April; September–October) with the remainder of the year less than a day per week. Please send inquiries and résumés to Manager of Choral Product Sales: tsabatino@jwpepper.com. When responding, please include the words “Handbell Editor” in the subject line.

(posted January 16, 2019)


Director of Music and Worship Arts, Gaithersburg Presbyterian Church, MD

Gaithersburg (MD) Presbyterian Church is currently seeking an interim or permanent Director of Music and Worship Arts (DMWA). The position becomes available as early as September 23, 2018. The ideal candidate is a faith-filled, experienced church musician, with expertise in leading a robust church music program, in a variety of music styles. We sing with piano, organ and keyboard. We have handbell and chime choirs for children and adults. We have praise music and traditional choral music. We have two international choirs who sing a capella. Interested candidates should visit www.gpchurch.org/careers to find a complete job description as well as more information about our church. Compensation package (including benefits) is commensurate with experience.

(posted September 1, 2018; renewed January 3, 2019)


Handbell Choir Director, Immanuel Presbyterian Church, Tucson, AZ

Immanuel Presbyterian Church is accepting applications for Handbell Choir Director for its three handbell choirs. This is a part-time position requiring approximately 10–15 hours per week for 7 months each year, from October through April. The full job description including rehearsal schedule and salary information is available on our web site: www.immanuelpc.org/employment

(posted July 26, 2018; updated January 3, 2019)


Handbell Choir Director, Lynnewood United Methodist Church, Pleasanton, CA

Tri-Valley church seeks director for two handbell choirs, one beginning and one intermediate. Total setup, rehearsal, cleanup time is approximately 3 hours per week, September through May. The intermediate choir rings 5-6 times a year (2 services each date), and the beginning choir rings 3-4 times a year (2 services each date). Church also owns chimes which can be incorporated into music. Please contact Jim Beattie at (925) 989-2272, or email office@lynnewood.org. Church website: www.Lynnewood.org.

(posted July 5, 2018; renewed January 3, 2019)



Handbells/Handchimes and/or Accessories for Sale/Wanted


Music Risers Available, First United Methodist Church, Pascagoula, MS

Eight sturdy black steel music risers, used, in great condition. Free, you pay only shipping. For more information, contact music@fumcpascgoula.org

(posted January 16, 2019)


Handbells & Handchimes for Sale, Stevensville, MT

Professionally-refurbished three octaves, lower fourth octave, and lower fifth octave of Schulmerich bells, three octaves of Schulmerich chimes, a third octave of Malmark bells & chimes for sale. They are in great condition! Email, call, or text me for more details: njgertner@frontiernet.net, 530-355-8220, Neil Gertner or see: http://ultimatebellcase.com/?page_id=201

(posted June 25, 2018; renewed January 4, 2019)



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