The Concordia Handbell Choir
About the Artist: Concordia Handbell Choir is made up of 14 advanced ringers. This auditioned ensemble performs with a combination of Schulmerich and Malmark handbells and handchimes ranging from G1 to C9. They also utilize 2 octaves of Schulmerich Silver Melody Bells and Malmark Cymbells. The use of silver, bronze, and aluminum instruments allows the ensemble to play a full range of advanced repertoire featuring a variety of bell timbres and techniques. Concordia Handbell Choir is open to music majors and non-music majors who have a passion for ringing. With two auditioned handbell ensembles, and over 40 years of ringing history, Concordia University, Nebraska has one of the largest collegiate handbell programs in the Midwest. Concordia Handbell Choir has performed for the Capitol Tree Lighting in Lincoln, Nebraska, programs on NET Radio, as well as regular concerts, church services, campus chapels and workshops. The choir has recorded one album, Faithful.
Jessica Kite joined Concordia University, Nebraska’s Music Department as Director of Handbell Choirs in 2006. Kite is a Concordia graduate and received her Master of Music degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. As a director of beginning and advanced collegiate ringers, she enjoys challenging her ringers to grow musically through an exciting variety of pieces. Kite is a member of Nebraska’s State Committee for Handbell Musicians of America, a clinician for handbell workshops, adjunct music methods instructor at Concordia University and a private piano teacher.