Handbell musicians return to Sunday Speaker Series Program with performance at 2 p.m.

The Museum of South Texas History invites you to enjoy “Bells and South Texas History,” an interactive performance of handbells by the Glory Bellringers, a locally renowned bell choir from Edinburg First United Methodist Church at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15. In addition to the bell choir performing a program of traditional and original Yuletide carols, this Sunday Speaker Series program will also include a presentation of the history behind the carols.

Glory Bellringers of Edinburg First United Methodist Church

Glory Bellringers
Edinburg First United Methodist Church

Formed in 1996 by eight women that wanted to learn the art of handbell ringing, a bell designed to be rung by hand, the Glorybelles were created at First United Methodist Church. This bell choir honed their handbell ringing skills playing for worship services and in the Church’s music ministry as well as performing at community events. Today the bell choir, renamed the Glory Bellringers and under the direction of Lois Kildahl, has grown to 12 and now counts men among its membership.

Each member performs with two to five handheld bells, with each musician responsible for particular notes. Grasping the bell by the handle, the members move their wrists to make the hinged clapper (moves back and forth in a single direction inside the bell) strike. Using a variety of handbell techniques, the Glory Bellringers are challenged to strike the bell on the exact beat of the written score. Audience members will be able to try their hands at striking the beat with chimes that will be provided by the Glory Bellringers and with direction by Kildahl. Participants will gain an increased appreciation for the bellringers’ skill and the discipline required to make the beautiful sounds of holiday bell music resonate throughout MOSTHistory’s Grand Lobby. This Sunday Speaker Series presentation by the Glory Bellringers is included in the fee for regular museum admission. FRIENDS of the museum are admitted free as a benefit of FRIENDship. For more information about MOSTHistory, including becoming a FRIEND, visit MOSTHistory.org or call +1-956-383-6911.

Lisa K. Loebl
Marketing & Public Relations Officer