Houston Bronze Ensemble seeks to:
- Attract, organize, educate and rehearse qualified handbell ringers in all aspects of handbell music.
- Assist others in organizing, developing, and educating handbell groups.
- Encourage public appreciation and promote the art of handbell ringing in the community through performances of handbell music.
- Organize and participate in clinics, festivals, and symposia relating to handbell music and performance.
The Houston Bronze Ensemble is a professional, auditioned, handbell ensemble made up of musicians from the greater Houston area. The ensemble performs regular concerts in the winter and spring as well as community, regional, and national events, weddings, and private parties.
The group plays a wide variety of musical genres, always with the goal of EXCELLENCE. Founded in 1988, Houston Bronze Ensemble was started as an avenue for Houston area handbell directors to have a place to ring. A lunchtime meeting with only a napkin to write the names of those who might be interested is what started it all. The rest, as they say, is history. We have now celebrated 30 years of sharing the art of handbell ringing to the Houston community and beyond.
Houston Bronze also recognizes the importance of building the future of handbell ringing. We offer a variety of educational opportunities designed to meet the unique needs of churches and schools who wish to build or improve their handbell program. Workshops designed to meet the specific needs of a choir and mini-concerts are a sample of what we provide to the Houston area handbell community. We offer mentoring to high schools and have had the privilege of working with the Brookwood Handbell Ensemble for the last three years. Houston Bronze also offers scholarships to students wishing to attend College Ring-In, an event sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America. For additional information on these programs and other offerings, please visit our website or find us on Facebook.