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Proclamation
Our album features seven octaves of Schulmerich handbells, five octaves of Schulmerich MelodyChimes®, two lower octaves of Malmark Choirchimes®, and five octaves of Dutch Petit & Fritsen bells as accents.

Ding Dong Merrily on High
This live recording, performed with the New Jersey Chamber Singers on the wintry evening of December 19, 2015 at the Doylestown Presbyterian Church in Doylestown, PA, features both combined and individual performances from the two ensembles. Accompaniment includes harp, flute, and oboe.

Ding Dong Merrily on High

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About US

A Community Handbell Ensemble

The Philadelphia Handbell Ensemble strives to reach higher standards of musical excellence through the use of handbells and to explore the incorporation of other instruments in order to broaden the exposure of handbells to the performing arts.

Handbells are a unique instrument in which each bell is tuned to a specific note, like a key on a piano. Unlike an orchestra or choir in which each musician is responsible for one line of the texture, a handbell ensemble acts as one instrument, with each musician responsible for particular notes as they appear in the music. Learn more about and listen to the music of handbells.

The Philadelphia Handbell Ensemble plays around the greater Philadelphia region, and in other locations when invited. We play a variety of venues, including community concerts, religious worship services, festivals and special events. Learn about inviting the Philadelphia Handbell Ensemble to perform for you!

Members

Brian Seemann
Brian Seemann
Artistic Director and Conductor
Brian Seemann began ringing bells in third grade with the youth handbell choir at Whitehouse United Methodist Church in Readington, New Jersey. He moved to Boston to study composition at The Boston Conservatory before returning to Philadelphia and majoring in urban planning at Temple University. He also occasionally works with a parade production company in the Philadelphia area and teaches several local high school marching bands.
Alan Pentecost
Alan Pentecost
Philadelphia, PA
Alan began ringing in an elementary church group and has been involved with handbells ever since. He loves ringing and attending conferences, and he co-founded a handbell choir in college and even went on tour in Europe with a national group called Distinctly Bronze. While ringing is his passion, he is also involved with voice choirs and studies piano. Alan lives in South Philadelphia and is a nurse in the Surgical ICU at Jefferson Hospital.
Becky Landon
Becky Landon
Maple Glen, PA
Becky began ringing at Readington Reformed Church under the direction of her mom when she was 9 years old and has been ringing ever since. She joined PHE in 2006, and has been with the ensemble since then with the exception of two years spent working with her husband in the Philippines. Becky holds a BS in Accounting from Susquehanna University. She is the controller at Centennial Lending Group, LLC.
Diane Seemann
Diane Seemann
Whitehouse Station, NJ
Diane began ringing in 1998 at Whitehouse United Methodist Church when the church purchased handbells and started a choir. Discovering she really enjoyed ringing, she also joined the bell choir at Liberty Corner Presbyterian Church. Outside of ringing and work, Diane enjoys traveling, cooking and crafting, including trying her hand at a stained glass project and making glass beads. This is Diane’s second season with PHE.
Ellen Draegert
Ellen Draegert
Ambler, PA
Ellen is a long-time ringer and musician. An attorney with a practice focused on Intellectual Property, when not ringing or in the office, Ellen is most likely to be found in, on, or around the water.
Jennifer DeLuca
Jennifer DeLuca
Logan Township, NJ
Jenn has been ringing handbells since age 12, from her hometown of Stroudsburg, PA at Christ Hamilton Lutheran Church. She then performed with the Rooke Chapel Ringers of Bucknell University, and was thrilled to join PHE in 2009. She is a clinical coordinator for the Gift of Life Donor Program, and also loves singing acapella with “In the Mix”, good food, running, and crafting.
Jill Kolojejchick
Jill Kolojejchick
Gibbsboro, NJ
Jill began ringing in middle school in 2006, and discovered her love for handbells while ringing in high school with the Eastern High School Handbell Choir. Jill graduated from Misericordia University in 2015 with a BS in healthcare management and currently works in the reimbursement department of BAYADA Home Health Care. She also rings with the First Baptist Church of Haddonfield Carillon Ringers. Jill joined PHE in 2015.
Kathleen Simpkins
Kathleen Simpkins
Haddon Township, NJ
Kathy began ringing in 1992 at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Haddonfield, NJ along with her daughter, Nikki. Kathy currently rings with the First Baptist Church of Haddonfield and is in her third season with PHE. She is an administrator at Rohrer Towers II where she enjoys working with seniors, but nothing holds a candle to her role as “Mom-Mom” to four beautiful granddaughters. Kathy is truly humbled to be ringing with this amazing group of ringers!
Nikki Speyerer
Nikki Speyerer
Haddon Heights, NJ
Nikki began ringing while in middle school at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Haddonfield, NJ, and has been ringing ever since. In addition to ringing with PHE, she also rings with the First Baptist Church of Haddonfield. Nikki works at Cooper University Hospital as an echocardiographer, and also enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters.
Peter Moschberger
Peter Moschberger
Lawrenceville, NJ
Peter has been ringing handbells since 2006 with PHE. He has also performed with the Ringers-on-the-Green in Morristown, NJ, the Rooke Chapel Ringers of Bucknell University, and Handbell Musicians of America – Distinctly Bronze East. He is a Physician Assistant for the Emergency Department at Inspira Medical Center. His passions include good food, coffee, running, and the Jersey Shore.
Rob Mygatt
Rob Mygatt
Philadelphia, PA
Rob’s ringing career began at age 13 his musical passions include playing the carillon, singing, and occasionally composing. Rob works as a Control Systems Programmer for Applied Video Technology, integrating technology in classrooms and meeting rooms. In his spare time, Rob enjoys sailing, reading and playing games. Rob joined Philadelphia Handbell Ensemble in 2006.
Robert Gardner
Robert Gardner
Haddonfield, NJ
Bob has been ringing since he was twelve years old and is currently the handbell director at the First Baptist Church in Haddonfield where his ringing began. Bob is a trained pianist, organist, and harpist, composing and arranging unpublished works for both harp and handbells. Bob is a charter member of Philadelphia Handbell Ensemble.
Sara Kolojejchick
Sara Kolojejchick
Gibbsboro, NJ
Sara found her passion for ringing handbells in her freshman year of high school at Eastern Regional High School in Voorhees, New Jersey. She continued to ring through high school under the direction of Gail Posey, and occasionally rang in college. Sara is thrilled to be renewing her passion for handbells and currently rings with the First Baptist Church in Haddonfield, NJ, as well as PHE.
Shelley Merritt
Shelley Merritt
Horsham, PA
Shelley enjoys being a nerd with two degrees in Mathematics and a job in Accounting. She has also been ringing since 4th grade in Red Bank, NJ, and has since taken her talent cross-country – west coast tours during high school; Bucknell University under Dr. William Payn; College Station, TX (Gig’em Ags!); back to Red Bank, NJ; Doylsetown, PA; PHE in 2006; and the listening audience of WMMR!

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