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NEW CD!

The Philadelphia Handbell Ensemble is delighted to announce that we are currently working on a new CD. We look forward to the release of this next album in the early fall of 2020.

Proclamation

Now Available You may order our audio CD for $15 plus tax and shipping each through PayPal 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.

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!

  1. On This Day, Earth Shall Ring!

    December 6 @ 7:00 pm
  2. On This Day, Earth Shall Ring!

    December 8 @ 4:00 pm
  3. On This Day, Earth Shall Ring!

    December 13 @ 7:30 pm
  4. On This Day, Earth Shall Ring!

    December 15 @ 4:00 pm

Members

Robert James Lamb
Robert James Lamb
Artistic Director & Conductor
An accomplished handbell conductor and published composer, Robert James Lamb has authored music described as “wonderfully expressive” by Beckenhorst Press, Inc. Robert serves as handbell choir director at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, NJ as well as Christ Church United Methodist in New York City. Robert studied handbells with Kathleen Ebling Shaw at Westminster Choir College and rang in the Westminster Concert Bell Choir. While at Westminster, he also trained in music education, conducting, and voice. In June 2018, Robert will serve as Assistant Handbell Director for the Montreat Music and Worship conferences. Equally accomplished as both a handbell musician and vocalist, Robert also sings regularly with the Philadelphia Symphonic Choir and the Philadelphia Orchestra.
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.
Rob Mygatt
Rob Mygatt
Devon, 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.
Jacqueline Burdwood
Jacqueline Burdwood
Hopewell, NJ
Jack started ringing at Wittenberg University while studying music and silver jewelry studio art. She has been a percussionist since 2005 and plays a wide variety of instruments across the percussion family. She is an avid sci-fi fan with special places in her heart for Firefly and The Expanse novels. She also enjoys making jewelry in her workshop under the name Silver Sun Metalworks.
Bethan Neely
Bethan Neely
New Hope, PA
Bethan began ringing at Westminster Choir College, where she earned her degree in Organ Performance and Sacred Music. Bethan is currently employed as the Director of Music Ministries at Quakertown United Methodist Church, and as the Refurbishment Department Coordinator for Schulmerich Bells. In addition to ringing with PHE, Bethan is a founding member of Quadrants Handbell Quartet. Bethan has been ringing with PHE since 2016.
Adam Bergstresser
Adam Bergstresser
Doylestown, PA
Adam Bergstresser serves as Director of Music and Organist at St. Paul’s. In addition to administrative responsibilities, Adam directs St. Paul’s Ringers and the Westminster Quartet. He also works with Dr. Joseph Ohrt in the direction of the Senior Choir. Adam is a 2016 graduate of the Westminster Choir College with a Bachelor Degree in Organ Performance and Sacred Music.
Jan Schopfer
Jan Schopfer
Cherry Hill, NJ
Besides ringing in PHE, Jan enjoys playing bell solos/duets, recorder, piano, baritone, melodica, and singing. She is a member of the Holtz Handbell Choir, the NJ MasterChorale, the Philadelphia Recorder Society, and the Haddonfield Pick-Up Band. She loves to spend time with her husband, kids and cats, plus write devotions, knit, bake, and do jigsaw puzzles. She treasures each day as a gift from God and is deeply grateful for all of His blessings.
Victor Cristobal
Victor Cristobal
Princeton, NJ
Victor began ringing one year ago at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, NJ. He graduated in 2016 from Westminster Choir College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Theory and Composition and currently serves as the tenor section leader at the Universalist Unitarian Congregation of Princeton. In addition to PHE, Victor is a tenor in The Same Stream Choir and plays the Erhu in the Westminster Chinese Music Ensemble. His passion for music is deeply rooted in the music of video games and he is pursuing a career in the industry.
Julia Beckmann
Julia Beckmann
Princeton NJ
Julia Beckmann began ringing bells in high school at the First United Methodist Church in Amityville, NY and continued ringing bells as a member of the Westminster Bell Choir under the direction of Kathy Ebling Shaw. Julia holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Master of Arts in Teaching from Westminster Choir College. She is currently the PK-4 Music Teacher at Princeton Day School in Princeton, NJ.
Tom Snively
Tom Snively
Cherry Hill NJ
Tom is an avid musician, playing saxophone and piano, and singing bass in addition to ringing. He likes to compose, arrange, and record original music. He minored in music at Penn State, and was active in the Marching Blue Band and Centre Dimensions Jazz Band. By day, Tom is a web application developer in Philadelphia. He is a cycling enthusiast, gamer, family man, and Eagles fan. Tom joined PHE in 2018.
Gina Matthews
Gina Matthews
Marlton NJ
Gina has been ringing at church for about 10 years now and played violin from 2nd grade up thru college. She loves everything sci-fi and when not ringing, can generally be found taking care of a small zoo worth of pets.
Karina Fengler
Karina Fengler
Stockton NJ
Karina began ringing in college with the Westminster Concert Bell Choir 4 years ago. She has since graduated with a BM in Music Education and a dual degree in Culinary and Pastry Arts from Le Cordon Bleu in London. Karina currently works as a butcher in Hopewell for Brick Farm Market and as a Children’s Choir director for Frenchtown First Presbyterian Church.

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