Philadelphia Handbell Ensemble, a community ensemble comprised of auditioned, advanced-level handbell ringers from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, was established in November 2003. It is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and a member of the Handbell Musicians of America.
Musically, Philadelphia Handbell Ensemble appreciates various styles and moods. Its repertoire spans original compositions, transcriptions of classical literature, and arrangements from a wide array of musical genres. An advanced range of ringing techniques allows the Ensemble to move beyond the traditional handbell sound and redefines the character of a single instrument, whether it’s through percussive stopped sounds or poignant echoes or a shimmering decrescendo.
A rare find among handbell ensembles … musically engaging and a special combination of inspiration and education. —John Sall, Director, Abington Symphony Orchestra
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.
Through workshops, conferences, and community outreach programs, PHE promotes the art and education of handbell ringing. The ensemble seeks to educate and encourage public appreciation and interest in handbells through musical performance and to expand the use of handbells in music education.
Philadelphia Handbell Ensemble Board Members
- Ellen Draegert, President
- Robert Gardner, Vice President
- Diane Seemann, Secretary
- Rob Mygatt, Treasurer
- Becky Landon, Ringer Rep
- Brian Seemann, Artistic Director and Conductor