Ringing in the Christmas season

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010
This Christmas was full of music for Wendy and I as we performed with seven different groups over the holiday season.  All but one of the groups were in handbells - the most handbells groups we have ever been in at one time.  
Amy watches the conductor during a handbell performance
Through The Master's College handbell groups, we had the privilege of playing in the annual Come Christmas Sing concerts - a week long concert series put on by the college and featuring a wide variety of music and instruments.  We were also able to expand our musical abilities under the direction of Professor Claire Blackwell and enjoyed playing songs such as, "Angels We Have Heard on High", "The First Noel", "Joy to the World", and even a funky version of "We Wish You a Merry Christmas".

The Grace Baptist Church choir and orchestra perform during the Candelight Christmas ConcertThrough the Grace Baptist Master's Hands handbell ensemble, we were able to perform in our church's Candlelight Christmas Concerts.  Under the direction of Cory Evans, we had the opportunity to perform a fun arrangement of "We Three Kings" as well as provide the prelude music.

Wendy and I also had the opportunity to join our church's orchestra for the first time this year as the only two violists.  We have loved being a part of this special family and expanding our skills in music.  In the past four months, we have learned so much from the orchestra and thoroughly enjoyed participating in the Christmas concerts.  We're looking forward to continuing on in this special group and to our next main performance - the Passion Play.

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