Sunday, June 24, 2012

2013 Guest Clinician

Dr. John Behnke is Professor of Music at Concordia University in Mequon, Wisconsin where he teaches organ and directs The Alleluia Ringers, Concordia’s touring college handbell choir and the Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble (MHE), a community choir from Milwaukee. Dr. Behnke is also Music Editor for The American Guild of English Handbell Ringers. He is a frequent handbell clinician, festival director, and organ recitalist. He enjoys composing and arranging having handbell, choral, and organ compositions in print with seventeen different publishers in the United States, Germany, and Taiwan, and has received an ASCAP Composers Award every year since 1998.

Saturday, May 12, 2012


All Creatures of our God and King
John Behnke
AG36041, L3

Deb's Song (rename it "Lifesong" for worship)
John Behnke
AG35305, L 2+
uses the singing bell technique

Jamaican Melody
John Behnke
AGAPE 2232, L3
this is a repeat from 2005, with percussion instuments

Jeanne C. Warzyn
AG35264, L2

Easter Joy
John Behnke
AG35260, L2+

This Little Light of Mine
Jeffrey Honore'
97-7187 CPH, L3
this is a repeat from 2009, with vocal ensemble

The Promise
John Behnke
AGAPE 2133, L3
also a repeat from 2005

A Grand Celebration
Derek Hakes
Level 2
We may bring in liturgical dancers for this also.

There may also be a piece that we are having commissioned in honor of our 10th year. There will probably not be a fee for this. I will get a copy for you to copy as needed for festival use, as soon as I receive it, and you register for the 2013 festival. It should not be difficult to learn.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

2012 music list

"Festive Peal"
Thompson, L2+
AGEHR, new, #AG35303

"Come Thou Font of Every Blessing"
Wyeth, L2+
Jeffers, 2011, #JHS9186

"Kum Ba Ya"
Morningstar, 2004, #MSM-30-821

"Many and Great"
Hopson, L2
Choristers Guild, new, #CGB695

"Beach Spring Stomp"
Honore', L3+
Concordia, 2009, #97-7133

"Prelude on Thaxted"
Helman, L3
AGEHR, new, #AG36045

"O Worship the King"
Dobrinski, L3
Agape, 2008, #2339

2012 Guest Clinician

John Wigal currently serves as Director of Music/Organist at the Church of the Good Shepherd atop Lookout Mountain in southestern Tennessee, a position he has held for nine years. A graduate of Wittenberg Univ. and Northwestern Univ., Mr Wigal has served churches in the ELCA, United Methodist and Episcopal denominations over the past 25 years., including Court Street UMC in Rockford, IL. John began working with handbells as a student at Wittenberg Univ., in 1983 under the directorship of Trudy Faber and has continued as both player and conductor since. John has also taught choral music and organ at Tennessee Wesleyan College and Covenant College and has served as Artistic Director of the Chattanooga Girls Choir, where he remains a member of the conducting staff. He lives in Chattanooga, TN with Ceclia his wife and daughter Janelle.