Thursday, September 3, 2015

We Welcome Lee Afdahl, 2016 Clinician

Lee J. Afdahl is the Director of Music and Organist of First Presbyterian Church of Rochester, Minnesota, a position he has held since 1991.   A graduate of Luther College, Decorah, IA, Lee is a church musician with forty years of experience in leading active programs of choral and handbell ensembles in Michigan and Minnesota.   Currently he and his part time music assistants are responsible for leading four vocal and four handbell choirs, an elementary instrumental program, a church orchestra, and he advises the church’s annual concert series.   

Lee Afdahl is frequently a conductor and clinician for handbell conferences, choral workshops, and church music conferences internationally.  He has conducted festival conferences for the Handbell Musicians of America at the local, area, and national levels, for handbell classes of American Guild of Organists, Fellowship of United Methodists, and international handbell events in England, Japan,  South Korea, and Australia.   Mr. Afdahl has served the Handbell Musicians of America as Michigan Chair for Area 5, Chair of Area 7, and is immediate Past President of the national board of the organization.  He represented the organization as a conductor at the International Handbell Symposia in Liverpool, UK in 2012 and Jeju, South Korea in 2014.  Lee has taught intermediate and advanced conducting for HMA Seminars.   Lee is an active organ recitalist and published composer and arranger of handbell, instrumental, and choral music with over seventy compositions and arrangements in print.

2016 Music List

1) Ding Dong Merrily On High, Behnke, AGEHR #AG35320
2) Christ Is Risen Indeed!, Afdahl, Morningstar # MSM 30-410
3) Awake, My Heart, Afdahl, From The Top # 20182
4) Grazioso, Sherman, Red River # HB0042
5) Joy and Celebration, Afdahl, AGEHR # AG35297
6) Ah, Holy Jesus, Moklebust, MorningStar # MSM 30-304
7) Surprise Piece, to be given out when you register for the workshop.

Saturday, August 9, 2014


About the 2015 Director:

JuBell-ee Festivals is proud to welcome Ms. Cathy Moklebust. Ms. Moklebust has developed and directed handbell music programs since 1983, and has played bells since childhood.  With her dynamic, positive approach and skilled conducting, she is in national demand as a handbell clinician and festival conductor.  Cathy has been the recipient of the Donald E. Allured Composition Award, the 2005 “Composer of the Year” award from Jeffers Handbell Supply, and has won an ASCAP Writer’s Award every year since 2001.  In 2007 she was a guest conductor for the National Residential Ringing Week at Kingston University, Kingston-upon-Thames, UK.  Ms. Moklebust began her musical career as a public school instrumental music instructor in South Dakota.   Cathy earned both her B.A. (Music/Percussion, 1982) and M.Ed. (Teacher Education/Music, 1988) at South Dakota State University, in her hometown of Brookings, SD. Her handbell education began in 1970 with the Towers Handbell Choir of First Lutheran Church in Brookings, under the direction of Mrs. Barbara Berntson.



1)      Abide With Me    Choristers Guild    # CGB777        3-5oct.    L2    flute/chimes
2)      Bwana Asifiwe!                                 #CGB367         3-5oct.    L3   3 percussion
3)      How Can I Keep From Singing        Hope#2693         3-5oct.    L3    chimes
4)      Meditation On Beautiful Savior         #CGB175         3-5oct.    L3
5)      Oh How Joyfully                                    #CGB550         3-5oct    L2     percussion
6)      Rejoice! He Is Risen                              #CGB721         3-6oct.   L3     chimes
7)      When You Do This, Remember Me   #CGB866         3-5oct.   L2     chimes/organ
Some of this music has different octave arrangements and easier levels so you may want to take a good look at all options. The easier pieces may use the same score but with less bells. If that’s the case get the easier ones if your more comfortable and let the other choirs fill in the missing notes.
Jeffers Handbell Supply carries most of the music and they offer discounts up to 15% for volume.