“Camp-Bells” Summer Handbell Camp – Directed by Jenny Anderson
Camp-Bells is an annual week-long handbell camp that meets in July or August. Children and Youth from 1st to 12th grades meet from 9 am to noon daily and participate in graded handbell choirs and other fun music activities. The choirs plays in worship on the Sunday following the camp. No prior ringing or music-reading experience is necessary!
Chancel Bells – Directed by David Murphy
Chancel Bells is a 4 to 5 octave handbell choir, which includes both beginning and accomplished ringers. It is open to all teens and adults interested in learning the art of ringing. Music reading skills are helpful, but not required, and no prior ringing experience is necessary. This is a very supportive group – the more experienced ringers play the more difficult positions and provide instruction and inspiration to those just learning. This choir rehearses Mondays 7:15-8:15 in the Music Room, and participates in worship five to six times per year.
Bronze Voices – Directed by David Murphy
Bronze Voices is an advanced 5+ octave handbell choir for experienced musicians who wish to play challenging repertoire. This group rehearses in the Music Room on Mondays, 6:00-7:15 p.m. and provides music in worship in both services approximately six times per year, and also at special church events. Bronze Voices also gives concerts in the community and each year attends a Triangle-area festival, such as the Raleigh Ringers’ Capital Area Handbell Festival.
Bronze Voices brings the very best it can offer to God in worship. The ensemble also exists for the mutual support and fulfillment of its membership. Our ringing is always dedicated to the glory of God, and our calling is to teach, comfort, inspire and motivate through music. They are further committed to being good representatives of the church and its mission of music when they are called to perform in concert outside the walls of UCCH.
Bronze Voices is dedicated to high musical standards and consistent musical leadership in worship which requires a level of commitment from all of its members. We covenant with each other, in the knowledge that each will do his/her part as an important member of Bronze Voices.
The Ambassadors Jazz Band – Directed by Larry Triplett
The UCCH Ambassadors, a jazz band of about twenty members, is made of musicians from United Church and the wider community. This “big band” style group receives invitations to play for several church social functions each year plus various community events. They rehearse in the Assembly Hall every other week at 2 pm on Sunday afternoons.
The Brass and String Ensembles
The Brass and String Ensembles are open to adults and youth who want to play chamber music for services and other events. The groups schedule rehearsals according to need and the availability of players. Each ensemble plays in church in various configurations 5 or 6 times per year. The ensembles welcome players of various skill levels.