Religions and Spirituality

Has a Ring to It: St. John's Church in Summit Hosts Third Annual Handbell Festival Concert Apr. 29

b3498a1a324ac36963a8_6cbc7680a0a71a7a42af_88df1894922ff1a7d794_9169e52ce30ad72cceb9_Lutherringers-Dec2015-IMG_4735.jpg
'The Lutherringers' from St. John's Lutheran Church. Credits: Donna Garzinsky
176be78c2347a1c35f64_90ea7c126c5d65a0dbb5_052017IMG_7137.JPG
Peter Hill, director of music at the Chatham United Methodist Church, directs the massed choirs at St. John's 2nd Handbell Festival on May 20, 2017.
b3498a1a324ac36963a8_6cbc7680a0a71a7a42af_88df1894922ff1a7d794_9169e52ce30ad72cceb9_Lutherringers-Dec2015-IMG_4735.jpg

SUMMIT, NJ - 12 choirs, 100 ringers, and 1,300 bells can mean just one thing -- the St. John’s Lutheran Church's Handbell Festival is set to take place in the Hiltop City. The third annual edition will take place Sunday afternoon, April 29 at 4:30 p.m.

The choirs will gather and separate into two groups to sight-read and polish their music. Nine choirs will learn two “easier” pieces of music, three will learn three “more challenging” pieces of music, and all choirs will learn one “massed” piece to be rung together. In addition, several choirs will perform individual solos.

Directors of the individual choirs will be conductors for the festival. The massed-rung piece is Valerie Stephenson’s arrangement of “Joyful, Joyful” for malleted handbells. The “easy” music includes arrangements of “This Is My Father’s World” with flute accompaniment by Anna Laura Page and “How Firm a Foundation” by Sandra Eithun. The “more challenging” music includes “Unending Praise” by Michael Helman, “Amen, We Praise Your Name, O God” with percussion accompaniment by Cathy Moklebust, and “Steal Away, Swing Low” also by Cathy Moklebust.

Sign Up for E-News

Choirs participating in the festival this year are from Chatham United Methodist Church, Peter Hill - director; Morristown United Methodist Church, Sarah Michal - director: the Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Haddonfield, Austen Wilson - director; the Presbyterian Church in Basking Ridge, Chris Fortin – director; St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Essex Fells, John Pivarnik – director; Kitchell Memorial Presbyterian Church in East Hanover, Rick Kaller – director; Calvary Episcopal Church in Summit, Kevin Davis – director; Madison United Methodist Church, Daniel Leguizamon – director; First Presbyterian Church in Metuchen, Brenda Arnold Day – director; Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oldwick, Karen Jennison – director; and St. John’s Lutheran Church, Donna Garzinsky – director.

The public is welcome to attend the free festival concert. Seating is limited and available on a first-come basis. For more information, call 908-273-3846, x2512.

St. John’s Lutheran Church is located at 587 Springfield Avenue.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Basking Ridge

Youth Leadership Somerset Accepts Applications for 2018-19 Program

April 16, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Youth Leadership Somerset, a leadership development program for Somerset County youth entering grades 9-12, is accepting applications for the 2018-2019 program year, which runs September through May. Classes are held one Saturday per month for approximately four to six hours. The application deadline is Monday, May 16. 

“Somerset County is ...

Travels Spotlight - New Brunswick Ciclovia opens 2018 Season

April 18, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK  – New Brunswick Ciclovia will open its 2018 season on Sunday, April 22 for another fun day of open streets and active living for all. 

Now in its fifth year, New Brunswick Ciclovia is a family-friendly event that emphasizes healthy living and community building by opening our streets and offering programming for all to enjoy. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., more ...

Upcoming Events

Sat, April 21, 10:00 AM

Somerset County 4-H, Bridgewater

4-H Spring Carnvail

Arts & Entertainment

Sun, April 22, 9:00 AM

White Oak Park, Branchburg

Raritan Valley Habitat Youth Rainbow Run

Giving Back

NJ Audubon: World Series of Birding

April 21, 2018

NJ Audubon: World Series of Birding
New Jersey Audubon Event at Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary

Once again the Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary will field teams for the World Series of Birding, the Big Stay and the Century Run and invite you to join them for the day or collect pledges to help support the conservation, education and research goals of NJ Audubon. For more information, ...