Founded in 2002, JUBILOSO! Bells of Concordia is an auditioned community-based ensemble. Its primary mission is to perform quality handbell music with artistic integrity, while promoting and maintaining a professional attitude in rehearsals and performances. The aim of JUBILOSO! is to perform at a variety of local and regional venues and to participate in other handbell and music-related projects.
JUBILOSO! appears at Concordia's annual Sacred Music Festival along with other Concordia ensembles. Debbie Rice, the USA's representative at the International Handbell Symposia, became Jubiloso's present artistic director in 2010. In April 2013, Debbie conducted the first international handbell festival tour of Israel, The Holy Land: A Musical Journey of Faith.
JUBILOSO! has commissioned many works from composers including Patricia Thomson and John Hooper, and arrangements for bells and choir by Trent Worthington, Jacobus Kloppers and Larry Nickel. The group has been privileged to work with Kevin Ko of the EmBELLishment Handbell Ensemble in Hong Kong and Avid Harris of the Raleigh Ringers (North Carolina), and continues to work to developing skills in workshops and retreats.
The ensemble performs on a 6.5-octave set of Malmark handbells (F2 to C9), a 6-octave set of Malmark choirchimes® (C2 to C8) and a 5-octave set of Schulmerich melodychimes® (C3-C8), augmented with a 5-octave set of historic English Whitechapel bells (C3-C8) as well as various percussion instruments. JUBILOSO! includes musicians from all walks of life and performs a varied repertoire. Auditions are held annually.
Please contact Debbie Rice for an audition and registration information: firstname.lastname@example.org. Jubiloso! welcomes the opportunity to perform with other groups, in other venues and at schools. Following are some of the highlights of the upcoming 2015-2106 concert season: