Lone Star College-Tomball’s handbell program will be creating an ensemble at Tomball ISD, according to an April 24 news release.

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LSC-Tomball’s handbell ensemble, Houston Chamber Ringers, garnered a $3,000 grant from the First Congregational Church-Houston Endowment Committee to create the local school program, DiscoveRing, according to the release. DiscoveRing will be a collaboration between Houston Chamber Ringers and TISD.

“Handbells are a staple of early music education in countries like Japan and Singapore, in much the same way that recorders are used in the U.S.,” the ensemble's Artistic Director Stevie Berryman said via the release. “We’re passionately focusing more than ever on handbells as an integral part of music education, because we strongly believe in the connection between music education and academic success.”

DiscoveRing will address cost and lack of teacher training, which are the “primary barriers to integrating handbells into public education,” with an eight-week-long handbell club for teachers, according to the release. Berryman will also train students, and a concert will be held at the program’s culmination.

Also of note

This fall, Houston Chamber Ringers will also be hosting a free four-week handbell introduction course, Ring 101, at LSC-Tomball Fine and Performing Arts facilities, according to the release. All ages are welcome to attend this program, and no previous experience is required.

On May 17, Houston Chamber Ringers will be holding a concert featuring other musical mediums, such as voice, flute, cello, percussion and sign language artists, according to the release. For more information on the concert, “Vs. A Concert of Conflict and Resolution,” click here.