Making History Through #Music & #Handbells


My Beautiful and Talented niece, Katelyn, studied Music Education and Sacred Music at Lebanon Valley College. In her senior year, one requirement of graduating with Departmental Honors is that she gives a musical recital. She performed the first half of the recital last week, in which she not only played 58 handbells in varying technical styles, which is impressive all by itself, but she also made LVC history. She was the first person to give a solo handbell recital since the college was founded in 1866! To say that I am SO PROUD of her is stating the obvious. To say that she did such a marvelous job that even her professor said she “blew it out of the water” is quoting the teacher (also the pianist) herself.

I hope you will take a few moments to check out her Amazing performance. Whether you love handbell music or not, I’m sure you will enjoy it.

The Program she performs is:
A Sacred Harp Tune – Arr. Christine Anderson (1949)
If Thou Art Near (Bist Du Bei Mir) – JS Bach (1685-1750) Arr. Christine Anderson
Air – JS Bach (1685-1750) Arr. Christine Anderson
Sheep May Safely Graze – (Duet with Fellow Student) – JS Bach (1685-1750) Arr. Gumma
The Girl With Flaxen Hair – C Debussy ( 1862-1918) Arr. Brocker
Sabre Dance – Khachaturian (1903-1978) Arr. Liao




      1. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love listening to new music!! ๐Ÿ™‚ and this was lovely!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, please tell her ๐Ÿ™‚ I made my brother listen too, cause he loves classical music and he also liked it!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. So beautiful. I played handbells for about ten years. I loved playing concerts and Sunday services. It truly is a beautiful instrument. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for sharing!!


    1. You can see at the end of the last piece how she breathes a great big sigh of relief that she’s done ๐Ÿ™‚ she’s been practicing since the summer …Im in awe myself ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks Ever so much Audrey ๐Ÿ™‚

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