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Emanuel Ringers
Committee Chairs

Eiko Cornelius (Director, Handbell Program)

The Emanuel Ringers are part of the music ministry at Emanuel. We share our music with English handbells. We have four choirs. Participation in the various groups starts at Grade 3 and continues through adults. We ring on both a four and five octave set of Schulmerich handbells and a 7 octave set of handchimes. We welcome anyone interested in joining and you need not be a member of Emanuel to participate. Music reading is a plus but not required. All groups play for church service throughout the year and have the opportunity to share our music ministry with others, whether locally or abroad. All those who participate bring their own gifts to share with each other to create beautiful music.
Emanuel Ringers
  • Emanuel Ringers I
  • Emanuel Ringers II
  • Emanuel Ringers III
  • Emanuel Ringers (Adult)
Emanuel Ringers I
Emanuel Ringers I is our most advance group typically high school ringers. We rehearse for two hours each week preparing for services, concerts and festivals. In December, our annual benefit concert, in April, the Riverside Festival and in the summer, area festivals and international symposia, we are able to share our music. The international symposium occurs every two years and are held all over the world, giving our young people the chance to experience other countries and cultures and share their common gift of music. While the ringers might not necessarily speak the same language, they learn that they can work together through music.
Emanuel Ringers II
Emanuel Ringers II is our intermediate group. We rehearse for an hour and a half each week and participate in the annual Hudson Valley Handbell Festival Conference held at Nyack College. This festival is held every April and gathers ringers of all ages from the area to ring under one guest conductor. We also have the opportunity every 2 years to participate in area festivals, 3 day events where young ringers can ring with other groups in the area, attend workshops and end with a final concert.
Emanuel Adult Ringers
Emanuel Ringers III is our beginner group. We meet once a week for 45 minutes and learn the basics of caring and ringing handbells. They perform at Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Mother's Day and our annual concert in June when all of our choirs ring together.
Emanuel Adult Ringers
Adult Emanuel Ringers is our adult group and has members with experience ranging from one to thirty plus years. They rehearse for an hour and a half each week and perform a few times a year in church and also participate in the Hudson Valley Handbell Festival Conference.