Ringing in the new year

You probably know that the handbell favorite “Carol of the Bells” is a Ukrainian folk tune. But did you know that it’s also a song celebrating New Year’s? Originally titled Shchedryk, it tells the story of a swallow flying into a household to sing of good fortune that will come with the following spring.

Several years ago, Bells of the Cascades collaborated with Portland ensemble Pink Martini on a version of “Carol of the Bells” — take a listen!

Like the bird in the song, we wish you a happy and healthy new year, from all of us at Bells of the Cascades. We stand with Ukraine!


Comfort & Joy: 2021 Holiday Concerts

Comfort and Joy: 2021 holiday concerts with Bells of the Cascades
Bells of the Cascades in concert

It’s been a while — too long! — since Bells of the Cascades has been able to share our music with you. Finally, the wait is over: Holiday concerts in Forest Grove and Vancouver this December!

Our theme is “Comfort and Joy” and we’re excited to see you at either of these events:

Saturday, Dec. 18, 7:00 pm
Forest Grove United Methodist Church
1726 Cedar Street
Forest Grove, OR
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Sunday, Dec. 19, 7:00 pm
Salmon Creek United Methodist Church
12217 NE Hwy 99
Vancouver, WA
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Admission is $15 adults, $5 students, children under 6 free, and as always, no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Tickets can be purchased at the door with cash, card or check.

Want to help us spread the word? Download a printable flyer (PDF)!

Happy holidays, and see you soon!


Canceled: 2022 Spring Handbell Festival

Bells of the Cascades Spring Festival

With regret, we’ve decided to cancel our 2022 Spring Handbell Festival due to low registrations. We know this is a challenging time for every group, and we hope to have you join us for an event like this further in the future!

Join us for the fourth annual Spring Handbell Festival in February 2022!

This fun and educational event, hosted by Bells of the Cascades, will feature guest clinician Brenda E. Austin!

Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022 — Vancouver, Washington

Challenge yourself, learn new skills, and meet musicians from around the region. The festival will include optional individual group rehearsals and massed rehearsals, with a free public concert.

Learn more and register for the Spring Handbell Festival.

Early-bird registration rates end Dec. 15, so don’t delay!



Join us for Read & Ring 2021!

Read & Ring

Many handbell choirs and ensembles are beginning rehearsals and performances after a long absence during the pandemic. Bells of the Cascades is right there with you!

That’s why we’d love to see you at Read & Ring 2021, happening on Saturday, Aug. 21 in West Linn, OR.

Handbell directors and ringers will be given an opportunity to read through music for all seasons, decide what you like, and purchase it for your choir to use during the year. Bring your choir or come alone and meet new people!

Early Bird registration, up through Saturday, Aug. 14, is just $30 per person. After Aug. 14, registration is $45 per person. Register five or more people and you’ll get the sixth registration free!

Learn more about Read & Ring 2021 and register today!


Voyages: In Search of Peace

Bells of the Cascades was invited to perform at the 2021 national convention of the Handbell Musicians of America in Phoenix, Arizona, along with Cathedral Bells of Orange, California.

The video of our performance at this event is not currently available due to copyright reasons, but the responses from those who attended were extremely gratifying! We were thrilled at how moved the audience was by the music we made with Cathedral Bells. Here are some examples of what people wrote to us.

The following night we presented the same concert in California. Here is the video of that performance.