History: Since 1988, the choirs have rung for various events in the Omaha Metropolitan area. Past performances include concerts at the Durham Western Heritage Museum, Lauritzen Gardens, several Habitat for Humanity benefit concerts, the Performing Arts Council of Florence and the Assistance League of Omaha, many private Christmas parties, including Martin Lockheed and Brieley. The choirs have also rung at several weddings and holiday events and offer seasonal and spring concerts throughout the year. Our musical selections include: classical or contemporary, serious or zany, formal or casual, and sacred or secular.
Who we are: The Omaha Metro Community Handbell Choirs are dedicated groups of ringers who provide cultural enrichment by ringing music. The groups provide a focused opportunity to present a wide range of scared, secular and original handbell music through concerts and educational programs. The choirs co-operate with the national community and professional handbell ensemble movement in raising the awareness and standards of English handbell ringing locally, regionally and nationally. They also assist in developing diverse ringing opportunities for those who ring handbells in the Metro area and foster fun and fellowship.
The choirs are musicians who have been involved in the art of handbell ringing for many years. We are a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization dedicated to fostering public interest in the art of handbell ringing. The choirs ring with a five-octave set of Schulmerich Handbells from a grant by the Paul and Oscar Giger Foundation in memory of Ruth Musil Giger. They also ring with a five-octave set of Malmark Choir Chimes purchased in part with grants from the Fremont Community Foundation and the Lester A. Walker Foundation. In addition, the choirs have a five-octave set of Malmark Bells provided by the generous donation of John and Mary Wilson and an anonymous donor.
Mission Statement: The Omaha Metropolitan Community Handbell Choirs are dedicated to: Promoting the art of handbell ringing through artistic performance; Serving the community through varied educational endeavors; Fostering public interest in handbell ringing; and Performing concerts at local and national venues.