WELCOME TO THE AGAPE RINGERS
Since 1992, when David L. Weck gathered a group of musicians to found an initially-unnamed handbell ensemble, we've shared our music with audiences from England to New England and from San Juan to the Pacific Northwest in over 250 live performances. We've been honored to perform six times at national events of the Handbell Musicians of America, and we've also been heard by directors around the ringing world on all promotional recordings for Hope Publishing Company's handbell catalog since 1992.

As a community of sixteen handbell musicians, we bring over 410 years of ringing experience to this uniquely collaborative musical art. We share an instrument comprised of more than 200 individual handbells and handchimes. We love to share our skill and enthusiasm with others through workshops offered with Handbell Musicians of America, and by serving in leadership roles at the local and national levels of that organization.

Touring allows us to teach and perform outside of our Chicago-area base, and in the past we've been fortunate to travel to England, Puerto Rico, Canada, and many areas of the U.S. Our eleven-day 2012 Midwest tour wowed over 1,500 ringer musicians and concert-goers at two festivals and five concerts as we looped through the St. Louis area, the Kansas City area, Omaha, Duluth, and back home again.

The Agape Ringers is an auditioned group of musicians who have chosen to express their musical talents through the skill of handbell ringing. Our mission is four-fold:

  • To inspire audiences through the art of handbell ringing
  • To challenge ourselves to reach higher standards of musical accomplishment
  • To encourage handbell directors and ringers through our leadership and teaching
  • To foster a warm, caring community of friends

The Agape Ringers is proud to be a member of the Handbell Musicians of America, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the musical art of handbell and handchime ringing through education, community, and communication.

This program is partially supported by a grant from the

Illinois Arts Council Agency.

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