Ringing Since 1981!
Why Should I Come To A KR Concert?
The music is so unique and beautiful!
The ringers have a passion for handbells and it shows in their ringing.
You can tell all your friends what handbells look and sound like.
No tickets are needed for KR's concerts - just come and enjoy!
You'll hear original compositions as well as old-time favorites.
Do handbells really sound like the pedals of an organ?
You will see the Ringers work magic with their hands.
It's the up-and-coming musical phenomenon of the century!
YOU'LL HAVE A BLAST!
Visit Us At The Community Thrift
In Paw Paw
The second Saturday of each month, the Kalamazoo Ringers help
at the Community Thrift Shop in Paw Paw. See the Fundraising page for more information.
The Kalamazoo Ringers is the oldest continuously operating community choir in the country. Founded in 1981, the choir has played extensively throughout Southwest Michigan, as well as touring throughout the Midwest, Ontario, England, and Japan. The choir is directed by its founder, Janet L. Van Valey and hosted by the Westwood Church of God in Kalamazoo.
The fifteen ringers play a six octave set of Malmark handbells along with a seven octave set of Malmark Choirchimes. The choir is a member and strong supporter of the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, and The American Guild of English Handbell Ringers. They have attended and served as featured artists at numerous workshops and festivals sponsored by the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers, Inc.
Our 2014-15 Schedule
November 22 - Christmas is Coming Festival - Second Reformed Church - Kalamazoo
See Additional Information and Registration At Left
December 2 - Christmas in Kalamazoo
First Presbyterian Church - Kalamazoo - 7:30 PM
December 9 - Wyndham Senior Residence
Annual dinner and concert
December 14 "Carols of the Bells"
concert with readings and video
Grace Harbor (formally Westwood Church of God)
Kalamazoo - 4:00 PM
March 8 - Concert
First Congregational Church
Battle Creek, MI - 4:00 PM
April 26 - To Be Announced
May 17 - Spring Concert
Grace Harbor - Kalamazoo - 4:00 PM
June 20-28 - Tour - To Be Announced
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Our Newest Release
The Kalamazoo Ringers are celebrating their 30th season by releasing a new CD! Simply Sacred, our newest production is a collection of songs of our faith, including classics, traditional, and contemporary hymns.
Click here for more information
on our newest offering!
More Recordings Available
The Kalamazoo Ringers offer three recordings for your listening enjoyment.
Simply Sacred, a collection of songs of our faith, including classics, traditional, and contemporary hymns.
Sounds of the Season, featuring both sacred and secular holiday favorites.
Musically Yours featuring the combined sounds of handbells and Choirchimes playing hymn tunes, light classics, and original compositions for bells.
Our recordings will be available at our concerts, or for more information, please contact us.
Kalamazoo Ringers Featured In Kalamazoo Gazette
An article in the Kalamazoo Gazette highlighted the 30 years of the Kalamazoo Ringers. You can read the article by clicking here.
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