The Kalamazoo Ringers (KR) is the oldest continuously operating community choir in the country. Founded in 1981, KR has played extensively throughout Southwest Michigan, as well as toured throughout the Midwest, Ontario, England, and Japan. KR is directed by its founder, Janet L. Van Valey, and is hosted by Grace Harbor in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The sixteen ringers play a six octave set of Malmark handbells along with a seven octave set of Malmark Choirchimes. KR is a member and strong supporter of the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo and the Handbell Musicians of America. They have attended and served as featured artists at numerous workshops and festivals sponsored by the Handbell Musicians of America.