Bryant Wilkie


  • Creative Use of Keyboard with Handbells in Worship
    808 Howell St
    July 7 @ 11:00 am
    When presented with the opportunity to use handbells within a worship service, organists can often be left wondering how to best utilize the instrument, and can sometimes be dismissive of their potential. Handbells and their counterparts, such as choir chimes and Silver Melody Bells, can add a  creative pop of color and can be incorporated into any part of a liturgical service. In this workshop, you will be given examples of techniques that can be combined with traditional hymns, such as obligatos, professionals, and the singing bell. Additionally, we will present ways in which children’s bell choirs can be incorporated, which can add to congregational enjoyment.   Instructors include director Shirley Lindberg, and members of Bells of the Sound, a Bronze-level auditioned community ensemble based in Seattle, WA. In addition to performing throughout the Puget  Sound area and beyond, they strive to educate audiences of all musical abilities to the versatility of the instrument.

Bryant Wilkie

Bryant Wilkie currently is the handbell director at Saint Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Bellevue, WA.  He has also had a ten-year-plus stint with the Bells of the Sound, still rings with them on occasion, and is an Associate Member.  Additionally, he has rung with the Pacific Image Ringers in Mount Vernon, WA.  His ringing career began at Edmonds United Methodist Church in Edmonds, WA 40 years ago under the direction of Dick Kite.  Working his way through all the handbell groups he eventually took over the directorship of the adult group at Edmonds United Methodist beginning his directing career.