Raising the Bar


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Michèle is constantly working to “raise the bar” in handbell ringing.  Her goal is to increase the public’s positive awareness of handbells, as well as musicians’ understanding of their great potential as a musical instrument.

She believes handbells are at an important cusp at this point in time and so — as they begin to broaden their influence beyond churches and schools and into concert halls and academia — handbell performers and composers have an amazing opportunity to really make a difference for the future of this wonderful instrument.

As part of this effort, Michèle is dedicated to performing and recording advanced classical art music, as well as commissioning new art music for solo handbells with a variety of other instruments.


Commissioned Works


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Commissioned Works

Michèle works to expand the horizons of solo handbell literature by encouraging and commissioning composers to write new advanced art music for solo handbells.  Here is a partial list of works composed (or adapted) for Michèle:

  1. Seven (2010)  for handbells, synthesizer, and available percussion by Susan T. Nelson

  2. Die vier Städte von Südliechtenstein (2006) for solo handbells and harp or piano in four movements by Matthew Prins

  3. Premiered July 2008 in Dublin, NH

  4. The Buffoons' Troth (2003) for solo handbells and woodwind quintet or piano by Paul Allen

  5. Premiered June 2003 in Danville, CA

  6. Relentless (2002) for solo handbells (with percussion) and cello by James Meredith, included on the CD Chimera

  7. Premiered June 2003 in Danville, CA