Chime In! News: Concerts, Ringing Opportunities, Drumming Workshops, and more...
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Chime In! is on the move!
Bring Your Own Bells Concert
A Lively Concert for Everyone
Saturday, April 30 at 6:30 p.m.

Center Congregational Church
155 Main Street, Torrington
(See details below about BYOBells.)
In this edition:
  • Learn more about our innovative BYOBells Concerts,
  • Find out how your gift to Chime In! could be much bigger than you think,
  • See what we've been up to,
  • And see what we're planning.
Bring Your Own Bells
Concerts for Everyone

Chime In! Music with a Mission presents an evening of upbeat, spirited handbell music at Center Congregational Church, 155 Main Street, Torrington on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. This rousing concert is the first of the choir’s spring Bring Your Own Bells free concert series. Chime In! invites handbell ringers near and far, of all ages and stages, to “Bring Your Own Bells” and ring along. Not a ringer? Bring along a bell or chimes, or just yourself.
Chime In!’s innovative BYOB concert includes opportunities for ringers and nonringers to participate. Handbell ringers should arrive an hour early (5:30 pm) with specific bells in hand to prepare for their part in the concert. Ringers should visit for details on which bells to bring.
In its signature style, the group will also invite the audience to ask questions about the music, chime in with the bell choirs on a variety of other instruments, and after the program, meet the ringers and try out the instruments in Chime In!’s traditional “petting zoo.”

The choirs of Chime In! have been sharing their love of music with the community for more than 20 years and perform throughout the year in multiple venues – from New Haven’s International Festival of Arts and Ideas to the Bethlehem Fair to the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. With approximately 30 ringers and a multitude of bells, chimes, and other instruments, the group offers a program that engages casual listeners to common bell geeks, of all ages. More details and a calendar of upcoming events are available at

Your Donation will Chime In! 4 Ways
Join us online between 1:00 and 3:30 on Tuesday, May 3, by making a donation to Chime In! during Give Local and your gift will bigger than you think!

First, every dollar is received with gratitude, and will be put to good use to share the joy of music far and wide.
Second, members of Chime In! have joined together to donate $15 for every donation received through Give Local between 1:00 and 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3.
Third, Your online donation will be amplified by the Connecticut Community Foundation. Last year every donation was increased by 15%.
Finally, we could win the $1000 "Help for the Hills" Prize given to the Bethlehem, Goshen, Morris,
Litchfield, Thomaston or Watertown organization with the most unique donors during this time period on May 3.

Your Donation$ + $15 each + matching funds + $1000
= Ringing Success

Once each year, we reach out to our friends and patrons to ask for donations. Give Local makes it possible to maximize every dollar donated.
Your Donation Made Between 1:00 & 3:30 p.m.
on Tuesday, May 3, 2016,
can Ring a Huge Chord!
Chime In! Give Local Website
What have we been up to?

Woodbury Senior Community Center
Audience Chimes In!

Nearly 100 people joined Chime In! for an upbeat jazzy Handbell Concert in March to greet the coming of Spring. Following the concert, audience members met the ringers and our variety of instruments during the "petting zoo."

Thank you to the Woodbury Bethlehem Community Music Foundation for supporting the event.
Jen Woodward plays our new Yamaha Stage Piano to bring new dimensions to our sound with the addition of piano, organ, and synthesizer. The keyboard was funded by a grant from the Argall Hull Fund of First Church of Bethlehem and donations from the 2015 Give Local campaign.
What are we planning?
World Drumming
Coming To Bethlehem
In the Spring of 2017, Chime In! will host a day of Taiko Drumming workshops, the first in a series of workshops to engage the community in making music from around the world. Some 2016 Give Local funds will be combined with grants to host the event. Children of the surrounding communities, their parents, and community members will be invited to participate.
I've been ringing for more than 40 years and conducting for the past 30 years. The five years since we launched Chime In! Music With a Mission have been most exciting and rewarding as a director. Our mission "to engage people in the joy and sense of community that music fosters through participation and performance" has opened new horizons and given me, along with the ringers, the opportunity to be creative and innovative as we share our music making. What more could we seek?
Thank you for your continued support!
Rick Wood, Director of Music
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