(reprinted from Handbell Musicians of America E-Notes, September 2012)
The Virtual Handbell Ensemble is an exciting new project of the Handbell Musicians of America, in which you will have the opportunity to perform a new work of music with hundreds or possibly thousands of other handbell musicians via video uploads.
Misterium, by James Meredith, consists of 135 musical segments to be recorded separately by individuals and small groups of handbell musicians from around the world over a seven month period and uploaded to the web. All of the segments will be assembled by the editing videographer and the composer into the final work to be premiered at our National Seminar in Portland, Oregon, in July, 2013 and soon after online through YouTube, Facebook, and our website.
We need your help to spread the word and get as many musicians as possible to participate. Share this with your choir, your friends, anyone you know who loves handbells. The music is designed so that all levels of handbell musicians may participate. The more we have, the better the final result. Start recording as many segments as you can today!
For a video introduction by Mr. Meredith and all the information you need to participate, please visit the project website at virtual.HandbellMusicians.org.