The Opus Handbell Ensemble conducts auditions for new ringers.
If you are an intermediate to advanced ringer seeking an exciting
challenge in handbell ringing, please contact
for more information and to set up an audition. Below is some
specific information about our audition process.
The audition is in two parts: Part One (conducted by the director
and the board) is a personal audition in which we check the ringers
musical and technical ringing abilities and discuss our rehearsal and
performance schedule and goals. Part Two is an audition rehearsal in
which each new ringer has a chance to ring with the rest of the ensemble.
The Personal Audition is set up by appointment. Each ringer is asked to
demonstrate sight reading ability, knowledge of handbell effects, and an
ability to perform certain bell techniques (weaving, four in hand (optional),
etc). The interview part of the audition is to "get to know" the ringer and
the ringer's interests and abilities. We feel that a positive attitude as
well as open communication are essential to the progress of this ensemble.
We will also spend time discussing our performance and rehearsal calendars
and our ensemble's goals. Good attendance is a very high priority! All the
components of this part of the audition are explained in an Audition Packet.
The Ensemble Audition is just what it sounds like: a chance for us to hear
you ring with the ensemble. This ensemble audition will focus on the ringers
ability to adapt to the many "dynamics" (pun intended) which are part of actually
ringing with an ensemble. The ability to match dynamics and tempo, to ring with
good phrasing, and musicianship are just some of the important aspects of this audition.