Bringing the Art of English Handbell Ringing to Southern California

Board Members

  • Artistic Director +

    Artistic Director Joe Rodriguez has been our Artistic Director since the founding of SDHR in 1999. He is also Director of Music and Organist at Faith Presbyterian Church near San Diego State University.
  • President +

    President Kathryn Kinslow became president of SDHR in 2017. She has been a member of the group for many years and has a keen business sense that keeps everything running smoothly for our 501(c)(3) non-profit status.
  • Secretary-Treasurer +

    Secretary-Treasurer Debbie Mason is one of the founding members of SDHR and currently serving as Secretary-Treasurer. In addition to taking and disseminating meeting minutes, she also maintains our records, budget, and reports, and handles donations, expenses, and related financial matters.
  • Events Coordinator +

    Events Coordinator Jenn Korngiebel has been with SDHR for almost as long as the group has been around. She has arguably the busiest board member job as the events coordinator. In addition to actively pursing performance opportunities and responding to inquiries for performances, she coordinates member availability to participate and manages logistics for every one of our performances.
  • Member at Large +

    Alan Blake is our current member-at-large. His duty is to keep SDHR informed on happenings in the community, attend annual meetings, and assist us as he is able.
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About San Diego Harmony Ringers

San Diego Harmony Ringers have entranced listeners with energy, precision and musicality since the group was founded in 1999.  This auditioned handbell ensemble of fourteen ringers is based in the greater San Diego area, and performs on five octaves of Schulmerich Handbells and five octaves of Malmark Choirchimes, including the distinctive bass Choirchimes.  The total number of individual instruments is over one hundred, with a battery of non-tuned percussion to enhance the musical selections as needed.

Mission

San Diego Harmony Ringers are dedicated to bringing the art and enjoyment of handbell music to the community through excellence in performance and musicianship.  Audiences are drawn into the beauty, skill, and passion, and delight in the captivating elegance of this unique musical experience.

Vision

The vision of San Diego Harmony Ringers is to bring the art and enjoyment of handbell music to the community through excellence in performance and musicianship. They join together in harmony to ring with passion, beauty of expression, and a joy in sharing music with those who listen.

Venues and Activities

Since inception, San Diego Harmony Ringers have played concerts in various places of worship, auditoriums, and public spaces including the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park and the Huntington Library.  The handbell group has performed a showcase concert at the 2008 Region XII conference of the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers (AGEHR), and have become regular participants in December Nights at Balboa Park.  Audiences of all ages have enjoyed musical presentations at:
- Civic & Community Concerts
- Concert Series
- Churches & Synagogues
- Private Events
- Workshops & Coaching Sessions

Affiliations

We are pleased to list the following groups with whom we are affiliated:

 

Bookings

San Diego Harmony Ringers are available to perform for your civic, corporate, or church event, or to add variety to your concert series.  For booking inquiries, please contact the SDHR events coordinator using our contact form in the menu above.

YOU ARE INVITED to visit with us at the bell tables following a performance, where you may see and try any of the instruments which you have heard.  SDHR members will also be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding the handbell group, our repertoire, our mission, or equipment.

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On Playing

"It's easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself."

Johann Sebastian Bach

Your Support

P.O. Box 151524
San Diego, CA 92175

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization
All donations are fully tax-deductible

First Sounds

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"First Sounds" audio CD available at any of our public or private events. Suggested donation is $5.