Kevin McChesney graduated with highest honors from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a BMus in Composition and Theory. A composer and arranger of handbell music, Kevin currently has over 900 titles in print and is one of the very few musicians who makes handbells a full-time vocation. Kevin is the handbell editor for Jeffers Handbell Supply and the RingingWord catalog. He is also co-founder of STEP, the Solo To Ensemble Project. He is Music Director of the one of the premier handbell concert groups, the Pikes Peak Ringers of Colorado Springs, and Artistic Advisor of the Atlanta Concert Ringers. His work with the Pikes Peak Ringers includes the premiere and 13 further performances of his Concerto for Handbell Choir and Orchestra and a recording with world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Kevin is also clinician for the national advanced youth ringer event, the National Honors Handbell Ensemble. He is in demand throughout the handbell world as a workshop clinician and festival conductor.

"Limericks, Lessons, and Life in Handbells" by Kevin McChesney (digital download)

Teaching bells, there are many gimmicks
Which offer great ideas to mimic.
In this book, you'll hear it,
Techniques, music, spirit,
And even life's lessons in limericks.

 

LIMERICKS, LESSONS, AND LIFE IN HANDBELLS by Kevin McChesney

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$9.95

"Limericks, Lessons, and Life in Handbells" by Kevin McChesney (paperback)

Teaching bells, there are many gimmicks
Which offer great ideas to mimic.
In this book, you'll hear it,
Techniques, music, spirit,
And even life's lessons in limericks.

 

LIMERICKS, LESSONS, AND LIFE IN HANDBELLS by Kevin McChesney

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$12.95

A Mighty Fortress (handbell quartet)

A MIGHTY FORTRESS - J. C. Bach/arr. Kevin McChesney - handbell quartet

Johann C. Bach's arrangement of the hymn tune Ein Feste Berg, set for handbell quartet by Kevin McChesney, can be used alone or as a splashy introduction for congregational singing of the hymn.

Musical Score
$12.50

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God (3-7 octaves handbells)

A MIGHTY FORTRESS IS OUR GOD - arr. J.C. Bach/trans. Kevin McChesney - 3-7 octaves handbells - Level III-

Johann Christoph Bach created a wonderful keyboard classic with his arrangement of A Mighty Fortress Is Our God. Kevin McChesney has transcribed the piece for handbells for use in worship or concert. It makes a magnificent fanfare, opener, anthem, or introduction to the singing of the hymn. Powerful music for your group!

Musical Score
$25.00

Adagio Cantabile (4-5 octaves handbells)

ADAGIO CANTABILE from "Sonata Pathetique" - Ludwig van Beethoven/trans. Kevin McChesney - 4-5 octaves handbells - Level IV

This timeless classic is transcribed accurately and tastefully for bells. The memorable main theme has been used in movies and radio shows and has even found its way into popular songs. Filled with beautiful music moments, this enduring classic will linger in the ears of listeners long after the performance is over.

Musical Score
$25.00

Adeste Fideles (3-7 octaves handbells)

ADESTE FIDELES - arr. R. Vilbac/handbell setting by Kevin McChesney - 3-7 octaves handbells - Level III+

The timeless and majestic Adeste Fideles (O Come, All Ye Faithful) receives a treatment of enormous majesty and dignity in this 3-7 octave setting. Given a Level III+ rating because of a few chromatics and the activity at the end, you will find this music very accessible and straightforward to learn. A beautiful and bold sound with lots of visual possibilities as well.

Musical Score
$25.00

Allegro Giocoso (3-7 octaves handbells)

ALLEGRO GIOCOSO - G.F. Handel/arr. Kevin McChesney - 3-7 octaves handbells - Level III

From the famous "Water Music," this is a lively and exciting title that translates perfectly for bells. Many possibilities for worship and concert use, as well as for visual presentation and coordinated movement. This is bold, winning music that has thrilled audiences for centuries.

Musical Score
$25.00

Amazing Grace (handbell solo/duet)

AMAZING GRACE - arr. Kevin McChesney - handbell solo/duet with keyboard accompaniment

Amazing Grace may have more arrangements in the bell world than any other hymn, but there are still arrangements that make this great hymn new and powerful. Intertwining a majestic and beautiful original tune with timeless favorite, this setting will create a prayerful and wonderful spiritual place for your listeners.

 

Musical Score
$7.50

America the Beautiful (handbell tree solo/duet)

AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL - MATERNA & NATIONAL HYMN/arr. Kevin McChesney - handbell tree solo with C instrument (or handbell tree duet) with keyboard accompaniment

This is beautiful and uplifting music for concert or worship. May be played as a handbell tree solo or handbell tree duet, or bell tree ringer and flute or violin, with keyboard as a vital member of the ensemble. The lovely setting blends "America the Beautiful" and "National Hymn" (best-known with the text God of Our Fathers).

Musical Score
$10.00

Ancient Fanfare (handbell quartet/quintet/ensemble)

ANCIENT FANFARE - Kevin McChesney - handbell quartet/quintet/ensemble

The fast 3/4 meter ("in 1") in this original work lends itself to a celebrative mood and fun performance.

Musical Score
$15.00