Ann Habicht was present the day a small set of handbells was delivered to the church she attended. Joining a group of other beginners who had no experience with this instrument, she was soon intrigued with the way handbells require collaboration and teamwork among participants, who must work together to make music. Drawing on memories made during childhood piano lessons, she began to prepare music to share in worship. The varying size of the group of available ringers led her to explore small ensemble pieces, and the opportunity to collaborate with others induced her to investigate solos and duets.

During a long career as an elementary classroom teacher, Ann honed the skill of matching the abilities of the student to steps on the path to understanding and took pleasure in creating just the right material to facilitate progress. Now the chance to entice musicians to explore new experiences has allowed her to continue this route. In her small community the need to include ringers of all abilities, ages and backgrounds has provided opportunities to ring in a variety of seasons, locations, and events. This has allowed Ann to explore, collect and arrange music from an ever-expanding number of genres, from the simplest folk melodies to the intricacies of classical themes.

Exploring this instrument has taken Ann to dozens of music festivals around the country, where she enjoys meeting other enthusiastic musicians. She seeks opportunities to play music ranging from solo pieces to massed concerts. When approached by beginners who wonder how handbells can enhance their life, she asserts: “I can teach you.”

Abide With Me (handbell solo)

ABIDE WITH ME - EVENTIDE, arranged by Ann Habicht for Handbell Solo with Piano

Such a reverent setting of this treasured melody is sure to become a staple in the soloist’s repertoire. Perfect for a powerful closer or for any worshipful moment in concert or services.

Musical Score
$7.50

Ash Grove (handbell solo)

ASH GROVE, arranged by Ann Habicht for Handbell Solo with Piano

This arrangement takes the listener to a restful, meditative place. Often, this great hymn of thanksgiving is treated in excited bursts and with driving energy, but here the listener can reflect on gratitude in a serene and profound musical setting. Simple and direct of speech, it is straightforward to learn and allows ringer and keyboardist to be at their most expressive.

Musical Score
$7.50

Children of the Heavenly Father (handbell tree solo)

CHILDREN OF THE HEAVENLY FATHER - TRYGGARE KAN INGEN VARA, arranged by Ann Habicht for Handbell Tree Solo with Piano

The text of this favorite hymn speaks to the loving safety and comfort that God provides for His children. Using a 4/4 meter rather than the traditional ¾ for this melody, Ann has created an unhurried atmosphere, suspending the listener in a place of God’s peace.

Musical Score
$7.50

Come Unto Me, Ye Weary (handbell solo)

COME UNTO ME, YE WEARY - LLANGLOFFAN, arranged by Ann Habicht for Handbell Solo with Piano

Musical Score
$7.50

Cradle Song (handbell solo)

CRADLE SONG - CRADLE SONG, arranged by Ann Habicht for Handbell Solo with Piano

Featuring one of the two main tunes associated with the carol "Away in a Manger", this setting of CRADLE SONG is a sweet and reflective solo accessible to all levels of soloists. With a range of C5-G6, this solo also fits within the two-octave range of handbells, perfect for soloists with fewer octaves of bells at their disposal.

Musical Score
$7.50

Hear the Nightingale Sing (handbell trio/quartet/quintet)

HEAR THE NIGHTINGALE SING - Traditional Irish, arranged by Ann Habicht - handbell trio/quartet/quintet

In "Irish Suite #1", Ann Habicht offers a variety of traditional Irish tunes accessible to handbell trios with 4-in-hand ringing, or add more ringers as needed to make these pieces come together quickly for your group! An "appendix" with just the melody for each piece is included at the end, so that you know what musical line to bring out throughout the arrangements.

"Hear the Nightingale Sing" is a folk song with lyrics from the 17th century.

Musical Score
$10.00

In the Bleak Midwinter (handbell tree solo)

IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER - CRANHAM, arranged by Ann Habicht for Handbell Tree Solo with Piano

One of the loveliest Christmas melodies is given a sensitive and heartfelt treatment in this accessible handbell solo with keyboard accompaniment. The soloist’s lines are kept within a manageable range for great expressiveness and fine legato ringing. A prayerful and meaningful selection for worship or concert.

Musical Score
$7.50

Irish Suite #1 (handbell trio/quartet/quintet/sextet)

IRISH SUITE #1 - Traditional Irish, arranged by Ann Habicht - handbell trio/quartet/quintet/sextet

In "Irish Suite #1", Ann Habicht offers a variety of traditional Irish tunes accessible to handbell trios with 4-in-hand ringing, or add more ringers as needed to make these pieces come together quickly for your group! An "appendix" with just the melody for each piece is included at the end, so that you know what musical line to bring out throughout the arrangements.

Musical Score
$20.00

Irish Suite #2 (handbell trio/quartet/quintet/sextet)

IRISH SUITE #2 - Traditional Irish, arranged by Ann Habicht - handbell trio/quartet/quintet/sextet

In "Irish Suite #2", Ann Habicht offers a variety of traditional Irish tunes accessible to handbell trios with 4-in-hand ringing, or add more ringers as needed to make these pieces come together quickly for your group! An "appendix" with just the melody for each piece is included at the end, so that you know what musical line to bring out throughout the arrangements.

Musical Score
$20.00

Joyful and Triumphant (handbell solo)

JOYFUL AND TRIUMPHANT - ADESTE FIDELIS, arranged by Ann Habicht for Handbell Solo with Piano

A 6/8 take on the popular Christmas carol "O Come, All Ye Faithful", this arrangement for handbell solo with piano uses only 7 bells and should come together fairly easily. The melody passes between the handbells and the piano, creating an engaging and worshipful offering for your Christmas services or concerts.

Musical Score
$7.50