Kurt Meyer, a native of the greater Chicagoland area, completed his undergraduate studies from Benedictine University in Lisle, IL, and graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from Midwestern University in Downers Grove, IL. Since January 2020, Kurt also serves as the Director of Music Ministries at St. Scholastica Parish in Woodridge, IL.

As an avid musician including roles as a pianist (and picking up the role of organist along the way), accompanist, clarinetist, handbell ringer, and composer and arranger for handbells, Kurt had his first piece of music accepted for publication at the age of 25, and has had original compositions and arrangements accepted at multiple publishing houses, including GIA Publications, Alfred Handbell, Sonology Music, From the Top Music, and has also self-published music through Sheet Music Plus. In addition to handbell composing and arranging, Kurt also enjoys writing for solo and 4-hand piano, clarinet, and woodwind chamber music, and expanded orchestral settings.

Kurt’s music highlights include performing on stage as a clarinetist at the Chicago Symphony Center for a world premiere commission in his junior high band days, and, most recently, as a clarinetist and handbell ringer with the First United Methodist Chancel Ringers of Downers Grove, IL, at the 2018 Handbell Musicians of America National Seminar Hymn Festival in Grand Rapids, MI.

In his summertime, Kurt enjoys performing as the audition, rehearsal, and pit orchestra piano accompanist with Little Mountain Community Theatre in Lemont, IL, and enjoys assisting as an accompanist for after school choral programs and Solo & Ensemble functions. Additionally, Kurt enjoys watching and cheering on his favorite Chicago sports teams (Go White Sox, Blackhawks, Bears, and Bulls!).

At the Lamb's High Feast (3-5 octaves handbells)

AT THE LAMB'S HIGH FEAST - SALZBURG, arranged by Kurt Meyer - 3-5 octaves handbells - Level III

Based on the hymn tune SALZBURG (known most commonly as “At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing” or “Songs of Thankfulness and Praise”), this high-energy arrangement would make a wonderful addition to a concert or for use in worship (Easter, Thanksgiving, general worship). The arrangement is full of a variety of handbell techniques and percussive textures to draw interest for both handbell ringers and listeners alike.

Musical Score
$25.00

Calypso Canticle (handbell ensemble with piano)

CALYPSO CANTICLE - by Kurt Meyer for Handbell Ensemble with Optional Piano and Percussion

Fun and more fun! Lively music for worship or concert, this original is filled not only with great times for both performers and listeners but truly varied and well-crafted music. The ideas are engaging and uplifting - and FUN! Piano and percussion are optional.

Musical Score
$10.00

Just As I Am (handbell ensemble)

JUST AS I AM - WOODWORTH, arranged by Kurt Meyer for Handbell Ensemble

In this 8-bell setting of a beloved tune, a flowing filigree permeates the music, with the melody weaving in and out in a graceful and captivating way. Introspectively reflecting on the calm transparency, contrasts in the musical textures further enhance the overall listening experience.

Musical Score
$10.00

Moonlight Sonata (handbell solo)

MOONLIGHT SONATA (PIANO SONATA OP. 27 NO. 2 MVT. 1) by Ludwig van Beethoven, arranged by Kurt Meyer for Handbell Solo with Piano and Optional Cello

This practical setting of Ludwig van Beethoven’s masterwork is sure to be a standard in handbell solo concerts. Overall, the solo part is not difficult, allowing the ringer room for high artistry and musicianship. The cello part, while optional, adds a magical dimension.

Musical Score
$7.50

Ritmo Festivo (handbell ensemble)

RITMO FESTIVO by Kurt Meyer for handbell ensemble

Full of festive rhythmic fun, this original 12-bell composition would make a joyous and uplifting choice for use in worship, as a processional prelude or recessional postlude, or for social distance ringing. With a fanfare-like introduction, a melody that develops into a call-and-response motif, and a high-energy ending building upon the theme of the introduction, both ringers and listeners alike will surely enjoy the catchy musical elements in this musical selection!

Musical Score
$10.00

Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us (handbell ensemble)

SAVIOR, LIKE A SHEPHERD LEAD US - BRADBURY, arranged by Kurt Meyer for Handbell Ensemble

Filled with legato textures and scalar harmonies, this 12-bell arrangement of a treasured classic is appealing in its beautiful introductory melody, running eighth notes, and peaceful flow. A welcoming sense of repose is apparent in the measures that sprinkle in stately blocked chords. Ever-changing dynamics enhance musical tension with stirring vibrancy.

Musical Score
$10.00

There is a Balm in Gilead (handbell ensemble)

THERE IS A BALM IN GILEAD - BALM IN GILEAD, arranged by Kurt Meyer for Handbell Ensemble

Flowing musical textures and lush countermelodies comprise this 12-bell arrangement of a treasured spiritual. With no bell changes or tables needed, this accessible setting would make a reflective selection for use in worship or for social distance ringing.

Musical Score
$10.00

Trust and Obey (handbell ensemble)

TRUST AND OBEY - TRUST AND OBEY, arranged by Kurt Meyer for Handbell Ensemble

This hymn's declaration of trust is perfectly conveyed in this 12-bell setting of a cherished tune. From its simple beginning to the transforming variations in musical textures, arpeggiated harmonies and rich sonorities give the music meaning and purpose. A fine choice for use in worship and easily rung from music stands without tables.

Musical Score
$10.00