Matthew Compton, a native of Colorado Springs, has been composing, arranging, and conducting music for handbells since 2007 when he was in the eighth grade. He had his first composition published at the age of fifteen, making him one of the youngest published handbell composers. Matthew graduated from Concordia University Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with an emphasis in Composition and Conducting.

Based out of Vancouver, Washington now, he is the music director of the Bells of the Cascades in Portland, Oregon, Director of Music Ministries at Salmon Creek Church in Vancouver. In addition to being a guest clinician at handbell festivals across the country, his music is used frequently at local and national handbell festivals, like the Bay View Week of Handbells and Distinctly Bronze East and West. He has been the recipient of the Donald E. Allured Composition Award.

In his spare time, Matthew can be found streaming a variety of games and music performances on Twitch, going hiking, or enjoying any number of movies, anime, or TV shows!

Be Thou My Vision (Compton) (3-5 octaves handbells)

BE THOU MY VISION - SLANE/arr. Matthew Compton - 3-5 octaves handbells - Level II+

The beautiful favorite hymn is treated here with thoughtfulness and dignity in this uncomplicated arrangement. You'll be ready to present this prayerful music in worship or concert with just a few rehearsals.

Musical Score
$25.00

Carmen Fantasy (5-7 octaves handbells)

CARMEN FANTASY - Georges Bizet/arr. Joe Buono and Tristan Clarke/adapt. Matthew Compton - 5-7 octaves handbells with optional handchimes - Level V

This setting of various themes from Georges Bizet’s famous opera Carmen is a virtuosic arrangement originally arranged for two melodicas by internet sensations Joe Buono and Tristan Clarke of The Melodica Men. Matthew Compton’s faithful adaptation will be an audience and ringer favorite alike! 

Musical Score
$25.00

Momentary (3-7 octaves handbells)

MOMENTARY (SERENITY) by Matthew Compton for 3-7 Octaves Handbells with Optional 2 Octaves Handchimes and Optional Violin and Cello - Level III-

From the composer's dedication: "In times of life where we do not know why things are happening, may we remember that these times are temporary. All things in life, good and bad, are essentially momentary. How we respond to these situations is what helps us grow into better people."

Musical Score
$25.00

Reflections (3-6 octaves handbells)

REFLECTIONS - Matthew Compton - 3-6 octaves handbells with optional 3-6 octaves handchimes - Level II+

A magnificent original work, prayerful and full-sounding. Perfect for worship and concert.

Musical Score
$25.00

Resounding Alleluias (3-7 octaves handbells)

RESOUNDING ALLELUIAS - Matthew Compton - 3-7 octaves handbells with optional 2 octaves handchimes - Level III

Joy and praise - "Alleluias" indeed - abound in this original work. Catchy melodies and beautifully-crafted use of LV and mallets make this piece a rewarding and worshipful experience for ringers and congregation. Let your Alleluias resound!

Musical Score
$25.00

Sinfonia (3-5 octaves handbells)

SINFONIA (BWV 12) - J.S. Bach, arr. Matthew Compton - 3-5 octaves handbells and optional 3-5 octaves handchimes - Level IV-

The first movement in a Bach Cantata, Sinfonia in its original form featured a plaintive oboe solo. In this handbell choir arrangement by Matthew Compton, focusing on expression will be the key to a successful performance.

Musical Score
$25.00