Jersey Jubilation Handbell Choir




Welcome to the Jersey Jubilation Handbell Choir (JJHC) home page


The Jersey Jubilation Handbell Choir (JJHC) is one of the newer community handbell choirs to be established but has over 20 years of history behind it. The ensemble is a continuation outgrowth of six predecessor choirs and ensembles which have been active in the eastern parts of the United States for over three decades. It is the culmination of a dream that brings together experienced ringers from over a 300 square mile area encompasing much of northern New Jersey, the New York metropolitan area, and northeastern Pennsylvania.

2014-2015 Home & Holiday Concert Schedules Announced

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Sunday, December 7th, 2014 (2:00 pm) - Secaucus Library, Secaucus, NJ
Saturday, December 13th, 2014 (7:30 pm) - Hawthorne Library, Hawthorne, NJ

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Friday, December 19, 2014 (8:00 pm) - Holiday Home Concert, Ridgewood, NJ
Saturday, December 20, 2014 (6:00pm - 7:30pm) - Turtle Back Zoo, West Orange, NJ

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Saturday, April 25th, 2015 (7:30pm) - Mid-Hudson Handbell Festival, Nyack, NY
Friday, May 15th, 2015 (8:00 pm) - Spring Home Concert,
Ridgewood, NJ



Jersey Jubilation, an area community handbell choir, has announced dates for their two home concerts for the 2014-2015 season. The choir will present it's Heavenly Bells program celebrating the Holidays on Friday, December 19, 2015. The Choir will celebrate the conclusion of their musical year with a Spring Concert on Friday, May 15, 2015.

Both Home Concerts are part of the RUMC 2014-2015 Music Concert Series which presents music of different mediums throughout the year. The programs begin at 8:00pm and will be presented at the Ridgewood United Methodist Church Sanctuary located at 100 Dayton Street in Ridgewood, NJ. (Office Phone: 201-652-2868) [directions].

The Choir will present it's programs on the following schedule:

Sunday, December 7th, 2014 (2:00 pm) Secaucus Public Library,
1379 Paterson Plank Road,
Secaucus, NJ 07094

[Click Here to Access the Secaucus Library for Local Event information. Although the event is free to the public on a first come basis, you may pre-confirm a seat by going to this Secaucus Library site.]

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Saturday, December 13th, 2014 (7:30 pm) Hawthorne Public Library,
345 Lafayette Avenue,
Hawthorne, NJ 07506

[Click Here to Access the Secaucus Library for Local Event information. Although the event is free to the public on a first come basis, you may pre-confirm a seat by going to this Library site.]

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Friday, December 19, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. Ridgewood United Methodist Church, 100 Dayton Street, Ridgewood, NJ
The Ridgewood United Methodist Church (RUMC) is the residence of Jersey Jubilation. RUMC is an 'acoustically active' venue that reverberates musical presentations equivalent to many fine music halls in New York City. The venue has been the site of concerts and recordings of many professional, accomplished groups and musicians including the Youth Ringers (a touring, concert and broadcasting youth handbell choir resident for over 15 years under Christine Braden, Director), Dr. Jean Langlais, Virgil Fox, Dr. Richard E. Frey, Dr. James Wynne, and the current guest resident choir, the Jersey Jubilation Handbell Choir.

We are delighted to be offering our 11th Annual Home Holiday Concert through the RUMC music department. The Concert is open to the community and takes a free will offering to support the costs of the Handbell Choir, the music program of the RUMC and in addition, to other programs in need.

Programs are part of the RUMC 2014-2015 Music Concert Series which presents music of different mediums throughout the year. The programs begin at 8:00pm and will be presented at the Ridgewood United Methodist Church Sanctuary located at 100 Dayton Street in Ridgewood, NJ. (Office Phone: 201-652-2868) [directions].

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Saturday, December 20th, 2014 (7:30 pm) Turtle Back Zoo,
560 Northfield Avenue
West Orange, NJ 07052 · 973.731.5800

Holiday Lights - Welcome Winter: A Frozen Celebration


December 20, 2014 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm The Essex County Turtle Back Zoo’s Holiday Lights program is returning this winter. Visitors will be granted free admission.
In-kind donations of canned goods, toys, a nd pet food are encouraged. Holiday Lights takes place from 5pm to 9pm. Featured film: “Frozen” Photos with Princesses Elsa and Anna.
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Jersey Jubilation Handbell Choir will be performing during the Holiday Lights festivities on December 20, 2014 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm. Join us at the Turtle Back Cafe for a special performance from the Jersey Jubilation Handbell Choir!

[Click Here to Access the Turtle Back Zoo calendar page for information regarding the zoo program for December 20, 2014.'

Friday, May 15th, 2015, 8:00 p.m. Ridgewood United Methodist Church, 100 Dayton St., Ridgewood, NJ

The Ridgewood United Methodist Church (RUMC) in Ridgewood, NJ has invited Jersey Jubilation, its resident guest community handbell choir to ring in concert on Friday evening, May 15th, 2015!

The Jersey Jubilation Handbell Choir will be ringing a number of arrangements, both sacred and secular, including selections from major handbell composers as well as selections from newer composers on the scene. Depending on musical arrangements, the choir may be accompanied with piano, organ, percussion and/or electronic keyboard at each concert.

Programs are part of the RUMC 2013-2014 Music Concert Series which presents music of different mediums throughout the year. The programs begin at 8:00pm and will be presented at the Ridgewood United Methodist Church Sanctuary located at 100 Dayton Street in Ridgewood, NJ. (Office Phone: 201-652-2868) [directions].



Additional Presentations and Programs

Jersey Jubilation will also be appearing as a featured Solo Ringing Choir under Director Christine Braden as well as a Massed Ringing Choir under nationally noted Fred Gramann at the Hudson Valley Handbell Festival. The event will be held April 26, 2014, at Nyack College in Nyack, NY. The concert for this festival will be at 7:30pm in the Nyack College Gymnasium, 146 S Highland Ave., Nyack, NY 10960, and is open to the public.

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About our Residency at RUMC

The Ridgewood United Methodist Church (RUMC) is the residence of Jersey Jubilation. RUMC is an 'acoustically active' venue that reverberates musical presentations equivalent to many fine music halls in New York City. The venue has been the site of concerts and recording of many professional, accomplished groups and musicians including the Youth Ringers (a touring, concert and broadcasting youth handbell choir resident for over 15 years under Christine Braden, Director), various provessional artists of note*, and the current guest resident choir, the Jersey Jubilation Handbell Choir, also under the leadership of Christine Braden.

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* - Artists of note: Dr. Jean Langlais, Virgil Fox, Dr. Richard E. Frey, the American Boy Choir Dr. James A. Wynne, the Yale Whiffenpoofs, the Yale Spizzwinks, The Orpheus Club Men's Chorus





Are you a Ringer looking for a challenging opportunity?

JJHC is always looking for additional experienced ringers to join our ensemble. You do not have to be an 'expert' to join us, but we do have some requirements. Interested candidates should be able to ring in two or more positions (no "bell hogs" here!), be able to read music and be able to ring at Level III or higher. The choir practices in Ridgewood, NJ (approximately 21 miles from NYC). Ridgewood is serviced by NJ Transit trains from Secaucus and Hoboken. If you would be interested in exploring this opportunity, please give us a call (201) 447-2751 or send us an email at 'info@jerseyjubilation.org'.





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