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
It is the culmination of a dream that brings together experienced
ringers (high school, college and beyond) from over a 300 square mile
area encompassing much of northern New Jersey, the New York metropolitan
area, and northeastern Pennsylvania.
2018-2019 Home & Holiday Concert Schedules Announced
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an area community handbell choir, has announced dates for their two Home Concerts for the
The choir will present it's Heavenly Bells program celebrating the
Friday, December 14, 2018.
The Choir will celebrate the conclusion of their musical year with it's Ring in the Spring
Friday, May 17, 2019.
Both Home Concerts are part of the RUMC
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)
Additional Presentations and Programs
Jersey Jubilation will also be appearing as Member Choir
of the Massed Ringing Choir
under nationally noted Barbara Fowler Meinke, Handbell Director at the Hudson Valley Handbell Festival. The
event will be held April 27, 2019, 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.
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 of Ridgewood (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, so ringers in NYC have an easy ride to Ridgewood and return. If you would be interested in exploring this opportunity, please
give us a call (201) 447-2751 or send us an email at 'email@example.com'.