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 (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.

New Ringers Needed for Fall 2016 & Spring 2017

Jersey Jubilation, an area community handbell choir, is looking for bell ringers for the 2016-17 season. Candidates must, at a minimum, be able to read music and have strong rhythm skills. Instrumentalists who are familiar with single instrument musical scores should have little problem in following handbell scores. Handbell experience is preferred, but we will train. Bass ringers need to be able to lift bells weighing close to 10 lbs.

High school and college students are ENCOURAGED and WELCOME as long as they are able to meet rehearsal and concert date requirements (see below).

The choir rehearses every other Sunday afternoon and performs several concerts each year (usually on Sunday afternoons and Friday nights).

We will be holding scheduled informal auditions on the following dates:

Sunday, September 11, 2016, 2:00 4:30 - for musicians with no handbell experience
Sunday, September 18, 2016. 2:00 - 4:30 - for experienced handbell ringers.

As part of the audition, interested musicians will be invited to take part in a regular choir rehearsal. Auditions will take place in the choir room of the Ridgewood United Methodist Church, 100 Dayton St., Ridgewood, NJ. Ridgewood can be easily reached by driving as well as train and bus service to and from NYC. We would like to meet you so please check our directions page which will provide you with public transportation information, driving and mapping instructions! [click HERE for directions].

For more information, or to speak to the director regarding your musical background and/or availability for the scheduled auditions above, please contact Director Christine Braden at bradencl@aol.com or 201-447-2751.

For more information, contact Director Christine Braden at 201-447-2751.

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2016-2017 Home & Holiday Concert Schedules Announced

~ ~ Completed ~ ~
Saturday, April 30th, 2016 (7:30 pm) - Hudson Valley Handbell Festival Concert,
Nyack, NY
Friday, May 20th, 2016 (8:00 pm) - Spring Home Concert,
Ridgewood, NJ

~ ~ Up-coming ~ ~

Sunday, December 4th, 2016 (2:00 pm) - Secaucus Library, Secaucus, NJ
Friday, December 9th, 2016 (7:30 pm) - Hawthorne Library, Hawthorne, NJ
Sunday, December 11th, 2016 (2:00 pm) - Woodland Park Library,
Woodland Park, NJ
Thursday, December 15th, 2016 (8:15 pm) - Four Seasons, Clifton, NJ
Friday, December 16th, 2016 (8:00 pm) - Holiday Home Concert,
Ridgewood, NJ
Saturday, April 29th, 2017 (7:30 pm) - Hudson Valley Handbell Festival Concert,
Nyack, NY
Friday, May 19th, 2017 (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 2016-2017 season. The choir will present it's Heavenly Bells program celebrating the Holidays on Friday, December 16, 2016. The Choir will celebrate the conclusion of their musical year with a Spring Concert on Friday, May 19, 2017.

Both Home Concerts are part of the RUMC 2016-2017 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:




DateLocationInformation
Sunday, Dec. 4th, 2016 (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.]

Friday, December 9th, 2016 (7:30 pm) Hawthorne Public Library, 345 Lafayette Avenue,
Hawthorne, NJ 07506
Additional Information forth-coming.

Sunday, Dec. 11h, 2016 (2:00 pm) Alfred H. Baumann Free Public Library,7 Brophy Lane,
Woodland Park, NJ 07424
973-345-8120>

[Click Here to Access Alfred H. Baumann Free Public Library Local Event information.]

[Click Here to get directions via a Google map.]

Thursday, December 15th, 2016 (8:15 pm) Four Seasons, Clifton, NJ (7:30 pm) Holiday Concert - Private Organization
Friday, December 16, 2016 (8:00pm) Ridgewood United Methodist Church, 100 Dayton Street, Ridgewood, NJ

Home Concert - Heavenly Bells - 2017


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 13th 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 2016-2017 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].

[Click Here for flyer]

Saturday, April 29th, 2017 (7:30pm) Nyack College Gym,
146 S Highland Ave.
Nyack, NY 10960

Hudson Valley Handbell Festival, Nyack, NY


Saturday, April 29th, 2017 (7:30pm)

Jersey Jubilation will be participating in the Massed Ringing Choir under a (yet to be named) Master Clinician at the Hudson Valley Handbell Festival. The event will be held April 30, 2016, 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.

[Click Here to Access the Mid-Hudson Handbell Festival Flyer]

Friday, May 19th, 2017 (8:00pm) Ridgewood United Methodist Church, 100 Dayton St., Ridgewood, NJ

Home Concert - Ring in the Spring - 2017

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 19th, 2017!

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 2016-2017 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].

[Click Here for flyer]

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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 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 'info@jerseyjubilation.org'.





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