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.

2017-2018 Home & Holiday Concert Schedules Announced

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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
Saturday, Dec. 9th, 2017 - (2:00 pm) - Belleville Library,
Belleville, NJ
Sunday, Dec. 10th, 2017 - (2:00 pm) - Franklin Lakes Library,
Franklin Lakes, NJ
Friday, Dec. 15th, 2017 - (8:00 pm) - Holiday Home Concert, RUMC,
Ridgewood, NJ

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Saturday, April 28th, 2018 (7:00 pm) - Hudson Valley Handbell Festival Concert,
Nyack, NY
Friday, May 18th, 2018 (8:00 pm) - Spring Home Concert, RUMC,
Ridgewood, NJ



Jersey Jubilation, an area community handbell choir, has announced dates for their two Home Concerts for the 2017-2018 season. The choir will present it's Heavenly Bells program celebrating the Holidays on Friday, December 15, 2017. The Choir will celebrate the conclusion of their musical year with it's Ring in the Spring concert on Friday, May 18, 2018.

Both Home Concerts are part of the RUMC 2017-2018 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 {yet-to-be-named} Handbell Director at the Hudson Valley Handbell Festival. The event will be held April 29, 2017, 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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2017-2018 Home & Holiday Concert Schedule Details

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

{Note: Addional concerts may be added to this listing up through Sunday, November 17, 2017 as schedule permits}


DateLocationInformation
Saturday, Dec. 9th - (2:00 pm) Belleville Public Library,
221 Washington Avenue
Belleville, NJ 07109
Additional Information forth-coming.
Phone: 973-450-3434
Sunday, Dec. 10th, 2017 (2:00 pm) Franklin Lakes Library,470 De Korte Dr, Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417

Additional Information forth-coming.
Phone: 201-891-2224


Friday, December 15, 2017 (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 freewill {see below} 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 2017-2018 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, April 28th, 2017 (7:00pm) Nyack College Gym,
146 S Highland Ave.
Nyack, NY 10960

Hudson Valley Handbell Festival, Nyack, NY


Jersey Jubilation will be participating in the Massed Ringing Choir under Bill Alexander, Master Clinician at the Hudson Valley Handbell Festival. The event will be held April 28, 2018 , at Nyack College in Nyack, NY.

The concert for this festival will be at 7:00pm {note new time}in the Nyack College Gymnasium, 146 S Highland Ave., Nyack, NY 10960, and is open to the public.

[Click Here to Access the Hudson Handbell Festival Flyer]

Friday, May 18th, 2018 (8:00pm) Ridgewood United Methodist Church, 100 Dayton St., Ridgewood, NJ

Home Concert - Ring in the Spring - 2018

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 18th, 2018!

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 2017-2018 Music Concert Series which presents music of different mediums throughout the year. The Concert is open to the community and takes a freewill {see below} offering to support the costs of the Handbell Choir, the music program of the RUMC. 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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[Click Here to read one view about Freewill Offerings]



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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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