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 encompasing much of northern New Jersey, the New York metropolitan area, and northeastern Pennsylvania.

New Ringers Needed for Fall 2015

Jersey Jubilation, an area community handbell choir, is looking for a bass bell ringer for the 2015-16 season. Handbell experience is preferred, but we will train. Candidates must be able to read music and have strong rhythm skills. Bass ringers need to be able to lift bells weighing close to 10 lbs.

High school and college students are 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 informal auditions on Sunday, September 13th and Sunday, September 20th, 2015. As part of the audition, interested handbell ringers will take part in a regular choir rehearsal from 2:30 5:00 in the choir room of the Ridgewood United Methodist Church, 100 Dayton St., Ridgewood. [directions].

For more information, 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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2015-2016 Home & Holiday Concert Schedules Announced

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Saturday, April 25th, 2015 (7:30pm) - Mid-Hudson Handbell Festival, Nyack, NY
Friday, May 1st, 2015 (8:00 pm) - United Methodist Church
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ
Friday, May 15th, 2015 (8:00 pm) - Spring Home Concert,
Ridgewood, NJ

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Sunday, October 4th, 2015 (2:00 pm) - Secaucus Library, Secaucus, NJ

Sunday, December 6th, 2015 (2:00 pm) - Woodland Park Library,
Woodland Park, NJ

Sunday, December 13th, 2015 (2:00 pm) - Franklin Lakes Library,
Franklin Lakes, NJ

Friday, December 18th, 2015 (8:00 pm) - Holiday Home Concert,
Ridgewood, NJ
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Saturday, April 23rd, 2016 (7:30 pm) - Hudson Valley Handbell Festival Concert,
Nyack, NY
Friday, May 20th, 2016 (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 2015-2016 season. The choir will present it's Heavenly Bells program celebrating the Holidays on Friday, December 18, 2015. The Choir will celebrate the conclusion of their musical year with a Spring Concert on Friday, May 20, 2016.

Both Home Concerts are part of the RUMC 2015-2016 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:


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Sunday, Oct. 4th, 2015 (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.]

Sunday, Dec. 6th, 2015 (2:00 pm) Woodland Park Library,

Additional Information forth-coming.

Sun. Dec. 13th, 2015 (2:00 pm) Franklin Lakes Library,

Additional Information forth-coming.

Friday, December 18, 2015 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, April 30th, 2016 (7:30pm) Nyack College Gym,
146 S Highland Ave.
Nyack, NY 10960

Hudson Valley Handbell Festival, Nyack, NY


Saturday, April 30th, 2016 (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. In addition, Jersey Jubilation Director Christine Braden will be directing as a Guest Director for the Massed Ringing Choir. 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 20th, 2016, 8:00 p.m. Ridgewood United Methodist Church, 100 Dayton St., Ridgewood, NJ

Home Concert - Ring in the Spring - 2015

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 20th, 2016!

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 2015-2016 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 andbell 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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