ISE Handbell Ensembles
Paula Lazdina (grade 9, in fall 2013): „Handbell choirs are the symbol of ISE. It’s an honor and privilege to make music in that group.“
History of the ISE Handbell ringing got started in April 2006. Teachers’ exchange program between International School of Estonia and the Bristol Consolidated School (BCS) in Maine provided with the opportunity to get aquainted with the handbells under the guidance of the wonderful music teacher and conductor Bernice C Stanley. „This is what I would like to do at ISE“ said Ms. Karolina, after coming back from the US.
In winter 2006 ISE students together with BCS students helped ISE to raise money to buy our first two-octaves of handbells. First handbell ringers started to make music in regular music classes in spring 2007. In fall 2007 ISE bought another octave of handbells, and ISE now has three-octave set of handbells.
ISE MSP Handbell Ensemble was founded in fall 2007. In 2014-2015 it consists of 7 students from grades 6 to 9. Due to the nature of our school about half of the members change in our ensemble every year. We perform about 10 times a year. In 2012 ISE MSP Handbell Ensemble took part in Kohtla-Järve Bell Festival and we have been invited to take part in KellaRing handbell ensemble birthday concerts.
Handbell ensemble NoBell Laureates was formed in fall 2010. This enthusiastic team consists of teachers and staff who enjoy making music together. We have developed our skills to the level that allows us to give even short concerts on our own. Our first independent concert took place in Kose in 2011, and the second concert by the invitation from the Agapella Handbell Studio took place in Pärnu in 2014. We have had the honor to perform at Susan T. Nelson author’s concert „Sue’s Blues“ in 2014 along with handbell ensembles Campanelli and KellaRing.
Both our handbell ensembles perform music from classical to pop. We have worked together with different vocal groups and handbell ensembles. We perform at school (Fine Arts Shows, Winter Pageant, Leaving/Graduation Ceremony, Estonia Day, International Day, Book Week, Friendly Olympics), as well as in the wider community, i.e. Christmas Tree Lighting at the US Embassy, Greek Embassy Reception, Estonian Diplomatic Choir birthday reception and charity concerts (Christmas Concert at the Tallinn Chilren’s Hospital, Fund Raising Concerts at Tallinn St. John’s Church – patron is Mrs. I. Eihenbauma).
The conductor of both handbell ensembles is Ms. Karolina Sepp firstname.lastname@example.org