University Ringers to Play in Bolivar March 4

OBU’s handbell ensemble, the University Ringers, will play during the morning worship service at First Baptist Church in Bolivar, Mo., on March 4. The public is invited to attend the service at 10:45 a.m. at 316 N. Main Street.

On Friday, March 2, the Ringers will travel to Bolivar to participate in a handbell festival sponsored by First Baptist Church. The two-day festival will attract other handbell choirs from across the region for a clinic with Christine Anderson, a nationally recognized handbell clinician and solo ringer. The University Ringers will have the opportunity to perform for the other choirs at the festival.

Anderson’s solo handbell artistry is world-renowned. Her finesse, grace and dexterity, has thrilled audiences in 25 countries and 50 states. She began her handbell ringing career at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., in late 1972. After completing a bachelor’s degree at Florida Atlantic University, she directed six handbell choirs at Coral Ridge and began conducting workshops and festivals around the country.

She writes for several music journals, is on the editorial board for “Creator Magazine,” and serves the Southern Baptist Convention as editor for “Handbells” magazine. She has published more than 100 solo handbell arrangements. As a clinician, Anderson draws from her many years of conducting experience and performing solo concerts to easily communicate the skills needed for musical ringing. Her expertise ranges from beginning choirs through advanced, solo and ensemble ringing, including maintenance and repair on both Malmark and Schulmerich handbells.

The University Ringers are directed by Dr. Lee Hinson, associate professor of music and coordinator of OBU’s Church Music Department. Hinson has served as a worship leader in local churches, both part-time and full-time, for 30 years. For six years before coming to OBU he was director of the church music program at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Mo. He also worked as the small church and associational music consultant for LifeWay Christian Resources.

Hinson earned a bachelor’s degree at Baylor University. He earned master’s degrees at East Texas State University (now Texas A&M – Commerce) and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He earned his doctorate at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Hinson is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, American Guild of English Handbell Ringers, Southern Baptist Church Music Conference, Singing Churchmen of Oklahoma and The CenturyMen.

For more information about First Baptist Church, Bolivar, click here or call (417) 326-4706.

For information about Christine Anderson, click here.