The GCR Handbell Festival is the inspiration of Steven Eddington, the Director of Handbell Ministries at First United Methodist Church in Owasso, OK. The vision for the festival is to create an affordable, 1-day event designed to help any handbell choir, or individual ringer, to grow in their musicianship in the art of handbell ringing.
For whatever reason, too many churches have a set of handbells sitting in a closet unused. The GCR Festival is designed to specifically help churches to jumpstart their handbell ministry and - get those bells back into worship!
Our goal is to provide a quality workshop and festival experience at a bare-bones price.
The festival concludes with an open-to-the-public concert.
The GCR Handbell Festival is the result of the hard work of several handbell directors from many local churches including:
Sheryl Cory - St. Stephen's United Methodist Church, Broken Arrow
Marta Sullivan - First Christian Church, Ponca City
Sandra Hayes - John Calvin Presbyterian Church, Tulsa
Linda Pollock - First United Methodist Church of Claremore
Jason Vawter - First United Methodist Church of Miami
Steven Eddington - First United Methodist Church of Owasso
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