Chelsea Chimes
Saint Thomas More Chelsea Chimes

Chelsea Chimes

"Bless our God, you peoples, loudly sound his praise." (Psalm 66:8).

Chair or Contact Person
Roger Petrich

Additional Contact(s)

Mission Statement/Purpose
The Chelsea Chimes is our parish handbell choir, comprised of men and women high school age and older. The Chelsea Chimes help to enhance and support our community prayer experience through the performance of handbell music during weekend Masses and Feast Day Masses.

Major Accomplishments
The Chelsea Chimes plays a vital role in supporting our community prayer experience by performing a diverse repertoire of handbell music for weekend and Feast Day Masses. The Chelsea Chimes also participates in the annual Capital Area Handbell Festival, an event where approximately 40 handbell choirs come together to rehearse music and receive additional instruction on handbell ringing techniques from distinguished handbell composers and choir directors. The Chelsea Chimes also represents our parish to the surrounding community by presenting concerts 1-2 times per year at places such as University Mall, Carolina Inn, and various retirement communities.

Major Activity
See Major Accomplishments

Meeting Frequency
The Chelsea Chimes rehearse on Thursday nights from 7-8:30pm and play at roughly one weekend Mass per month. The Chelsea Chimes provides the music for many of the major feasts and Liturgies, including Christmas Eve, the Triduum, and Thanksgiving. Additionally, the group participates in the Capital Area Handbell Festival which is generally held at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds on the first Saturday of November. The Chelsea Chimes often prepares programs of special music and advanced repertoire 1-2 times per year.

Meeting Venue
In the Church

Estimated Time Commitment for Volunteers
The average commitment is roughly 2 hours per week.

Special Skills
The ability to read music is required. Prior handbell ringing experience is not required.

Activities involved in volunteering for this ministry
  Work can be done alone

Work can be done at home
  Work may involve some strenuous activity
Activity is spiritual in nature
Activity is social in nature

Activity involves children or the youth
  Activity involves teaching
Appropriate for singles
Appropriate for married couples
Appropriate for family members
Last Published: January 10, 2008 2:43 PM