San Francisco Bay Area

Marquise Usher – Regional Coordinator

Marquise Usher began ringing handbells in 2002 at a church near his home in Oakland, CA. At age 18 he auditioned and joined Sonos Handbell Ensemble and Velocity Handbell Ensemble and has toured the United States, Estonia, Finland, and Japan. Fast-forward to 2019 and Marquise has been fortunate to conduct, teach and perform at the area and national levels with Sonos, Velocity, and Timbré Ensemble. Currently, Marquise directs two 5-octave church ensembles and is the Handbell Director and Junior Chorus Director at the San Francisco Boys Chorus.

Contact Marquise for more information about handbells in the San Francisco Bay Area.

December 7, 2019
  • Handbell Concert of winter holiday favorites

    December 7, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
    Courtroom A, San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City

    The SFSU Handbell Choir returns to help kickoff the winter holiday season by performing as part of the San Mateo County History Museum's participate in Redwood City's annual Hometown Holidays event.

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December 8, 2019
  • Winter Holiday Concert

    December 8, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Chapel, Temple Hill, 4770 Redwood Rd, Oakland

    The SFSU Handbell Choir will be participating once again in The Temple Hill Days of Christmas concert series. This is a 30 minute concert performed once at 7:00 p.m. and repeated at 8:00 p.m.

    The 7:00 p.m. performance has a tendency to be to a standing room only performance. Attendees are encouraged to come for the 8:00 p.m. performance if at all possible. There is no admission charge.

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December 12, 2019
  • Winter Holiday Concert

    December 12, 2019 @ 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm
    The Redwoods, 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley, CA 94941, USA

    The SFSU Handbell Choir will be performing its 2019 winter concert of winter holiday favorites at this senior residence. This concert is free and open to the public. Onsite visitor parking is limited. There is plenty of parking across the street in the front of the Safeway parking lot. There is a streetlight and crosswalk to assist you in getting across the street.

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December 14, 2019
  • Carols & Candlelight

    December 14, 2019 @ 7:45 pm - 8:45 pm
    Sanctuary, Temple United Methodist Church, 65 Beverly Street, San Francisco

    The SFSU Handbell Choir will be participating in this church's annual Carols & Candlelight program. In addition to the SFSU Handbell Choir performing a number of winter holiday pieces, there will be two vocal choirs performing as well. In addition, the traditional audience sing a long of favorites will happen. The concert is free and open to the public. There is plenty of street parking available.

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December 15, 2019
  • Christmas Jubilation

    December 15, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Saratoga Stake Center, Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints, 19100 Allendale Ave., Saratoga, CA

    The SFSU Handbell Choir will be joined by the Oakland Temple Hill vocal choir for this concert. Each group will perform several numbers on their own as well as three joint full handbell choir/vocal choir numbers. This concert is free and open to the public. This concert site is next door to West Valley College.

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March 14, 2020
  • Area 12 Directors Workshop

    March 14, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Walnut Creek United Methodist Church, 1543 Sunnyvale Ave, Walnut Creek, CA 94597, USA

    Come join us for Area 12's Director's Workshop. This workshop is for anyone! Yes! Anyone!

    Participants will receive instruction in the mechanics of conducting, score study, musical interpretation, and rehearsal techniques.

    Registration form and additional info can be found here.

    If you have any questions, please contact Tessique Houston at

    This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America

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