Los Angeles Metro

Erik Der – Regional Coordinator

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Irvine, Orange County, CA

Erik Der is a lifelong handbell musician who appreciates the instrument for its emphasis on ensemble, movement, and rich sonic textures. He is an active ringer and has directed a variety of age groups (middle school, high school, college, adult). He is currently the Director of Handbell activities at Concordia University Irvine where he directs the Spirit Bells ensemble, teaches handbell methods, and leads CUI’s annual handbell invitationals and festivals in partnership with his colleague Alex Guebert

Quality event programming, community engagement, and education are all important to expanding handbells in our communities. If you are a director or ringer interested in learning more about handbell opportunities in Orange, Los Angeles, or adjacent counties, please be in touch with Erik! 

UPCOMING EVENTS
March 9, 2024
  • Concordia Young Ringers Festival 2024

    March 9, 2024
    Concordia University, Irvine, CA

    Young Ringers Festival (8th grade and younger):
     

    This event will include a mass ring performance, led by director Alex Guebert, and a combined handbell concert featuring your ensemble as well as Concordia's top handbell ensembles. The intention of this festival is to learn from experienced clinicians, experience the greater handbell community, and perform for an audience of handbell fans in our beautiful concert hall. Adjudication options available at no additional cost. 

    - Mass Ring Repertoire: Bwana Awabiriki by susan Nelson 

    - Time: The Concert will be at 4:00pm with time for warmups, adjudication, and the rehearsal of the mass ring piece earlier in the day.

    - Lunch: Optional lunch can be made available ($10 per person)

    - Registration Fee: $100 per school

    Questions: 
    Contact Erik Der at [email protected] or text 619-995-0256

    This is a Handbell Musicians of America endorsed event.

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  • Concordia Young Ringers Festival 2024 concert

    March 9, 2024 @ 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
    Concordia University, Irvine, CA

    Come hear one massed piece under director Alex Guebert, and a combined handbell concert featuring attending ensembles as well as Concordia's top handbell ensembles.

    Questions: 
    Contact Erik Der at [email protected] or text 619-995-0256

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March 16, 2024
  • Concordia Handbell Invitational, 2024

    March 16, 2024
    Concordia University, Irvine, CA

    Here's an opportunity for you and your bell ensemble to be part of the 2024 handbell invitational on the campus of Concordia University, Irvine. This is Concordia University's annual event for high school, community, and church handbell ensembles. This invitational will be held on Saturday, March 16. It will include a mass ring performance led by Alex Guebert, optional adjudication/workshop sessions, and a combined handbell concert featuring your ensemble as well as Concordia's handbell ensembles. The intention of this invitational is to learn from other directors, experience the greater handbell community, and perform for an audience of handbell fans in the beautiful performance venue on campus. 

    For those of you who have attended our invitationals in the past, I welcome you to join us again! And if you have never attended a CUI invitational, please let me know if you would like to attend this special event, and I would be glad to walk you through the details. 

    Ensembles will need to bring their own handbells, pads, cloths, etc. We will provide tables. This will be a fantastic performance opportunity! 

    Time:
    The Concert will be at 4:00pm with time for warmups, adjudication, and the rehearsal of the mass ring piece earlier in the day. Once registration closes, you will be contacted to confirm an appropriate arrival and warm up time earlier in the day.

    Mass Ring Repertoire: Acclamation in G Minor by Karen Thompson

    Questions: 
    Contact Erik Der at [email protected] or text 619-995-0256

    Registration Fee:
    $100 per school or ensemble (includes optional adjudication session).

    This is a Handbell Musicians of America endorsed event.

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  • Concordia Handbell Invitational, 2024 Concert

    March 16, 2024 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Concordia University, Irvine, CA

    Come hear the concert of the Condordia University Handbell Invitational.

    One massed piece will be rung, and each participating ensemble will perform a piece.

    Questions: 
    Contact Erik Der at [email protected] or text 619-995-0256

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April 28, 2024
  • Ringing Dusk to Dawn - The Bell Music of the Night

    April 28, 2024 @ 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
    200 Avenue San Pablo, San Clemente, CA 92672, USA

    South County Community Handbell Choir in concert.

    The concert will start with selections from Phantom of the Opera and end, fittingly with Here Comes the Sun. We will explore all sorts of "Night Music." Come and check out the fantastic music that handbells can make. They are not for just church anymore.
     
    For more information: http://schandbell.org
     
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