Jersey Jubilation Handbell Choir

Welcome to the Jersey Jubilation Handbell Choir (JJHC) home page

The Jersey Jubilation Handbell Choir (JJHC) is one of the newer community handbell choirs to be established but has over 20 years of history behind it. The ensemble is a continuation outgrowth of six predecessor choirs and ensembles which have been active in the eastern parts of the United States for over three decades. It is the culmination of a dream that brings together experienced ringers (high school, college and beyond) from over a 300 square mile area encompassing much of northern New Jersey, the New York metropolitan area, and northeastern Pennsylvania.

2018-2019 Home & Holiday Concert Schedules Announced

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Saturday, December 8th, 2018 - (7:30 pm) - Hawthorne Library,
Hawthorne, NJ
Sunday, December 9th, 2018 - (3:00 pm) - Westwood Library,
Westwood, NJ
Friday, December 14th, 2018 (8:00 pm) - Holiday Home Concert,
Ridgewood, NJ
Sunday, December 16th, 2018 (2:00 pm) - Secaucus Library,
Secaucus, NJ

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Saturday, April 27th, 2019 (7:00 pm) - Hudson Valley Handbell Festival Concert,
Nyack, NY
Friday, May 17th, 2019 (8:00 pm) - Spring Home Concert, RUMC,
Ridgewood, NJ

Jersey Jubilation, an area community handbell choir, has announced dates for their two Home Concerts for the 2018-2019 season. The choir will present it's Heavenly Bells program celebrating the Holidays on Friday, December 14, 2018. The Choir will celebrate the conclusion of their musical year with it's Ring in the Spring concert on Friday, May 17, 2019.

Both Home Concerts are part of the RUMC 2018-2019 Music Concert Series which presents music of different mediums throughout the year. The programs begin at 8:00pm and will be presented at the Ridgewood United Methodist Church Sanctuary located at 100 Dayton Street in Ridgewood, NJ. (Office Phone: 201-652-2868) [directions].

Additional Presentations and Programs

Jersey Jubilation will also be appearing as Member Choir of the Massed Ringing Choir under nationally noted Barbara Fowler Meinke, Handbell Director at the Hudson Valley Handbell Festival. The event will be held April 27, 2019, at Nyack College in Nyack, NY. The concert for this festival will be at 7:30pm in the Nyack College Gymnasium, 146 S Highland Ave., Nyack, NY 10960, and is open to the public.


About our Residency at RUMC

The Ridgewood United Methodist Church (RUMC) is the residence of Jersey Jubilation. RUMC is an 'acoustically active' venue that reverberates musical presentations equivalent to many fine music halls in New York City. The venue has been the site of concerts and recording of many professional, accomplished groups and musicians including the Youth Ringers of Ridgewood (a touring, concert and broadcasting youth handbell choir resident for over 15 years under Christine Braden, Director), various provessional artists of note*, and the current guest resident choir, the Jersey Jubilation Handbell Choir, also under the leadership of Christine Braden.

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* - Artists of note: Dr. Jean Langlais, Virgil Fox, Dr. Richard E. Frey, the American Boy Choir, Dr. James A. Wynne, the Yale Whiffenpoofs, the Yale Spizzwinks, The Orpheus Club Men's Chorus

Are you a Ringer looking for a challenging opportunity?

JJHC is always looking for additional experienced ringers to join our ensemble. You do not have to be an 'expert' to join us, but we do have some requirements. Interested candidates should be able to ring in two or more positions (no "bell hogs" here!), be able to read music and be able to ring at Level III or higher. The choir practices in Ridgewood, NJ (approximately 21 miles from NYC). Ridgewood is serviced by NJ Transit trains from Secaucus and Hoboken, so ringers in NYC have an easy ride to Ridgewood and return. If you would be interested in exploring this opportunity, please give us a call (201) 447-2751 or send us an email at ''.

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