Music City Bronze

Nashville’s Premier Community Handbell Ensemble

In January 2006, Susan Nance and John Pfeiffer held an organizational meeting of those interested in being part of a community handbell choir, the purpose of which was to play secular music at a more difficult level than is traditionally found in church groups.

The group chose the name Music City Bronze to reflect the home city of the group and the material from which bells are made.

The mission statement created by the ensemble is “to reach for higher levels of musicianship in handbells/chimes, and to promote, educate, and share the passion of handbell/chime music with the community.

In August 2006 the group was determined to be a charitable organization under section 501 c (3) of the Internal Revenue Code and welcomes contributions which are tax-deductible to the donor.  The group belongs to the Handbell Musicians of America (HMA) in which Susan has served as Tennessee Chair and John served as national President.

A broad-based repertoire is available, and selections may be requested for specific events.  Repertoire for Christmas 2019 includes:


"Away in a Manger    arr Joel Raney

Catalonian Carol       arr Julie Turner

Change Ring Prelude of Divinum Mysterium ; "Of the Father's Love Begotten"   arr Fred Gramman

Holly Jolly Christmas - Johnny Marks   arr Joel Raney

It Came Upon A Midnight Clear  arr Arnold Sherman

Jingle Bell Rock -Joe Beal and Jim Boothe  arr Douglas Wagner

O Tannebaum with I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day  arr Betty Garee

Rondo Passacaglia  arr Cynthia Dobrinski

Variations of "We Wish You a Merry Christmas"  arr Michael Hellman

We Three Kings   arr Joel Raney

Sleigh Ride - Leroy Anderson -  arr Martha Lynn Thompson



"Jolly Old St Nicholas"  arr Julie Turner








Music City Bronze 2018

Board of Directors


John Pfeiffer and Julie Turner


Susan Nance, John Pfeiffer


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