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 2015 includes:
Change Ring Prelude on Divinum Mysterium Fred Gramann
Gaudeamus Arnold Sherman
Celtic Prayer Julie Turner
Wassail Song Leroy Anderson
Carol of the Bells Brandon Robinson
Now the Green Blade Riseth Kevin McChesney
In the Bleak Midwinter Michael Helman
White Christmas Cynthia Dobrinski
Stille Nacht Betty Garee
Gloria Fanfare Cathy Moklebust
Sleigh Ride Martha Lynn Thompson
Ave Maria Bach, Ardis Freeman Quartet
Jingle Bells Kevin McChesney Quartet
Hornpipe Handel Charles Maggs Quartet
Music City Bronze
Board of Directors
Sandi Baker, Rebekah Lacy, John Pfeiffer,
Betty Lee Nolan, Susan Nance, and Carol Gundy
Dennis Anderson, John Pfeiffer, Julie Turner
Susan Nance, John Pfeiffer