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


John Pfeiffer, Julie Turner, Dennis Anderson


Susan Nance, John Pfeiffer

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