The Houston Bronze Ensemble is a professional, auditioned, handbell ensemble made up of musicians from the greater Houston area. The ensemble plays on a 6 octave set of Schulmerich handbells and 6 octaves of Malmark handchimes.
Houston Bronze was founded in the fall of 1988 by Hart Morris, formerly the Director of Music Ministries at Grace Presbyterian Church in Houston. After Hart moved to Memphis, Tennessee, the ensemble rang under the musical direction of arranger and composer Margaret (Maggi) R. Tucker until 1993. During the 1994 season, the group rang ensemble style with various ringers directing the ensemble. Conductors since then have included David VanderMeer (Fall 1996—Spring 2001), Dolan Bayless (Fall 2001—January 2006), Ben Harris (Fall 2006—July 2010), Ruth Seiwell (Fall 2010—June 2012), James Roberts 2012-1014. Bill Nave accepted the position of artistic director in August 2014.
The goal of the Houston Bronze Ensemble is to bring a distinctive level of expertise and artistry handbell ringing to the Houston area through concerts and educational venues.
The Houston Bronze Ensemble plays annual Christmas and Spring Concerts in the greater Houston area, as well as weddings, various parties, and music conferences.
To view Houston Bronze in action go to https //www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YkoeqCxfGs.
Please join us at one of our concerts! To learn more about our ensemble, please visit our website at www.houstonbronze.com.