Ring with NER!
We are looking for a few talented ringers to expand our table. If you are an experienced ringer looking to join an exciting, innovative ensemble, please let us know by filling out this form. Auditions will be held on Sunday, August 20th at 3:30 PM at Winchester Congregational Church, 21 Church Street, Winchester, MA. We look forward to seeing you!
Brian Seemann NER’s New Music Director
We are extremely pleased to announce that Brian Seemann has agreed to serve as New England Ringers Music Director. Brian has been working with NER this spring as our interim director for Boston Handbell Festival, and it wasn’t long before all ringers were in agreement that he would make a stupendous addition to the ensemble. Brian brings an innovative approach to music selection, a calm and productive rehearsal style, as well as many great ideas for the holiday concert season. We are excited to be working with Brian’s leadership as we explore non-traditional as well as traditional musical interpretations of hand bell music.
Brian Seemann has extensive musical expertise, with special focus on handbells. He began ringing in grade school with the youth handbell choir at Whitehouse United Methodist Church in Readington, New Jersey. He moved to Boston to study composition at The Boston Conservatory before returning to Philadelphia and majoring in urban planning at Temple University. In his time away from handbells, Brian is heavily involved in other aspects of performing arts. He currently lives in Boston, MA, where he is the Director of Events for Inspire Arts & Music, a non-profit arts organization. Brian spent four summers marching with the Jersey Surf and Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps, and through his current job continues to remain involved in the drum corps activity. He has led several church handbell choirs, and since 2013, has been Artistic Director and Conductor for the Philadelphia Handbell Ensemble. We first took notice of Brian at last year’s Boston Handbell Festival when he deftly and gracefully juggled the roles as a ringing member of the Back Bay Ringers, as well as the conductor of the Philadelphia Handbell Ensemble. His energy and enthusiasm were infectious.
Please join us in welcoming Brian!
2017 Holiday Season
We are excitedly planning our Holiday 2017 concert schedule. Many concerts are planned and information will be available soon. Check back with this page information regarding our 2017 plans.
Thank you for your continued support.
“The New England Ringers brought both a festive and reflective program to the greater Greenwich community to begin the holiday season. Their skill and artistry, combined with a passion for the art of handbell playing, made for an evening that our folks will not soon forget.”
Dr. Craig Scott Symons, Director of Music,
First Congregational Church of Greenwich, Old Greenwich, Connecticut