Handbell Festival 2019

Handbell Festival


On June 8, 2019 we will welcome Dr. John Behnke to lead our first Handbell Festival at First Presbyterian.  The day will consist of rehearsing, learning new techniques, reading through some new music from AGEHR, and making new friends.  The day will culminate with a mini concert of the music worked on during the day.  If you have any questions please contact Travis Evans, Music Associate with any questions at tevans@kirkwoodpres.org.


You may download the brochure by clicking here.  Please register early as space is limited.

If you need to rent tables we will have 6′ banquet tables available for $7.00 per table.

Please reserve these prior to June 1st, 2019.


Repertoire for the Festival

Each group is responsible for purchasing enough copies of the music for their choir.


AG35379 Glad Hearts, Rejoice! Michael Mazzatenta L2+, $4.95


AG35364 Prelude on Holy Manna, Cathy Marker L2+, $5.50


AG36065 I Love To Tell the Story, John A. Behnke, L2+ $5.50


AG36066 What Child is This? John A. Behnke, L2, $5.50 Brand new… music available Feb. 15

#2133 The Promise, John A. Behnke, L3, $5.25



About Dr. John Behnke


Dr. John Behnke is the director of the Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble. http://www.milwaukeehandbells.org He is also the Music Editor for AGEHR Music – Handbell Musicians of America. http://www.handbellmusicians.org, and Organist and Choir Director at Historic Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church in downtown Milwaukee, WI. Dr. John Behnke is Emeritus Professor of Music at Concordia University in Mequon, Wisconsin where he taught organ, graduate handbell courses, and directed The Alleluia Ringers, Concordia’s touring handbell choir for 29 years from 1986 until August of 2015.

Dr. Behnke is a frequent organ recitalist, handbell clinician, and festival director. He enjoys composing and arranging having nearly 400 handbell, choral, and organ compositions in print with seventeen different publishers in the United States, Germany, and Taiwan.

He was honored in December of 1993 being named “MVP” Most Valuable Player in the Milwaukee area by Milwaukee Sentinel music critic, Nancy Raabe. He has also received an ASCAP Composers Award every year since 1998.

A 1974 graduate of Concordia-River Forest, IL. he received his M. Mus. in Church Music and Organ from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. in 1978. His D. Mus. was awarded to him in 1984 by Northwestern University where he was elected into the Alpha Chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda, a National Honorary Music Society. From August 1978 to July 1979 Dr. Behnke studied at the Westphalian Church Music Institute in Herford, W. Germany, where he passed the “A” Exam in Organ with the grade of “1-Excellent”.