Handbell Festival 2020

Handbell Festival

June 13, 2020


The 2020 Handbell Festival has been postponed.  We have rescheduled Cathy Moklebust to be our clinician for June 12, 2021.  We hope you will be able to join us for next years festival.


On June 12, 2021 we will welcome Cathy Moklebust to lead our Second Annual Handbell Festival at First Presbyterian.  The day will consist of rehearsing, learning new techniques, 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.

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, 2020.


Repertoire for the Festival


Repertoire will be available by January of 2020


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




Cathy Moklebust (b. 1958) has developed and directed handbell music programs since 1983, and has played bells since childhood. With her dynamic, positive approach and skilled conducting, she is in national demand as a handbell clinician and festival conductor. As one of today’s most popular handbell music composers, she has approximately 250 published compositions and arrangements to her credit, many of them reaching bestseller status. Her music has been described as “pure joy to ring and listen to, having a uniquely delightful sense of melodic and rhythmic interaction, with elegant form and style.” She has been commissioned to write music for festivals and other events, as well as for many individual handbell ensembles, including nine for the Raleigh Ringers. Cathy’s music has been broadcast on “Today,” “Good Morning, America,” public television, public radio, and SiriusXM satellite radio.

Ms. Moklebust began her musical career as a public school instrumental music instructor in South Dakota. She is an active percussionist, and has performed as principal or section percussionist with several professional and community bands and orchestras throughout the upper Midwest. Cathy has played in, conducted, and coached church and community handbell ensembles in South Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa. Since 1989, she has worked in the music retail and publishing industry; currently she and her husband David operate Moklebust Music Services, a music preparation service.

Cathy earned both her B.A. (Music/Percussion, 1982) and M.Ed. (Teacher Education/Music, 1988) at South Dakota State University, in her hometown of Brookings, SD.  She was encouraged in composition by her music theory professors – the late Mary Alice Spencer Berger and the late Dr. Paul H. Royer – and studied instrumental conducting extensively with Prof. John F. Colson. Her handbell education began in 1970 with the Towers Handbell Choir of First Lutheran Church in Brookings, under the direction of the late Mrs. Barbara Berntson. Cathy and her husband reside in Brookings, SD.


Photos from the 2019 Festival