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The Dickens Handchime Choir


The Dickens Handchime Choir is composed of home school students (K-12th grades) from the HOPE Music Program in Garden Grove, California. Dressed in early Victorian attire and presenting a variety of Christmas music, this group delights all those who see and hear their handchime performances!


The 'handchimes' that the children play are square tubes with external clappers. These instruments are similar to handbells, but are lighter in weight & easier to play. (And also a lot cheaper to purchase!)


This performing group performed as a "Showcase Performing Group" at the Handbell Musicians of America National Convention in Dallas, Texas!


Ask about a special performance in December for
you & your company, friends, relatives or church group!

Make all checks payable to:

Dellene Harned
Mail to:

13916 Avenida Espana,

La Mirada CA 90638

Go Fund Me Donations

 

The Dickens Handchime Choir has performed at many venues during the nine years of their existence:

* Sunday morning worship services for local churches

* Huntington Library Family Christmas Celebration

* Beach/Signal Hill Christmas tree Lighting Ceremony

* Prince of Peace" Christmas Pageant

*Riverside, Orange & L.A. County Republican Federated Women's Christmas luncheon

* Crystal Cathedral Sunday evening service

* Disneyland Community Arts Showcase!

The Community Arts Showcase at Disneyland is an auditioned event for local performing groups. It is very competitive, as those who are chosen get to perform inside the park, and then get free admission! The Dickens Handchime Choir has been chosen for eight years in a row!

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    Auditions for this performing group are held each year in August, following a four day “Music Camp” where handchimes are introduced to interested home school students. A regular Friday music rehearsal schedule of 75 minutes begins in
    September for the coming school year, as a part of a larger music program involving over 60 students in choirs and other music related activities.

    Founder and director, Dellene Harned was originally a piano teacher and children’s choir helper at her church. She formed her own children’s choir when one of her daughters was home schooled – so that her daughter, could continue to participate in musical performances. That daughter became her mother’s assistant and taught the first class of handchimes!

  • From this initial adventure, 18 years ago, has come a weekly music school for other home schooled students. Classes have included music appreciation, pre-school music, reader’s theater, composer classes, graded handchime classes, music theory classes, honor choirs, and a patriotic performing group for girls.


  • The Dickens Handchime Choir is available for performances in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas of Southern California during the month of December.

     

     

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