Buck­nell Uni­ver­sity bell choir per­forms clas­sic hymns at Salem Church

Among the per­form­ers is Buck­nell se­nior Amanda Miller from Kutztown

The Hamburg Area Item - - Local News - By Kolleen Long Salem EC

Buck­nell Uni­ver­sity’s Rooke Chapel Ringers will per­form a bell choir con­cert of orig­i­nal mu­sic and clas­sic hymns at Salem Church, 2150 Old Route 22, Len­hartsville, on Sun­day, Jan. 14.

The 3 p. m. per­for­mance will fea­ture the 14 mem­bers in the Rooke Chapel Ringers from Buck­nell Uni­ver­sity, Lewis­burg.

Among the per­form­ers is Buck­nell Uni­ver­sity se­nior Amanda Miller, who hails from Kutztown and at­tends Salem Church with her fam- ily. A mu­sic ed­u­ca­tion ma­jor with a mi­nor in arts en­trepreneur­ship, Miller has been a part of the Rooke Chapel Ringers since her fresh­man year.

“The con­cert will be about an hour and a half with an in­ter­mis­sion,” Miller said, and will in­clude orig­i­nal pieces for hand bells as well as tran­scrip­tions of well- known hymns. “We’ll also be play­ing quite a few Christ­mas se­lec­tions that we per­formed [ dur­ing] Buck­nell’s an­nual Christ­mas Can­dle­light ser­vices.”

“We typ­i­cally de­cide on the pro­gram as the tour goes on, so I can’t guar- an­tee ex­actly which songs we’ll be play­ing!”

Each year, Miller ex­plains, the group takes a tour and per­forms in the home towns of se­nior mem­bers. She has been an­tic­i­pat­ing the trip to Salem for years and is ex­cited her turn has fi­nally come.

“It’s al­ways a lot of fun to meet mem­bers’ friends and fam­i­lies and see where they are from. Now as a se­nior my­self, I can say that it’s re­ally spe­cial for each of us to bring a group of our friends to our home­towns and share our mu­sic with the lo­cal com­mu­nity. It’s a great way to give back to all the peo­ple who helped us grow into the col­le­giate mu­si­cians we are to­day.”

Miller said the per­for­mance will in­clude fun el­e­ments and a few sur­prises. “I think au­di­ences en- joy lis­ten­ing to an en­sem­ble that they don’t hear ev­ery day. The sound of hand bells is beau­ti­ful and the mu­sic we per­form can be en­joyed by ev­ery­one.”

The per­for­mance will wrap up the tour, which also in­cluded stops in Seaford, New York, and Cald­well, New Jer­sey. The Rooke Chapel Ringers are directed by Sa­muel Robin­son.

The pub­lic is wel­come to at­tend the 3 p. m. con­cert at Salem Church on Jan. 14. For de­tails, visit the con­cert’s event page on Face­book ( see face­book.com/WeAreSalem’s event page) or by call­ing the church of­fice at 610- 562- 5033.


The Rooke Chapel Ringers will per­form a 3p. m. con­cert at Salem Church, Len­hartsville, on Jan. 14.


The pub­lic is in­vited to at­tend the con­cert by the Rooke Chapel Ringers will per­form a 3 p. m. con­cert at Salem Church, Len­hartsville, on Jan. 14.


The Rooke Chapel Ringers are all stu­dents from Buck­nell Uni­ver­sity and in­clude Amanda Miller, a grad­u­ate from Kutztown Area High School.

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