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Nancy Hascall

Handbell soloist, clinician, composer, conductor


About Nancy








About Nancy
Nancy Hascall has performed as a handbell soloist since 1989 and teaches solo and ensemble ringing at all levels, both privately and for regional and national handbell events. As a performer she has become known for her graceful ringing style and musical sensitivity, as well as her dazzling technique and extensive use of multiple-bell ringing techniques. In her quest for greater musicality and wider repertoire, Nancy developed a system of techniques called "traveling four-in-hand," which, through economy of motion, enables ringers to play more musically and negotiate difficult passages with less effort.

Combining her technical expertise plus thirty years of music teaching experience, Nancy is able to inspire, encourage, and communicate with students in a positive and constructive way. She has authored several articles  on ringing techniques for Overtones, the professional journal of the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers (AGEHR),  and has numerous compositions and arrangements in print, including works for handbell solo, duet, quartet, and choir. She recently completed her first CD recording, "Ringing From the Heart."  

Nancy directs a Portland, OR, area community handbell ensemble, Bells of the Cascades  and the Sanctuary Bell Choir at Portland First United Methodist Church, and has conducted a variety of massed ringing events

A resident of Lake Oswego, Oregon, Nancy is the founder and artistic director of the Oswego Handbell Ensemble (temporarily on hiatus), along with her husband Glen, a systems programmer who is also an accomplished handbell ringer and clinician.  Both Glen and Nancy also ring in the Covenant Bell Choir at Lake Grove Presbyterian Church  where Nancy was first introduced to handbells more than twenty years ago, and where she also currently serves as a staff keyboardist. 

Nancy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education and Vocal Performance from Albertson College of Idaho  where she graduated magna cum laude.  Prior to adopting handbells as her profession, she directed church choirs, taught private lessons in piano and flute, and for 22 years taught music to young children in the Yamaha Music Education System.

ŠNancy Hascall 2003 www.HeavenlyHandbells.com