Support CBHE’s CD Project

Charlotte Bronze Handbell Ensemble is embarking on its very first CD project and we need your help! This CD will include many Christmas handbell tunes and some the group’s personal favorites. Producing a CD takes full dedication of all our ringers and we’ve been hard at work polishing each track. Here’s where you come in! Recording, editing, and artwork are the bulk of our expense and are exactly why we are launching this campaign. Any donation you could give, no matter the size, would be greatly appreciated!

We are planning to record in January and will need funds as soon as we begin that process. Please consider donating and supporting our project. This CD promises to be one of a kind!  Click here for more information!

CBHE Holiday Concerts

The Charlotte Bronze Handbell Ensemble, the largest community handbell group in the Piedmont, will perform their free holiday concerts on December 20 and 21. CBHE will perform on Sunday, December 20 at 4:30 PM in the Family Life Center Gym at Morning Star Lutheran Church, 12509 Idlewild Road, Matthews, NC. The following day, on Monday, December 21 at 7:00 PM, CBHE will perform in the sanctuary at First United Methodist Church at 501 N. Tryon Street in Charlotte, NC. The “Welcome, Yule” concerts will be directed by Charlotte Bronze’s Artistic Director and Conductor Timothy H Waugh. The concerts are free and open to the public, and families are welcome. A free-will offering will be received to support the ongoing mission of Charlotte Bronze Handbell Ensemble.

Twenty-two ringers ranging in age from 15 to 60+ will perform on four sets of bells (two sets of Malmark, one set of Schulmerich and one set of Whitechapel) and two set of handchimes (both Malmark).  The program will include old favorites such as “Silent Night” and “Sleigh Ride,” as well as newer arrangements of “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing” and “Carol of the Three Kings.”

The Charlotte Bronze Handbell Ensemble includes two community handbell groups and was founded in March of 2011. Just five years old, the group has already performed in many festivals and events in Charlotte and across the state.

“Christmas at St. Germaine” with CBHE and Mark Schweizer

Charlotte Bronze Handbell Ensemble is pleased to present “Christmas at St. Germaine,” an evening of short stories and Christmas music featuring noted author Mark Schweizer on Sunday, December 6, at 7:00 PM. The evening of music, stories and dessert will be at McGill Baptist Church, 5300 Poplar Tent Road, Concord, NC 28027. Dr. Schweizer has written 13 books featuring the fictional town of St. Germaine, NC and the town’s police chief and Episcopal church choirmaster, Hayden Konig. Come enjoy the funny anecdotes of life in St. Germaine while you feast on Christmas dessert and listen to Christmas selections from the Charlotte Bronze Handbell Ensemble. You never know which characters from St. Germaine may pop in for a visit!

Tickets can be purchased in advance by contacting the Charlotte Bronze Handbell Ensemble’s general manager Ed Tompkins at 704.847.4502 or emailing the group at  Preferred “Ring-side” seating is $25 a ticket, while general admission tickets are $20. Proceeds from ticket sales will support Charlotte Bronze Handbell Ensemble.

In addition to enjoying Christmas music played on handbells and handchimes, this is a chance to meet author Mark Schweizer. In 1974, Mark, a brand-new high-school graduate decided to eschew the family architectural business and become an opera singer. Against all prevailing wisdom and despite jokes from his peers such as “What does the music major say after his first job interview?” (answer: You want fries with that?), he enrolled in the Music School at Stetson University. To his father, the rationale was obvious. No math requirement.

Everything happens for a reason, however, and he now lives and works as a musician, composer, author and publisher in Tryon, North Carolina with his lovely wife, Donis. If anyone finds out what he’s up to, he’ll have to go back to work at Mr. Steak. He actually has a bunch of degrees, including a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Arizona. I know! What were they thinking?

In the field of bad writing, Mark had the distinction of receiving a Dishonorable Mention in the 2006 BULWER-LYTTON FICTION CONTEST, an annual contest in which the entrants compete for the dubious honor of having composed the worst opening sentence to an imaginary novel. In 2007, his sentence now found on page 17 of The Mezzo Wore Mink was runner-up in the Detective Category. This, and two other of his entries, were featured in It Was A Dark and Stormy Night: A Collection of the Worst Fiction Ever Written, edited by Scott Rice and published by The Friday Project.

In varying stages of his career, Mark has waited tables, written articles for, won opera competitions, sung oratorios, taught in college music departments, raised pot-bellied pigs and hedgehogs, directed church choirs, sung the bass solo to Beethoven’s 9th with the Atlanta Symphony, hosted a classical music radio show, taught in a seminary, sung recitals, started a regional opera company, published choral music, built a log cabin, written opera librettos, directed stage productions, helped his wife to raise their two children and managed to remain married for thirty-seven years. He also owns several chainsaws.

Well, Donis says, it’s never boring.

Mark Schweizer describes the start of liturgical mystery series as, “In the fall of 2001, I began what I hoped would be a funny little book about an Episcopal choir director/ detective that had a flair for bad writing. Now, fourteen years later, that book, The Alto Wore Tweed, is still getting laughs and the rest of the books (bad writing aside) are winning awards and working hard to catch up. Thanks to you, the Hayden Konig adventures continue to make their way into the hands of mystery lovers and across church choirs, one reader and singer at a time.”




Timothy H Waugh, artistic director and conductor

Anyone interested in ringing with Charlotte Bronze either for Fall/Christmas 2015 and/or Winter/Spring 2016 needs to attend auditions on Monday, August 24, from 7 – 9 PM at Morning Star Lutheran Church, 12509 Idlewild Road, Matthews, NC 28105. Auditions consist of sight-reading new handbell music, level 3+ to level 6, in varied positions (treble, battery, bass, and low bass). Questions about the ensemble or auditions can be addressed to General Manager Ed Tompkins at

Important notes:

  • Attendance at every Monday night rehearsal is expected. Absences slow down the learning process. Regular rehearsals are at First United Methodist Church, 501 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte NC.
  • Participation in the ensemble includes paying a membership fee and semester dues. The one-time membership fee is $50. Semester dues are $75 and due at the start of each semester. Full-time students age 24 and younger get a discount of 50% on dues only.
  • All people who audition will receive a calendar of events. They include a Saturday retreat in October and a Saturday retreat in February. One of the spring concerts will be in Raleigh, NC. We are also negotiating concerts in Columbia SC and Winston-Salem NC. Also, a CD will be recorded this fall. Recording dates and location will be added to this schedule.


Spring Concert Announcement

CBHE is excited to announce our fifth year of annual spring concerts.  A free-will offering received at both concerts to support CBHE’s programs.

“Eclectic Bronze”
Charlotte Bronze Handbell Ensemble
Timothy H Waugh, Conductor and Artistic Director

Saturday, May 16 at 7:00 PM
Mt. Zion United Methodist Church
Family Life Center
19600 Zion Avenue Cornelius, NC 28031

Sunday, May 17 at 7:00 PM
First United Methodist Church
501 North Tryon Street Charlotte, NC 28202
Admission is free.

CBHE Leads 2015 NC Baptist PraisRing

CBHE was honored to lead the 2015 NC Baptist PraisRing last weekend, April 17-18, in Greensboro, North Carolina.  PraisRing was held at the Koury Convention Center. Timothy H Waugh, CBHE’s Artistic Director and Conductor and Edmund F. Tompkins, CBHE’s General Manager were the clinicians, and personnel from CBHE taught classes and assisted. A special mini-concert by CBHE was offered at 10:30am on Saturday in the Guildford Ballroom was open the public.

CBHE members Karen Shuford and Matthew Eden teach a small ensemble class in Greensboro on April 17, 2015.

CBHE members Karen Shuford and Greg Underwood teach a small ensemble class in Greensboro on April 17, 2015.

Part of the setup at the Koury Convention Center for 2015 NC Baptist PraisRing.

Part of the setup at the Koury Convention Center for 2015 NC Baptist PraisRing.

CBHE Spring Auditions

Charlotte Bronze Handbell Ensemble has openings for three ringers in one of its two ensembles. The Charlotte NC based ensemble consists of 21 ringers and two full five octave groups of ringers. Rehearsals are every Monday night in uptown Charlotte at First United Methodist Church. The group is led by Artistic Director Timothy H Waugh. For more information, contact general manager Ed Tompkins at

Holiday Concerts


Join Charlotte Bronze Handbell Ensemble in welcoming in the season with its Annual Holiday Concert! You have two great opportunities and two great venues to hear this unique group!

Sunday, December 21 4:30 PM MorningStar Lutheran Church
12509 Idlewild Road Matthews North Carolina Family Life Center Gym

Monday, December 22 7:00 PM First United Methodist Church
501 N. Tryon Street Charlotte North Carolina Sanctuary

Old favorites such as “White Christmas” and “Sleigh Ride” will be performed with new arrangements of “A La Ru” and “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.” Original handbell compositions will include Arnold Sherman’s “Laudation” and “Cascades.” These holiday concerts are free and open to the public.

An offering to support CBHE will be received. For further information, contact CBHE General Manager Ed Tompkins at or phone 704.847.4502.