Photo by Sally Bozzuto

Photo by Sally Bozzuto

Are you looking for more advanced ringing opportunities? Want to know what it’s like to perform with a high-level ensemble? Three Rivers Ringers has open positions and is looking for talented handbell musicians!

Mid-term auditions for TRR’s open positions for the 2016-2017 season will be held on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 10:00 AM at Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church in Pittsburgh, PA.

Audition Structure for August 27

  • Technical exercises intended to gauge rhythmic accuracy and technical proficiency
  • An informational interview with the directors of the ensemble
  • Prepared group piece: Auditionees are asked to prepare in advance for 2 separate positions for The Magnificent Seven, arr. Sondra Tucker, From the Top Publishing, Cat #20487.
  • Sightreading in a group setting at several different positions

Auditionees are responsible for providing their own sheet music (for the prepared piece), pencil, gloves, and music folder.  All auditionees are expected to have the prepared piece at performance level.

Three Rivers Ringers rehearses at Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church and performs on a variety of handbell instruments, including 6 1/2 octaves of Schulmerich handbells, 6 octaves of Schulmerich & Malmark handchimes and 2 octaves of Schulmerich Silver Melody Bells. Rehearsals are held on Sunday evenings from 6:00-9:00 pm with other rehearsals scheduled as needed based upon the ensemble’s performance schedule. Three Rivers Ringers repertoire covers a wide range of musical styles and genres, including original compositions written for the ensemble. The budget for the Three Rivers Ringers is primarily supported through financial contributions from the general public, the Board of Directors, and the Ringers themselves. Ringers selected for the 2016-2017 seasons are asked to make a suggested contribution towards the budget for the season.

To audition for the Three Rivers Ringers, please submit the audition application via email to Nancy Lutz, Artistic Director ( or by postal mail to Three Rivers Ringers, P.O. Box 79180, Pittsburgh, PA 15216. The application deadline is Monday, August 1, 2016. Our audition application form can be found below in two different formats.

TRR Audition Application 16-17 (DOCX)
TRR Audition Application 16-17 (PDF)

If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Lutz, Artistic Director ( or 412.341.1404).


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