Update on Vaccination Policy
The Three Rivers Ringers Board of Directors has examined the risks given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and weighed options with the goal of keeping all ringers, audiences and hosts safe. The Board has decided that all musicians and artistic staff for Three Rivers Ringers must be fully vaccinated to participate in the 2021-2022 concert season. If a potential ringer is only partially vaccinated as of the audition date, or if a person needs a medical or other exemption from this policy, it will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the Artistic Director or the Managing Director if you have any questions or concerns.
Three Rivers Ringers auditions musicians for all positions every 2 years. The next audition date is Saturday, August 28, 2021. See below for an information form that must be completed if you wish to audition.
- 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 “Thundersnow” by Elizabeth Peters; From the Top Music, Cat #MFM20642, available here:
- 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 7 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 ensemble are asked to make a suggested contribution towards the budget for the season. Auditionees must confirm availability for all concert “hold” dates for the coming year. All dates that must be held are listed on page 4 of the Audition Application. Please note that Three Rivers Ringers only accepts musicians age 18 or older.
To audition for the Three Rivers Ringers, please download and complete the Audition Application and email it to Linda Boice, Interim Artistic Director (firstname.lastname@example.org) or send postal mail to Three Rivers Ringers, P.O. Box 79180, Pittsburgh, PA 15216.
The deadline to submit the audition application is August 1, 2021.
Download the Audition Information Form here:
If you have any questions, please contact Linda Boice, Interim Artistic Director (email@example.com).