Both of the ARC has musical choirs play year-round!
ALL year round The ARC English Hand Bell and Chime Choirs play for schools,
clubs, businesses, fairs, senior centers... They not only share there wonderful musical
talents, but also awareness to the community. If you would like one of the choirs
to play at your next event call (818) 762-4365 ask for Carol for the Bell Choir or
Pat for the Chime Choir. Or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The purpose of the ARC Hand Bell Choir & the ARC Chime Choir is not only to
provide artistic expression for the musicians but also to let the world know that
people with developmental disabilities have many abilities; and that they are ready,
willing and able to be part of the community. And each and every time we entertain,
the Bell & Chime Ringers shine with success as they are recognized for their talents
and contributions to the community.
The ARC Hand Bell Choir
The ARC English Hand Bell Choir began in 1985 when Founders Dixie Henrikson &
Mary Schallert saw this special style of music performed in Missouri. Thanks to
a grant from HR Textron in the San Fernando Valley, we purchased 24 hand bells.
Originally, beginning by just learning one bell at a time, with practice and dedication
our abilities grew and now we perform special music using 4 1/2 octaves—that’s 42
The Hand Bell Choir has performed at many functions and for many groups for
more than 20 years averaging about 60 public performances annually: The Dorothy
Chandler Pavilion, Live on KCET TV at the LA County Holiday Celebration, Anaheim
Stadium, for the Viking Charities, the Ronald McDonald Camp Good Times, LA City Council,
the L.A. County Fair, Aquarium of the Pacific, Special Olympics Opening Ceremonies,
NOHO Arts Festival, for Special Education Administrators, Teachers and Students,
for Rotarians, Knights of Columbus, Optimists, the Elks, Order of Alhambra, Women’s
Clubs, Garden Clubs, Churches, Schools, and local businesses.
The ARC Chime Choir
The Chime Choir has been performing since 1999 and their audiences are growing
and growing! They practice weekly for two hours during the ARC Activity Day Program.
The choir was developed to extend the opportunity of community outreach to more individuals
at ARC. The Chime Choir members practice and perform using Schulmerich Hand Chimes.
The choir members are very proud of their success within the community. Their performances
include senior centers, churches & schools, assisted living & retirement homes, square