Composer to conductjoint handbell ensemble


Tim Waugh composed “CreationEtere,” a tribute to the space shuttle Columbia and her crew. Waugh will direct a handbell concert March 3 in Fort Wayne.


Approximately 60 to 70 handbell ringers from five area churches will join in a free, public concert featuring an internationally recognized performance arts educator.

The music will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at Trinity English Lutheran Church, 450 W. Washington Blvd., Fort Wayne. The concert will be in the church nave. Participating ringers will be from: Emmanuel Lutheran Church, New Haven; First Mennonite Church, Berne; and First Wayne Street United Methodist Church, Plymouth Congregational Church and Trinity ELC in Fort Wayne. The massed handbell ensembles will play under the direction of conductor, composer and performance arts educator Tim Waugh.

Mitch Rorick is the associate director of music at Trinity ELC, and the director of the two handbell choirs. “Tim’s conducting, workshop and performance travels have taken him to almost every U.S. state and Canada, England, Ireland, Hong Kong and Puerto Rico,” Rorick said. “His composition ‘CreationEtere,’ a piece for handbells, brass and organ to memorialize the space shuttle Columbia and her crew, was electronically played aboard the International Space Station.”

Waugh retired from a career spanning 33 years of public school music education. He serves with award-winning choral groups in southern West Virginia and churches in West Virginia and North Carolina. Waugh is the artistic director and founding conductor of Charlotte Bronze Handbell Ensemble, a professional community choir, based in uptown Charlotte, N.C.