The solo handbell artistry of Christine D. Anderson is world-renowned. With finesse, grace and dexterity, Christine's solo handbell artistry has thrilled audiences in concert halls across the country and around the world. Christine is an exceptional and dynamic musician in every respect. Christine maintains a standard of excellence that is worthy of any concert venue and worship experience. Christine feels that her music is a tool for her tremendous witness for Christ and her deep love for the Lord.
Christine is a phenomenal musical leader with special insight into "what could be". She doesn't let difficulties stop her, and not only solves the technical problems before her, but also makes the solutions artistic and beautiful. It is a joy to work with her because she is simultaneously professional and accessible, and helps others to improve their skills while she demonstrates the wonderful ministry abilities that God has given her to share with the world.
When bells were purchased in 1972 at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, Ft. Lauderdale, 11 choir members were selected to form the first handbell choir. None of them knew a thing about bells, so they all learned together, helped along by Don Allured, Dan Hermany, and other clinicians. After 5 years of enjoyable ringing, Christine decided to return to college (Florida Atlantic University) to complete her music degree as a voice major. In lieu of a senior vocal recital, she wrote a thesis on The History and Practice of the English Handbell, and produced a video called Voices in Bronze, featuring the handbell choir she rang in and helped conduct.
At the time of the taping, Dan Miller filled in for an absentee ringer, and rang a solo. Christine was astonished – she didn't know handbell ringing was anything but a group sport! Her second thought was, "I wonder if I could do that?" After experimenting alone before bell practice, Christine "discovered her gift - at age 30." Eventually Christine became a sales representative taking the art of handbell ringing to churches and schools through workshops and solo ringing.
Since very little music was available in 1981 for solo handbells, Christine wrote and choreographed her own arrangements, with the help of outstanding piano composers. The first book, Songs For The Solo Ringer, was published in 1987 by Hope Publishing Company. Several publishers have now produced over 100 of Christine's arrangements, 3 CDs, 2 cassettes, 4 videos, and 1 DVD.
Christine is honored to represent Malmark as a salesperson in California. Feel free to contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org