About Us

Tapestry began in July 2001 as a daytime ministry. The original quartet has twice expanded to a quintet. Sadly, this year Lucille Rankin has retired from the group, so we are once again a quartet.  After living through the Covid-19 pandemic, we are thrilled to be rehearsing again . We enjoy ringing a wide variety of challenging repertoire and sharing the stories behind the music we play. With great anticipation, we look forward to playing for live audiences again for the Christmas season of 2021!

 

Tapestry performs approximately 20 concerts each year, primarily at nursing homes, retirement communities, churches, civic groups and schools, and also performs in various concert series in the Tidewater area of Virginia. 

 

Highlights include attending and performing at the Handbell Musicians of America Area III Director’s Seminar, the International Handbell Symposium in Toronto, Canada, the Area III Intergenerational Handbell Festival in Hickory, NC, the Solo to Ensemble Extravaganza in Villanova, Pennsylvania, and the International Handbell Symposium in Orlando, Florida. Tapestry was a featured performing ensemble for the Tidewater Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) Region III Convention where we premiered a commissioned, unpublished quartet arrangement, Variations on "Prospect", by Michael Keller.  The Ruth Morse Wilson Handbell Award from the National Federation of Music Clubs was awarded to Tapestry in 2004. 

 

Monumental United Methodist Church in downtown Portsmouth, Virginia sponsors Tapestry Handbell Ensemble and allows us to use their Schulmerich Handbells for rehearsals and concerts.  Click on the link to learn more about our sponsoring church.

 

 

Tapestry Members:

Lynn Dash
 

Lynn joined Tapestry in 2012.  She has been ringing handbells since 1990 and is also a member of Virginia Handbell Consort.  Other musical activities include playing the flute and singing.  In her spare time Lynn loves knitting, quilt making, reading and beach combing.

Ann Morgan
 
Ann is an orginial member of Tapestry and has been ringing handbells for more than twenty five years.  She is also a charter member of Virginia Handbell Consort.  Ann is an avid quilt maker and loves baseball and her beloved Orioles.
Go O's!
Al Reese
 

Al is a musician of many talents, which include playing trumpet, singing, composing, and directing. He also has a wealth of handbell experience including solo ringing and ringing in groups of all sizes. He has been director of Virginia Handbell Consort since 2008 and has recently joined the staff at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Suffolk, VA. 

Al is a world class punster!

Debbie Robertson
Debbie is a retired teacher and reading specialist and has many years of experience ringing handbells. She plays flute and is also a member of Virginia Handbell Consort.