Bringing the Art of English Handbell Ringing to Southern California

Board Members

  • Artistic Director +

    Artistic Director Joe Rodriguez has been our Artistic Director since the founding of SDHR in 1999. He is also Director of Music and Organist at Faith Presbyterian Church near San Diego State University.
  • President +

    President Kathryn Kinslow became president of SDHR in 2017. She has been a member of the group for many years and has a keen business sense that keeps everything running smoothly for our 501(c)(3) non-profit status.
  • Secretary-Treasurer +

    Secretary-Treasurer Debbie Mason is one of the founding members of SDHR and currently serving as Secretary-Treasurer. In addition to taking and disseminating meeting minutes, she also maintains our records, budget, and reports, and handles donations, expenses, and related financial matters.
  • Events Coordinator +

    Events Coordinator Jenn Korngiebel has been with SDHR for almost as long as the group has been around. She has arguably the busiest board member job as the events coordinator. In addition to actively pursing performance opportunities and responding to inquiries for performances, she coordinates member availability to participate and manages logistics for every one of our performances.
  • Member at Large +

    Alan Blake is our current member-at-large. His duty is to keep SDHR informed on happenings in the community, attend annual meetings, and assist us as he is able.
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Are you an advanced handbell ringer with the talent, the ambition, and the commitment to join one of Southern California’s advanced ringing ensembles?

The San Diego Harmony Ringers want you!

Auditions are conducted by the Artistic Director and a Board member, and consist of four main sections:

  1. A written questionnaire covering personal background and basic handbell notation.
  2. Rhythm exercises
  3. Ensemble ringing. All auditionees will be asked to ring a given selection.  Sightreading, proper form and technique will be judged.
  4. A conversation with the Artistic Director and a designated member of the Board of Directors about the group’s expectations.

Successful applicants are asked to commit to one concert year, including regular Tuesday night rehearsals (6:45pm - 9:45pm) and all concert appearances. Rehearsals are held February through June and August through December.

Auditions are held annually in January (however, auditions to fill vacant positions may be arranged during the concert year).  Auditions for 2018 will be held on January 23rd and January 30th.

If you, or someone you know, are interested in auditioning for SDHR, please contact us today!  For an application you may contact us via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone: 619-540-9152 (Joe Rodriguez, Artistic Director), please leave a message.  The deadline for 2018 audition applications is January 18, 2018.



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"It's easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself."

Johann Sebastian Bach

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P.O. Box 151524
San Diego, CA 92175

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization
All donations are fully tax-deductible

First Sounds

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"First Sounds" audio CD available at any of our public or private events. Suggested donation is $5.