We provide multiple services. First, we educate institutional leaders on the history and cultural importance of their tower bells. Second, we manage a competitive bidding process with bell maintenance firms to select the best one in terms of affordability, efficiency, and quality. Third, we relieve institutional leaders of the burden of managing the complicated process of bell repair. Fourth, we perform on bell instruments and teach others how to play them. Lastly, we design programming roadmaps to use bells in advancing an institution’s mission.
Efficiency and Transparency—We strive to educate our clients on the history and technology of bells, so they can make informed decisions about repairing, installing, and ringing them. At the same time, we aim to be efficient in our interactions with our clients so that they can focus less on the irrelevant details of bells and more on using them to further their own institutional agenda.
Appreciation of History—We value the cultural history of bells and the individual histories of bells within their home institutions. We respect the history of tower bell ringing within a particular tradition and honor it in our recommendations for repair and use.
Love of Beautiful Sound—We cherish the rich sound of bells. Bell sounds can range from the merely functional to sublimely musical, and we respect the different histories and functions of each. We strive to obtain and showcase the best sounds from a bell’s particular ringing tradition.
We promise to advance knowledge of bells
- We promise to share our knowledge of bell technology and history with clients. We will share our knowledge of bell technology to demystify the process and offer justifications for our recommendations. We also wish to educate institutional stakeholders of the important cultural history of bells so that they may value their bells more as a continuation of a long, rich history.
We promise to be transparent with our clients
- The technology behind bell casting and mounting is archaic and esoteric. We promise to be upfront with clients on all of their feasible options and the limitations of their project and of our own knowledge and experience. When budgeting, we will keep in mind not only initial but also future costs, including maintenance, programming, and performing expenses.
We promise to help institutions use bells to further their mission
- We promise to help institutions explore traditional and devise new ways of ringing their bells to engage their institutional and broader communities. We promise to keep the institutional mission high priority in designing bell performances and programs.
Contact us at communitybelladvocates [at] gmail dot com for questions or our help!
“When St. John Cantius Church decided to enhance its website by highlighting the parish’s three sets of bells/chimes, it asked Community Bell Advocates to assist in the research of the history of the bells and to take current photographs. Community Bell Advocates agreed to assist in the history and photography project. The results can be seen at our website www.cantius.org.
Not only were Community Bell Advocates consummately professional, their research uncovered a long-held error at the parish. For one set of bells, we were under the mistaken belief they were cast in Poland. Community Bell Advocates discovered that the bells were actually cast by the Royal Eijsbouts Bell Foundry in Asten, the Netherlands.
I highly recommend Community Bell Advocates for all your bell needs, not only consultation but also for research.”
-Joseph Phelps, Chicago