bell-van-ge-list: \bell-van' je-list\ 1. An individual who is an enthusiastic advocate of handbells. 2. A passionate handbell ringer who endlessly recruits new ringers or begins new handbell choirs. 3. One who exhibits disbelief that any other activity could take precedence over handbell ringing.
Welcome to the world of Bob and Roberta Erickson! Roberta is the bellvangelist as declared by her husband Bob. She has been an avid handbell ringer since 2002 and has passed her passion on to her husband, who frequently rings with her and assists with the many logistics required with this wonderful instrument.
Roberta has bellvangelized as the director of handbells at Oakmont Presbyterian Church. Her efforts in bellvangelism have resulted in the formation of a handchime choir at The United Church of Christ in Harrison City, PA and in the resurrection of the handbell choir at The United Presbyterian Church of New Kensington, where she was the director of handbells from 2008 to 2012. Her latest bellvangelistic activity exposed students and parents at the City Music Center of Duquesne University to the joys of handbell ringing through the development of various ensembles with frequent participation in recitals. Needless to say, her love of and proficiency with the art of handbell ringing, are the very definition of bellvangelism.
In addition to Roberta's dedication to directing handbells and encouraging others to take up ringing, she is herself an accomplished handbell soloist, having studied with a variety of industry notables in both workshop and private lesson scenarios. Included in her list of coaches are Christine Anderson, Sueda Luttrel, Beth Klein and Michael Kastner.
Together with her husband Bob, they frequently share their music ministry with congregations and organizations throughout southwestern Pennsylvania. They are available for worship services, weddings, memorial services, special programs and concerts. Click on the Schedule for a listing of upcoming performance dates and locations.
Robert and Roberta Erickson at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Heinz Hall, Duet Handbells