Global Bronze Productions
Elevating Handbell Artistry to New Heights
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About

Passion. Dedication. Teamwork.

 

Every Ringer Counts

Building upon the classical tradition of tower bell ringing, Global Bronze Productions provides handbell ensembles with unique performance opportunities in renowned venues around the globe.  We seek to create a community of dedicated performers to share their passions and talents under some of the most accomplished clinicians in the industry. Working with a wide array of handbell literature, we invite our audiences to partake in a one-of-a-kind musical experience while expanding their knowledge of this ever-growing genre.

Residencies with GBP utilize non-table ringing techniques to expand the diversity of our programming - our ensembles are many different sizes, with no limitation to the number of ringers we can include.  From the fast-paced atmosphere of New York City to breathtaking settings throughout Europe and Asia, GBP residencies offer the chance to travel to exciting destinations while sharing in the artistry of handbell musicianship.  When we’re not organizing exciting and worry-free tours for the handbell community or creating opportunities for composers old and new to show their stuff, Global Bronze Production emphasizes education and introducing audiences to this new and unexplored generation of performers.  

 

Our Mission

Global Bronze Productions is a concert production company dedicated to organizing sensational performances of handbell music for audiences and renowned venues across the globe. We strive to bring together respected artists from around the world in an exciting and expanding community that celebrates a huge variety of handbell literature.

The global bronze difference:

The Global Bronze Difference lies in our exclusive dedication to the handbell community: when tours need organizing, guest ringers need finding, or new arrangements need debuting, you and your group are our first and only priority. Always with a deep commitment to exquisite musicianship, education and inclusivity, and teamwork and community, we provide unforgettable performance opportunities with some of the best clinicians in the genre and create new experiences that will be sure to inspire tomorrow’s ringers. Through our innovative programming, we aim to educate audiences about handbell literature and demonstrate that there’s so much more to handbell music than Christmas tunes.

At Global Bronze Productions, we utilize non-table ringing to expand the diversity of our programming. We regularly commission new works from esteemed and innovative composers and organize special concert events to premiere these unique pieces of music. A big part of our pledge to elevate handbell artistry is raising genre awareness, and sharing this specially commissioned music with the world is a dynamic step towards that goal. By combining a traditional musical style and longstanding performance groups with exciting new composers and arrangements, concert events by Global Bronze Productions take the world of handbell music into a new era!

 

Our Staff

 
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Julia
Falkenburg

Founder and General Director
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Lindsay
Cabaniss

Associate Director
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Neesa
Hart

Musical Director
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Paula
Zackeru

Founder, Sapphire Tours and Travel, GBP Preferred Travel Partner
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Kevin
McChesney

Conductor in Residence
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Phillip
Wayne

Composer in Residence
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Russell
Graf

Interim Creative Director,
Founder of Slam Studio
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Extended Bios

Julia Falkenburg

Founder and General Director
Julia Falkenburg, Soprano, is a New York City-based singer, performer, and entrepreneur. She has performed throughout the United States and Europe, at distinguished venues such as the Isaac Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Sinfonietta, the Arena di Verona, Piazza San Lorenzo, and the Palazzo dei Priori in Viterbo. A native of Stamford, Connecticut, she is also a cantorial soloist at Temple Sinai of Stamford.

Julia was introduced to the Handbell community in early 2018 through Neesa Hart, herself an avid ringer and member of the Handbell Musicians of America, and immediately fell in love with the genre. She was both shocked and perplexed to discover the lack of organizational and community resources easily available to handbell artists, so with her extensive experience in large-scale concert production and business development, she decided to start the world’s first and only handbell-specific production company, Global Bronze Productions. Julia holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, and will be pursuing her Masters in Business Administration at Baruch College (CUNY) in 2020.


Lindsay Cabaniss

Associate Director
Lindsay Cabaniss, Mezzo-Soprano, has performed across the United States with Respiro Opera in New York City, Utah Vocal Arts Academy, Bethesda Summer Music Festival, the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, Manhattan Opera Studio, and the College Light Opera Company in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.  Lindsay’s notable roles include the study of Charlotte from Massanett’s Werther, Cherubino in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, The Witch in Sondheim’s Into the Woods, Nettie Fowler in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel, and Baba in Menotti’s The Medium. She will also be covering the role of Hansel in Hansel and Gretel with Madison Lyric Stage in Connecticut in Fall 2019.

Lindsay graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music from the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford. In addition to her extensive background in opera and musical theater, she continues to perform as a concert soloist and church cantor throughout Connecticut. She could not be more excited to use her diverse background to help create unforgettable performance experiences for the handbell community worldwide.


Neesa Heart

Musical Director
Neesa Hart started playing bells at age 10 after years of failed piano lessons.  She is the Programming Director at the Stafford Regional Handbell Society in Virginia, as well as the administrator of the Society's innovative Bells After School program and the director of the Society's top youth ringing ensemble.  An avid fan of handbells in all settings, she is always thinking of bigger and better ways to build the audience for bells. Neesa is also the co-creator of The Great Christmas Ring, a communal mass ringing held in venues around the world each December, and was instrumental in introducing the amazing event to New York City’s Carnegie Hall.


Paula Zackeru

Founder, Sapphire Tours and Travel, GBP Preferred Travel Partner
Paula brings over 30 years of experience to the Travel Industry. The foundation of her career as a Travel Consultant is based on group travel for choirs, bands and theatre groups. Paula’s main focus when working with a client is to create an itinerary that will meet the group leader’s budgetary requirements while exceeding their expectations. “I believe that it is very important to listen to a client’s needs, learn from their previous experiences and offer suggestions to create a package that appeals to everyone in the group. Travel is meant to be unique to each customer and I offer that flexibility with all of my clients.”


Kevin McChesney

Conductor in Residence
Kevin McChesney graduated with highest honors from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a Bachelor of Music in Composition and Music Theory. A composer and arranger of handbell music, Kevin currently has over 1000 titles in print and is one of the very few musicians who makes handbells a full-time vocation. He is the Conductor in Residence for Global Bronze Productions, which is creating opportunities for handbell performances in major venues, including Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, prominent concert halls in Nashville, Chicago, and New Orleans, and Resonance – an event for teens and college ringers to be performed at the Lincoln Memorial, and many, many more high-profile events in the US and around the world .

Kevin takes great pride in being the clinician for the national advanced youth ringer event, the National Honors Handbell Ensemble – the favorite project of his career!

He is Music Director of one of the premier handbell concert groups, the Pikes Peak Ringers of Colorado Springs, and is also the Artistic Advisor for the Atlanta Concert Ringers. His work with PPR includes the premiere and 13 further performances of his Concerto for Handbell Choir and Orchestra, and a recording with world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

In addition, his music has been played on the Boston Pops stage. He has won numerous awards for his work, including winning American Guild of English Handbell Ringers Composition Contests and Jeffers Composer of the Year. Kevin is the handbell editor for Jeffers Handbell Supply and the RingingWord catalog. He is also co-founder of the Solo To Ensemble Project, STEP, http://www.sonologymusic.com. He is in demand throughout the handbell world as a composer/arranger, workshop clinician, and festival conductor. Kevin lives in Colorado Springs, CO, with his wife Tracy and their cats, Pearl and Aileen.


Phillip Wayne

Composer in Residence
Phillip Wayne was born and raised in Berwick, Louisiana and received a Bachelor’s degree in Instrumental Music Education, with additional studies in Vocal Music. He continued his formal music training at Louisiana State University, where he received a Master’s degree in Music with an emphasis on Instrumental Conducting and Music Education Research Methods. He has directed vocal and instrumental groups in Louisiana elementary and high schools as well as churches. While serving as Children’s Director of Music at a large church in Baton Rouge, Phillip formed Frick and Frack Music with his creative partner Neesa Hart and began writing Broadway-style musicals for young people. He currently serves as the musical director for the Stafford Regional Handbell Society, one of America’s largest community based handbell organizations. Phillip is proud to be a part of the Global Bronze Productions team as a writer and clinician for the many handbell events and opportunities provided to the handbell musicians in America and abroad.


Russell Graf

Interim Creative Director, Founder of Slam Studio
Russell is the Founder and Creative Director of Slam Studio, an independent design agency that works with businesses to increase brand equity through the elevation of branding, the creation of cohesive marketing material suites, and the development of beautifully accessible websites. His past clients range from Fortune 500 companies like Bain Capital and General Atlantic to social justice startups and trendy tea retailers. His professionalism, communication skills, and passion for web design shine through all of his projects; that’s why his clients keep calling back. Russell loves that the elements of design have such a powerful impact on brand perceptions and people’s lives, and he looks forward to putting his passion to work for Global Bronze Productions. He has a BA in Advertising and PR from the University of Hartford and a BFA in Visual Communication Design from the Hartford Art School.