Welcome to Sonos Handbell Ensemble!   Artistic Director: James Meredith

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Widely considered the best handbell group in the US.

-- Sarah Cahill
East Bay Express

Their music stunned us all. The four thousand audience members went wild, just as we knew they would.

-- Garrison Keillor
Host, A Prairie Home Companion

Olympians of handbell ringers.

-- Joyce Johnson Hamilton
Music Director, Diablo Symphony

The musicianship ... is solid, and the musical values regarding repertoire and its execution are invariably of the highest order. So is the sound.

-- David Vernier

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How you can help Sonos with your time and talent

As a volunteer for Sonos, you will have a unique opportunity to help embody the mission and values of Sonos in our outreach to an ever widening public. The need for volunteers will continue to increase, and you can be right there with us, helping to make it all happen. The better our pool of volunteers, the less time our musicians have to spend worrying about the nuts and bolts of the organization, and the more focus they can put into making better and better music.

Please take a look at the list of tasks, below, and let us know which of these roles interest you. Also, remember that whatever else you might do for Sonos, one especially effective way of helping us is to tell your friends, relatives, and co-workers about us, and invite them to a concert.

Ways in which you can volunteer:


  • Work with the marketing committee to distribute information
  • Find more volunteers
  • Maintain mailing list
  • Develop and maintain publicity lists
  • Writing and distributing press releases
  • Creating artwork and other content for the Web site


  • Distributing the appeal letter--stuff envelopes, address envelopes, take to post office
  • Host at fundraising events that the Development committee arranges
  • Contact other organizations for potential partnerships
  • Type and send letter out for Rural and Inner City Grant
  • Plan and host receptions, fundraisers
  • Help with the grant research, writing

Office Work

  • Sort and file all correspondence
  • Type the updated long range plan
  • Type the updated handbook
  • Copy music artistic director needs copied

Concert Issues

  • Assist the artistic director or company manager on concert logistics
  • Usher
  • Set up for concerts
  • CD sales at concerts
  • Pack up after concerts
  • Help with receptions

Equipment Issues

  • Assist Equipment manager with bell logistics
  • Be roadies on tour


  • Planning, shopping for food or beverages at any retreats, long rehearsals

For more information on the volunteer opportunities, visit the VolunteerMatch Web site, let us know what you would like to help with, and someone will contact you.


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