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About Us

Global Bronze Productions provides handbell ensembles and individual ringers with unique performance opportunities in world-renowned venues. We seek to create a community of dedicated performers to share their passions and talents.  Working with some of the most well-known and talented conductors and directors in handbells, and performing a wide array of handbell literature, we invite audiences to partake in a one-of-a-kind musical experience while expanding their knowledge of our beloved instrument.

Residencies with GBP utilize non-table ringing techniques to expand the diversity and opportunities for handbell performance.  Our event performance 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 the US, Canada, Latin America, Europe and Asia, GBP residencies offer the chance to travel to exciting destinations while sharing your love of handbell musicianship. When we’re not organizing exciting and worry-free tours for the handbell community, Global Bronze Production emphasizes education and introducing audiences and young musicians to the rich tapestry of handbell performance and ringing.

Neesa Hart

Concert Operations Director and Music 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.

Phillip W. Lanier

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.

Phillip W. Lanier

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.

Phillip W. Lanier

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.

Phillip W. Lanier

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.

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, a New York City-based concert production company dedicated to organizing performances of handbell music in renowned venues across the globe. Bringing together respected artists from around the world, Global Bronze Productions is curating exciting events that expand musical opportunities for the handbell community. https://www.globalbronzeproductions.com/

Kevin takes great pride in being the clinician for the national advanced youth ringer event, the National Honors Handbell Ensemble. This artistic and exciting event is the favorite project of Kevin’s career! http://www.nationalhonorshandbellensemble.com and www.staffordhandbells.org

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, Kevin has conducted at Carnegie Hall and 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, https://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.

Julia Falkenburg

Founder and Events Consultant
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.

Katie Kennedy

Director of Eastern Concert Development
Katie Kennedy is a Virginia native, after moving from Florida at age 3! She began her bell ringing career WAY back in elementary school. She played in her school’s auditioned all chime choir. She had seen handbells played in church many times, but it always seemed like something “only adults do.” After graduating university, she re-discovered a love of handbells (and chimes!) She enjoys being at both sides of the table, directing and playing! Katie is currently a player in the Stafford Handbell Society and the handbell director of First Baptist Church, Ashland, Virginia. When she’s not playing bells, she enjoys reading, spending time with friends and family and binge watching new TV shows on Netflix. Katie is very excited to join GBP on this exciting new adventure!

Tracy McChesney

Director of Western Concert Development
Tracy began ringing handbells with her church choir (directed by Kevin McChesney) in 1989. She was instantly hooked and began dabbling in ensemble ringing and substituting in the advanced adult choir. In 1991 she became a founding member of Pikes Peak Ringers (directed by Kevin McChesney). Since handbells had become such an important part of her life, she married Kevin McChesney in 1998! Over the years she has played in countless festivals, numerous tours and national events. She was a founding member of Forte Handbell Ensemble and had a blast playing with them for eight years. Other handbell highlights include the world premier of Kevin McChesney's "Ring of Fire" concerto for handbells and orchestra, playing the concerto with nine orchestras across the country, Pinnacle 2010 in Nashville, TN with Forte, PPR recording "Dona Nobis Pachem" with Yo-Yo Ma, and the Great Christmas Ring at Carnegie Hall 2019. When she isn't playing handbells, she can be found scouring the Internet for new and exciting recipes and doing crossword puzzles. She lives in Colorado Springs with her husband, Kevin, and two cats, Pearl and Aileen.