Kimberlee F. Strepka
Handbell Artistry Clinician, Author & Arranger
Kimberlee has been teaching music for more than twenty-five years and pioneering the application of Rudolf Laban’s Movement Theories to handbell ringing artistry for the past fourteen years. She is a nationally-recognized clinician with the Handbell Musicians of America and enjoys teaching on a variety of topics through the lens of Movement Theory. Kim received a Bachelor of Music in choral music education from the Hartt School of Music, West Harford, CT, and a Master of Music in music education (research) from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where her Laban-integrated approach to ringing was the subject of her Masters thesis. She is currently a DMA Candidate in music education at Boston University. Kim has done graduate work at the Choral Institute in St. Moritz, Switzerland, and at the Laban/Barteneiff Institute of Movement Studies in Manhattan.
She founded the teen handbell ensemble, the Bronze Ambassadors, that toured throughout the United States, performed on four television networks, and appeared at regional and national AGEHR events from 1997 through 2010. Kim served on the Area 1 Board of the Handbell Musicians of America as the Education Liaison, and rang with the New England Ringers during their Decade season. Kim was the 2014 guest clinician for the Handbell Musicians of America National Seminar's "Distinctly Teen" event in Atlanta, GA, and is currently the music teacher at the United Christian Academy in Newport, VT. She is also a GIA author, published handbell arranger, and collaborator with Dan Goeller Music. For more information or to schedule a workshop, contact: LabanBells@gmail.com