Handbell Composer Conductor Clinician
Moklebust (b. 1958) has developed and directed handbell music programs since
1983, and has played bells since childhood. With her dynamic, positive
approach and skilled conducting, she is in national demand as a handbell
clinician and festival conductor. As one of today's most popular handbell
music composers, she has numerous published compositions and arrangements to her
credit, many of them reaching bestseller status. Her music has been
described as "pure joy to ring and listen to, having a uniquely delightful sense
of melodic and rhythmic interaction, with elegant form and style." She has been commissioned
to write music for festivals and other events, as well as for many individual
handbell ensembles, including seven for the Raleigh Ringers.
Cathy has been the recipient of the Donald E. Allured Composition Award, the
2005 “Composer of the Year” award from Jeffers Handbell Supply, and has won an
ASCAP Writer’s Award every year since 2001. In 2007 she was a guest conductor
for the National Residential Ringing Week
at Kingston University, Kingston-upon-Thames, UK.
Moklebust began her musical career as a public school instrumental music
instructor in South Dakota. She is an active percussionist, and has performed
as principal or section percussionist with several professional and community bands and
orchestras throughout the upper Midwest, currently playing with the Karl L. King
Municipal Band of Fort Dodge, IA since 1997. Cathy has played in and conducted
church and community handbell ensembles in South Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa,
most recently founding the North Central Iowa Handbell Ensemble. Since
1989, she has worked in the music retail and publishing
industry, and currently operates Moklebust Music Services, a music editing and engraving service with her
earned both her B.A. (Music/Percussion, 1982) and M.Ed. (Teacher Education/Music,
1988) at South Dakota State University, in her hometown of Brookings, SD. Her handbell education began in 1970 with the Towers Handbell Choir of First
Lutheran Church in Brookings, under the direction of Mrs. Barbara Berntson. Ms.
Moklebust and her husband David reside in rural Eagle Grove, Iowa, on her husband’s
1895 family farm.
Norman "Norm" P. Heitz, handbell and choral music musician and
May 29-1936 - September 12, 2013
Farewell, my friend.
Cathy Moklebust with Barbara Berntson, Aug.
23, 2008, at Barbara's 90th birthday party
at Vangen Lutheran Church, Mission
to Cathy Moklebust
Copyright © 2013 Cathy A. Moklebust.
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