Introducing the repertoire and composer/arrangers for our Coppers Classic literature is always a pleasure. “Acclamations” by Dr. William Payn (Hope/Agape 2782) is one of his newer compositions. It was was written as a surprise for Dr. Payn’s good friend and colleague, Ramona Miller. Her ringers, with added alumni, secretly learned the piece and presented it at her final retirement performance. Ms. Miller was director of Cathedral Bells in California from 1995-2013.
Dr. Payn recently retired as director of Choral Studies and Bucknell University, Pennsylvania. He is well known as a conductor, composer and teacher. His vocal and handbell choirs have performed all over the world. Dr. Payn teaches the Conducting Master Class for Handbell Musicians of America, the biannual Virtuoso Handbell Choir held in Raleigh, and is the Music Director and Conductor of the Susquehanna Valley Chorale and Orchestra.