Bronzewood Pædeia

Kevin Holsinger, harp, and Michèle Sharik, handbells

Why "Bronzewood Pædeia"? What does it mean?  How is it pronounced?



Bronzewood Pædeia is pleased to announce the availability of our CD!

Containing five pieces showcasing the beautiful sounds of Kevin's lever and cross-strung harps as well as Michèle's handbells and handchimes, Sampler is a delightful tapestry of music interwoven with subtlety and nuance.

Perfect as a gift or for your own listening enjoyment!

Track list:
Minuet for Harp and Handbells
by Kevin Holsinger
Aria by Cynthia Dobrinski
Coventry Carol Traditional English song
Meditation on Bach's First Piano Prelude by Charles Gounod
Anjuli's Lullaby by Kevin Holsinger

$7.00 USD per CD
(plus shipping)

Order here

Listen to samples:
Minuet for Harp and Handbells
Meditation on Bach's First Piano Prelude
Anjuli's Lullaby


Upcoming Events

Sunday, June 14, 2009 at 10:00 a.m.
Bronzewood Paedeia will perform during the worship service.
Covenant Presbyterian Church, 670 East Meadow Drive, Palo Alto, CA
650-326-3146 or contact Kevin

Sunday, June 21, 2009 at 10:30 a.m.
Bronzewood Paedeia will perform during the worship service.
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 330 Ravenswood Avenue, (at Laurel St.), Menlo Park, CA
650-326-3146 or contact Kevin

Sunday, June 28, 2009 at 10:45 a.m.
Bronzewood Paedeia will perform during the worship service.
First Presbyterian Church, 2100 Burton Avenue, Burley, ID
650-326-3146 or contact Kevin

Monday, June 29, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
Bronzewood Paedeia will present a concert at
First United Presbyterian Church, 400 Lake Lowell Avenue, Nampa, ID
650-326-3146 or contact Kevin

July 1-5, 2009
Bronzewood Paedeia will perform and teach at Big Sky Harp Festival.
Big Sky Resort, Montana

Monday, July 6, 2009 at 6:30 p.m.
Bronzewood Paedeia will present a concert.
United Methodist Church, 450 East 27th Street, Burley, ID
650-326-3146 or contact Kevin
Past Events


About Michèle

Michèle's professional career as a handbell artist took off when she joined the Sonos Handbell Ensemble in 2002. Since then, she has added the direction of multiple amateur handbell choirs, teaching and a lively solo career to her Sonos work. As a Handbell Solo Artist, Michèle is increasingly in demand to take the stage across the United States, Canada and abroad. Originally from Ohio but a California Girl at heart, she enjoys the beaches and mountains as much as possible with her husband, Brian.

Visit Michèle's website at:
About Kevin

Kevin played saxophone as a youth and began playing handbells in 1991. His passion for music truly began to flower when he fell in love with the folk harp in 1996. He performs solo and with Bay Bells or Harpers Hall, in venues ranging from churches to Filoli Mansion to the campfire at Big Basin State Park. When he’s not performing, rehearsing, arranging or composing music, Kevin designs software and electronics for lasers.

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Why "Bronzewood Pædeia"? What does it mean? How is it pronounced?

We are about accessible elegance. Through two of the most beautiful-sounding instruments in the world, we seek to bring the joy of music - sacred and secular, classical, traditional and modern - to as broad an audience as possible. We want to take music out of the Ivory Tower and put it into the hands and hearts of the People.  We want to make music fun again!

We not only concertize, we teach. In addition to concerts, we offer workshops on handbell and harp techniques to everyone - adults and children, alike. We also offer advice to composers and arrangers who wish to learn how to write for our instruments. We seek to educate and excite our audiences about our instruments and our music and promote widespread listening and playing enjoyment.

We will promote the writing of new works for our instruments, alone and in combination with other instruments such as woodwinds, strings, keyboards and percussion.

While never wishing to alienate our audience, we will strive to expand our audience's musical palette by including at least one piece of "new music" (ie. written in a modern art music style) on each of our full-length concerts.  We hope our audience will come to appreciate these pieces and eventually love them as much as they love our more traditional fare.  (Hey, it could happen!)

We would like our full-length concerts to always feature at least one chime-along or other such audience participation element. We are working on ways to make audience-usable harps for this, too.


American Guild of English Handbell Ringers - a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the musical art of handbell and handchime ringing through education, community and communication.

International Society of Folk Harpers and Craftsmen - Founded by Roland L. Robinson, a harpmaker in Mt. Laguna, California, the ISFHC was intended to meet the needs of the individual folk harper and builder for communication with his or her fellow artists. It began in 1980 out of the readership of the Folk Harp Journal and in 1985 it became a California nonprofit corporation. Today, with a yearly membership of almost sixteen hundred, it provides a focus for folk harp activities worldwide.

Harper's Hall & Culinary Society - Harpers Hall makes its home in the San Francisco South Bay Area and Central California Coast. Their purpose is to promote an appreciation of the folk harp, to cultivate its living musical tradition, and to preserve the fun and magic of the harp for members and for the general public. To that end, they hold numerous events throughout the year, from harp jams to house concerts, festival performances to yearly weekend retreats.