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Nicholas A. Hanson

Nick Hanson is in his eleventh year as the director of handbell ensembles at the Potomac School in McLean, Virginia, and his ninth year as the handbell director at Bush Hill Presbyterian Church in Alexandria, Virginia. At Potomac, Nick’s duties include teaching instrumental music curriculum to 5th – 12th grade students who participate in any of the school’s four handbell ensembles and teaching private handbell lessons. His directing duties at Bush Hill currently involve a teen/adult ensemble.

Nick is a published handbell composer, has served as faculty, clinician, and conductor at handbell events nationally (Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia), and internationally (Hong Kong and Taiwan), and is a member and assistant to the director of the Virginia Bronze Handbell Ensemble. In 2015, Nick was privileged to be chosen as the first- ever Associate Conductor for the Distinctly Bronze (an advanced performance event in Portland, OR, under the leadership of Dr. William A. Payn), and was the conductor for the Distinctly Teen event in Dallas, TX.

He holds a BA degree from Concordia University, Irvine, CA, as a major in music with concentration in handbells.


 

MR. NICHOLAS HANSON 

 The Potomac School

  Director of Handbell Ensembles

  Private Handbell Lessons

  Intermediate School Advisor

"Handbells have been a part of Potomac for over 40 years, and I am truly privileged to be a part of this history, sharing and teaching this unique musical experience to others." 

"After picking up my first handbell at the age of 9, I knew it was the beginning of something truly unique. The next 20 years did not prove me wrong as I performed and taught this amazing instrument in over half the United States as well as ten other countries across Europe and Asia. Strong friendships have been created throughout the world from these travels, just from the shared appreciation and commitment to the growth of this art. Handbells have been a part of Potomac for over 40 years, and I am truly privileged to be a part of this history, sharing and teaching this unique musical experience to others."