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From: Duane Hilke
Date: Feb. 22, 2014

To All the members of "Encore"

Thank you again for the wonderful performance on Sat. the 22nd. Everyone enjoyed it very, very much!! Great job everyone!

From: kmarch
Date: May 30, 2013

This group is so awesome! Pure enjoyment and entertainment provided by such talented people! You just feel so good while they are performing. Puts you in a special state of smiles!

This would be great wedding dinner music! Wedding planners: get a clue.

Special compliment to the Director with her informative succinct comments; and special compliment to Mary who does "It Is a Gift to Be Simple"! Outstanding.


From: Marti NortonCrystal
Date: 11/10/2012

Your Salvation Army benefit concert was the best!  We especially appreciated the teaching aspect of it since we had young ringers with us.

Thank you for all you do,

From: Crystal
Date: 12/12/2011

Ladies, Thank you for that wonderful concert last night! Your bells, harp, cello, flute, piano and director Cara's comments brought great gladness and holiday spirit to my heart and I want you to know how much I appreciated it. GREAT JOB!(Plus, the Packers won… )


From: Jim Barthel
Date: 11/20/2011

Thank you to everyone in the Encore Handbell Ensemble.

For several years I have attended the Encore programs at the Salvation Army. Each one has served as an inspiration to kick-off the bell ringing season and to energize me as a volunteer.

Your performance this year was absolutely wonderfull...and I really enjoyed the addition of the harp and special ensemble music. The special music provided a delightful opportunity to make room for my ears and senses to absorb more music and then be ready for another hand bell number.

Your enthusiasm for what you do clearly reaches into the audience. You not only provide serious music in an intricate style, but music with joy.

Enclosed is a small donation and appreciation towards helping your efforts to bring music to the community.

Jim Barthel

From: Grace Plunker
Date: 11/08/2011

I didn't want another day to go by without making sure all of you knew how much we appreciated all of you! Thank you so much for traveling up to Iron Mountain in August & putting on such a great workshop! Everyone enjoyed it & learned so much! And we enjoyed getting to know all of you! Just can't thank you enough! You are a blessing! Thank you for all you did for us. We're looking forward to being with you all in April!

God bless,

Our Saviour's Lutheran
1210 S. Kimberly Ave
Iron Mountain, MI 49801

From: Laura Heried
Date: 05/15/2011

Wonderful site! Looking forward to attending a concert in the fall with friends.

From: Mel Fischer
Date: 05/04/2011

Dear Cara,

The Sunday concert honoring the memory of our dear friend Shirley Schuhart was very appropriate for a person so deserving. It is obvious this group of musicians enjoy your leadership, and I commend you and them for a beautiful tribute to Shirley. .

In Christian Love,
Mel Fischer

From: Pat Rabe
Date: 05/02/2011

Dear Cara,

Where do I begin? Words are not sufficient to express my appreciation and gratitude for the unbelievable concert. It was more than I could have ever dreamed. I am humbled, as I am cetain Shirley would be, to have such a spectacular event honoring her. I thank God each day for having had her as a sister.

I heard nothing but wonderful comments from family and friends. "Reminiscence" was a work of art that truly showed the essence of Shirley.

Please thank Encore for making that day so wonderful and memorable for everyone. They are truly awe inspiring to listen to as well as watch.

Sincerely, Pat Rabe

Your biggest fan
P.S. Let me know when you play the concert with Patrick's piece.

From: Judy Brewer
Date: 04/14/2011

Encore Handbell Ensemble Members, Outstanding! Thank you for sharing your talent and gift of time at the Oshkosh Seniors Center.

Judy Brewer, Activities Coordinator

From: Pastor Mary Jo Laabs
Date: 10/21/2010

Hello Encore! You have the most fitting name for a fabulous group. More encores next time! The town of Park Falls, WI is buzzing with the word of your marvelous performance! We look forward to October 2011 when you will be here again. God's blessings to you all!

From: Dellora Vogt
Date: 10/21/2010

Thank you, Encore Handbell Ensemble, for your wonderful concert at our church in Park Falls on Saturday, October 16, 2010.  It was truly amazing!  The variety of music, the different techniques of bell playing, the precision of the ringers -- all aspects made for a very enjoyable afternoon.
I am still hearing raves from all who attended.  Your willingness to travel such a long distance for us shows just how dedicated you are. We loved having you here.  And thank you, Cara, for your beautiful vocal solo.

Dellora Vogt

From: Kelli Skalecke
Date: December 18, 2009

On behalf of the Paine Art Center and Gardens, Thank You! We always enjoy when we're able to have your handbell choir perform. Encore Handbell Ensemble does a fantastic job!

Many thanks,
Kelli Skalecke

From: Gretchen Raab
Date: December 7, 2009

Encore performed at the Neenah Public Library on December 6, 2009. They were fantastic! They played a lovely selection of holiday music and performed beautifully. Cara gave background on the pieces and the instruments, which added to our enjoyment. Following the concert, they invited audience up to see and ring the bells and were so gracious in allowing people to try the different instruments and answer questions. I was thrilled with the concert - and have already received several requests from our library customers to have them back. Thanks Cara and group for a superb performance!

From: Florence & Jim Williams
Date: October 19, 2009

To: First Presbyterian Church
Church Street
Oshkosh, WI

It was a pleasure to come to your church to hear the beautiful Encore bells. And it made our day to have "Jubilation" dedicated to us on our 57th wedding anniversary.

Florence " Jim Williams

From: Lynn K. Berry
Date: April 21, 2009

looking forward to the Concert on Sunday. Love the photos!

From: Linda Litscher
Date: October 19, 2008

Attended your fall concert today at First Presby IT WAS WONDERFUL We came as a contingent of three from the Randolph United Methodist Church (two of us our bell ringers in a newly formed choir). I don't even read music so I struggle with music at a lower level than you played today. Your concert was thrilling to all of us and we have already marked Dec. 6 on our calendar and hope to see and listen to you again. Linda Litscher, Janis Bradley & Mrylen Campnell feel free to use my email to keep us up to date on your schedule/events Thank You