Madison Area Concert Handbells (MACH) is an auditioned community handbell choir based in Madison, Wisconsin. The group, now in its 19th year of musical service to the region and state, performs with over six octaves of handbells and seven octaves of handchimes, thought to be the largest assemblage of such instruments in Wisconsin. As one of the nation's finest handbell choirs, MACH's ringers share over 250 years of ringing experience under the direction of Music Director Brad Schultz.
Founded in 1997 by Susan Udell, MACH aims to entertain, educate, and inspire audiences with high quality performances of handbell music. MACH offers workshops for ringers and directors, encourages public appreciation and interest in handbell music, and provides educational and performance opportunities for highly skilled handbell ringers. In addition, the choir brings the joy and beauty of its music to people with limited access to live performances in hospitals, nursing homes, and retirement communities.
MACH has performed at Wisconsin's Sesquicentennial Celebration, the Monona Terrace Convention Center, the Elvehjem Museum of Art, Olbrich Gardens, Milwaukee's Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, the Stoughton Opera House, the Gard Theater in Spring Green, the opening of Madison's Overture Center, at the Middleton Performing Arts Center and Sinsinawa Mound, Sinsinawa, Wisconsin, and with the Madison Symphony Orchestra at their Christmas concerts in 2000, 2003, 2004, and 2008.
"Keep up the good work! You certainly have a very fine choir! I'm very impressed!"
-- Kevin McChesney, noted handbell composer, arranger and clinician