The 2019 Southwest AGO Convention is proud to announce the Commissioning of two works to be premiered as part of the Convention events!

Kevin McChesney



                   New Mountains Rising is an original work for 3-5 octave handbells with brass quintet, organ, and timpani. In keeping with the theme of the 2019 Southwest Regional Convention of the American Guild of Organists, “When Mountains Lift the Eye”, composer Kevin McChesney projects the joy of hope in God’s help that pervades Mr. Kuzma’s hymn. This work is developed partly from a rhythmic motif in the hymn and partly from a melodic idea in the hymn’s refrain, but is a fully original work that augments and celebrates the inspiration of God’s creation in bringing our hearts into harmony with Him.






Kevin McChesney graduated with highest honors from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a BMus in Composition and Theory.  Kevin currently has over 1000 titles in print and has won numerous awards for his work.  Kevin is the handbell editor for Jeffers Handbell Supply, co-founder of the Solo to Ensemble Project, STEP,, Music Director of the Pikes Peak Ringers of Colorado Springs and Artistic Advisor of the Atlanta Concert Ringers.  His work with PPR includes 14 performances of his Concerto for Handbell Choir and Orchestra and a recording with world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo- Ma.  Kevin is also clinician with the National Honors Handbell Ensemble.  He is in demand throughout the handbell world as a workshop clinician and festival conductor.


Kevin lives in Colorado Springs, CO, with his wife Tracy and their cats, Pearl and Aileen.