Dear Area 8 Members,

Because of health concerns due to COVID-19, the Area 8 Festival, “More Than Meets the Eye,” scheduled for June 18-20, 2020, has been cancelled as of Friday, April 24, 2020. Because of this unfortunate turn of events, we will not be together in June.  We look forward to future handbell events when we can again gather and make music. Please stay tuned for more information. Check the website, subscribe to Area 8 and state Facebook pages, and read the Quavers, our Area 8 newsletter for more information.

Beth Ann Edwards, Chair
Area 8 Handbell Musicians of America


BronzeFest 2020 features Lauran Delancy, director of Rezound! and national handbell clinician. This track provides a bronze­level experience for ringers looking for a ringing challenge and who want to improve their skills and work with a nationally recognized conductor. Once selected for this ensemble, ringers will need to purchase the music, prepare this music before arriving at the Festival, and attend five rehearsals. The first BronzeFest rehearsal takes place Thursday evening, June 18. These rehearsals will culminate in a concert presented to the rest of the Festival attendees.

After a ringer has registered for the Area 8 More Than Meets the Eye! Festival, a separate email and BronzeFest application form will be sent to each registrant. Festival participants can then apply for BronzeFest. BronzeFest is limited to 36 ringers.

Music can be purchased from Heitz Handbells or your favorite distributor. Contact Kristin Kalitowski-Kowal with questions. Cost is $80/person above full registration.

When ordering from Heitz Handbells, click HERE. All the music will listed. A coupon for the 15% discount is listed at the top.

Directed by Lauran Delancy

Campanae Celebrare
Be Still My Soul
Angels We Have Heard on High
Spy Ring
Finale from Symphony No. 2 in D minor for Organ
Cathy Moklebust
William Payn
Alex Guebert
Kyler Brengle
arr. Tammy Waldrop
arr. Fred Gramann
Hope 2626, Level 4
Hope 1277, Level 4
Jeffers JHS9570, Level 5
AGEHR AG36056, Level 4
Red River RRBL5088, Level 3+
AGEHR AG46016J, Level 5