What’s New this Year

Massed Ringing & Ringing Divisions

Two ringing divisions are available: Gold Division music is primarily level 3-4 and Blue Division is primarily Level 2-3. John Behnke and Alex Guebert are sharing directing responsibilities for both divisions and massed ringing, and Lauran Delancy will conduct one piece selected for massed ringing.

Handbells 101 Track

This non-performing track is designed for beginners and those who direct beginners, teaching the basics of ringing, musicality, and ensemble musicianship. The track will be led by Sharon Schmidt. 

Festival Schedule

Thursday
Worship Seminar, Directors Seminar, Bonus Warm-up Rehearsal, first BronzeFest rehearsal, and first Youth Fest rehearsal.

Friday and Saturday
Massed ringing, division ringing, concerts, shopping, classes, BronzeFest, and YouthFest.

Festival Registration

Choirs, partial choirs, and individuals can register beginning January 1. Choirs and partial choirs, please be ready to supply names and email addresses of all attendees. This information will help Festival volunteers communicate with all participants and facilitate class registration before they arrive in Overland Park.

Class Registration

All attendees are asked to sign up for classes before they arrive. When participants sign up for classes, Festival planners can make sure classes and attendees are matched up to best meet their needs. Class descriptions will be available on the website by December 1.

The Festival Committee has been working with Education Chair Patrick Gagnon to offer classes that are the most valuable to attendees. When you register for classes, we will know which classes have hit the mark. If a class does not reach a certain threshold, we can substitute a class that might be more beneficial for ringers and directors. If a class sign-up is large, we will have time to add another section.

How Will This Take Place?
Festival registration will take place beginning January 1 and the process will be similar to previous Festivals, with one exception: Directors are asked to list every attendant’s name and email address. After Festival registration is complete, each attendee will receive an email asking them to select classes or reading sessions they would like to attend. Registrants will also have an opportunity to purchase t-shirts and extras meals, and sign up for BronzeFest, Worship Seminar, Directors Seminar, and Bonus Warm­Up Rehearsal.

Dedicated Shopping Time

In addition to shopping during the Festival, vendor booths will be open on Friday from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm for your browsing and shopping pleasure.

Reading Seasons

Evaluations from the 2018 Festival indicated you LOVED reading sessions. They will be offered during every class session. If this is your “jam” you can be in the reading session room as often as you like!

YouthFest Registration

YouthFest registration will take place separately and will require a separate registration form.