We are currently working on the information for
the June, 2024 Festival! Stay tuned!
Are you ready:
- To connect with other friends, make new friendships , and grow stronger friendships who share a common passion?
- To create music by giving life to a composer’s idea?
- To celebrate the joy of ringing handbells with 200 of your closest friends?
Handbell Festivals are about CONNECTING, CREATING, AND CELEBRATING!
We hope you can join us June 20th – June 22nd in Columbia, MO.
Registration will open January 2024!
Festival registration – registration information and link here.
Where can you find silence at a handbell festival? At the Silent Auction! The purpose of this Silent Auction is to raise scholarship funds for future festivals of the Area 8 Handbell Musicians of America. Whether donating items or bidding, we are grateful for your generous contribution toward this effort.
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Those who choose not to stay at the ******** and live outside a 50 mile radius from the hotel must pay an off-site lodging surcharge of $25/person. This helps insure we meet our contracted room blocks, keeping all costs as low as possible.
Friday night: River City Ringers
Saturday lunch: Resound! Handbell Ensemble
Clinicians Stevie Berryman & Greig Ashurst
Stevie and Greig are doing it all! They are sharing leadership of both the Blue and Gold Divisions, Massed Ringing, BronzeFest, and the Ringers and Directors Seminars on Thursday.
Information regarding this goes here.
Classes & Reading Sessions
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Repertoire & Which Division?
Click here to see the repertoire and read recommendations about which division to select.
Thursday, June 20
Morning to early afternoon: Directors Seminar
Afternoon: Three Ringer Classes
Late-afternoon to evening: Massed ringing setup, BronzeFest Rehearsal, Optional Massed Warm-up Rehearsal
Friday, June 21
Rehearsals! 2 each for Massed, Gold Division, Blue Division, & Bronzefest Classes! 2 for each division except those in Bronzefest
Concerts! Showcase concert, Evening concert
Saturday, June 22
Rehearsals! 2 each for Massed, Gold Division, Blue Division, & Bronzefest
Classes! 2 for each division except those in Bronzefest
Concerts! Lunch concert, BronzeFest concert
EVENING FESTIVAL CONCERT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
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