Area 5 Fall Education Workshops

Area 5 offers annual one-day education events for ringers and directors, with opportunities for repertoire reading and improving techniques, rhythm, coordination, musicality, and other aspects of handbell ringing.

COVID-19 Policy for Education Workshops

Building a community of handbell ringers through educational events is central to our organizational existence. Before vaccines became widely available, we made difficult decisions to cancel in-person events to protect our ringers and align with broader health and safety regulations. We acknowledge that information and guidance from various health, state, and local authorities can change rapidly. Furthermore, individual comfort levels and approaches to safety will differ. We believe that holding in-person, hands-on events is the best way for us to fulfill our mission and further the art of handbell ringing.

COVID-19 Policy: Frequently Asked Questions

What is the ringing setup? Will tables be distanced? 

The ringing floor/room will have a standard setup. Tables and ringers will not be distanced. 

 What happens if the event is cancelled due to COVID-19? 

Every effort will be made to inform attendees of event cancellation no later than 3 days before the event is scheduled to occur. If we cancel the event for any reason, full refunds for registration will be given. 

 Is vaccination required to attend? 

Vaccination against COVID-19 is strongly encouraged for all attendees.  

 Is masking required to attend? 

The host venue may require masking indoors. Otherwise, masking indoors is strongly encouraged for all attendees. 

Indiana

Saturday, November 6, 2021
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Orchard Park Presbyterian Church
1605 E. 106th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46280
Clinicians: Joyce Crowder and Stephanie Nash

Welcome Back to Handbells: Building Community for Ringers and Directors

Indiana HMA welcomes Joyce Crowder and Stephanie Nash as guest clinicians for an exceptional workshop for adult ringers and youth ringers. The event is $30 per person, and offers two options for attendees. Deadline to register: October 29, 2021.

Ringer Track
Individuals, full and partial choirs welcome. Work on sight reading and ringing techniques with Joyce Crowder. Repertoire will include great music scheduled for the Spring 2022 Festival in Cleveland, OH. Music is available for purchase.

Youth Track (Grades 6-12)
Come and improve technique, reading and rehearse repertoire with Stephanie Nash.

Attendees will be masked and lunch is on your own off-site. Local options are close by for carry out or drive up. Bells, chimes and mallets will be provided; bring your own gloves and folders.

For those in need, financial assistance is available to anyone who is attending an Area 5 event for the first time.

Questions? Contact Sarah Stoel: in.area5@handbellmusicians.org

Indiana, Nov. 6

Kentucky

Saturday, September 25, 2021
8:30 AM – 12:45 PM
Southern Hills UMC
2356 Harrodsburg Road
Lexington, KY 40503
Clinician for Ringers: Joe Galyon
Clinician for Directors: Jarod Ogier
Guest Choir: Alluring Community Ensemble

 

We regret to inform you that the handbell workshop scheduled for Saturday, September 25, 2021 in Lexington, KY has been postponed out of an abundance of caution and low registration. We appreciate those who shared their thoughts and feedback about the event.

We hope to reschedule this event in Spring 2022.

Kelly Johns, State Chair for Kentucky, is available to answer any questions you have about handbell ringing education, events, etc. Kentucky also offers a travelling clinician program if you would like someone to visit your choir and work with you or your director.

 Contact Kelly Johns: ky.area5@handbellmusicians.org

Kentucky, Sept. 25

Saturday, November 6, 2021
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Trinity Lutheran Church
3701 Jefferson Avenue
Midland, MI 48640
Clinician: Martha Matthews

Michigan Youth Handbell Workshop

We regret to inform you that the Michigan Youth Ring scheduled for Saturday, November 6, 2021 in Midland, MI has been postponed due to low registration. We appreciate those who shared their thoughts and feedback about the event.

We have rescheduled this event for April 9, 2022. Please stay tuned for registration information as we get closer to the event.

If you have any questions or need any assistance with anything regarding handbells, please contact Julie Hyatt: mi.area5@handbellmusicians.org

Michigan, Nov. 6

Ohio

Kickstart your ringing year with us through hands-on learning with skilled and engaging clinicians! The workshop will feature multiple sessions for ringers and directors of all levels. Join us for:

– Individual and group skill development
– Refining musicality and ringing finesse
– Becoming acquainted with Area 5 Spring Festival repertoire

Each workshop will have a similar format, but each clinician will bring their own approach. Come to one event, or all three!

Questions? Contact Jarod Ogier: oh.area5@handbellmusicians.org

Saturday, September 11, 2021
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
First United Methodist Church of Cuyahoga Falls
245 Portage Trail
Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221
Clinician: Martha Matthews

This event has been CANCELLED. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Cost is $25 per ringer or $37 per ringer with lunch included. Purchasing the Area 5 Spring Festival repertoire for your skill (tins, coppers, etc.) level is recommended.

Ohio, Sept. 11

Saturday, September 18, 2021
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Church of the Saviour UMC
8005 Pfeiffer Road
Cincinnati, OH 45242
Clinician: Jason Krug

Cost is $25 per ringer or $37 per ringer with lunch included. Purchasing the Area 5 Spring Festival repertoire for your skill (tins, coppers, etc.) level is recommended.

Ohio, Sept. 18

Saturday, October 2, 2021
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Worthington United Methodist Church
600 High Street
Worthington, OH 43085
Clinician: Brenda Austin

Cost is $25 per ringer or $37 per ringer with lunch included. Purchasing the Area 5 Spring Festival repertoire for your skill (tins, coppers, etc.) level is recommended.

Ohio, Oct. 2

All States

Fall 2021 Traveling Handbell Clinicians

This fall, an experienced handbell clinician will travel to your church or location and lead your rehearsal with your music. Directors will consult with the clinician prior to the event to highlight areas of growth for the choir. Sessions will be available between mid-September and early November according to your rehearsal schedule. The cost for up to a two hour rehearsal will be $50 for your entire choir, unless other arrangements are made.

Contact your State Chair to register for a workshop to come to you!