April 28-29, 2017
Lansing Center, Lansing, MI
David Weck, Guest Conductor
Area 5 is pleased to host two Spring Festivals in 2017! Please read below for more detailed information, including the repertoire list and the guest choirs.
Thank you to all Area 5 ringers and directors who attended our Spring Festivals. We loved seeing you in Covington and Lansing.
Did you attend the Lansing Festival? Please take a few minutes to tell the Board what you loved and what could be improved by completing this feedback survey. Your input is appreciated!
The feedback survey for the Covington festival is closed. Thank you for your comments!
To see photos from both events, please click here.
Event Location & Hotel
For more detailed information about our two festival locations please visit the individual event pages:
Early Registration – $80 per person
Regular Registration – $90 per person
Late Registration – $100 per person
Registration Deadlines vary by location:
|Covington, Kentucky||Lansing, Michigan|
|Late Registration||after by March 24, 2017|
For members offering the use of their bell or chime sets we will offer 1 free registration for a future Area 5 event good for two years.
Scholarship requests need to be postmarked or emailed no later than six weeks before the event. The scholarship deadlines for the Spring 2017 Festivals are:
– Covington, Kentucky = January 27th, 2017
– Lansing, Michigan = March 17th, 2017
Please see the Scholarships section of the Area 5 website for more details and to download an application.
Have questions about the registration process, payment options, or orphan ringers? Click here to read our Frequently Asked Questions.
The repertoire for both Spring Festivals features music by the talented composers of Area 5.
Christ Is Alive – Linker/McFadden
3-5 octaves Handbells and Keyboard, Optional 3-5 octaves Handchimes and Brass,
The First Noel – Brenda E. Austin
3-5 octaves, Optional 3-5 octaves Handchimes
From the Composer: Notes for The First Noel
Dance of the Five – Derek Hakes
AGEHR, AG23049 or AG45055
2-3 OR 4-5 octaves, Optional Handchimes and Percussion
Rondo Jubilate – Doug Wagner
3-5 octaves Handbells and Keyboard, Optional Brass
Love and Grace – Jason Krug
3-5 octaves, Optional 3-5 octaves Handchimes,
Holy Manna – Judy Phillips
3-6 octaves, Optional 3-5 octaves Handchimes
Variations on an Olde Irish Aire – Catherine McMichael
Please note that the event schedule is tentative and subject to change.
|2:00 – 6:00 PM||Registration and set-up|
|3:00 – 6:55 PM||Vendors Open|
|4:00 – 5:00 PM||Early-Bird Classes|
|5:00 – 6:55 PM||Dinner on your own|
|6:55 – 8:00 PM||Announcements and Massed Rehearsal|
|8:30 – 9:30 PM||Opening Concert (Radisson Hotel Ballroom – Lansing Only)|
|9:30 – 10:00 PM||Vendors Open (Covington Only)|
|8:00 AM||Vendors Open|
|8:30 – 9:30 AM||Massed Rehearsal|
|9:45 – 10:45 AM||Tins Rehearse, Coppers in Class|
|11:00 – 12:00 PM||Coppers Rehearse, Tins in Class|
|12:00 – 1:30 PM||Lunch on your own|
|1:30 – 2:30 PM||Tins Rehearse, Coppers in Class|
|2:45 – 3:45 PM||Coppers Rehearse, Tins in Class|
|4:00 PM||Vendors Final Closing|
|4:00 – 4:30 PM||Final Concert Rehearsal|
|5:00 – 6:00 PM||Final Concert and Closing Bell|
Participants will have the opportunity to take part in three different class sessions during the festival. Enjoy classes on topics such as:
- Processionals & Bells in Worship
- Rhythm Classes
- Ensemble Ringing
- Bell Trees
- Change Ringing
- Musician’s Health & Preventing Injuries
- Musicality Classes
- Battle of the Bells
- Tie Dying
- Other Timbres
- Weaving & Conundrums
- Working with Youth
- Repertoire Reading Sessions
- Techniques (Basic, High Bells, Bass Bells, Stopped Techniques)
- And More!
*not all classes will be offered at both locations*
Guest Conductor: David Weck
DAVID L. WECK is the director of The Agape Ringers founded in 1992, and is delighted to be in his third decade with this talented ensemble of musicians. As music editor with Hope Publishing Company of Carol Stream, Illinois, he is responsible for the Agape division of the handbell catalog, which consists of more than 900 titles. David is in demand as a clinician throughout the year and has been director of numerous national and international handbell events, including the International Handbell Symposiums in Toronto, Canada (2004), Orlando, Florida (2008), and Osaka, Japan (2010). In 2005, he served as guest conductor for the Summer Workshop of the Handbell Ringers of Japan. He was honored to conduct the prestigious Distinctly Bronze events for 2012. In 2013 he was conductor of the Hong Kong Handbell Festival. David has served on the national board of the Handbell Musicians of America and was given the Area 8 Outstanding Service Award. In 2011, the national organization named him an Honorary Life Member. David has also been involved in choral music for over 40 years through music education, church music, and as assistant director of the Chicago Community Renewal Chorus. He and his wife, Jane Holstein, reside in Wheaton, Illinois, where they enjoy spending time with grandchildren, Becky and Jack, and entertaining friends and family.
Associate Conductor Program
Are you a conductor interested in working with massed handbell ensembles? Please take a moment and consider our Associate Conductor Program. Our goal for this program is to identify, train, and nurture potential new conductors for massed ringing events throughout Area 5. Our Associate Conductor at the Spring 2016 Festival, Joe Galyon, thoroughly enjoyed the experience and says the program “provided vital insight in working with a large group of ringers.”
For questions about the Spring 2017 Festival Conference please contact Susan Oxley at email@example.com