Spring 2017 Festivals

area5-2017both-colorMarch 10-11, 2017
Northern Kentucky Convention Center, Covington, KY

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
Schedule (REVISED for Lansing 3/21/17)
Class Sessions
Guest Conductor
Associate Conductor Program

Event Location & Hotel

For more detailed information about our two festival locations please visit the individual event pages:

Spring 2017 Festival: Covington, Kentucky Event Page

Spring 2017 Festival: Lansing, Michigan Event Page

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Early Registration – $80 per person
Regular Registration – $90 per person
Late Registration – $100 per person

Registration Deadlines vary by location:

Covington, Kentucky Lansing, Michigan
Early Registration by January 9, 2017 by February 17, 2017
Regular Registration by February 3, 2017 by by March 24, 2017
Late Registration after February 3, 2017 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.


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Festival Repertoire

The repertoire for both Spring Festivals features music by the talented composers of Area 5.

Click here for rehearsal notes from clinician David Weck (PDF).


Christ Is Alive – Linker/McFadden
Beckenhorst, HB208A
3-5 octaves Handbells and Keyboard, Optional 3-5 octaves Handchimes and Brass,
Level 3+

The First Noel – Brenda E. Austin
Beckenhorst, HB503
3-5 octaves, Optional 3-5 octaves Handchimes
Level 3-
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
Level 2


Rondo Jubilate – Doug Wagner
Hope, 1400
3-5 octaves Handbells and Keyboard, Optional Brass
Level 3

Love and Grace – Jason Krug
GIA, G8742
3-5 octaves, Optional 3-5 octaves Handchimes,
Level 3-


Holy Manna – Judy Phillips
AGEHR, AG36044
3-6 octaves, Optional 3-5 octaves Handchimes
Level 2

Variations on an Olde Irish Aire – Catherine McMichael
Lorenz, 201218L
3-5 octaves
Level 2

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Festival Schedule

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

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Class Sessions

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*

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Guest Conductor: David Weck

David Weck Photo _1DAVID 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.

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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.”

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For questions about the Spring 2017 Festival Conference please contact Susan Oxley at chair.area5@handbellmusicians.org

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