David Weck, Guest Conductor
Join ringers from around Area 5 for a weekend of handbell music, education, fellowship and fun!
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333 E. Michigan Avenue
Find out more about restaurants and things to do in Michigan’s capital city at the Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Our host hotel is the Radisson Hotel Lansing at the Capitol, which is located across the river and connected to the Lansing Center via a covered walkway.
Area 5 has a discounted room rate of $119.95 for a room with two doubles or a king with a sofa sleeper. Valet parking is available at a reduced rate of $10 per night, per vehicle, or self-parking is available in the connected parking garage for hourly rates, maximum of $10 per day.
Reservations may be made through the following link or by calling Radisson Reservations at 800-333-3333 and ask for the Handbell Musicians rate.
Please take advantage of the convenience of the Radisson Hotel and the special rate! Our block of rooms will be held until April 13, or until it is sold out, so please make your reservations early.
Registration is open! Space is limited, so register early to save money and guarantee your spot at the festival!
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 Festival in Lansing, Michigan is: March 17th, 2017.
Have questions about the registration process, payment options, or orphan ringers? Click here to read our Frequently Asked Questions.
Cancellation policy: Full registration amount less $15 per person will be refunded if notification is received by March 24, 2017. No refunds will be given for cancellations received after March 24, 2017.
For the full list of festival repertoire please visit the main Spring 2017 Festival page.
Our Friday night opening concert will be Classical Bells from Detroit, Michigan, one of the longest-running community handbell ensembles in the country. Make sure you arrive in time to see this always entertaining group!
Classical Bells is noted for bringing music to life with their unique interpretative style, a technique they call “ringing in color”™. Each concert features musical selections in a wide variety of genres–classical, jazz, inspirational, even ragtime and swing! This eclectic programming is combined with sensitive musical interpretation, technical skill, informal choreography and a dash of humor.
Classical Bells, now in their 32th year in ensemble, led by musical director Darlene Ebersole, has performed in concerts nationwide and appeared as featured performers with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Michigan Opera Theater. In addition, they have performed in numerous events sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America, including the National Director’s Seminar.
Ringing over six octaves of Malmark handbells and six complete octaves of choir chimes, Classical Bells’ collective instrument is one of the most extensive in the world of handbell ensembles.
Classical Bells is dedicated to promoting the artistry of handbells through educational programs, workshops and concerts in communities, churches and schools.
Please see the schedule available on the main Spring 2017 Festival page.
Please see the class list available on the main Spring 2017 Festival page.
Guest Conductor: David Weck
For more information on our guest conductor please visit the main Spring 2017 Festival page.
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