Spring 2018 Festival: Charleston, West Virginia

2018SpringFestivalsApril 13-14, 2018
Charleston Civic Center
Charleston, West Virginia

Brenda E. Austin, Guest Conductor

Join ringers from around Area 5 for a weekend of handbell music, education, fellowship and fun! Please read below for more detailed information for our event in Charleston, including the repertoire list and the guest choir.

Interested in attending our second festival on Mackinac Island? Please click here.

Please see below for more information:

Event Location
Event Hotel
Opening Concert
Class Sessions
Guest Conductor
Associate Conductor Program

Event Location

Charleston Civic CenterCharleston Civic Center
200 Civic Center Dr
Charleston, WV 25301

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Event Hotel

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Early Registration – $80 per person, received by February 16, 2018
Regular Registration – $90 per person, received by March 16, 2018
Late Registration – $100 per person, received after March 16, 2018

Registration will open October 16, 2017 at 8:00 AM Eastern.

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 deadline for the Spring 2018 Festival in Charleston, West Virginia is: February 16, 2018. 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.

Cancellation policy: Full registration amount less $15 per person will be refunded if notification is received by the late registration date. No refunds will be given for cancellations received after this date.

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Festival Repertoire

Dayton 10Massed:
Jubilation – Fred Gramann, Choristers Guild, CGB833
3-6 octaves, Level 2+

What Child is This – Brenda E. Austin, Beckenhorst, HB539
3-5 octaves, Optional 3-5 octaves Handchimes, Level 3-

Acclamation in G Minor – Karen Thompson, AGEHR, AG23046 or
AG46030, 2-3 OR 4-6 octaves, Level 2+

Within the Darkest Night – Derek K. Hakes, AGEHR, AG36028
3-6 octaves, Optional 3 octaves Handchimes, Level 2

Hosanna – Jason W. Krug, Lorenz, 20/1646L or 20/1647L
2-3 OR 3-6 octaves, Level 2

Wade in the Water – Benjamin Tucker, Alfred, AP45230
3-5 octaves, Optional 3 octaves Handchimes, Level 3+

Toccata on King’s Weston – Matthew Compton, Agape, 2767
3-6 octaves, Optional 2 octaves Handchimes, Level 3+

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Opening Concert

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Festival Schedule

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Class Sessions

Please note that this list is tentative and subject to change. Class sessions may include:

  • Body Movement, by Brenda E. Austin
  • Repertoire ringing
  • Rhythm classes
  • Maori Sticks
  • Relaxed ringing/injury prevention
  • 12-bell or 5 by 5 ringing (small ensembles)
  • Basic Techniques
  • The Weave
  • Bass Techniques
  • 4-in-hand ringing

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Guest Conductor: Brenda E. Austin

BrendaAustinBrenda E. Austin serves as the Artistic Director for the Detroit Handbell Ensemble. Additionally, she has served First United Methodist Church in Eaton Rapids, MI, as Director of Worship and Music since 2003. She is active in the community directing Children’s musical theatre and handbell choirs in schools. Each year, in partnership with Chelsea United Methodist Church, the church hosts an annual handbell festival where Brenda has served as conductor and clinician.

Brenda graduated with degrees in Vocal Performance from Western Michigan University and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. She has studied with Craig Arnold, Steve Zegree and Eph Ehly. Brenda received many accolades for her conducting, including semi-finalist in the ACDA National Undergraduate Conducting Competition and finalist as a Graduate student.

Brenda is a freelance handbell composer, arranger and clinician. She loves helping other choirs as a private clinician, or leading a festival or workshop. Her high-energy and musicianship keep ringers engaged and motivated as they build solid skills in the art of handbells.

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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 2018 Festival Conference please contact Denise Holmes at chairelect.area5@handbellmusicians.org

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