Spring 2018 Festival: Mackinac Island, Michigan

April 27-28, 2018
Grand Hotel
Mackinac Island, Michigan

Fred Gramann, Guest Conductor

Registrations are SOLD OUT! All ringing positions are filled. Please contact Dave Baker at treasurer.area5@handbellmusicians.org to be put on the waitlist.

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 on Mackinac Island, including the repertoire list and the guest choir.

Please see below for more information:

Event Location & Hotel
Opening Concert: Larry and Carla Sue
Schedule and Class Sessions
Guest Conductor
Associate Conductor Program

Event Location & Hotel

grand-hotel-photoGrand Hotel
286 Grand Ave
Mackinac Island, MI 49757

Room rate is $164* for double occupancy, which includes breakfast. Directions about making room reservations were sent to all registrants in November 2017. This information will be sent to all registrants again in February 2018. All registrants should make their room reservations as soon as possible. The deadline to reserve online is Monday, March 26.

*Additional taxes and fees apply. There is also a one-time charge for round-trip baggage transfer from the docks to the hotel and return. This baggage handling charge is currently $8.50 per person. Within Grand Hotel, tipping is neither expected nor permitted.

Getting to Mackinac Island involves taking a ferry from either Mackinaw City or St. Ignace. The ferry company, Shepler’s, will be scheduling only a few ferries at this time due to the early date. The promo code for these discounted ferry tickets will be in an email sent to all registrants in February 2018.

No motorized vehicles are permitted on the island.

The ringing floor will be set up on Thursday evening and Friday morning. All bells and equipment will be delivered from the ferry to the Theatre at the Grand and placed under the tables. Attendees will be able to set up their ringing area prior to 2:00 PM Friday; groups will be called to the Theatre when it is their turn. PLEASE NOTE: There is not a lot of extra space like we typically have in convention centers. Please be considerate of your fellow ringers.

The closing concert will begin at 2:30 PM Saturday. For folks who are not staying over on the island Saturday night, we anticipate that the last ferry back to the mainland will depart at 6:00 pm for Mackinaw City.

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Early Registration – $152* per person, received by February 16, 2018
Regular Registration – $162* per person, received by March 16, 2018
Late Registration – $172* per person, received after March 16, 2018

We are SOLD OUT! All ringing positions are filled. Please contact Dave Baker at treasurer.area5@handbellmusicians.org to get put on the waitlist.

Registrations for Mackinac Island are payable by credit card only.

*Registration includes a meal package for the Grand Hotel’s formal Main Dining Room. The meal package includes a 4-course dinner Friday night and a served lunch Saturday afternoon. Meal tickets can be purchased for non-registered friends and family for $72 per person. PLEASE NOTE: Meal tickets are required to dine in the Grand Hotel Main Dining Room and they must be purchased no later than April 2, 2018. Meal tickets cannot be purchased at the event.

Most Mackinac Island establishments won’t open until May 1, 2018, but we’ve confirmed that a few restaurants will be open on the island during the festival.

Registrants may bring their own tables or rent tables for $15 per 8-foot table.

For members offering the use of their bell or chime sets we will offer 1 free registration ($80 value) 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 on Mackinac Island, Michigan is: February 16, 2018. Scholarships awarded for this event are good for $80 off registration. 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

20150425_Area5Mackinac 006Jubilation – 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

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Opening Concert: Larry and Carla Sue

Larry and Carla Sue both started playing handbells in 1987, but in different countries. Carla began playing handbells in England, and, as a member of various handbell ensembles there, she performed extensively throughout England, and also in Europe and the USA.

Larry is a fifth-generation Californian, and was also introduced to handbells in 1987. He has been a member and director of several church bell choirs in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a bass-ringing specialist, he was the Artistic Figurehead and conceptual founder of Low Ding Zone, the World’s First Bass-Only Handbell Ensemble, and wrote most of the repertoire for their eight-year existence. He is a published handbell composer and the author of the Bass Ringer’s Notebook, possibly the most extensive work on the subject. Larry is also an experienced director and clinician for handbell festivals and events.

Larry and Carla first met online on The Handbell Community website, and attended their first Bay View Week of Handbells together in August 2010. In 2011 they celebrated their engagement at Bay View, and in 2012 Carla moved from England to the USA, and they were married in California. They started arranging and performing handbell duets together, building up a wide repertoire of pieces arranged for just eight bells. Their repertoire extends across the entire spectrum of hymns, classical music, Christmas carols and folk music, and they continue to be surprised at just how many musical selections can be played using just eight notes. They aim to demonstrate that handbell performances are not only beautiful to listen to, but also a graceful and interesting visual art.

In July 2016 Larry and Carla moved to Holland, Michigan, to continue the adventure there. Since then, they have performed in New York City, Georgia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and (of course!) Michigan. They played Christmas carols at the Salvation Army Red Kettle during their first Michigan winter, and were featured on Fox 17 News. They play their duets at concerts, weddings, memorial and remembrance services, corporate events, worship services, and Christmas and holiday events in Michigan and beyond, and provide classes and workshops for handbell choirs and individuals. They can regularly be seen playing duets on 8th Street in Holland, and recently enjoyed taking part in the Downtown Holland Street Performers Series.

Visit Larry and Carla’s website: www.larryandcarla.com for videos, testimonials and booking information. Their music is available for purchase and download from their music site: www.choraegus.com. You can also find Larry and Carla on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

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Festival Schedule and Class Sessions

Schedule is tentative and subject to change.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

4:00 – 6:00 PM Early Registration. Equipment may be delivered and set up.

Friday, April 27, 2018

8:00 AM – 1:15 PM Equipment set up in Theatre
9:00 AM – 1:30 PM Registration in Art Gallery
11:30 AM – 1:15 PM Grand Tour of the Hotel
12:30 – 1:30 PM Class Session:
Maori Sticks, Brighton Pavilion – Susan Oxley
Artistry with All of the Crayons, Grand Pavilion – Martha Matthews
FredChat, Terrace Room – Fred Gramann
1:45 – 3:30 PM Rehearsal, Theatre
4:00 – 5:30 PM Rehearsal, Theatre
6:00 – 7:45 PM Dinner, Main Dining Room (pre-paid meal ticket required)
8:00 – 9:00 PM Opening Concert, Theatre – Larry and Carla Sue

Saturday, April 28, 2018

7:00 – 8:00 AM Breakfast (included in room registration)
8:00 – 9:30 AM Rehearsal, Theatre
9:45 – 10:45 AM Class Session:
Repertoire Class, Theatre – Stephanie Nash
Handbells: A Full-Body Sport, Grand Pavilion – Martha Matthews
8-Bell Ringing, Terrace Room – Larry and Carla Sue
Music Theory, Main Dining Room – Ann Wood
Finale, Main Dining Room – Judy Phillips
9:45 – 11:30 AM Grand Tour of Hotel
12:00 – 1:00 PM Lunch, Main Dining Room (pre-paid meal ticket required)
1:15 – 2:15 PM Dress Rehearsal, Theatre
2:30 – 3:30 PM Closing Concert, Theatre

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Guest Conductor: Fred Gramann

What began for Fred and his wife Nancy as a 9-month stint in Paris for Fred to study with organists Marie-Claire Alain and Maurice Duruflé evolved into a lifetime musical adventure in the city of light. Director of Music at the American Church in Paris for the past 41 years, Fred counts among his handbell highlights being the Honorary Associate Director of the Raleigh Ringers, the director for UK Bronze and most recently the newly appointed director for the Bay View Week of Handbells, succeeding Maestros Donald E. Allured and Carl Wiltse. Last autumn Fred was guest director for festivals in the UK and Scotland celebrating the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Handbell Ringers of Great Britain, and was recently director for DB West (Oregon) and Bronzefest (Ohio). Fred earned organ performance degrees at Syracuse University and the University of Michigan. Nancy worked for 3M France for 28 years as a language teacher and cross-cultural coach.

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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 opportunity, and our 2017 Associate Conductor, Brenda E. Austin said that the program was “an incredible experience“.

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

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