Spring 2019 Festival: Dayton, Ohio

March 29-30, 2019
Dayton, Ohio

Lee Afdahl, 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 Dayton, including the repertoire list.

Please see below for more information:

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

Event Location: Dayton Convention Center

Dayton Convention Center
22 E 5th St
Dayton, OH 45402

The convention center is located directly across the street from the host hotel, connected by a covered walkway. The hotel and convention center share a parking garage.

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Event Hotel: Crowne Plaza Dayton Downtown

Crowne Plaza Dayton Downtown
33 E 5th St
Dayton, OH 45402

We strongly encourage registrants to use the room block in our host hotel. We have negotiated a special rate for you, and it is located directly across the street from the convention center, connected by a covered walkway. The hotel and convention center share a parking garage.

The special event rate for the Spring Festival is $121 plus taxes per night. Please use this link when booking: Handbell Musicians of America.

Once you fill in your check in and check out dates the agreed upon rate will populate. From there you will be asked to provide your contact and payment information, and you will receive a confirmation number at the time of the booking.

Cut off date for special rate: Tuesday, February 26, 2019.

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Early Registration – $80 per person, received by January 31, 2019
Regular Registration – $90 per person, received by February 28, 2019
Late Registration – $100 per person, received after February 28, 2019


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Festival Repertoire

Click here for rehearsal notes from Lee Afdahl

For the Beauty of the Earth, Brian Childers, From the Top 204 14-HB, L3
Crown Him With Many Crowns, Lloyd Larson, Beckenhorst HB 194, L3
Sacred Silence, Karissa Dennis, Jeffers MJHS9520, L2

I’m Just a Poor Wayfaring Stranger, Tammy Waldrop, Agape 2343, L2-
At The Lamb’s High Feast, Lee Afdahl, Concordia 97-7309, L2+

The Lord’s My Shepherd, I’ll Not Want, Alex Guebert, Choristers Guild CGB979, L3+
Sway, Sandra Eithun, Agape 2587

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Opening Concert

More information coming soon.

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Festival Schedule and Class Sessions

More information coming soon.

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Guest Conductor: Lee Afdahl

Lee J. Afdahl is the Director of Music and Organist of First Presbyterian Church of Rochester, Minnesota, a position he has held since 1991. A graduate of Luther College, Decorah, IA, Lee is a church musician with forty years of experience in leading active programs of choral and handbell ensembles in Michigan and Minnesota. Currently he and his part time music assistant are responsible for leading four vocal and three handbell choirs, an elementary instrumental program, a church orchestra, and he advises the church’s annual concert series.

Lee Afdahl is frequently a conductor and clinician for handbell conferences, choral workshops, and church music conferences internationally. He has conducted festival conferences for the Handbell Musicians of America at the local, area, and national levels, for handbell classes of American Guild of Organists, Fellowship of United Methodists, Presbyterian Association of Musicians, and international handbell events in England, Japan, South Korea, and Australia. Mr. Afdahl has served the Handbell Musicians of America as Michigan Chair for Area 5, Chair of Area 7, and is a Past President of the national board of the organization. He represented the organization as a conductor at the International Handbell Symposia in Adelaide, Australia in 1994, Liverpool, UK in 2012 and Jeju, South Korea in 2014. Lee has taught intermediate and advanced conducting for HMA Seminars, and currently teaches conducting for certification for HMA. Lee is an active organ recitalist and published composer and arranger of handbell, instrumental, and choral music with over seventy compositions and arrangements in print.

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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 2019 Festival Conference please contact Denise Holmes at chair.area5@handbellmusicians.org

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