Area 5 Spring Festival 2020

March 6-7, 2020

Louisville, Kentucky

Michael J. Glasgow, Guest Conductor

Join ringers from around Area 5 for “Bluegrass, Bourbon and Bells!”, a weekend of handbell music, education, fellowship and fun!

Please read below for more detailed information. We look forward to seeing you in Louisville!


Early Registration – $80 per person, received by January 14, 2020

Regular Registration – $90 per person, received by February 14, 2020

Late Registration – $100 per person, received on or after February 15, 2020

Online registration will open October 1, 2019.

Register for the 2020 Spring Festival

Guest Conductor: Michael J. Glasgow

Michael J. Glasgow is originally from Michigan. He holds B.A. degrees in music theory/composition, and in journalism; as well as a Master of Church Music degree, with emphases in both choral and handbell music.

In addition to his full-time position at North Raleigh UMC (Raleigh, NC), Michael serves as the Bass Section Leader for the North Carolina Master Chorale and the Choral Conductor for the Tar River Orchestra & Chorus. A passionate composer with an “abundant melodic gift” (New York Concert Review), he keeps busy with commissions and his own projects, and has been honored by several contests for organ, handbell and choral compositions.

Michael made his Carnegie Hall debut conducting his Requiem for chorus and orchestra in June 2017, and will conduct its European premiere in Vienna in June 2019. He is proud to have served as the inaugural conductor for the Anthornis and Anthornis North advanced-ringing events in Minneapolis and Fargo; additional international engagements include England, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore and the Eastern Caribbean.

Michael is member of ASCAP, American Composers Forum, Mensa, FUMMWA and several other professional organizations. Additional information and samples of Michael’s work may be found at and on Twitter: @MichaelJGlasgow.

Event Location and Lodging
Louisville Marriott Downtown
280 West Jefferson,
Louisville, Kentucky 40202

We strongly encourage registrants to use the room block in our host hotel. The special event rate for the Spring Festival is $165.00 (double double) with applicable state and local taxes. We’ll update this space with the online booking link when it’s available.

Cut off date for special rate: February 6, 2020.

The Louisville Marriott is centrally located in the heart of downtown, within walking distance to many restaurants, attractions, shopping, and night life venues. Hotel amenities include: restaurant, lobby bar, Starbucks, indoor pool, whirlpool, fitness center, and mini-fridges in all rooms. Parking garage is located beneath the hotel, with self and valet options.

Festival Repertoire

All attendees should have legally purchased copies of all music on hand at the event. Photocopies are not allowed without proof of license or proof of purchase.

Reflection on “Holy Manna, arr. Sandra Eithun
– Lorenz 20/1637L
– Level 2+, 3-6 octaves handbells, 3 or 5 octaves handchimes, optional dulcimer and flute

Bound for the Kingdom, arr. Bill Ingram
– Composers CP7060
– Level 2, 3-5 octaves handbells

No Dark Valley, arr. Michael J. Glasgow
– Agape/Hope Publishing 2665 (instrumental parts are 2665P; accompaniment CD is A514)
– Level 3-/4+, 3-7 octaves handbells; 3-6 octaves handchimes; optional bass, fiddle, and/or frets (guitar/mandolin/banjo)

A Gospel Hymn Ring, arr. Tammy Waldrop
– Alfred 46228
– Level 3, 3-5 octaves handbells

Whispering Hope, arr. Michael J. Glasgow
– Ring Out! Press RO3356
– Level 2+, 3-5 octaves handbells, 3-5 octaves handchimes

Praise My Soul, the King of Heaven, arr. Brian Childers
– Alfred 46260
– Level 3, 3-5 octaves handbells

Refuge, by Michael J. Glasgow
– Agape 2954
– Publication date TBA

Schedule and Class Sessions
More information coming soon.
Opening Concert: Bronze Ringers from Floyd Central High School
Bronze Ringers are members of Handbell Musicians of America directed by Angela Hampton. As one of only a few public high school handbell programs in Indiana, Floyd Central’s handbell ensembles are a unique component to our Performing Arts Department. Students in these ensembles perform arrangements of popular, classical and folk music, as well as original handbell compositions. The groups perform on a 5 octave set of Schulmerich bells, a 3 octave set of Schulmerich bells, 5-1/2 octaves of Schulmerich chimes and 2 octaves of Schulmerich Silver Melody Bells. Members of our ensembles have performed at Walt Disney World and have been selected for Indiana All-State Handbell Ensemble and the National Honors Handbell Ensemble.
First-time attendees are invited to apply for a scholarship to attend the Spring Festival. Applications are due by January 24, 2020.
Associate Conductor Program
Are you a conductor interested in working with massed handbell ensembles? Please consider applying for Area 5’s Associate Conductor Program. Our goal for this program is to identify, train, and nurture potential new conductors for massed ringing events throughout Area 5.

The 2019 Associate Conductor Patty Saunders said, “The [Associate Conductor] program supported and stretched my abilities as a director and I walked away from the weekend with a tool box useful in rehearsal planning and execution, conducting clarity, and artistic expression.”

HMA Tablet Policy

Handbell Musicians of America is committed to upholding the copyright laws of the United States and protecting the rights of our publishers, arrangers and composers. If you wish to use a tablet computer to hold your music in place of standard paper copies on a music stand, you must contact the publisher of each piece of music to first obtain permission to convert a purchased piece of music to the format required for the tablet you are using. Copies of the written permission received from publishers must be presented on request from the event organizer, event chair, or Handbell Musicians of America staff. Permission from a publisher for one piece does not imply permission for other songs from the same publisher. The title of each song used in this format must be included in the written permission received. Attendee should also have legally purchased copies of all music with them for verification. Titles originally purchased in a digital format do not require permission from the publisher, however, please have a copy of your purchase receipt available.


New to handbell festivals? Confused about registration or logistics? Our FAQ can help!


For any questions about the Spring Festival please contact Rhonda Blacklock at or visit the Spring Festival FAQ.