Area 5 Spring Festival 2020
March 6-7, 2020
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.
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 www.michaeljglasgow.com and on Twitter: @MichaelJGlasgow.
Event Location and Lodging
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.
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
Opening Concert: Bronze Ringers from Floyd Central High School
Associate Conductor Program
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.
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