Area 5 Spring Festival 2021

April 29 – May 2, 2021

Mackinac Island, Michigan

Fred Gramann, Guest Conductor

Area 5 returns to Mackinac Island for a weekend of handbell music, education, fellowship and fun!

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

Registration

Rates and due dates coming soon.

Online registration will open later this year.

Register for the 2021 Spring Festival on Mackinac Island

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.

Event Location and Lodging

Grand Hotel
286 Grand Ave
Mackinac Island, MI 49757

More information to come.

Festival Repertoire

Music may be purchased directly from the publishers of any music retailer. Our HIC retailers include: Heitz Handbells & Music, Jeffers Handbell Supply, and J.W. Pepper. 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.

MASSED

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Schedule

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Class Sessions

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Opening Concert: Quadrants

More information to come.

Scholarships

First-time attendees are invited to apply for a scholarship to attend the Spring Festival. Applications are due by March 18, 2021.

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.

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.

Questions?

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

Questions?

For any questions about the Spring Festival please contact Rhonda Blacklock at chair.area5@handbellmusicians.org or visit the Spring Festival FAQ.