Area 5 Spring Festival 2022

March 18 – 19, 2022

Cleveland, Ohio

Alex Guebert, Guest Conductor

Area 5 arrives at the home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for a weekend of handbell music, education, fellowship and fun!

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


Rates and due dates coming soon.

Online registration will open in late 2021.

Register for the 2022 Spring Festival in Cleveland

Guest Conductor: Alex Guebert

More information to come.

Event Location and Lodging
Renaissance Cleveland Hotel
24 Public Square
Cleveland, OH 44113

The festival will be held in the Grand Ballroom. The hotel is on the National Register of Historic Places and was built in 1918. The hotel is attached to the Tower City Center Mall and is just under one mile from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

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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.


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Class Sessions

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Opening Concert: The Raleigh Ringers

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First-time attendees are invited to apply for a scholarship to attend the Spring Festival. Applications are due by February 4, 2022.

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.


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.