Spring Festival Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Area 5 Spring Festival?
Area 5 Spring Festivals are two-day massed ringing events open to all Handbell Musicians of America members, held annually in March or April. Attendees rehearse together under the baton of the Guest Conductor, culminating in a final concert at the end of the event. It’s an opportunity to learn from and fellowship with other members of the handbell community.
In addition to massed rehearsals, a Spring Festival may also include classes and seminars, Handbell Industry Council vendors, and an opening concert by a well-known choir, soloist, or small ensemble. Each Spring Festival will vary. Please visit the Events Calendar for upcoming festival dates and details.
What is the schedule for the Spring Festival?
Are any meals provided at the Spring Festival?
Repertoire is listed for the Spring Festival. Do I need to purchase it?
All attendees should have legally purchased paper copies of all music on hand at the event. Photocopies are not allowed without proof of license or proof of purchase.
I’m an orphan ringer. Do I need to purchase the repertoire?
Are there any notes or corrections for the repertoire?
What forms of payment are accepted for registration?
Can I use an Area 5 scholarship to attend a festival?
Can I used loaned equipment vouchers to attend a festival?
Should our choir register as a group or individually?
How do I know if my choir is a Copper or a Tin? What’s the difference?
As a side note, copper and tin are the two metals that make up the alloy bronze, which is what handbells are made of.