Area 5 Fall Education Workshops

Area 5 offers annual one-day education events for ringers and directors, with opportunities for repertoire reading and improving techniques, rhythm, coordination, musicality, and other aspects of handbell ringing.

Information on 2022 Workshops coming soon!

COVID-19 Policy for Education Workshops

Building a community of handbell ringers through educational events is central to our organizational existence. Before vaccines became widely available, we made difficult decisions to cancel in-person events to protect our ringers and align with broader health and safety regulations. We acknowledge that information and guidance from various health, state, and local authorities can change rapidly. Furthermore, individual comfort levels and approaches to safety will differ. We believe that holding in-person, hands-on events is the best way for us to fulfill our mission and further the art of handbell ringing.

Please click here to read our full COVID-19 policy.

COVID-19 Policy: Frequently Asked Questions

What is the ringing setup? Will tables be distanced? 

The ringing floor/room will have a standard setup. Tables and ringers will not be distanced. 

 What happens if the event is cancelled due to COVID-19? 

Every effort will be made to inform attendees of event cancellation no later than 3 days before the event is scheduled to occur. If we cancel the event for any reason, full refunds for registration will be given. 

 Is vaccination required to attend? 

Vaccination against COVID-19 is strongly recommended for all attendees.  

 Is masking required to attend? 

The host venue may require masking indoors. Otherwise, masking indoors is strongly recommended for all attendees. 


Saturday, October 29, 2022
9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
First United Methodist Church
600 South Main Street
Eaton Rapids, MI 48827
Clinicians: Brenda Austin and Kyle Webber

Eaton Rapids Handbell Festival

A day-long workshop which includes massed ringing, Tin and Copper level ringing, and a variety of classes for handbell musicians of all skill levels.

The day culminates in a final concert at 2:30 PM featuring special guest, The Detroit Handbell Ensemble. The concert is free and open to the public.

Cost is $60 for a group or $10 per person.

There will be a lunch (homemade soups, fruit, and bread) available for $5 per person. (This is subject to change based on COVID restrictions.) Payment is due on the day of the festival. You may also bring a sack lunch.


  • Massed: Be Thou My Vision, arr. Kyle Webber, L2, Hope 2904
  • Massed: Rondo Jubilee, Brenda E. Austin, L2+, Hope 2934
  • Tins: Praise Unfolding, Sandra Eithun, L1, Chorister’s Guild CGB523
  • Coppers: I’ve Got Peace Like a River, arr. Sandra Eithun, L2+ Hope 2892

Music must be ordered and prepared prior to the festival.

For more information including the schedule please click here.

For more information contact Brenda at, (517) 663-3524.

If you have any questions or need any assistance with anything regarding handbells, please contact Julie Hyatt:

Michigan, Oct. 29


Saturday, November 12, 2022
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
First Evangelical Presbyterian Church
2000 W Jefferson Street
Kokomo, IN 46901
Clinician: Derek Hakes

Indiana One-Day Fall Festival

Come and join us: We can do together what no one can do on their own. Learn from the director how to polish your musical skills and share music with others. Fun and fellowship with other Indiana handbell musicians. Geared for high school age and adults.

Concludes with 4:00 PM concert, open to the public.

Cost: $90 per choir or $15 per person. Lunch on your own. Registration opens in August.


  • Be Thou My Vision, Arr. Eithun; L2, Choristers Guild MCB819 or 820 (From Spring 2023 Area 5 Handbell Festival Repertoire TINS, South Bend, Indiana)
  • Mary, Did You Know? Arr. Hakes; L3, Hope Publishing 2967 (3-7 octaves)
  • Fount of Every Blessing, Arr. Krug; L3-, Grassy Meadow Music GMH23009-3 (2-3 or 3-5 octaves)

Prepare the repertoire ahead of time. There will also be opportunity for individual choirs or small ensembles to perform at the closing concert. If registering as a choir, please bring your own bells and foam. Individuals may register on their own and indicate preference as to bell assignment.

Derek Hakes is in his second year of full-time teaching at the Indiana Math and Science Academy, where he serves as the resource teacher for middle school exceptional learners. Mr. Hakes is also pursuing his second master’s degree in Trauma-Informed Education and Leadership from Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky. Mr. Hakes holds an associate degree in Elementary Education from Ivy Tech Community College. From Western Governors University, he holds a dual bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Special Education, and a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. While Mr. Hakes is not arranging or composing music at the moment, he hopes to get back into doing so sometime soon. His future plans include pursuing a doctoral degree, as well as teaching English in Japan.

If you have any questions or need any assistance with anything regarding handbells, please contact Jeffrey Doebler:

Indiana, Nov. 12

All States

Fall 2022 Traveling Handbell Clinicians

This fall, an experienced handbell clinician will travel to your church or location and lead your rehearsal with your music. Directors will consult with the clinician prior to the event to highlight areas of growth for the choir. Sessions will be available between mid-September and early November according to your rehearsal schedule. The cost for up to a two hour rehearsal will be $50 for your entire choir, unless other arrangements are made.

Contact your State Chair to register for a workshop to come to you!