Area 5 Spring Festival 2020

March 6-7, 2020

Louisville, Kentucky

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!

We value your feedback!

The Area 5 Board constantly strives to improve our events and we’d like your input. Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey and let us know your thoughts on the 2020 Spring Festival in Louisville. Thank you!


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 is open!

Register for the 2020 Spring Festival

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 and on Twitter: @MichaelJGlasgow.

Associate Conductor: Pearl Marshall

Pearl Marshall has a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Grove City College in Pennsylvania and has been ringing handbells for 25 years. She introduced and taught a curricular handbell program at Green Acres School (1-8) in Suburban Maryland while directing and ringing at Gaithersburg Presbyterian Church. She also acted as an interim/substitute handbell director for other regional churches. During this time, Pearl rang for Capital Carillon and served Area 3 as a Youth Festival coordinator and C.H.I.M.E. Liaison.

In 2006, Pearl moved to Los Angeles where she directed youth handbells at Northridge United Methodist Church followed by the Children’s Choir of Glendale Methodist Church. During her time in Southern California, she rang with two auditioned groups, South Coast Handbell Ensemble and LA Bronze. She served Area 12 as the Los Angeles Regional Coordinator.

Pearl and her husband moved to Kentucky in 2014 where she currently serves as Handbell Director for the Union Church Handbell Ensemble in Berea, KY and teaches at a preschool in nearby Richmond, KY. She rang with Alluring in Lexington for a couple years. Pearl is currently working as a solo ringer learning new repertoire and developing a performance schedule.

In her free time, Pearl enjoys Shape Note singing and travel. She is also involved with prison ministry and bond reform in Kentucky.

Event Location and Lodging

Louisville Marriott Downtown
280 West Jefferson,
Louisville, Kentucky 40202
Reservations Toll Free: 1-800-266-9432
Reservations Local Phone: 502-627-5045

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. Please use this link to reserve the group rate for “Handbell Musicians of America, Area 5 Spring 2020 Festival/Conference”.

NOTE: The hotel will only allow users to book up to five (5) separate rooms per reservation using the link above. To book additional rooms you’ll have to start a new reservation.

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.

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.

Click here for rehearsal notes from Conductor Michael J. Glasgow.

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
– Level 3-, 3-6 octaves handbells


Friday, March 6th

Schedule is subject to change.

1:30-4:30 pm Registration and Set up
3:00-7:00 pm Vendors open
4:30-5:30 pm Early Bird Classes
5:30-700 pm Dinner on your own
7:00-8:00 pm Opening Concert – Floyd Central HS Bronze Ringers
8:15-9:15 pm Massed rehearsal and Opening Bell
9:15-10:00 pm Vendors Open
9:30 pm Night Owl Offering (TBD)


Saturday, March 7th

8:00-9:00 am Massed rehearsal
9:00 am Vendors Open
9:15-10:15 am Tins rehearse; Coppers in class
10:30-11:30 am Coppers rehearse; Tins in class
11:30 am-1:00 pm Lunch on your own
1:00-2:00 pm Tins rehearse; Coppers in class
2:15-3:15 pm Coppers rehearse; Tins in class
3:30 pm Vendors Final Closing
3:45-4:30 pm Final Concert “dress” Rehearsal
5:00-6:00 pm Final Concert and Closing Bell
6:00 pm Registrants Pack and Leave
7:00 pm Out of Venue


Class Sessions

Class list is subject to change.

  • Early Bird Class: Past the Parentheses and Beyond the Brackets – Michael Glasgow
  • The Basics of Ringing in the Bass Clef (with emphasis on musicality and safety)
  • Battle of the Bells
  • Bluegrass Harmony
  • Dancing Pride & Prejudice Style: An Introduction to English Country Dance
  • Going Beyond “Let’s Do That Again” – Rehearsal Strategies
  • Handbell Trivia
  • Handbells in Liturgical Services
  • Maintenance: Malmark (tentative)
  • Maintenance: Schulmerich
  • Mallet Techniques
  • Repertoire for 2021 Area 5 Spring Ring
  • Stay Calm and Sightread
  • Working with Children’s Choirs
Opening Concert: Bronze Ringers from Floyd Central High School

Floyd Central High School is a public high school in Southern Indiana with a student population of just over 1800 students. Approximately one-third of the students are members of the state and nationally recognized Performing Arts Department. As one of only a few public high school handbell programs in Indiana, Floyd Central’s handbell ensembles are a unique component to our curriculum. 50 students participate in two handbell ensembles – Highlander Bells has 24 ringers in grades 9 and 10. Bronze Ringers has 26 ringers in grades 10 through 12. Bronze Ringers and Highlander Bells are members of Handbell Musicians of America. Students in these ensembles perform arrangements of popular, classical and folk music, as well as original handbell compositions. The groups perform on a 5 octave set of Schulmerich bells, a 3-1/2 octave set of Schulmerich bells, 5 octaves of Schulmerich chimes, lower 6th octave Malmark chimes and 2 octaves of Schulmerich Silver Melody Bells. Members of our ensembles have performed at Walt Disney World and have been selected for Indiana All-State Handbell Ensemble as well as the National Honors Handbell Ensemble. In November, 15 of our ringers will perform at Radio City Music Hall and Central Park in New York City.

In her twenty-fifth year as Director of Choral Music and Handbells at Floyd Central High School, Angela Vaughn Hampton directs five choirs and two handbell ensembles. In addition, she is the music director for Floyd Central’s Theatre Arts Department. Beyond Floyd Central, she is the Artistic Director of Voces Novae, a semi-professional chorus in Louisville, pianist at St. James Church and a free-lance collaborative pianist. Growing up as the daughter of a handbell director, Angela has been ringing bells in some capacity for over 35 years at St. James Church in Louisville, Kentucky. She has directed handbell choirs for over 25 years.

Angela holds degrees from the University of Louisville in Music Education and Choral Conducting. She is an active member of ACDA, NAfME, and Handbell Musicians of America where she has earned Handbell Musician Certification, Levels 1 and 2. She serves on the Indiana All-State Handbell committee which has worked to establish and All-State ensemble experience for student handbell ringers for the past three years. Angela has been published in ACDA newsletters at the state (Indiana and Kentucky) and division (North Central and Northwest) levels as well as ACDA’s E-newsletter, ChorTeach. She has served as a clinician for ICDA, IMEA, AGEHR, the Louisville Suzuki Piano Institute and the Greater Louisville Music Teachers Association, and was a staff member for the Kentucky Ambassadors of Music in 2004, 2006 and 2008 and returning again in 2020.


First-time attendees are invited to apply for a scholarship to attend the Spring Festival. Applications are due by January 24, 2020.

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.

Rehearsal notes from Conductor Michael J. Glasgow


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 [email protected] or visit the Spring Festival FAQ.