A Grand Ring: Area 5 Spring Festival 2022

April 28 – 30, 2022

Mackinac Island, Michigan

Fred Gramann, Guest Conductor

Opening Concert: Quadrants

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!

We Want to Hear From You!

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Let us know about your experience on Mackinac Island.


Registration – $95 per person

Online registration will open October 15, 2021 at 8:00 AM Eastern. Once capacity is reached, applicants will be placed on a waiting list.

Please be aware, successful electronic registration DOES NOT guarantee you and/or your choir will have a place at the event. For more information on registering for A Grand Ring, and online registration in general, please read this Grand Ring Registration Guide.

During registration you will have the option to purchase a meal package which includes a multi-course dinner Friday evening and lunch Saturday afternoon. The meal package is $126 per person, all taxes included. Area 5 does not make any money on the meal package. The meal package is optional, but be aware that restaurant service elsewhere on the island is limited and it will be difficult to participate in the festival and travel elsewhere for meals.


Register for the 2022 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.

COVID-19 Policy for Area 5 Spring Festivals
We want a safe and healthy environment for everyone who attends an Area 5 event. Therefore, we have established the following guidelines in response to COVID-19. Please click the link to read the full policy.
Event Location and Lodging
Grand Hotel
286 Grand Ave
Mackinac Island, MI 49757

Click here to book rooms at the Area 5 group rate.

Room rate is $184* for double occupancy, which includes breakfast. Directions about making room reservations will be sent to all registrants later this year. The room rate is an estimation for a block of rooms, which Area 5 is committed to use. It is recommended that registrants be cognizant of reserving rooms, to be assured of receiving the group rate. Area 5 has no control over hotel requirements for deposits with reserving rooms. The deadline to reserve online is March 28, 2022 by 5:00 PM Eastern.

Family and friends are welcome to join you! We have opened the hotel block to non-ringers, so your nearest and dearest can enjoy Grand Hotel with you. Family and friends are welcome to book rooms without being registered for the event.

Any attendees or friends/family who still need to purchase the Friday dinner/Saturday lunch, please contact Dave Baker at treasurer.area5@handbellmusicians.org. The cut-off date for reserving your meal ticket is April 11.

*Additional taxes and fees apply. There is also a one-time charge for round-trip baggage transfer from the docks to the hotel and return. This baggage handling charge is currently $10 per person. Within Grand Hotel, tipping is neither expected nor permitted.

Ferry Transporation

Travel to Mackinac Island is available via ferry departing from either Mackinaw City or St. Ignace.

Tickets can be purchased at www.sheplersferry.com. The promotion code is: AREA52022. This code applies to both the individual adult or individual child tickets. Guests can also reference our group name at the ticket office to make their ticket purchase at time of arrival.

Overnight parking options and rates are as follows. All overnight parking is arranged at time of arrival.

Mackinaw City: All options are self-parking.
Day Parking: FREE (off-site)
Standard Parking: $15.00/night (off-site)
Premium Parking: $35.00/night on-site at the dock (gate ticket required for entry/exit)

St. Ignace: All options are self-parking.
Day Parking: FREE (on-site)
Standard Parking: $15.00/night off-site (gate ticket required for entry/exit)
Premium Parking: $20.00/night on-site at the dock (gate ticket required for entry/exit)

We provide continuous shuttle service to and from the off-site lots

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.


  • A Joyous Fanfare – Gramann; Choristers Guild CGB926; Level 3-
  • That Easter Day With Joy Was Bright – Lamb; AGEHR AG25007; Level 2+
  • My Lord What A Morning – Spiritual / arr. Eithun; AGEHR, MAG35285, Level 2+
  • Allegro Con Moto – Krug; G.I.A. MGIG8073; Level 3+
  • Grand Old Yankee Doodle Extravaganza – Cohen / arr. Edwards; Composers Music MCP7040; Level 3

Thursday, April 28, 2022

4:00-6:00 PM Early Registration

Friday, April 29, 2022

8:00 AM-1:15 PM Equipment Setup in Theatre
9:00 AM-1:15 PM Registration
12:30-1:30 PM Early Bird Class Session
1:45-3:30 PM Rehearsal
4:00-5:30 PM Rehearsal
6:00-7:45 PM Dinner (pre-paid meal ticket required)
8:00-9:00 PM Quadrants Concert

Saturday, April 30, 2022

7:00-8:00 AM Breakfast
8:00-9:30 AM Rehearsal
9:45-10:45 AM Class Session
12:00-1:00 PM Lunch (pre-paid meal ticket required)
1:15-2:15 PM Dress Rehearsal
2:30-3:30 PM Closing Concert
Class Sessions

We have many exciting classes for attendees to explore.

Come Ring! Music for Small Ensembles – Mary Lou Fast (Early Bird session only)
Casual Conversation with Fred – Fred Gramann (Early Bird session only)
Introduction to Small Ensemble Ringing – Quadrants
Treble Techniques: The Mighty Four-In Hand – Nancy Kindraka
Mixing It Up With…Boomwhackers! – Julie Hyatt
Next Up: South Bend Repertoire – Susan Oxley

Class list and clinicians subject to change.

Opening Concert: Quadrants

Quadrants is a professional handbell quartet based in Princeton, NJ. The members of Quadrants – Robert James Lamb, Bethan Neely, Raymond Nugent, and Hyosang Park – are all professional musicians in their own rights, as well as proud alumni of Westminster Choir College and the Westminster Concert Bell Choir. Quadrants is dedicated to performing high level repertoire with musicality and precision, and frequently performs their own original transcriptions of classical masterworks. Quadrants was honored to perform at the 2019 Handbell Musicians of America National Seminar in St Louis, MO, and also performs regularly throughout New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania.


Scholarships will not be awarded for this event.

Photography Policy

The Area 5 Photography Policy can be found here.

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 February 21, 2022. No refunds will be given for cancellations received after this date. We cannot make exceptions to this policy.


For any questions about the Spring Festival please contact Connie Nicholson at chairelect.area5@handbellmusicians.org or visit the Spring Festival FAQ.


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