Rock Roll & Ring: Area 5 Spring Festival 2022

March 18 – 19, 2022

Cleveland, Ohio

Alex Guebert, Guest Conductor

Opening Concert: The Raleigh Ringers

Area 5 arrives at the home of the Rock & 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!

Registration

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

Alex Guebert is a composer, arranger, clinician, percussionist, music director and music teacher from Orange, California. He leads three advanced-level handbell groups: Cathedral Bells of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Orange, L.A. Bronze, and Concert Handbells at Concordia University Irvine. His award-winning handbell compositions and arrangements have been published and performed nationwide and overseas. Alex’s compositional style is a result of his background as a percussionist, his love of film and video game score, and his desire to broaden the horizons of handbell repertoire. Alex holds an M.M. in Music Composition from Cal State Long Beach, where his graduate recital featured a 25-minute work for handbells, strings, and percussion. Some of Alex’s most recent forays into the national scene of handbells include teaching classes at Handbell Musicians of America national and local seminars and leading several mass ring events. Alex lives in Orange with his wife Heather who works as a scientist in the Orange County Crime Lab, and baby daughter Emma Joy, who shares her dad’s love of music and her mom’s scientific curiosity about the world!

Event Location and Lodging
Renaissance Cleveland Hotel
24 Public Square
Cleveland, OH 44113
216-696-5600

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.

More information to come.

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.

MASSED

  • Rondo Jubilee – Austin; Hope Publishing MHP2934; Level 2+
  • Gratitude – Guebert; Ringing Word MRW8274; Level 2-
  • Clocks – Coldplay / arr. Richards, Hope Publishing MHP2569; Level 3-

TINS

  • Let It Be – Lennon, McCartney / arr. McChesney; Jeffers MJHS9500; Level 3-
  • Almighty – Watson /arr. McChesney; Ring Praise MRP7516; Level 2

COPPERS

  • Morning Has Broken – Gaelic Melody / arr. Raney, Hope Publishing MHP2430; Level 3+
  • Firework – Perry / arr. Glasgow, Hope Publishing MHP2654; Level 3+
Schedule

More information to come.

Class Sessions

More information to come.

Opening Concert: The Raleigh Ringers

The Raleigh Ringers is an internationally acclaimed, advanced community handbell choir based in Raleigh, North Carolina. Since its founding in 1990, The Raleigh Ringers has been dazzling concert audiences with unique interpretations of sacred, secular and popular music, including famous rock ‘n’ roll tunes arranged just for handbells.

Under the direction of David M. Harris, The Raleigh Ringers has released  seven CDs, and two DVDs of holiday concerts titled One Winter Evening at Meymandi and A December Tradition. The first concert was broadcast on more than 250 public television stations in 44 states. The second one has been broadcast in 37 states on over 80 public television stations. The group has performed in 39 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, England and France during its tours, and plays two dates each year at a major venue in Raleigh. The Raleigh Ringers also sponsors an annual festival for children who play handbells, an annual festival for advanced adult ringers, a beginning ringers workshop, and a read & ring for advanced ringers and teaches handbell techniques classes at Raleigh Ringers Central several times a year.

The Raleigh Ringers promotes the art of handbell ringing by:

Scholarships

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.

Questions?
For any questions about the Spring Festival please contact Rhonda Blacklock at chair.area5@handbellmusicians.org or visit the Spring Festival FAQ.

Questions?

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