Festivals/Conferences


Registration is open for the second College Ring-In, January 4-6 in Dallas, Texas. The first College Ring-In last January was honestly one of the best handbell experiences I’ve been able to attend, right up there with Virtuoso and my first National Seminar. So I am unapologetic in pushing every ringer I meet into going to this event. In case you needed more incentive to register, here are the top 10 reasons to go to the College...

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It was around midnight after the closing ceremonies of the 17th International Handbell Symposium, and I found myself sitting on a dock overlooking the convention center that had been my home for the past 5 day lit up in rainbow colors celebrating Vancouver Pride. Luckily the weather by the ocean was perfect, not too hot and not too cold, since all the bars had closed for the night and we found ourselves stuck outside. My new friends...

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In 2013 I attended my first National Seminar in Portland, Oregon. At that Seminar I went to a round table discussion about university handbell ensembles lead by Jessica Westgard-Larson, one of the members of the Handbell Musicians of America Board of Directors. After that class, Jessica and I talked for a while about what a college aged ringing event would look like. Little did I know that three years later I would be at the first...

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There’s a new opportunity for young ringers coming in April, 2016; a National Honors Handbell Ensemble.  The event will be hosted by the Stafford Regional Handbell Society in Fredericksburg, Virginia. While you may not be familiar with the Stafford Regional Handbell Society, you may be familiar with their premier youth ensemble, Ring It!.  Under the direction of Neesa Hart, Ring It! rocked their showcase concert at Pinnacle this...

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Pinnacle 2015 Review

Pinnacle 2015 Review


Posted By on Jul 30, 2015

This post is not just a summary of my time at Pinnacle 2015; this post is about how much freaking handbell fun you can cram into four days. Handbell Musicians of America recently hosted a four day handbell celebration called Pinnacle in Dallas, Texas.  Like most National Seminars, the festival was filled with class sessions on every topic you can imagine from many of the most famous names in handbells.  A quick poll of friends after...

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Last year’s National Seminar closed with the talented Hong Kong Youth Handbell Ensemble, and it looks like this year’s Seminar will be closing with an equally talented group of youth from across the other ocean.  The Arsis Youth Handbell Ensemble will be joining us this year from Estonia.  Founded in 2003, this incredible group is comprised of students from the Arsis Handbell school.  After watching this performance of...

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