Festival Conference

Festival Conference

2017 Registration Information


Registration materials will be posted when available.


Note: Bronze level is auditioned.  This is the rubric used to judge your video.

What is a Festival Conference at Area 1?

“It’s a 3-day handbell marathon of rehearsals, massed ringing, skill building workshops and classes, and even classes on things like boomwhackers, origami, or yoga.”

“It’s a chance for you to meet other bell choirs, talk with other ringers and directors, and ring some of the best music available today under the most superb directors.”

“Like nothing you’ve ever experienced before (if you’ve never been to an Area 1 conference.)”

Festival Conference 2017 Information


Details to come.  This is how 2015 was handled.

Where and When?

UMASS Amherst
June 29 – July 2, 2017

Opening Concert

Columbia Handbell Ensemble, directed by Ed Rollins.

Repertoire for 2017:

It’s never too early to order your music for Festival Conference!  Order it now and program it for the upcoming year.  You’ll be ready and totally prepared to ring with the other 700 people who will be attending.

Bronze–conducted by TBD:

CLICK HERE for 2015 Bronze Division Audition Rubric

Coppers–conducted by TBD

Tins–conducted by TBD

Massed–conducted by TBD

The Public is Welcome to Our Closing Concert


Conference Fees and Housing

Commuter                                           $TBD

Chaperone (Double Occupancy)     $TBD

Attendee (Double Occupany)           $TBD

Attendee (Single Occupancy)           $TBD

About our Conductors

Ed Rollins

Debora Carr

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