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.

Closing Concert

The closing concert takes place on the last day of Festival Conference, and the public is welcome to attend!

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.


Psalm of Celebration,  McChesney L3 3-5 oct  Jeffers MJHS95383-5, MJHS9538BBrass Parts–2 Bb or C trumpets, Horn in F, Trombone, Tuba, Timpani
MJHS9538FS, Full Score/Organ Score

A New Gloria, Cathy Moklebust L3  3-5 oct MCGB213

America the Beautiful, Arnold Sherman 3-6 oct L3 MRRHB0002,  MRRFS0002 Full Score, MRRBP0002 Brass parts

Soon and Very Soon by Hart Morris L3+ 3-6 oct. MHP2274 (MHP2274P=bass and drum part)


Tuya Es La Gloria, Susan (Nelson) Sylvester L2 3-5 oct. MAG35251

Danza, McChesney L1 2-3 oct MJHS9228 bells, MJHS9228B brass (brass part–2 Bb trumpets, Horn in F, Trombone, Tuba, Timpani), MJHS9228K Keyboard

We Three Kings, Kinyon L1+ 2-3 oct MAP23152


Toccata for a Joyous Day, Paul McKlveen L3, 3-5 oct. MJHS9280 (also digital direct DJHS9280

King of Kings, arr. Ward – AGEHR – AG36046

Carol of the Birds, Deb Carr L4 4-6 oct. MAG45054


Visions of Peace, Karen Buckwalter, L4+ MBEHB438 with flute 3-6 oct

Allegro from Concerto in a minor, Bach/ Vivaldi/Gramann L5 5-7 oct MAG57021

Waltz from Masquerade Suite, Griffin L4+, 5-7 oct.  MBEHB369=full score, MBEH369A=Choir 1, MBEH369B=Choir 2, MBEHB369C= Alternate Piano part for Choir 2

And All That Jazz, Nick Hanson L5 4-6 oct. MFM20492

CLICK HERE for 2015 Bronze Division Audition Rubric (2017 TBA)



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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