Welcome to Area 1

Serving Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont

Festival Conference 2019

Coming July 2019
University of Hartford, Hartford, CT

State Spring Rings

Can’t make it to Festival/Conference?  Come to a Spring Ring for a chance to hone your skills and make beautiful music in a smaller venue closer to home!

Local Skill Building Workshops

Area 1 tries hard to provide free opportunities to learn new skills, practice your old ones, and meet new ringers at our local skill building.

Area 1 Calendar

Do you have an upcoming event that's not yet listed? Email webmaster.area1@handbellmusicians.org to get it added!

Recent News

Spotlight on Chime In! Music With a Mission

Chime In! Music With a Mission, directed by Rick Wood, was recently featured by WTNH News Channel 8.  The story can also be found on their website here: http://wtnh.com/2017/12/01/cruisin-connecticut-chime-in-bell-choir-christmas-in-bethlehem-ct/ I'll reprint the text...

Spotlight on “Back To Bells”

This Spotlight article is written by Steve Mazeau after he attended a 2017 Back to Bells event.  Area 1 Back To Bells workshops are sponsored by the national Handbell Musicians of America, but draws from the experience and leadership of the members of Area 1. The goal...

Spotlight on Mary McCleary

With sadness, the handbell world says our goodbye and godspeed to Mary McCleary, who passed away on October 15, 2017. She was a prolific composer, director, organist, and friend to many of the ringers in the Handbell Musicians of America. Mary G. McCleary was the...

Spotlight on The Connecticut Ringers

September 20 was Connecticut Day at the Big E in Springfield. A group of handbell musicians under the direction of Samanatha Beschta practiced all summer and performed in the CT Pavillion. Thanks for representing Connecticut at this Big Event, Samantha, and all your...