Skill Building Workshops

Skill Building Workshops  – Fall 2016

Multiple sessions in October:  choose a date that works for you
Sessions throughout New England:  less travel!
Small class size:  get the personal attention you need


Saturday, October 15  Greenfield, MA
       Clinician:  Diantha Dorman
Saturday, October 22  Cumberland, ME
       Clinicians: Sue Evans & Amy Rollins
Saturday, October 22  Andover, MA
       Clinician:  Carlene Ruesenberg
Saturday, October 29  Gales Ferry, CT
       Clinician:  Jean Degan

All dates – 9:00 AM check-in
Workshop 9:30 AM-1:45 PM

What You’ll Learn:

  • How to identify and mark necessary changes of bells, techniques, dynamics, etc., within the workshop music
  • How to properly execute the various techniques required in the music, and how to move from executing those techniques in isolation to successfully preparing for and playing them within the music
  • How to put it all together and, by the conclusion of the workshop, play the music from beginning to end at a moderate skill level

Directors:  Participate in a special “working lunch” breakout to address specific musical concerns (bring any questions about the music you’re working on with your group)

Music for Workshop:

The music for this workshop is the Massed Ringing repertoire for Area 1 Festival/Conference 2017.  You will get the most out of this workshop if you purchase your music ahead of time and look at it before you come to the workshop.  Note: some of this music has been used previously at Area 1 events, and you may already have it in your bell choir library.

If you do not bring your own music to the workshop, we will have music available for you to use, but you might need to share with your neighbor and you will not be able to write on it unless you choose to purchase the music that day.

Music:                                                                                                                                                     Psalm of Celebration, Kevin McChesnesy, L3 3-5 oct Jeffers MJHS9538
A New Gloria, Cathy Moklebust, L3 3-6 oct Choristers Guild MCGB213
America the Beautiful, Arnold Sherman, L3 3-6 oct Red River Music MRRHB0002
Soon and Very Soon, Hart Morris L3+ 3-6 oct Hope Publishing MHP2274

Workshop Fee + Registration:

Members, $20 (your, your director’s, or your organization’s membership number required)
Non-Members, $35

Click this link to go to the registration page.


Sue Chamberlin
Handbell Musicians of America, Area 1

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