Connecticut Spring Ring 2019

Spring Ring provides an opportunity for ringers to meet, share experiences, have fun, and develop musicianship and ringing skills. This event is sponsored by the Handbell Musicians of America for the benefit of its members. Registration is available only for current members of the Handbell Musicians of America, or members of any ensemble they represent. Individuals, small groups, partial, and complete choirs are all welcome.


Saturday, March 30, 2019


Haddam-Killingworth Middle School
451 CT Rt. 81
Killingworth, CT

Event Schedule

8:15-9:00 AM      Arrival, Registration, Set Up

9:00-9:10 AM      Announcements and Opening Bell

9:10-11:15 AM    Massed Choir Rehearsal 1

11:15-11:30 AM   BREAK

11:30-12:30 PM   Massed Choir Rehearsal 2

12:30-1:15 PM     LUNCH BREAK

1:15-2:20 PM      Massed Choir Rehearsal 3

2:30-3:00 PM      BREAK

3:00 PM              Open Concert: Massed
and Solo Presentations
Closing Bell

4:00 PM               Break Down


Mobby Larson
CT State Chair
Handbell Musicians of America, Area 1

Susan Schultz
Event Registrar
Handbell Musicians of America, Area 1

Event Details

This year we are very excited to welcome David Harris, Director of the Raleigh Ringers, as our Clinician.  In order to maximize our time with him, we will be concentrating on massed ringing rehearsal and not offer workshops.  Dave will, however, be available for a discussion time with directors during the lunch hour.

The program for the day will begin at 9:00 AM (set-up and registration at 8:15 AM.)  The closing concert will be at 3:00 PM, featuring the massed ringing selections, as well as individual bell choirs, small ensembles, or solo ringers who would like to present a selection of music.

Meet Our Clinician

David M. Harris has been the director of The Raleigh Ringers since January 1990, when he was instrumental in the formation of the group.  The Raleigh Ringers is an internationally acclaimed, advanced community handbell choir based in Raleigh, North Carolina; and we had the excitement of having them featured at our Festival Conference.

David studied music while earning a degree in computer science at the Pennsylvania State University and has received private instruction in conducting from Dr. William A. Payn of Bucknell University. David was the director of the handbell program at Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church.  He chaired the national committee that planned the very first Community/ Professional Handbell Choir event, Pinnacle 2000, which was held in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Massed Ringing Repertoire

Dave has selected the following pieces for the event.  The first two are part of the 2019 Festival Conference repertoire, and the third is one which the Raleigh Ringers have recently recorded for the Lorenz demo. All three can also be used in your Lenten/Easter bell programs. Please purchase and begin rehearsing them before the Spring Ring.

  • Allegro Spiritoso     Greg Underwood, AG 23028(2-3 octaves), AG 35261(3-5 octaves), AGEHR publishing
  • Now All the Vault of Heaven Resounds /arr. Moklebust (Concordia MCO977488)
  • Ah, Holy Jesus / arr. Eithun (Lorenz 20-2094L)

Solo Choir or Ensemble Performances

We invite your choir/ensemble to share a “solo” selection during the final concert. Please fill out the appropriate information on the registration form if you wish to perform a solo piece. Solo performances will be limited to the first five requests. You will be assigned a short time during lunch to run through your piece once in the performance area. Please be prompt and courteous to other groups.


No meals are provided, but bottled water will be available. Please bring your own lunch and snacks.

Partial Choirs and “Orphan Ringers”

If you are planning to ring just the massed selections, you are encouraged to attend with a partial choir of any size. Orphan Ringers are welcome! We will match you up as best we can.

What to Bring

Each Ringer should bring gloves and comfortable shoes. Each choir (partial or whole) should bring bells, mallets, foam, table covers, music, music stands, and tables.  If your choir has a uniform or concert dress you are encouraged to wear it for the day or the performance.

Registration Information

Registration available until March 23

Each ensemble should designate one person, the Group Registrar, to register the group and themselves as well, if they will be attending. Participating ringers may register individually, or may register more than one ringer if they choose. (The membership number of the Director will be required, and should be used by all members of the ensemble.)  The Group Registrar should note if your group is able to host any orphan ringers. Individuals who are attending without their group (“orphans”), please let us know if you would like to be hosted by another group, and what are your preferred bell positions.

Registrant Type Registration Fees
Ringing Participant $15
Non-ringing Chaperone $0

Youth ringers are welcome! Please register at least one Adult as a chaperone for every ten registered ringers under the age of 18.

Scholarships Available

If you have a need for some financial assistance in order to attend this event, please apply for the financial assistance scholarship. Directors who are members of the Handbell Musicians of America in Area 1 and have never attended an Area 1 or National event may apply for the Bradford Scholarship for Directors.