Massachusetts 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.

Date:

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Location:

Tewksbury Memorial High School
320 Pleasant Street
Tewksbury, MA

Event Schedule

10:00 -11:00 AM          Arrival, Registration, Set Up

11:00 -11:10 AM          Announcements and Opening Bell

11:10 AM – 2:30 PM    Massed and Solo Rehearsals

2:30-3:00 PM              BREAK

3:00 PM                      Concert Open to Public

4:00 PM                      Break Down and Reception

Contacts

Susan Lee
MA State Chair
Handbell Musicians of America, Area 1
ma.area1@handbellmusicians.org
508-596-3677

Karen Leonard
Event Co-Chair
wcumckel@aol.com
978-835-4953

Susan Schultz
Event Registrar
Handbell Musicians of America, Area 1
registrar.area1@handbellmusicians.org
978-273-2226

Event Details

Join choirs from Massachusetts and surrounding states as they come together to ring and build skills at this, our 33rd Massachusetts Spring Ring! This year we are very excited to welcome Daniel K. Moore, Director of the Jubilate Ringers of East Greenwich, RI, as our Clinician.  Dan will guide ringers through massed ringing pieces drawn from the repertoire for the upcoming Festival Conference in Hartford, CT.  Participating groups may register as either Tins or Copper choirs. Each group will be free to decide which pieces they would like to ring.

The program for the day will begin at 11:00 AM (set-up and registration at 10:00 AM.) We will conclude at 3 PM with a concert, open to the public, where we will present the prepared massed pieces along with solo presentations from willing participants! Please see the detailed schedule to the left.

Meet Our Clinician

Daniel K. Moore of Rumford, RI retired from teaching and directing the Concert Handbell Ringers of the Wheeler School in  Providence, RI after 37 years. His auditioned ensemble toured annually,  appeared frequently on television, performed with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, and presented opening concerts at national and regional handbell festivals. Recordings include Joy To the World (Empire Brass),  Inside Fessiwigs (Ed Sweeney), and on several solo CD’s. Dan was a charter member of the American Guild of English Handbell Ringer’s committee to promote handbells in education and subsequently served The Area 1 and national AGEHR boards in many capacities, most recently as Chair of AGEHR’s second Certification Program, and Secretary of Area 1. Dan is the currently the Artistic Director of the Jubilate Ringers of East Greenwich, RI, and he continues to be a frequent clinician, organizer and conductor at handbell events. His comprehensive handbell textbook, “Ringing RIGHT! From the Beginning“, a valuable resource for ringers and directors alike, is published by HMA/AGEHR. Dan is also a New England regional representative for Malmark Bellcraftsmen.

Massed Ringing Repertoire

We have selected the following pieces for the event, all drawn from the 2019 Festival Conference repertoire. Please purchase and begin rehearsing the music before the Spring Ring. You may download a copy of the rehearsal notes at 2019 MA Spring Ring Rehearsal Notes.

MASSED
  • Make Me an Instrument of Thy Peace (Kevin McChesney), AG 23028(2-3 octaves), MJHS9296
  • Inception (Jason Krug), MLC202021L(2-3 octaves), MLC202020L(3-5 octaves), Lorenz Publishing
COPPERS
  • Now All the Vault of Heaven Resounds (arr. Cathy Moklebust), MCO977488, Concordia Publishing
TINS
  • Andante Maestoso (Kevin McChesney), Full Score MBEHB180, Handbell Score MBEHB180A, Instrumental Score MBEHB180AB, Beckenhorst Press

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 five minutes. You will be assigned a short time during the event to run through your piece once in the performance area. Please be prompt and courteous to other groups.

Food

No meals are provided, but bottled water will be available. Please bring your own bag lunch or snacks. No food or drinks will be permitted on the ringing floor.

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.

We would also like each group to please bring a dessert to share at the closing reception. It will be a nice time to unwind after a busy day, and socialize with your fellow ringers from other ensembles.

Registration Information

Registration available through March 31

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 Handbell Musicians of America membership name and number for the group 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 $10
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.