Massachusetts Spring Ring 2020

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 choirs, and complete choirs are all welcome.

Date:

Saturday, April 25, 2020
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS

Location:

Tewksbury Memorial High School
320 Pleasant Street
Tewksbury, MA

Event Schedule

10:00 -11:00 AM  Arrival, Registration, Set Up, and solo choir rehearsals as scheduled​

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

11:10 -12:30 PM  Massed rehearsal – massed and coppers division music

12:30 -1:00 PM    Tins division arrive/set up and solo choir rehearsals as scheduled;
lunch and fellowship time begins

1:00 -1:30 PM      Massed rehearsal for tins division piece; lunch and fellowship continue for coppers choirs

1:30 -2:00 PM      Solo choir rehearsals as scheduled; lunch and fellowship continue for all divisions

2:00 -2:30 PM      Final massed rehearsal for all divisions

2:30 -2:55 PM      Free time (change clothes, fill out evaluation forms, etc.)

3:00 -4:30 PM      Concert Open to Public

4:30 PM                Break Down and Reception

Contacts

Abigail Schoppe
MA State Chair
Handbell Musicians of America, Area 1
ma.area1@handbellmusicians.org
617-676-8055

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 34th Massachusetts Spring Ring! This year we are very excited to welcome Diane Burke as our Clinician. Diane will guide ringers through rehearsal of the repertoire listed below. 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 with set-up and registration at 10:00 AM. We will conclude at 3:00 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

Diane Burke was inspired to take up handbells by her mom over 30 years ago. She is honored to be the director of the Joyful Ringers at First Church Congregational in Marlboro MA, the Lincoln Ringers of First Parish in Lincoln MA, and the Sudbury Bellringers of Memorial Congregational Church in Sudbury MA. Her groups regularly participate in Area 1 events including our Area 1 Festival Conference, and Diane has taught several classes at Area 1 workshops and Festival. She is a member of the Merrimack Valley Ringers, with whom she’s been ringing since its inception 17 years ago, and she currently serves on the MVR Board. Diane is the current Area 1 Board Secretary, and lives in Marlboro with her incredibly supportive husband Ron and tabby cat Perch.

Massed Ringing Repertoire

We have selected the following pieces for the event. Please purchase and begin rehearsing the music before the Spring Ring. You may download a copy of the rehearsal notes here. In accordance with the Handbell Musicians of America guidelines, all music used must be original purchased copies. No photocopies will be allowed.

 

COPPERS
  • When I Survey the Wondrous Cross (arr. Michael Kastner and Kevin McChesney ), JHS9179, Level 3
TINS
  • Morning Glory  (Brenda Austin), AG23056, Level 2-
COMBINED CHOIRS
  • Glad Hearts Rejoice!  (Michael Mazzatenta), AG35379, Level 2+
  • The Church’s One Foundation (arr. Robert James Lamb), AG35380, Level 2

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”

All ringers are encouraged to attend, either as individual “orphan” ringers or with a partial choir of any size. All are welcome! We will match you up with a host ensemble as best we can.

Music Swap Table

Clean out your file cabinets before you come, and bring any handbell music that you are not going to use again. We will have a free music swap table. Leave the music you don’t want anymore, and take home something new to try.

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 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 to socialize with your fellow ringers from other ensembles.

Registration Information

Registration available through April 15

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 whether would like to be hosted by another group and what your preferred bell positions are.

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.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations may be made by contacting the Area 1 Registrar via email at registrar.area1@handbellmusicians.org. Refunds will be issued for cancellations submitted before April 1, 2020 in the amount charged less a $2 processing fee. No refunds can be issued after March 31.

 

Scholarships Available

Scholarships are available on a variety of levels for members of the Handbell Musicians of America and the ensembles they direct. If you are in need of financial assistance in order to attend this event, please review the scholarship information and application directions on the scholarships page of the Area 1 website.