Winter Workshop

A chance for directors (and Non-Directors) to get together and improve skills, share experiences and tips, and learn to be more effective teachers and ringers. The event runs Friday night through Saturday in the winter.

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Area 1 Winter Workshop 2018

Date: February 2-3, 2018


The Campus Center
UMASS Amherst
Amherst, MA

Registration and additional info:

Registration and more info can be found here.

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.


About Our Guest Clinician

Stevie Berryman has served as the Conductor and Artistic Director of the Houston Chamber Ringers since August 2013. She is the Director of Handbells and Children’s Music at Kinsmen Lutheran Church in Houston and assists with the fourth grade chimes choirs at Frank Elementary School. Stevie began ringing handbells over 20 years ago as a founding member of the Soli Deo Gloria Youth Handbell Choir at St. Stephen’s UMC in Broken Arrow, OK. She’s been ringing ever since all over the country, and is a former member of the Houston Bronze Ensemble. She has a particular passion for teaching children how to ring, and her innovative methods have made her a sought after educator at handbell festivals and in private clinics.

Stevie also plays violin, piano, and can bang out “The Hokey Pokey” on ukulele. She can fold clothes like a ninja, including fitted sheets (thanks, Mom). Her children are the most brilliant and beautiful creatures on the planet. She collects shot glasses from universities she has visited (about 50 so far). She quilts (occasionally) and knits (badly) and loves watching terrible action movies with her husband, Paul. Her hobbies include making puns, embarrassing her children, and buying scrapbooking supplies just to look at, apparently.

Stevie teaches every chance she gets. She has been an instructor at many events in Area 9 of the Handbell Musicians of America, including numerous Summit and FebFest appearances. She is also active as a private clinician, working with individual choirs in Texas cities including Houston, Bryan, Irving, Brenham, and Fulshear. In 2015 she taught three classes at Pinnacle, the National Handbell Festival in Dallas, TX. That same year the Houston Chamber Ringers were invited to give the opening concert for the event.

Event Schedule & Tentative Class Lineup

Event Schedule 


1:00 – 4:00   PM [correction] Handbell Certification Level One Music Theory  [not Techniques, as previously listed]
4:00 – 7:00  PM




5:15 – 6:00 PM Meet and Greet Reception with Stevie Berryman (Cash Bar)
6:00 – 7:00 PM Dinner
7:00 – 8:00 PM Repertoire Reading Session
8:00 – 9:00 PM Ice Breaker Activity with Stevie Berryman
7:00 – 8:00 AM Breakfast
8:00 – 9:05 AM Session 1
9:10 – 10:15 AM Session 2
10:20 -11:25 AM Panel Discussion
11:30 – 12:35 PM Session 3
12:30 – 1:30 PM Lunch
1:35 – 2:40 PM Session 4
2:45 – 4:00 PM Master Class with Stevie Berryman

 Classes and Activities will include:

  • Traveling 4-in-hand for Solo Ringing
  • Bell and chime maintenance — Get Rid of the “clicks” and “clunks” that are living in your bell cases
  • Memorization
  • Alternative Bass Bell Assignments
  • Speed Stacking
  • How to Conduct and/or Ring Difficult Time Signatures
  • Ringing with Six or Less
  • Taize Handbells – Stevie Berryman
    Immerse yourself in the power of Taize music without words. Both peaceful and peace-filling, combining these tunes with handbell improvisation can turn your ringing into praying
  • What to Do in the First Three Rehearsals – Stevie Berryman
    Participants will walk through an adaptable lesson plan to get the children from picking up the instrument for the first time to reading printed music in just three lessons
  • Green Eggs and Ham – Stevie Berryman
    “You do not like them, so you say. Try them!” Experiences and novice ringers alike can learn something in this class of bells, chimes, cups various percussion instruments, assorted kitchen utensils, and other tools of cacophony. 
  • Keeping Spirituality on Sunday Mornings – Jean Degan
    This was a request from 2 years ago asking how we can remain spiritual on Sundays when we have handbell anthems and other musical responsibilities
  • Oldies But Goodies Repertoire Reading Session with Sue Evans