Winter Workshop

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.

Area 1 Winter Workshop 2018

Workshop 2017 is over.   The Area 1 Winter Weekend with clinician, Stephanie Wiltse at UMass Amherst on Feb. 3rd-4th was a great experience for ringers to ring, learn, network and participate in team building in a warm friendly atmosphere.

A repertoire session led by Stephanie included some of her favorites, and was followed by Handbell Olympics, a fun team building experience. Meals were great all weekend, and on Saturday, everyone chose from 12 different workshop opportunities ending with a Master Class led by Stephanie.

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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:


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


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