Welcome to Area 1

Serving Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont

Festival Conference 2023!

Worcester State University
June 23-25, 2023

[Area 1’s event was] the best festival I’ve been a part of…it really had a National Seminar feel, but was much more personal and so professionally done! Thanks for making me feel at home and for taking such good care of me while I was there! I’m now an Area 1 fan!!
— Brian Childers, F/C2022 Massed & Tins Clinician

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Building Bridges with Handbells

Building Bridges with Handbells Written by Steven Mazeau, Area 1 SnagASub Coordinator Many of us are familiar with the story of Margaret Shurcliff and her Beacon Hill Ringers. Having created the New England Guild of English Handbell Ringers (NEGEHR) in 1937, Margaret...


As you stand in front of your ensemble while they are ringing, have you ever noticed facial grimaces, even when the right note has been played? Do members of your ensemble sit down somewhere while you are working with another section at the table? Do you notice that...

Workshop for Newer Handbell and Handchime Directors

WHEN: Saturday, August 12, 9 AM-1 PM WHERE: Faith Lutheran Church, 360 S. Main Street, Andover, MA CLINICIAN: Griff Gall, artistic director of the Back Bay Ringers FEE: $25 TOPICS: Introducing new musicians to a handbell ensemble How to set up a standard ensemble:...