BRONZE DIVISION INFORMATION

Choir Info
Bronze Orphan Info

The Bronze division is composed of advanced ringers and is typically the smallest ringing division.  This division is represented by ringers with many years of experience, extended sets of bells and chimes, and a desire to ring bronze-level music, which is rated by Handbell Musicians of America as levels 4-6.

The purpose of these guidelines is to ensure a positive experience for all choirs in the Bronze division at FC 2022 by confirming that all Bronze choirs and individuals share the same desire and ability to achieve the level of musicianship required by the repertoire and the director.  This process for FC 2022 follows the same process adopted for FC 2019

Please send any questions you have to pastchair.area1@handbellmusicians.org.

We recognize that ensembles work very hard to maintain their level of musicianship over the course of their existence, and we believe that if you were good enough for the festival conference prior to this one, we trust that you will maintain the same level of preparedness as before.

ALL BRONZE ENSEMBLES

All ensembles (whether the ensemble was bronze division at the prior festival or not) wishing to be a part of the Bronze Division must fill out the Intent to Submit form located at: https://forms.gle/sChg8dKTDvrwZt1D9 any time before midnight, January 15, 2022.

NOTE: In the event of extenuating circumstances, Bronze Ensembles may request Orphan ringers to fill in any gaps.  Please contact the Bronze Ensemble Coordinator pastchair.area1@handbellmusicians.org) who will work with the Bronze Orphan Coordinator to assist you.

YOU MAY NOT HAVE TO AUDITION

Choirs that attended Festival/Conference 2019 in the Bronze Division will not need to re-audition, unless:

Your ensemble has a new director since Festival/Conference 2019 OR
50% or more of your ensemble has turned over OR
The Festival/Conference 2019 Clinician recommended that you re-audition

IF YOU NEED TO AUDITION

Please find below the instructions for submitting your video audition for acceptance as a Bronze Division choir at the upcoming Area 1 Festival Conference. Videos can be submitted anytime between January 1, 2022 and February 15, 2022. Please note that your members will not be able to take advantage of Early Bird Registration until after the ensemble receives the feedback, so it is in your best interest to submit your videos early!

All submitting directors will receive emailed feedback from the committee chair as soon as possible after submission. Content will include an overall performance evaluation along with the score breakdown of each rubric category. An explanation of the audition rubric may be found below. Choirs are solely measured against the rubric and not each other. Should the reviewing committee deem that the submitting choir is not prepared to participate in the Bronze division, the choir may choose to ring in the Coppers division, or may be asked to work on specific issues with an Area 1 mentor, and then submit a new video within four weeks of notification.

In order to continue the high level of musicianship while fostering the learning environment that Area 1 is known for, the following criteria for Bronze division choirs will be applied:

  1. Each Bronze Ensemble needing to audition must submit a YouTube video of two songs.
    1. It is preferable to submit at least one piece from the FC22 Bronze repertoire, although not required.
    2. Audition pieces that are not FC22 repertoire must be Level 4+ or higher.
  2. The recording can be either a rehearsal or a performance, but should be of the highest available audio and video quality.
    1. The recording shall contain both sound and images in which the choir and director are clearly visible. If multiple cameras are not available, the videographer should position the camera to capture both the choir and director at the same time. Different camera angles for each piece are recommended.
    2. Submitted video will be reviewed by an impartial anonymous committee that will evaluate the performance based on the rubric below. You may wish to review and discuss this rubric with your choir before recording and submitting your audition video.
  3. The ringers on the recording MUST include all of the ringers who will be registered for FC22, and MAY include substitute ringers. When you submit your video, please indicate any substitute ringers featured in the video who will NOT be attending FC22.
  4. Substitute ringers or orphan ringers ARE permitted in this application process and at the Festival. Any ringer not in the video who is planning to attend the festival should submit an application to be a Bronze Orphan. They can request to be assigned to your ensemble.
    1. Due to the uncertainty surrounding COVID restrictions this year, if, after being accepted to the Bronze Division, a choir may need more than 3 substitutes, they will need to contact the Bronze Division coordinator to request an exemption.
  5. Audition videos must be uploaded to YouTube (See instructions Below).  Videos should be uploaded as soon as you are prepared, but no later than January 15th, 2022.
  6. All choirs and directors will receive emailed feedback from the committee chair as soon after your submission as is possible, in order for you to take advantage of the Early Bird Registration. Content will include an overall performance evaluation along with the score breakdown of each rubric category.
  7. The lowest score is 4; the highest is 16. A choir must score a minimum of 12 to be recommended for the Bronze division.
  8. Should the reviewing committee deem that the submitting choir is not prepared to participate in the Bronze division, the choir may:
    1. Choose to ring in the Coppers division.
    2. Be asked to work on specific issues with an Area 1 mentor, and then submit a new video within 4 weeks of notification.

 

Instructions for Posting FC22 Bronze Audition Videos

Videos must be uploaded to YouTube. They can be set to “Unlisted” if you do not want them to be public. Links to the two videos should be emailed to Lisa Arnold at: pastchair.area1@handbellmusicians.org.

Steps for submitting videos:

  1. ·       Log in to your Google account.
  2. ·       Visit www.youtube.com
  3. ·       Click on the icon in the upper right corner.
  4. ·       Select “Upload Video”
  5. ·       Choose either “Public” or “Unlisted” from the privacy drop-down box.
  6. ·       Select the movie file to upload.
  7. ·       Email the links to the videos to pastchair.area1@handbellmusicians.org.

DO NOT remove the video until you hear back from the review committee! If removed prematurely, reviewers will not be able to view your video.  If you have any questions regarding the audition process, please contact Lisa Arnold at pastchair.area1@handbellmusicians.org.

Calling all Bronze (or Bronze-aspiring) Ringers!

Once again, Area 1 is inviting Bronze-level ringers who don’t have a Bronze-level group to ring with to join our Bronze Orphan Choir. If you or someone you know would like to apply to attend FC22 as a Bronze Orphan, please have them follow these steps as soon as possible, preferably before the January 15th Early Bird Deadline:

  1. Complete and submit an on-line Bronze Orphan Application (https://forms.gle/rkmGSZzNckTLbdRp7).

AND…

  1. If you attended Festival Conference as an Orphan in 2019, or have recently attended Distinctly Bronze or a similar event (Virtuoso, Bay View, etc.) you may submit your DB evaluation or similar from your most recent event to pastchair.area1@handbellmusicians.org.

OR…

  1. Contact two references that have observed you ringing within the past year and ask them to complete the on-line First-time Attendee Recommendation (https://forms.gle/bsqKsexpdb3vQFrK7).

NOTE:  We encourage all Bronze Orphans to apply before the January 15, 2022 Early Bird Deadline, and submit their $200 deposit. Those who submit their deposit prior to the 15th will get their first choice of assignments. Please note that no applications will be considered until ALL OF THE ABOVE FORMS & RECOMMENDATIONS are received by the bronze orphan coordinator. You will not be able to register until approved by the coordinator.

Bronze Division Audition Rubric

Points Musicianship Tempo Contact Assignments
4 Pitch, rhythm, dynamics and
expression are all
correct throughout both
pieces.
The repertoire is
performed at the tempo
marking indicated by the
composer
The choir and the conductor
have a high degree of
contact. The choir is
responsive to the
conductor’s gestures with
the intended musical results.
All ringers are playing
bell assignments that
enable musical success.
3 Some errors are present in
pitch, rhythm, dynamics and
expression. Only a few
ringers make errors.
The repertoire is
performed at a slightly
different tempo marking
than indicated by the
composer.
The choir & conductor have
a moderate amount of
contact. The choir is
somewhat responsive to the
conductor’s gestures.
Most ringers are playing
bell assignments that
enable musical success.
2 Many errors are present in
pitch, rhythm, dynamics and
expression. Several ringers
make errors.
The repertoire is
performed at a
substantially different
tempo marking than
indicated by the
composer.
The choir seldom responds
to the conductor’s gestures.
Several ringers are
playing inappropriate
bell assignments and
appear unable to resolve
some passages.
1 Errors in pitch, rhythm,
dynamics and expression are
pervasive in the presentation.
The repertoire is
performed with no
regard to the tempo
markings indicated by
the composer.
The choir never responds to
the conductor’s gestures.
The assignment of bells
impedes a successful and
musical performance