Cape Cod Skill-Building Workshop
Saturday, Oct. 14, 2023, 9 AM-1 PM
Pilgrim Congregational Church
533 Route 28
Harwich Port, MA
- 8:30-9: Arrive and check in
- 9-10:15: Review of basic ringing stroke, various stopped techniques, etc.
- 10:15-10:50: Skill-building while working on Spring Ring repertoire
- 10:50-11:10: Break
- 11:10-12:20: Skill-building while working on Spring Ring repertoire
- 12:20-12:40: Break
- 12:40-1: Final run-through/”performance” of repertoire
The Cape Cod Skill-Building Workshop is an opportunity for ringers to review basic skills and techniques in the context of repertoire that will be used at the 2024 Cape Cod Spring Ring. Ringers can attend as individuals or as part of a larger choir, and attendees do not need to bring their own equipment. The repertoire being used will be available on site for attendees to either purchase or simply borrow for the event. For those planning to attend Spring Ring in March, this will be a great opportunity to begin becoming familiar with the repertoire; for attendees not planning to participate in Spring Ring, it’s simply an opportunity to work on some excellent pieces of music alongside other ringers in your area. Snacks will be provided, and attendees should feel free to bring bag lunches. Come ring while getting to know other handbell musicians from the Cape and Islands!
Registration will be open through October 1, 2023.
DIANE BURKE was inspired to take up bellringing by her mom over 30 years ago, and began her ringing career with the Sudbury Bellringers of Memorial Congregational Church in Sudbury MA. She is a charter member of the Merrimack Valley Ringers, an auditioned community choir with whom she still currently rings. Diane is 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. She has assisted clinicians in Area 1 Skill Building workshops, and has taught several different class topics at MVR workshops and Area 1 Festivals, as well as classes about handbells outside of the “ringing world”. She is a co-creator of the Acton MA Fall Skill-Building/Rep Reading workshop, and has either taught or directed there each year since its inception. Dia is currently on the Board of the Merrimack Valley Ringers, and has served as the Area 1 Board Secretary for 2 terms. When not ringing or directing, Diane competes in ballroom dancing, sings gospel music, supports a menagerie of outdoor critters, and is a passionate fan of NFL football.
Repertoire will be available on site for attendees to either purchase or simply borrow for the event. For those planning to attend Spring Ring in March, this will be a great opportunity to begin becoming familiar with the repertoire; for attendees not planning to participate in Spring Ring, it’s simply an opportunity to work on some excellent pieces of music alongside other ringers in your area.
- Peal con brio, by Karen Thompson. Level 2, available in compatible 2-3 and 4-6 octave editions. AG23042 and AG46029.
- Go to Dark Gethsemane, arranged by Jason Krug. Level 2, available in compatible 2-3 octave and 3-5 octave editions. BEHB473 and BEHB475.
Snacks will be provided, and attendees should feel free to bring bag lunches.
Ringers can attend as individuals or as part of a larger choir, and attendees do not need to bring their own equipment.
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Youth ringers are welcome! Please register at least one Adult as a chaperone for every ten registered ringers under the age of 18.
What to Bring
Participants need only bring gloves and a split-back binder, if possible. Snacks will be available, but you may also wish to bring a bag lunch.
Cancellations may be made by contacting the Area 1 Registrar via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Refunds will be issued for cancellations submitted before October 7, 2024 in the amount charged less a $2 processing fee. No refunds can be issued after that date.
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.