MA Spring Ring

Spring Ring provides an opportunity for ringers to meet, share experiences, have fun, and develop musicianship and ringing skills. This event is sponsored by the Handbell Musicians of America for the benefit of its members. Registration is available only for current members of the Handbell Musicians of America, or members of any ensemble they represent. Individuals, small groups, partial choirs, and complete choirs are all welcome.


Saturday, April 6, 2024, 10 AM to 5 PM


Tewksbury Memorial High School
320 Pleasant Street
Tewksbury, MA

Event Schedule

  • 10-11 AM: Arrive, set up, and solo choir rehearsals as scheduled
  • 11 AM-Noon: Massed rehearsal
  • Noon-12:30 PM: Rehearse Coppers repertoire; lunch for Tins choirs
  • 12:30-1 PM: Lunch for all divisions, plus solo choir rehearsals as scheduled
  • 1-2:30 PM: Rehearse massed repertoire (1-1:30 will be a rehearsal on “Go to Dark Gethsemane,” which is optional for Coppers)
  • 2:30-3 PM: Free time (change clothes, fill out evaluation forms, etc.)
  • 3-4:30 PM: Public concert in the gym
  • 4:30 PM-?: Reception in lobby; tear down equipment



Abigail Schoppe
MA State Chair
Handbell Musicians of America, Area 1
[email protected]

Susan Schultz
Event Registrar
Handbell Musicians of America, Area 1
[email protected]

Event Details

Join choirs from Massachusetts and surrounding states as they come together to ring and build skills at this, our 36th Massachusetts Spring Ring! This year we are very excited to welcome Griff Gall as our clinician, who will guide ringers through rehearsal of the repertoire listed below. Participating groups may register as either Tins or Copper choirs. Each group will be free to decide which pieces they would like to ring.

The program for the day will begin with set-up and registration at 10:00 AM. We will conclude at 3:00 PM with a concert, open to the public, where we will present the prepared massed pieces along with solo presentations from willing participants. Please see the detailed schedule to the left.


GRIFF GALL is the founding artistic director of the Back Bay Ringers, of Boston, Mass. He earned a Bachelor’s of Music degree in music education from Westminster Choir College and completed his Level III Orff Schulwerk training through Boston University while earning his Masters of Music id Education. He has presented workshops in handbell pedagogy, conducting, and Orff Schulwerk at local and national handbell and music education conferences, and is coauthor of Ring, Dance, Play: First Experiences with Choirchimes and Orff Schulwerk, published by GIA. Mr. Gall is an elementary music and movement specialist in Danvers, Mass and is an approved movement instructor for the American Orff Schulwerk Association. He is the recipient of the Donna Nagel Award for his contributions to the field of General Music from the Massachusetts Music Educators Association and the Spotlight Award from the American Center for Elemental Music and Movement.


We have selected the following pieces for the event. Please purchase and begin rehearsing the music before the Spring Ring. In accordance with the Handbell Musicians of America guidelines, all music used must be original purchased copies. No photocopies will be allowed.

  • MASSEDPeal con brio, by Karen Thompson. L2. Compatible 2-3 and 4-6 octave editions. AGEHR Publishing: AG23042 and AG46029.
  • MASSED (OPTIONAL FOR COPPERS): Go to Dark Gethsemane, by Jason Krug. L2. Compatible 2-3 and 3-5 octave editions. Beckenhorst Press: BEHB473 and BEHB475.
  • MASSED (OPTIONAL FOR TINS): Christ the Lord Is Risen Today, by Jason Krug. L3. 3-6 octaves. SoundForth Publications: SF201779.
  • COPPERS: Transitions of the Heart, by Matthew Compton. L3. Compatible 3-4 and 5-7 octave editions. Evergreen Music: EGM107 and EGM108.

My handbells are all bronze, what's this about tins and coppers?

Handbells are made of bronze, which is an alloy about 20% tin and 80% copper.  Handbell Musicians of America uses 'tins', 'coppers', and 'bronze' to group ensembles or ringers into approximate ringing proficiency levels. The group difficulty is generally self-selected by the group as opposed to assigned from the outside. Tins are typically beginning ringers and groups, just getting started on their handbell journey.  They may feel most comfortable playing music at a difficulty of level 1 or 2. A group progressing in skill will begin using the term coppers to indicate that they are an intermediate level group.  They may feel most comfortable playing level 2-4 music. Bronze level is the term used when referring to groups performing music at a higher difficulty level with strong musicality.  Bronze group most often perform music at difficulty levels 3-6 and beyond.

Rehearsal Notes

UPDATED LINK 1/18/2024: There are REHEARSAL NOTES from Griff Gall.  Please see this google document: Massachusetts Spring Ring Rehearsal Notes


Solo Choir or Ensemble Performances

We invite your choir/ensemble to share a “solo” selection during the final concert. Please fill out the appropriate information on the registration form if you wish to perform a solo piece. Solo performances will be limited to five minutes. You will be assigned a short time during the event to run through your piece once in the performance area. Please be prompt and courteous to other groups.


No meals are provided, but bottled water will be available. Please bring your own bag lunch or snacks. No food or drinks will be permitted on the ringing floor.

Partial Choirs and “Orphan Ringers”

All ringers are encouraged to attend, either as individual “orphan” ringers or with a partial choir of any size. All are welcome! We will match you up with a host ensemble as best we can.

What to Bring

Each ringer should bring gloves and comfortable shoes. Each choir (partial or whole) should bring bells, chimes, mallets, foam, table covers, music, music stands, and tables.  If your choir has a uniform or concert dress, you are encouraged to wear it for the performance.

We would also like each group to please bring a dessert to share at the closing reception. It will be a nice time to unwind after a busy day and to socialize with your fellow ringers from other ensembles.

Registration Information

Registration available through March 23

Each ensemble should designate one person, the Group Registrar, to register the group and themselves as well, if they will be attending. Participating ringers may register individually or may register more than one ringer if they choose. (The Handbell Musicians of America membership name and number for the group will be required, and should be used by all members of the ensemble.)  The Group Registrar should note if your group is able to host any orphan ringers. Individuals who are attending without their group (“orphans”), please let us know whether you would like to be hosted by another group, and what your preferred bell positions are.

Registrant Type Registration Fees  
Ringing Participant $15  
Non-Ringing Chaperone $0

Youth ringers are welcome! Please register at least one Adult as a chaperone for every ten registered ringers under the age of 18.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations may be made by contacting the Area 1 Registrar via email at [email protected]. Refunds will be issued for cancellations submitted before March 31, 2024 in the amount charged less a $2 processing fee. No refunds can be issued after that date.


Scholarships Available

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.


(Updated 1/26/2023)


Area 1 no longer requires masking for our events for participants or audience members.

All participants and audience members at Area 1 events are strongly encouraged to wear a mask in indoor venues, regardless of their vaccination status. The Area 1 board will revisit this policy and amend it as circumstances change and as required by venue.


By attending/participating, you acknowledge and fully understand the nature and extent of the risk related to the COVID-19 virus and other contagious diseases and agree to attend this event at your own risk. You expressly acknowledge that COVID-19 is highly contagious, and infection can result in death, the risk of infection and transmission are higher in indoor facilities, there are no safety precautions that totally eliminate the risk of contracting COVID-19, and individuals with various underlying medical conditions may experience worse outcomes.

NOTE: Where state, local and/or venue policies vary from the Area 1 policy, the more strict policy will be in effect.