Area 1 Winter Workshop – Jan 28-29, 2022!

A chance for ringers and directors to get together and improve skills, share experiences and tips, and learn to be more effective teachers and ringers. A fun-filled weekend of ringing, learning and socializing is in store. You don’t want to miss it!


January 28 – January 29, 2022


UMASS Amherst
Campus Center
1 Campus Center Way
Amherst, MA  01003

Event Schedule

Friday 1/28
4:00 – 7:00 PM Registration Check-in
5:00 – 6:00 PM Meet and Greet Reception (Cash Bar)
6:00 – 7:00 PM Dinner
7:00 – 9:00 PM Ringing Tracks Rehearsal 1
Saturday 1/29  
7:00 – 8:00 AM Breakfast
8:00 – 9:05 AM Ringing Tracks Rehearsal 2
9:10 – 10:15 AM Ringing Tracks Rehearsal 3
10:20 – 11:25 AM Class Choice Opportunity
11:30 – 12:35 PM Class Choice Opportunity
12:30 – 1:30 PM Lunch
1:35 – 2:40 PM Ringing Tracks Rehearsal 4
3:15 – 4:00 PM Ringing Track Performances


Jane Nolan
Event Chair

Susan Schultz
Event Registrar
Handbell Musicians of America, Area 1

Event Details

Join us on Friday, January 28th and Saturday, January 29th 2022 at UMass Amherst for a long awaited opportunity to meet with other ringers and directors, hone your ringing skills while participating in one of two ringing tracks with some great directors, and attend a few workshops as well. This year we are excited to welcome David Harris, director of the well known Raleigh Ringers, as our clinician leading the popular Distinctly New England ringing track! A second ringing track will be offered for those that would like a chance to ring, but may not be ready to ring at a more advanced level.

Both ringing tracks will begin rehearsing on Friday evening after dinner, so there will not be a Saturday only option at registration this year. For each of these ringing opportunities, you will be able to select your ringing preference at registration. You will receive your ringing assignments in early January to allow you an opportunity to purchase your music and look at it ahead of time.

Once again, we ask people to bring gently used music they no longer ring to share with other choirs who would appreciate having some new music that they might not be able to afford on their own. We will offer two opportunities to ring this music in a repertoire reading setting to see if it might be something you could use with your own choir. There will be three workshop sessions, open to all participants, during which you will be able to attend classes for your own enjoyment and a break from ringing.

There will be a performance on Saturday afternoon at 3:15 when both choirs will perform. If anyone would like to perform a solo or small ensemble for the concert, please indicate so on your registration.

Distinctly New England

The “Distinctly New England” ringing track will be directed by David Harris, director of The Raleigh Ringers. This will be an intense ringing experience ringing three level 4 and level 4+ music with an emphasis on musicality. This gives ringers an opportunity to ring more difficult music than perhaps you do in your church choir and to ring in a multiple choir ensemble.

  • Reverberations/Lloyd   Arr. by Fry  (brand new: MBEHB636)
  • Reflections    Buckwalter   ( AG36022)
  • Passion Prophecy     Moklebust    (CGB584)

Beyond the Basics and Before Bronze

This second ringing track will be directed by Diane Burke and Larry Berdensey. This group will review basic ringing and conducting techniques with an emphasis on musicality. It gives directors who don’t often have an opportunity to ring, an opportunity to see things from a ringers standpoint. For everyone this is a chance to experience two different teaching styles. For ringers who always ring in the same position, it is a chance to ring in a different position.

  • Toccata on King’s Weston by Compton Agape/Hope Publishing 2767
  • Kyrie by Moklebust  MCGB480

Covid-19 Precautions

At the present time, UMass Amherst is requiring masks in all meeting and event spaces.  The exception is in hotel rooms and while eating.  Therefore, masks will be required at Winter Workshop.  If this regulation changes, we will let you know.

Cost Details

The cost for the event has been reduced from the previous years, and scholarships are available.  Early bird registration will be $170 and after December 22 nd the cost will be $205.


Housing will be available at the UMass Amherst Hotel, where there is a reserved block of rooms for us. Please contact the hotel directly at 877-822-2110, or online at the link above BEFORE December 31,2021 to secure your reservation using the Group Code HDS22C. The rate for rooms is $150. After December 31st this rate and availability are no longer guaranteed.


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.