When

Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM EDT
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Where

Swift Community Center and St. Luke's Church 
121 Peirce Street and 99 Peirce Street
East Greenwich, RI 02818
 

 
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Schedule

1:30 PM

Registration and set-up

2:00 - 5:00

5:00 - 6:15

Massed Rehearsal

Dinner - Solo Rehearsals (assigned)

6:15 PM Dress Rehearsal
7:00 PM Concert - Open to the public

8:00 PM

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Repertoire

Massed Ringing with David Harris - For choirs who usually ring Level 3 or above:

  • Passacagalia in C Minor, Fred Gramman L3  Choristers Guild  CGB875
  • Toccata on King's Weston, Matt Compton L3      Agape 2767
  • Wondrous Love WasThere, Sandra Eithun L2        Ring Out Press RO3313

Massed Ringing with Dan Moore - for Choirs who usually ring Level 2 (+):

  • Wondrous Love WasThere, Sandra Eithun, L2       Ring Out Press RO3313 (David Harris will conduct in concert)
  • A Celtic Ring (Holy Manna), Susan Geschke, L2 Agape 2706

All music must be original purchased copies.     NO PHOTOCOPIES WILL BE ALLOWED.

Event Information Contact:

Donna M. Horan, RI State Chair
Handbell Musicians of America, Area 1
ri.area1@handbellmusicians.org
401-885-1474

Registration Assistance

Susan Schultz, Area 1 Registrar 
Handbell Musicians of America, Area 1 
978-273-2226 
registrar.area1@handbellmusicians.org 
 

2018 RI Spring Handbell Extravaganza 

We are proud to announce the 2018 Rhode Island Spring Handbell Extravaganza to be held at the Swift Community Center, East Greenwich, RI on April 28, 2018. Choirs and ringers* from Rhode Island and southern New England are welcome and encouraged to participate in this exciting event.

The event will feature two simultaneous and level-appropriate massed ringing opportunities with David M. Harris, Director of The Raleigh Ringers, and Area 1 clinician and conductor, Daniel K. Moore. The event will conclude with a concert presentation of the massed ringing selections, along with solo performances by those individual ensembles who choose to share their talents!

Master Classes for Advanced Handbell Ensembles with David Harris:

The Master Classes will be held at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, next to the Massed Ringing venue. Each class will last one hour. Click here for a separate application form with requirements. There is a $75.00 / ensemble fee for these classes, payable upon acceptance into class. A committee will select ensembles to participate in these classes. Applications will be considered in the order in which they are received; deadline for submissions is February 1, 2018.

David M. Harris has been the director of The Raleigh Ringers since January 1990, when he was instrumental in the formation of the group. David studied music while earning a degree in computer science at Pennsylvania State University, and has received private instruction in conducting from Dr. William A. Payne. David was the director of the handbell program at Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church, and has served Handbell Musicians of America (formerly the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers -AGEHR) as North Carolina State Chairman and as Area III Treasurer. He chaired the national committee that planned the very first Community/ Professional Handbell Choir event, Pinnacle 2000, which was held in Las Vegas, Nevada.  David is in increasing demand as a clinician and guest conductor, and has led several national Handbell Musicians of America events.

Daniel K. Moore of Rumford, RI retired from teaching and directing the Concert Handbell Ringers of the Wheeler School in Providence, RI after 37 years. His auditioned ensembles appeared frequently on television, performed with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, and in opening concerts at national and regional handbell festivals. Recordings include Joy To the World (Empire Brass), Inside Fessiwigs (Ed Sweeney), and on several solo CD's. Dan was a charter member of the American Guild of English Handbell Ringer's committee to promote handbells in education and subsequently served regional and national AGEHR boards in many capacities, most recently as Chair of AGEHR's second Certification Program. Dan is the director of the Jubilate Ringers of East Greenwich, RI; he continues to be a frequent clinician, organizer and conductor at handbell ringing events. His comprehensive handbell textbook, "Ringing RIGHT! From the Beginning", a valuable resource for ringers and directors alike, is published by HMA/AGEHR. Dan is also the New England regional representative for Malmark Bellcraftsmen.

Event Details

Repertoire:

Massed repertoire is listed here to the left. Additionally, we invite your choir to share a “solo” selection during the concert. Please fill out the appropriate information on the registration form. This must be done in advance for planning and programming. We reserve the right to limit the number of solo selections. You will be assigned a short time during the dinner break to run through your piece(s) once in the performance area. Please be prompt and courteous to other groups.

Partial Choirs:

Partial choirs are encouraged to participate in the massed ringing but will be accepted on a 'space available' basis.

What to Bring:

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

Dinner:

Dinner is not provided with registration. All participants should plan to bring their own dinner, beverages and snacks.

Financial Assistance

A new scholarship has been initiated by Area 1 with the goal of providing financial assistance to those in need, at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee, full or partial event registration fees for any Area 1 sponsored event. Those wishing assistance are encouraged to download and complete this application form and email the completed application to scholarship.area1@handbellmusicians.org. Directors who are members of the Handbell Musicians of America in Area 1 and have never attended an Area 1 or National event may apply for the Bradford Scholarship for Directors. Similarly, any Choirs who are attending an Area 1 or National Event for the first time may apply for the Bradford Scholarship for Choirs.

*Please Note

ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST BE AFFILIATED with a Handbell Musicians of America member or member organization. Membership information is available at handbellmusicians.org.

This event is sponsored by the Handbell Musicians of America, Inc., Area 1, dedicated to uniting people through the musical art of handbell and handchime ringing.