Handbell Musicians of America Area 1

*This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America, Inc. for the benefit of its members and member ringers. It is dedicated to uniting people through the musical art of handbell and handchime ringing.  To join the Handbell Musicians of America, please visit http://handbellmusicians.org/membership/join-the-guild/.



Abbott Downing School 
152 South Street
Concord, NH 03301

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Saturday, April 4, 2020 from 8:15 AM to 5:00 PM EDT
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 8:15 AM Registration & Set up
 9:00 AM Introductions, Housekeeping & Opening Bell
 9:10 AM Massed Rehearsal #1
10:15 AM Morning Workshops #1
11:15 AM Break
11:30 PM Massed Rehearsal #2
12:30 PM Lunch Break
 1:15 PM Afternoon Workshops #2
 2:20 PM Massed Rehearsal #3
 3:30 PM Break
 4:00 PM CONCERT - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Invite your friends and family!
 5:00 PM Closing bell, break down and depart


"Fiesta Con Campanillas" - Carol Lynn Mizell,
Level 3, HMA/AGEHR Publishing, MAG35279
"Carillon of Praise" - Cathy Moklebust, Level 3-,
Choristers Guild, MCGB1089
"Contemplation" - Jason Krug, Level 2+,
Lorenz Corp, MLC202062L (3-5 octaves Handbells w/ 3-5 octaves Handchimes)
Director Notes may be downloaded here.

All music must be original purchased copies.




Heidi Prior and Hilary Justice, NH State Co-Chairs 
(508) 243-8886

Susan Schultz, Area 1 Registrar 
Handbell Musicians of America, Area 1 
(978) 273-2226 

New Hampshire Spring Ring 2020 

We are proud to announce the 2020 New Hampshire Spring Ring, to be held at the Abbot Downing School in Concord, NH on April 4, 2020. All handbell ringers*are welcome and encouraged to participate in this exciting event*. The day will include participation in workshops, as well as instructional rehearsals of three massed-rung pieces with Area 1 clinician Daniel K. Moore. We will conclude with a concert presentation of the massed-rung pieces, along with solo peformances by those individual ensembles who choose to share their talents!

About our Guest Clinician

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, was published by HMA/AGEHR. Dan is also a New England regional representative for Malmark Bellcraftsmen.

Event Details


All ringers, including directors or chaperones who want to ring, must be registered as ringers. The $30.00 per ringer registration fee covers building use charges, administrative costs, continental breakfast, and all clinician honorarium, including housing, mileage and meals. An early-bird discount  of $5 per ringer applies to all registrations received by March 1. One adult chaperone must be registered for each 6 youth ringers attending. Non-ringing directors or chaperones may attend free of charge. 


The massed-rung repertoire is listed here to the left. In accordance with the Handbell Musicians of America guidelines, all music used must be original purchased copies. No photocopies will be allowed.

Final Concert

Kindly encourage your family and friends to join us for the 4:00 pm concert, which is open to the public at no cost. An opportunity for a free-will donation will be offered for those who wish to help with expenses.


  • Weaving with Carlene Ruesenberg
  • Here's your chance to learn how to dance around those crazy chromatics! We'll cover the basics of weaving 3 and 4 (or more) bells. Bring Gloves to this class. Limit 10 participants. Offered during both workshop sessions.

  • Bass Bell Ringing Techniques with Heidi Prior and Joan Fossum
  • Learn how to properly pick up, ring, and put down those big bass bells! Bring gloves to this class.

  • How to Mallet those Bells like a Pro with Krishna Ersson
  • Would you like to be more comfortable malleting? How to change from ringing to malleting? Bring Gloves and mallets to this class.

  • Change Ringing Basics with Joan Fossum
  • Change Ringing is a team sport and a highly coordinated musical performance that involves a group of people ringing rhythmically a set of tuned bells through a series of changing sequences. Bring Gloves to this class. Limit 12 participants.

  • Drumming and Rhythm with Krishna Ersson
  • Using percussion to improve your rhythm skills while adding color to your handbell performances. If you have hand drums or other percussion instruments bring them with you to this class.

  • (COPPERS+) Sight Reading Parts 1 & 2 with Dan Moore
  • Do you want to work on your sight-reading skills? This is your chance! You will receive a piece of music chosen by our Clinician when you arrive to read through it and work on making music from the start. The piece will be performed at the afternoon open concert. This is a two-part class. Participants are required to sign-up for both workshop sessions.

    Solo Performances

    We invite your choir/ensemble to share a “solo” selection during the final concert. Please fill out the appropriate information during registration if you wish to perform a solo piece. Solo performances will be limited to the first six requests, which must be submitted no later than April 1. You will be assigned a short time during lunch to run through your piece once in the performance area. Please be prompt and courteous to other groups.

    Partial Choirs and "Orphan" Ringers

    All ringers are encouraged to attend alone or with a partial choir of any size. Ringers without a group are welcome! You may come with your own tables and equipment, or asked to be placed as "orphan" ringers with another choir. You may specify to be placed with a group with whom you have arranged to ring, or have us find a spot for you. We will match you up as best we can.

    Music Swap Table

    Clean out your file cabinets before you come and bring any handbell music that you are not going to use again. We will have a free music swap table. Leave the music you don’t want any more and take home something new to try.

    What to Bring

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


    In order to save on registration costs, and with the many dietary concerns, lunch will be "bring-your-own". That way you can bring exactly what you want or need. Coffee and water will be provided. ONLY closed water bottles will be allowed on the ringing floor.

    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, for the 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.