Ocean City Festival, Ocean City, MD, March 8-9, 2013
Richmond Festival, Richmond, VA, April 12-13, 2013
Blue Ridge Festival, Flat Rock, NC, April 19-20, 2013
Area 3 will offer three Spring Festivals in 2013 – Ocean City, Maryland, Richmond, Virginia, and Flat Rock, North Carolina. The Ocean City & Richmond events offer Massed Ringing and Classes for all participants. Blue Ridge will just be a ringing event. At Ocean City , a Genesis Track for advanced-beginning choirs is being offered. At Richmond, a Conference All Star Choir for individual ringers will be offered through an individual audition process. All three events will have the opportunity for Bronze level choirs to audition to perform the Bronze piece during the Festival Concert. Choirs, directors and individuals are welcome to attend. You may choose to attend classes only or even ring full-time. Clinicians teaching classes in their area of specialty. Handbell merchandise vendors and a well-respected massed conductor are highlights of these events.
We maintain an online calendar of upcoming events submitted to us by Area 3 members and web surfers like you. View the FULL calendar here. (will open a new window, please turn off pop-up blocking). To submit an event, click here, and provide all the information about the event you would like to see on the calendar. Once approved, your event will become visible to everyone on the events calendar. Thank you! This calendar can only be kept up to date if you help keep it up to date!
April 20-21, 2012 – Blue Ridge Festival, Bonclarken Conference Center, Flat Rock, NC
April 27, 28, 2012 – Spring Festival, Hampton, VA
June 8-9, 2012 – BRAVISSIMO!, Herndon, VA
September 7-8, 2012 – Directors Seminar, Fredericksburg, VA
November 2012 – discoveRING YOUTH, Roanoke, VA
March 8, 9, 2013 – Spring Festival, Ocean City, MD
April 12, 13, 2013 – Spring Festival, Richmond, VA
April 19-20, 2013 – Blue Ridge Festival, Flat Rock, NC
Nov 15-16, 2013 – discoveRING YOUTH, Virginia Beach, VA
The information provided on this page originally appeared in the April 1995 issue of the Bell-O-Gram.
Bronze – refers to a division of massed ringing where difficult/complex repertoire is played by advanced-level choirs. Most of the time, Area 3 requires that choirs submit an audio recording and a copy of a program of the choir publicly performing ALL the repertoire to be used in the Bronze division to Area 3 before being accepted into the Bronze division.
Coppers – refers to a division of massed ringing for choirs that ring with a three-, four-, five- or more octave set of handbells. Since the metal alloy (bronze) in which the bell is made has a larger percentage of copper, the term “Coppers” is used to denote handbell choirs that play on larger octave sets of handbells.
Tins -refers to a division of massed ringing for choirs that ring with a two- or three-octave set of handbells. Since the metal alloy (bronze) in which the bell is made has a smaller percentage of tin, the term “Tins” is used to denote handbell choirs that play on smaller octave sets of handbells.
Spring Festivals – an event, geared primarily toward ringers, where choirs come and ring, simultaneously, repertoire under the direction of a guest conductor. The participants are expected to purchase and rehearse the repertoire prior to attending the conference. In addition, the choirs are usually expected to bring all the equipment required for ringing, including the handbells, foam pads, table coverings, mallets, toolkits, etc. Tables may or may not be provided at the site, so you may also be required to bring tables as well. At some conferences, classes may also be offered on various topics, such as four-in-hand/shelley techniques, basic techniques, advance techniques, bass bell techniques, etc.
Seminar – an event, geared primarily toward directors, where massed ringing and/or classes are offered. The massed ringing rehearsals, which are participants are expected to attend, are offered to provide more ringing experience for the directors; to provide insight and experience in solving the possible problems that face ringers; and to provide a vehicle for the guest clinician in demonstrating ways of presenting new methods and techniques.
Track – a course of study; a set of classes, offered in sequence, related to a particular topic. For example, a Beginning Directors’ track would consist of a set of classes all geared toward providing instruction to beginning directors. Each class would cover a particular subject that would be beneficial to a beginning director.