Seminar for Ringers & Directors

Every year in the late summer, Bells of The Lakes conducts a seminar to encourage and educate handbell ensemble directors and ringers. This year, there are three tracks to choose from: Director’s Institute, Ringer’s Toolbox, and Handbells 101. In addition to the classes offered in each track, there are two break-out sessions.

Come and join us for this fun event to kick off your season of ringing this Fall. The event includes an open instructive concert from Bells of the Lakes featuring the music for BellFest! 2018.

2017 Classes

2017 Classes

The 2017 Seminar has three tracks to choose from: Director’s Institute, Ringer’s Toolbox, and Handbells 101. In addition to the classes offered in each track, there are two break-out sessions.

Step One: Choose A Track
  • Director’s Institute: Whether you have been directing for a few years or for decades, this class is for you.  Join us as we discuss music selection, score analysis, bell assignments, making the most of your rehearsal time, teaching pulse and rhythm skills (including mixed and irregular meters), helping ringers become critical listeners, and working with children/youth.  Led by Bill & Carolynne Mathis
  •  Ringer’s Toolbox: Get ready for a new year of ringing and increase your skills in this hands-on course.  Topics include: learning & refreshing our treble, battery, and bass technique, understanding handbell notation, weaving multiple bells, marts, mallets and more!   Led by Bells of the Lakes.
  • Handbells 101:  Are you new to handbells, and not sure where to get started?  This class has everything handbells from A-Z.  Topics include: warmups & stretches, making the bell sound, damping styles, care of the bell, handbell notation and more.  Over 60 pages of handouts to prepare the beginner ringer & director.  Led by Bells of the Lakes.
Step Two: Choose your electives
  • Morning:
    • Processional
    • Up in the Tower (history of tower bells)
    • Seminar Choir*
  • Afternoon: 
    • Handbells in Worship
    • Conducting for Ringers & Directors
    • Seminar Choir*
*Seminar Choir is a 2-part elective for those who just love to ring and want to work on hard pieces.  Those who choose this class must be able to ring at least Level 3 music.
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Date, Time, & Location

Date, Time, & Location

Date: Saturday, August 26th, 2017

Time: Check-in starts at 8:30. Classes begin at 9:00 and wrap up around 4:30.

Location:
H
ennepin Avenue United Methodist Church
511 Groveland Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403


Registration

Registration is open!

Registration includes a box lunch.
– $40.00 per registrant before June 1st. $60.00 per registrant beginning June 1st.
– $20.00 discount for high school & college students
– Registrations after August 1, 2015 will be charged a $10 late fee.

Download your registration form by clicking here, then print and mail it in – we’ll see you at Seminar!

If you have any questions please contact
info@bellsofthelakes.org.