Festival: 4th Annual Bells of the Cascades Handbell Festival
Join us for this fun and educational event, hosted by Bells of the Cascades! Challenge yourself, learn new skills, and meet musicians from around the region. The festival will include optional individual group rehearsals and massed rehearsals, with a free public concert.
Featuring guest clinician Brenda E. Austin!
Be sure to invite your friends and family to the free public concert in the evening!
About our guest clinician
Brenda E. Austin is a dynamic and energetic conductor, clinician and composer.
She has served as the Artistic Director for the Detroit Handbell Ensemble since 2016. Under her baton, DHE was honored to open the Handbell Musicians of America National Seminar in 2018. In 2019, Brenda joined the team at Hope Publishing Company in Carol Stream, IL as editor in charge of the handbell catalogue.
Additionally, she has served First United Methodist Church in Eaton Rapids, MI, as director of worship and music since 2003. She is also active in the community directing children’s musical theatre and handbell choirs of all levels. Brenda graduated with degrees in Vocal Performance from Western Michigan University and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. She has studied with Craig Arnold, Steve Zegree and Eph Ehly.
Brenda is in demand as a handbell clinician throughout the year and has been the conductor and clinician at numerous festivals and workshops including HMA’s National Seminar and the Area 5 Spring Festival. Additionally, she has had more than 50 titles published for handbells since 2014.
You are responsible for purchasing and rehearsing music ahead of the festival. Links to purchase this music from Jeffers Handbell Supply are included for your convenience.
- Rondo Jubilee – Brenda Austin – HP2934 – Lv. 2+
- I’ve Got Peace Like a River – arr. Sandra Eithun – HP2892 – Lv. 2+
- Carol of the Bells – arr. Alex Guebert – HP2929 – Lv. 3
- Momentary – Matthew Compton – purchase from Sonology Music – Lv. 2+
- Be Still My Soul – arr. Brenda Austin – RW8253 – Lv. 3
- Osse Shalom – arr. Susan Nelson – AG35165 – Lv. 3
Optional challenge piece
- Cantad al Señor – arr. Sondra Tucker – HP2182 – Lv. 3+
Add your own performance
If your group/ensemble would like to play a solo piece during the final concert, please let us know in the registration form below! List the title of the composition/arrangement, and the composer and arranger of the work. Matthew Compton will coordinate with you on individual rehearsal options offered throughout the day.
8:00–8:50am: Individual group rehearsals, registration
9:00–10:45am: Massed rehearsal
11:00am–12:00pm: Massed rehearsal
12:00–1:30pm: Lunch, individual group rehearsal time offered
1:30–3:00pm: Massed rehearsal
3:00–3 :15pm: Break
3:15–5:00pm: Final rehearsals and run-through
5:00–7:20pm: Dinner and final concert prep, optional group rehearsal time offered, in seats by 7:20
7:30pm: Concert, free and open to the public
Contact Matthew Compton at email@example.com.
You’ll be given payment information upon signing up. Registration is $150 per choir or $30 per ringer by Dec. 15, 2021 (early bird) and $200 per choir or $45 per ringer after Dec. 15, 2021.