Festival: 5th Annual Bells of the Cascades Handbell Festival

Festival
5th Annual Bells of the Cascades Handbell Festival
Sat, February 11, 2023, 8:00 AM
Salmon Creek United Methodist Church
12217 NE Hwy 99
Vancouver, WA
Cost:  
$150 per choir or $30 per ringer by Dec. 15, 2022 / $200 per choir or $45 per ringer after Dec. 15, 2022.

5th 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 Brian Seemann!

Be sure to invite your friends and family to the free public concert in the evening!

Top image background photo credit: Arno Smit.

About our guest clinician

Photo of Brian SeemannBrian Seemann lives in Falls Church, VA, where he is the Director of Handbell Ensembles at the Landon School in Bethesda, MD, and the Music Director of Virginia Bronze.

He has been Music Director of the Philadelphia Handbell Ensemble and the New England Ringers, and has performed with Sonos Handbell Ensemble, Back Bay Ringers, and the Philadelphia Handbell Ensemble.

Brian is also a published handbell composer, and has served as faculty, clinician, and conductor around the U.S. as well as at several International Handbell Symposia.

Outside of handbells Brian is heavily involved in other aspects of performing arts. He spent four summers marching with the Jersey Surf and Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps, and has been on the instructional staff of several high school marching band and color guards.

Repertoire

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.

Massed choir

Optional challenge piece

  • Unclouded Day - arr. Brian Seemann - Lv. 4 - This has not yet been published, but should be available soon. We’ll update this listing as soon as we can!

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.

Schedule of the day

8:00–8:50am: Individual group rehearsals, registration
9:00–10:45am: Massed rehearsal
10:45–11:00am: Break
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

Questions?

Contact Matthew Compton at director@bellsofthecascades.org.

Payment

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.

Register for the 5th Annual Bells of the Cascades Handbell Festival

Registering as a choir
If you're attending as an individual, you can skip this section.
If you're unsure of the exact number, please provide a range. Thanks!
For a group solo piece during the final concert, please list the title of the composition/arrangement, and the composer and arranger of the work. Matthew Compton will coordinate with you.
Registering as an individual
If you're attending as a choir, you can skip this section.
Your equipment
feet
If you cannot bring any, that's OK — this just helps us with planning.