This Month

There is Still Time to Register for Virtual Winter Workshop and Access All the Videos

Distinctly Bronze East and Reaching for Bronze Concert Live Stream

International Symposium – Registration Now Open

Save the Date for Virtual Master Series in April

Video of the Month

Brian’s Music Notes


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International Symposium 2022

August 1-6, 2022
Nashville, Tennessee

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There is Still Time to Register for Virtual Winter Workshop

Even if you missed the Virtual Winter Workshop in January, there is still plenty of time to register and access all the videos. Register now and get access to all 24 class session recordings through March 4 for $99. That’s just $4.12 per class.

Virtual Winter Workshop features classes by top instructors in

  • Solo, Ensemble, and Bell Tree Ringing
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Distinctly Bronze East 2022 Concert Live Stream

Join us Sunday, February 27 at 4 p.m. EST on YouTube Live for the Distinctly Bronze East 2022 Live Stream, from New Bern, North Carolina.

Distinctly Bronze is our annual event for advanced handbell musicians. This year’s event is under the direction of Brian Childers. We also feature our rising stars in the Reaching For Bronze division, directed by Kathryn Jurado, who will perform a portion of the concert with the Distinctly Bronze attendees.

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20th International Handbell Symposium

Registration Now Open

Join us at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.A. • August 1-6, 2022

International Symposium will feature

  • Performance Opportunities
  • Workshops Led by International Musicians
  • “Handbell Commons” Vendor Exhibits
  • Parties with Fellow Handbell Musicians from Around the World.

Join us for any or all of our International Handbell Symposium Events

Symposium Website

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Virtual Master Series Returns in April

Handbell soloist Linda Krantz and composer Jason Krug return to the screen this year for master classes in solo ringing and composition. And new this year, music educators Greig Ashurst and Gillian Erlenborn will present a master class for educators.

The Virtual Master Series will be held on Saturday, April 23 and Saturday, April 30. Participation is limited and registration will open on Monday, March 7. Be sure to watch our website, social media platforms, and emails for more information, which will be released soon!

Be sure to watch the website, social media, and email for details to be released soon.

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Video of the Month

During their international performance tour of the United Kingdom, the Purdue Bells (Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana) had the pleasure of performing “Morningdance” at the Dunblane Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland in May 2019.

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Brian’s Music Notes

with Brian Childers

That Easter Day with Joy Was Bright

By Robert James Lamb
AG 25007
2-5 Octaves, Level 2+

Festive and celebratory, this setting of PUER NOBIS NASCITUR by Robert Lamb will bring brightness to your Easter Celebration! Set in G Major, mallets carry a great deal of the musical load in this arrangement. With a short modulation to D major and back to G Major for the final verse, this level 2+ setting is within reach of most groups and is a good ‘stretch’ piece for those who usually ring less-challenging repertoire. Mallets, Marts, Thumb Damps and shakes help bring “That Easter Day” to life. Check out this great setting today! 

“That Easter Day With Joy Was Bright” may be purchased from Handbell World and JW Pepper (Click the links to go directly to this title on their websites)

The text for this hymn is often ascribed to St. Ambrose. John Mason Neal provided the English translation in use today. 

That Easter day with joy was bright; the sun shone out with fairer light
when, to their longing eyes restored, the apostles saw their risen Lord!

O Jesus, king of gentleness, with constant love our hearts possess;
to you our lips will ever raise the tribute of our grateful praise.

O Christ, you are the Lord of all in this our Easter festival,
for you will be our strength and shield from ev’ry weapon death can wield.

All praise, O risen Lord, we give to you, once dead, but now alive!
To God the Father equal praise, and God the Spirit, now we raise!

Until next month,

Brian Childers
Music Adviser

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