January 3-6, 2018

Westminster Choir College
Princeton, NJ
Michael Joy, Conductor

Join us January 2018 for our College Ring-In, an event for college students and recent alumni.  Three days of ringing under the direction of Michael Joy culminates in a public concert on the final afternoon.  Participants will be given their own individual ringing assignment to prepare in advance and the join other attendees to rehearse and polish the music for the final concert. The event also includes a reading session of unpublished compositions and arrangements submitted by participants.  We’ll have publishers and editors from the handbell industry on hand to provide advice and guidance regarding copyright permissions and the publication process. Choose an option below to see more details

We are thrilled to bring the event to the campus of Westminster Choir College this year.  All event activities will take place at the Cullen Center with rehearsals and the concert planned for Hillman Hall.  We are grateful to Westminster Choir College and the Student Government for their support in making this event possible in Princeton.

Event Registration

The registration fee is $90 and includes lunch on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and an event t-shirt.  Members of Handbell Musicians of America receive a $15 discount.

Complete the online registration form by following the link below.  Members, be sure to log in to your member account before registering to get the member discount.


Event Schedule


Wednesday, January 3
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Registration and Welcome – Social time to meet fellow attendees
Thursday, January 4
9:00 AM – 12:30 PM Rehearsal
12:30 PM – 1:15 PM Provided Lunch
1:15 PM – 4:15 PM Rehearsal
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM Unpublished Music Reading Session
6:30 PM Free evening or planned social activities
Friday, January 5 
9:00 AM – 12:30 PM Rehearsal
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Provided Lunch
1:30 PM – 7:00 PM Rehearsal with breaks
7:00 PM Free evening or planned social activities
Saturday, January 6 
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Rehearsal
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Provided Lunch – Prepare for Concert
1:00 PM Public Concert
~2:30 PM Concert ends – pack-up and load out

You are responsible for purchasing all the repertoire and rehearsing it prior to arriving at the event.  Music can be purchased from any of our handbell retailers or direct from the publisher.

Dorian Dance, Michael W. Joy
Jeffers, JHS9365

Bourée, arranged by William H. Griffin
Beckenhorst, BEHB247

Gaudete, Jason W. Krug
GIA, GIG-9300

Spiritus, Susan T. Nelson
From the Top, FM20286-5

Quickening Spirit, Phoebe T. T. Yeung
AGEHR, AG35359

Les Cloches, John Behnke
AGEHR, AG36025

Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel?, arranged by Matthew Compton
AGEHR, AG37010

Metamorphosis, Michael Helman
AGEHR, AG35214

Bound for South Australia, arranged by Alex Guebert
The Golden Dance, Available only at this link – http://www.handbellmusic.com/Guebert-Australia.htm. Take the time to listen to the arranger conducting a performance of this piece.  You’ll find a link to the performance in the lower right hand corner of the page.



Lodging & Transportation


Our official hotel for this event is Hyatt Place Princeton.The hotel is nestled in the heart of Princeton, Plainsboro, West Windsor, Ewing and Hamilton NJ, located midway between Newark Liberty and Philadelphia Int’l airports and a short drive to Hamilton and Princeton Junction train stations providing rail service to and from New York City, Newark, Philadelphia, Atlantic City, Trenton, Jersey Shore points and other major cities in the northeast. The hotel is also within a 300 steps stroll to twelve dining venues and restaurants, movie theatres and a shopping mall.

Our group rate is $105/night plus tax for up to 4 guests per room – UPDATED LOWER RATE!


To make reservations with the group rate, use one of the following options:

By Phone –  Call Hyatt central reservations center at (888) 271 – 6014 and use group code G-HM01 or mention Handbell Musicians of America to receive the discounted group rate.

OnLine – Follow the steps below:

  1. Go to www.princeton.place.hyatt.com
  2. Select Arrival & Departure Date
  3. Click on the Special Rate Link
  4. Enter the Group Code G-HM01
  5. Select the requested room type and complete the reservation


For arrival to Princeton, NJ, the two nearest major airports are Newark (EWR) and Philadelphia (PHL), which each one being about the same distance.  In order to facilitate the arrival and departure of Ring-In attendees, we will provide a shuttle from either the Princeton Junction or Trenton train stations.  We will be sending out an RSVP form to plan specific shuttle times to attendees closer to the event, but in the meantime, here are directions from each airport to our shuttle pick-up stations by train.

Philadelphia International Airport -> Trenton Transit Center

Upon getting your baggage, follow the signs for SEPTA Regional Rail (You would have walked over the tracks to get to Baggage Claim).  There is a platform at each terminal, and each platform has a fare purchase kiosk.  Purchase a ticket to Trenton, NJ, which will be $9.25 (Tickets are $10 cash if purchased from the conductor on board).

Taking your ticket with you, get off of the Airport Line train at 30th Street Station, and transfer to the Trenton Line (Track 3).  Ride this to the end of the line, and get off at the Trenton Transit Center, where we will meet you with the shuttle van.

Newark Airport -> Princeton Junction

Upon getting your baggage, follow the signs for AirTrain.  There is a platform at each terminal, and each has a fare purchase kiosk.  Purchase a ticket to Princeton Junction, which should be $17.25.  The AirTrain connects each terminal with the New Jersey Transit Newark Airport Station.  Here you will board the New Jersey Transit train toward Trenton.  Get off at the Princeton Junction stop, where we will meet you with shuttle van.


Unpublished Music Reading Session

Do you have a composition or arrangement you would like to hear played?  Submit for inclusion in the unpublished music reading session.  Just indicate that you wish to participate in the session during the registration process and event organizers will contact you with more details.  You should be prepared to provide enough printed copies of your arrangement for event participants to ring. Plus, this year two veteran handbell editors will join us.  Bill Griffin from Beckenhorst Press and David Weck from Hope Publishing will be on hand to provide feedback and advice about the publishing and editing process.  They can also provide valuable input and suggestions for improving your arrangement or composition.

Houston Bronze College Ring-In Scholarship Program

The Houston Bronze Ensemble is happy to announce that we will once again be granting two scholarships to college students who are attending the Handbell Musicians of America College Ring-In 2018 that is to be held at Westminster Choir College in Prince-ton, New Jersey on January 3-6, 2018. Each scholarship will be for $100.00, covering the cost of registration. Each scholarship will be granted in the form of a reimbursement once the event and requirements of the scholarship are met. All other expenses (music, lodging, meals, transportation to and from the festival site, sightseeing, etc.) are the responsibility of the recipient. Preference will be given to applicants from the greater Houston metropolitan area. Secondly, we will consider applicants from the entire state of Texas and beyond.


  • Be accepted by HMA into College Ring-In.
  • Be a student at a college or university.
  • Submit scholarship application to HBE by December 1, 2017.
  • Post on the Houston Bronze Ensemble Facebook page while attending the event.
  • Recipients are expected to submit a brief follow-up report of their experience at College Ring-In with permission for HBE to use this information on our website and on our Face-book page.

The scholarship application can be found on the houston bronze website,

Application Deadline is December 1, 2017Please direct any questions you may have about the scholarship program to [email protected]