Join us January 3-5, 2020, for our College Ring-In, an event for college students and recent alumni. Three days of ringing under the direction of Stevie Berryman culminates in a public concert on the final afternoon. Participants will be given their own individual ringing assignment to prepare in advance and then 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 The event also includes a reading session of unpublished compositions and arrangements submitted by participants.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 Houston, Texas in 2020. All event activities will take place at the Hilton Garden Inn by Houston Hobby Airport which will also provide lodging for participants at the low rate of just $95/night.
The registration fee is $95 and includes lunch on Saturday and Sunday 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.
|Friday, January 3|
|9:00 AM – 12:00 PM||Load-in and Setup|
|12:00 PM – 1:30 PM||Registration and Welcome|
|1:30 PM – 7:00 PM||Rehearsal with breaks|
|7:00 PM||Free Evening – planned social activities|
|Saturday, January 4|
|9:00 AM – 12:30 PM||Rehearsal|
|12:30 PM – 1:15 PM||Provided Lunch|
|1:15 PM – 5:15 PM||Rehearsal|
|5:30 PM – 7:00 PM||Unpublished Music Reading Session|
|7:00 PM||Free evening – planned social activities|
|Sunday, January 5|
|10:00 AM – 12:30 PM||Rehearsal|
|12:30 PM – 1:15 PM||Provided Lunch|
|1:00 PM – 4:00 PM||Rehearsal with breaks|
|4:00 PM – 5:00 PM||Concert Prep|
|5:00 PM – ~6:30 PM||Public Concert – Lived streamed through the HMA YouTube Channel|
|~6:30 PM||Tear down 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.
No Time for Caution, from the movie Interstellar
arr. by Nick Hanson
HMA will provide PDFs of the handbell part to registered participants.
Por Una Cabeza
arr. by Stephanie Berryman
Will be available soon through From the Top Publishers
Mr. Blue Sky
arr. by Greg Urban
Available through Sheet Music Plus, item number H0.605283-SC000002533
The Greatest Show, from the movie The Greatest Showman
arr. by Michael Glasgow and Nick Hanson
Published by Jeffers Handbell Supply, JHS9581
Gabriel’s Oboe, from the movie The Mission
arr. by Kevin McChesney
Published by Jeffers Handbell Supply, JHS9543
City of Stars, from the movie La La Land
arr. by Ron Mallory
Published by Alfred Publishing, 00-46241
In addition, the College Ring-In ensemble will perform the score accompaniment for the silent short film Dodge Your Debts. The score is arranged by Sondra Tucker. Details for purchasing will be provided soon. See the film here on YouTube.
Lodging & Transportation
Our official hotel for this event is the Hilton Garden Inn Houston Hobby. The hotel offers a cooked-to-order breakfast (not included in room rate) in the Garden Grille & Bar. They also offer evening room service and a 24-hour Pavilion Pantry. Feel energized with the the hotel’s complimentary fitness center and heated outdoor pool.
Rooms provide a 50-inch TV with premium cable, a microwave, mini-refrigerator, Keurig coffeemaker, and complimentary wi-fi. The Hilton Garden Inn also offers a 24-hour complimentary airport shuttle to Houston Hobby and on-demand rides within a 3-mile radius of the hotel.
Our group rate is $95/night plus tax. Reservations can be made by calling 346-268-7603 and requesting the group rate for Handbell Musicians of America Ring-In. A link will be provided soon for online reservations.
The deadline for making reservations is December 19, 2019.
The hotel provides a complimentary shuttle to Houston Hobby Airport (HOU), so, if you are flying in, please try to arrange your travel for that airport. Southwest Airlines is the primary airline at Houston Hobby, but other airlines do offer a limited number of flights as well. If you must fly to Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), please contact the national office for assistance finding alternate ground transportation to the hotel.
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.
Houston Bronze College Ring-In Scholarship Program
The Houston Bronze Ensemble is happy to announce that we will once again be granting three scholarships to college students who are attending the Handbell Musicians of America College Ring-In 2020. Each scholarship will cover the cost of registration and 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 15, 2019.
- 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 15, 2019. Please direct any questions you may have about the scholarship program to firstname.lastname@example.org