April 23 & 30

Solo Ringing with Linda Krantz

Composition with Jason Krug

Education with Greig Ashurst & Gillian Erlenborn

The Solo Ringing Master Class will take place over two days, April 23 & 30

Technical Requirements:

1. Participants must have the ability to make a video of themselves playing a solo piece, where the participant and bells on the table are in full view.

2. Have a computer with webcam, mic, and adequate internet connection to participate in extended video meeting.

3. Access to needed bells, equipment, and set-up space for the duration of the event.

Application Deadline
April 11, 5 p.m. EST

SOLO RINGING

Attend as a Solo Participant or an Observer.

SOLO RINGERS

Each Solo participant will be coached on one piece under Linda Krantz’s tutelage. Participating solo students and observers will have roundtable discussions throughout the two days reflecting on the coaching sessions as well as important topics uniquely related to solo ringing.

Not quite ready to step to the solo table? Then participate as an Observer. You will get to observe Linda’s coaching first-hand, and contribute to the roundtable discussions.

For those who wish to participate as solo ringers, an application is required before acceptance to the event. The application requires candidates to provide a link to a video of them playing the piece on which they would like to be coached. The video should show a clear view of the ringer and the bells on the table, preferably from the front. The application will also request information about each candidate’s music education and handbell experience.

Solo Ringer Participant – $175 (limited to 8, pre-application required)

OBSERVERS

  • Watch hours of one-on-one coaching over the two-day event from our master clinician
  • Participate in roundtable and group discussions
  • Experience new or unfamiliar repertoire

Solo Ringing Observer – $95 (no need to submit an advance application – just proceed to registration)

About Linda Krantz

Born and raised in Glendale, California, Linda Krantz grew up musically in the church. She sang in the choir and played the piano, but when she discovered handbells in the late 1990s, she quickly realized that handbells were her “gift.” Now an accomplished and widely recognized solo handbell artist, Linda has an active performing career and regularly teaches at the local, regional, and national level. Linda’s greatest love is to perform solo concerts, where she most enjoys playing classical music. She has performed as far away as Paris, and most recently with David Lockington, cellist and maestro of The Pasadena Symphony. Linda was a student of Nancy Hascall, learning all she could about traveling 4iH and the nuances of beautiful solo ringing.

Linda is a founding member and president of L.A. Bronze, a past president and current Advisory Board member of the Pasadena Symphony, and a founding artist and past board member of Timbré. She has served as secretary of the Area 12 board of Handbell Musicians of America, and currently serves on the national Development committee for Handbell Musicians of America.

Solo Ringing Schedule

All times are Eastern Standard Time

Saturday, April 23
 
12:00 PM – 12:35 PM Welcome and Introductions
  * Roundtable 1:
12:35 PM – 1:35 PM Two individual coaching sessions
  *30 minutes with first 2 participants
1:35 PM – 1:45 PM Break
1:45 M – 2:45 PM Two individual coaching sessions
  *30 minutes with next 2 participants
2:45 PM – 3:00 PM Reflection Roundtable
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Meal Break
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Two individual coaching sessions
  *30 minutes with next 2 participants
5:00 PM – 5:10 PM Break
5:10 PM – 6:10 PM Two individual coaching sessions
  *30 minutes with final 2 participants
6:10 PM – 6:25 PM Reflection Roundtable
6:25 PM – 6:35 PM Break
6:35 PM – 7:00 PM Roundtable 2:
Saturday, April 30
 
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM Roundtable 3:
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Two individual coaching sessions
  *30 minutes with first 2 participants
1:30 PM – 1:40 PM Break
1:40 PM – 2:40 PM Two individual coaching sessions
  *30 minutes with next 2 participants
2:40 PM – 3:00 PM Reflection Roundtable
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Meal Break
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Two individual coaching sessions
  *30 minutes with next 2 participants
5:00 PM – 5:10 PM Break
5:10 PM – 6:10 PM Two individual coaching sessions
  *30 minutes with final 2 participants
6:10 PM – 6:25 PM Reflection Roundtable
6:25 PM – 6:50 PM Closing Q/A Roundtable Discussion
7:00 PM Composition Live Stream

The Composition Master Class will take place April 23 & 30 with a 1-on-1 session to be scheduled between those dates with each individual student

Technical Requirements:

1. Participants must have music notation software able to save files in MusicXML format.

2. Have computer with webcam, mic, and adequate internet connection to participate in extended video meeting.

Registration fee: $175 (limited to 8, pre-application required)

Application Deadline
April 11, 5 p.m. EST

COMPOSITION

Up to eight composers will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with Jason Krug to hone their skills in composing and arranging. This master class is primarily for directors and musicians who may not be experienced composers/arrangers, but now find themselves in a situation where they need to arrange music for their ensemble. Participants should have knowledge and understanding of music theory principles. Compositions should be primarily small ensemble (3 octaves or less) as we are unable to guarantee a full 5+ octave demonstration choir. Participants will have ample time to work on compositions. Students will electronically share their work with Jason throughout the event. There will also be opportunities for group discussion and collaboration.

An application requesting information about each canidate’s music education and handbell experience, as well as goals related to composing and arranging, is required to be considered for participation. Once selected candidates will submit a draft of the composition they would like to work on to be recorded by an ensemble.

We will have an ensemble who will play and record the composition drafts and provide feedback, then have a closing concert of the finished compositions at the end of the event.

There are no observers for this event, except to view the final concert.

 

About Jason Krug

Jason W. Krug is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana. He holds a degree in music from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a full-time freelance composer, arranger, clinician, and teacher. Since his first publication in 2006, he’s had over 400 compositions and arrangements accepted for handbells, piano, strings, organ, and choir. His works have been featured at numerous festivals and workshops in the United States and beyond. In his spare time, Jason enjoys writing. He has spent several years working on a young adult fantasy series, The Sadonian Chronicles, and recently released his first non-fiction book, The General Theory of Creativity.
 
He frequently participates in the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) event in November. Jason continues to live in Indianapolis with his wife, Ellen, and his sons, Daniel and Malcolm. You can find him on the web at JasonWKrug.com, and attend his regular thrice-weekly live stream at twitch.tv/BellComposer .
Composition Schedule

All times are Eastern Standard Time

Saturday, April 23
 
11:00 AM- 11:30 AM Introduction and welcome
11:30 AM – 12:00PM Performance of initial composition drafts
12:00 PM – 12:15 PM break
12:15 PM – 1:15 PM Group Discussion and Class Session
1:20 PM – 6:10 PM One on One sessions
  30 mins each
   
Monday, April 25 – Thursday, April 28

Individually scheduled 30 minute sessions

   
Saturday, April 30
 
11:00am – 12:00 PM Group Discussion and Class Session
12:00 PM – 3:45 PM One on One Sessions
  20 mins each
4:00 PM All compositions submitted to performing ensemble
7:00 PM Concert Live Stream of Compositions

The Education Master Class will take place April 23 & 30

Technical Requirements:

Participants must have computer with webcam, mic, and adequate internet connection to participate in extended video meeting.

Registration fee: $90/single day (limited to 12 each day)

EDUCATION

Up to twelve music educators can participate in each day of this master class, exploring the many ways to implement handbells and handchimes into the music curriculum. Greig Ashurst and Gillian Erlenborn will guide participants through two days of learning; showcasing what handbells and handchimes can do when utilized to reinforce musical concepts and give students a fun, kinesthetic musical experience.

Day 1: Incorporating and Expanding in Elementary Setting (April 23, 2022)

The first session (4/23) will focus on the ways that handbells and handchimes can be incorporated into the elementary classroom. Participants will learn basic handbell and handchime technique and maintenance, gather ideas and resources for lesson and unit plans, and figure out exactly what they need to make these instruments work in their curriculum.

Day 2: Creating and Incorporating in Middle and Upper Setting (April 30, 2022)

The second session (4/30) will focus on how to start up a handbell ensemble in an upper elementary,  middle, or high school setting, either as a stand-alone course or embedded in an existing music class. The session will cover basic handbell and handchime technique and maintenance, repertoire selection, handbell assignments for various types of ensembles, methods and curricula, and assessment strategies.

About Greig Ashurst

For nearly thirty years, Greig Ashurst has developed an impressive career in many facets of music, technology, and educational philosophy across America. A native of Lafayette, Louisiana, he has served as a music educator in public and private schools and universities in Louisiana, North Carolina, and Texas. Currently, Mr. Ashurst is Instrumental Music Director and Technology Director at Cathedral-Carmel School where he was selected as the 2016-2017 “Teacher of the Year,” an honor for which he was selected twice previously in Louisiana and North Carolina.

Greig also serves as Youth Music and Instrumental Director and staff arranger at Asbury UMC of Lafayette, Louisiana. Mr. Ashurst maintains a very industrious schedule as a guest conductor/clinician, performer, and consultant throughout the United States in music and technology.

 

About Gillian Erlenborn

Gillian Erlenborn has been serving as the handbell choir and children’s choir director at Middlebush Reformed Church in Middlebush, New Jersey, since 2013. She is also the Choral Director and Musical Theatre Teacher at Frelinghuysen Middle School, in Morristown, New Jersey, teaching over three hundred students from diverse social and economic demographics. Gillian graduated from Westminster Choir College in 2018 with both a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and a Master of Arts in Teaching.

Gillian began ringing under the direction of Shelley Giaier when she was in the third grade and has not put her bells down since. In high school, she rang with and was assistant director for Impulse Handbell Ensemble. Upon entering Westminster Choir College, Gillian rang in and became the graduate assistant of the Westminster Concert Handbell Choir under the direction of Kathy Ebling Shaw. She has enjoyed participating and volunteering in various national and area events, including serving as the event chair for the annual College Ring-In. Gillian’s energy and unique perspective of the world of handbells makes her a strong candidate for a role on the national board.

Education Schedule

All times are Eastern Standard Time

Saturday, April 23: Elementary Implementation
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM Introductions and Course Overview
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Performance Examples and The Why?
12:30 PM – 12:40 PM break
12:40 PM – 1:30 PM Techniques and Maintenance
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Lunch Break
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM Resources
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Creating an Ensemble
4:00 PM – 4:15 PM break
4:15 PM – 5:00 PM Equipment and Costs
5:00 PM – 6:00PM Closing Q &A Session
   
Saturday, April 30: Ensembles
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM Introductions and Course Overview
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Performance Examples and Assessments
12:30 PM – 12:40 PM break
12:40 PM – 1:30 PM Techniques and Maintenance
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Lunch Break
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM Basic Directing skills
4:00 PM – 4:15 PM break
4:15 PM – 5:00 PM Now What?
5:00 PM – 6:00PM Closing Q &A Session
7:00 PM Composition Live Stream  

Registration

Registration Fees

Solo Ringing – $175 (limited to 8, pre-application required)
Composition – $175 (limited to 8, pre-application required)
Education – $90 Single Day (limited to 12 each day)
Solo Ringing Observer – $95

Registration Steps

  1. Login to your Handbell Musicians of America Member Account
  2. Solo Ringing applicants:
    • Follow the link to the Solo Ringing Application at the left.
    • Answer all the questions on the application.
    • Include a link to a RECENT (made within the past 6 months) video of you ringing the piece you would like to be coached on as part of this application. The camera shooting the video should be positioned in front of you so the video shows a clear view of your ringing and the bells on the table. Load the video to YouTube as “unlisted” and provide the link in the space indicated on the application form. Videos not following these requirements could result in your application being disqualified from consideration.
    • Note: You cannot save and return to the application, so please have the video uploaded and link available BEFORE you begin the application.
    • Submit the completed application by 5:00 PM Eastern on April 11, 2022
    • After the deadline, all applications will be reviewed and successful candidates will be selected based on the merit of their application and video submission.
    • Solo Ringing Participant applicants should NOT register for the event before they are officially accepted
    • Those selected will be provided with the link to register for the event as a Solo Ringer. 

      3. Composer applicants:

  • Follow the link to the Composition Application at the left.
  • Answer all the questions on the application.
  • Submit the completed application by 5:00 PM Eastern on April 11, 2022
  • After the deadline, all applications will be reviewed and successful candidates will be selected based on the merit of their application.
  • Composer applicants should NOT register for the event before they are officially accepted
  • Those selected will be provided with the link to register for the event as a Composer. 

Cancellation Policy

A full refund, minus a $25 administrative charge, will be issued for cancellations made prior to April 15, 2022 No refund will be given for cancellations made after April 15, unless the reserved space can be filled by someone on the waiting list, then a full refund minus a $25 administrative charge will be given.