Solo Ringing and Composition


Virtual Master Class in Solo Ringing with Linda Krantz
November 14 and 22, 2020


Virtual Master Class in Composition with Jason Krug
November 13-15, 2020

 

This event gives participants the opportunity to hone and perfect their skills in either solo ringing or composition with master clinicians Linda Krantz and Jason Krug.

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The Solo Ringing Master Class will take place over two days, Nov. 14 & 22

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 is Oct. 23.

SOLO RINGING

Attend as a Solo Participant or an Observer. 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.

Observers do not need to submit an advance application – just proceed to registration. CLICK HERE for Observer Information.

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, November 14
12:00 PM – 12:35 PM Welcome and Introductions
  Roundtable 1: Choosing Repetoire
12:35 PM – 1:35 PM One-on-One Coaching Sessions
  30 minutes with first 2 participants
1:35 PM – 1:45 PM Break
1:45 PM – 2:45 PM One-on-One Coaching Sessions
  30 minutes with next 2 participants
2:45 PM – 3:00 PM Reflection Roundtable
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM Lunch Break
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM One-on-One Coaching Sessions
  30 minutes with next 2 participants
5:30 PM – 5:40 PM Break
5:40 PM – 6:45 PM One-on-One Coaching Sessions
  30 minutes with final 2 participants
6:45 PM – 7:00 PM Reflection Roundtable
7:00 PM – 7:15 PM Break
7:15 PM – 8:00 PM Roundtable 2: Rehearsal Techniques and Memoriztion
   
   
Sunday, November 22
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM Roundtable 3: Stage Fright and Performance
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM One-on-One Coaching Sessions
  30 minutes with first 2 participants
1:30 PM – 1:40 PM Break
1:40 PM – 2:40 PM One-on-One Coaching Sessions
  30 minutes with next 2 participants
2:40 PM – 3:00 PM Reflection Roundtable
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM Lunch Break
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM One-on-One Coaching Sessions
  30 minutes with next 2 participants
5:30 PM – 5:40 PM Break
5:40 PM – 6:40 PM One-on-One Coaching Sessions
  30 minutes with final 2 participants
6:40 PM – 7:15 PM Reflection Roundtable
7:15 PM – 7:20 PM Break
7:20 PM – 8:00 PM Closing Q/A Roundtable Discussion

The Composition Master Class will take place Nov. 13-15

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.

Application Deadline is Oct. 23.

COMPOSITION

Up to six 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 that will allow for compliance with safety restrictions in place due to COVID. Participants should have knowledge and understanding of music theory principles. Compositions should be primarily small ensemble (3 octaves or less) and with no shared bells. 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.

For those who wish to participate as composers, an application is required before acceptance to the event. The application will request information about each candidate’s music education and handbell experience, as well as their experience and goals related to composing and arranging. Once selected candidates will submit a draft of the composition they would like to work on to be recorded by an ensemble.

Observers do not need to submit an advance application – just proceed to registration. CLICK HERE for observer information.

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.

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

Friday 11/13  
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM Introductions
   Video of Houston Bronze Ensemble playing composition drafts
   Opening Discussion and Initial General Feedback
   
   
Saturday 11/14  
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Whole Group Session
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Independent Composition Time and One-on-One Coaching
  120 minutes total =  20 minites with each participant
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Lunch Break
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Whole Group Session/Discussion
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM Independent Composition Time and One-on-One Coaching
  90 minutes total = 15 minutes with each participant
5:00 PM – 5:30 PM Break
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM Group Discussion: Compositions Feedback Session
   
   
Sunday 11/15  
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Whole Group Session
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Independent Composition Time and One-on-One Coaching
  120 minutes total =  20 minites with each participant
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Lunch Break
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Whole Group Session/Discussion
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM Independent Composition time and One-on-One Coaching
  90 minutes total = 15 minutes with each participant
5:00 PM – 5:30 PM Break: Send all compositions to Houston Bronze Ensemble
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM Rehearsal with Houston Bronze Ensemble (No Observers)
7:15 PM – 8:00 PM Concert

OBSERVER OPTIONS

There are two possible options to attend as an observer.

Single Event Observer: Attend either the Solo-Ringing or the Composition Master Classes.

  • 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

Master Series Observer: Attend the Composition Master Class live, watch the recorded day one session of the Solo Ringing, then attend day 2 of the Solo Ringing live.

  • Experience the entire Master Series
  • 4.5 days of Coaching and Discussion sessions
  • Participate in six Roundtable discussions

Registration

Registration Fees

Solo Ringers – $175 (limited to 8, pre-application required)
Composers – $175 (limited to 6, pre-application required)

Single Event Observer – $95
Master Series Observer – $150

Registration Steps

Login to your Handbell Musicians of America Member Account

Solo Ringing Applicants

  • From the login welcome screen, follow the link to the Solo Ringing Application.
  • 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 October 23, 2020
  • After the deadline, all applications will be reviewed and successful candidates will be selected based on the merit of their application and video submission.
  • Those selected will be provided with the link to register for the event as a Solo Ringer.
  • NO SOLO-RINGING CANDIDATES SHOULD REGISTER FOR THE EVENT BEFORE THEY ARE OFFICIALLY ACCEPTED.

Composer Applicants

  • From the login welcome screen, follow the link to the Composition Application.
  • Answer all the questions on the application.
  • Submit the completed application by 5:00 PM Eastern on October 23, 2020
  • After the deadline, all applications will be reviewed and successful candidates will be selected based on the merit of their application and video submission.
  • Those selected will be provided with the link to register for the event as a Composer
  • NO COMPOSITION CANDIDATES SHOULD REGISTER FOR THE EVENT BEFORE THEY ARE OFFICIALLY ACCEPTED.
  • Observers – follow the registration link to complete and pay for your registration

Cancellation Policy

A full refund, minus a $25 administrative charge, will be issued for cancellations made prior to November 1, 2020. No refund will be given for cancellations made after November 1, 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.