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Area 11 Festival – Ringing Up!

   June 23-26, 2022 – Tempe, Arizona

RINGING UP FESTIVAL 2022! We’re Gearing up for YOU!

We can’t wait to be RINGING UP with you at our AREA 11 Festival 2022!
That’s right – our Area 11 RINGING UP Festival is June 23-26, 2022 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix-Tempe (where you get all the chocolate chip cookies you want!).

Ellie Hodder will be our Festival Clinician leading us through our RINGING UP rehearsals and a wonderful final concert at the conclusion of the festival!

We’ll have fantastic workshops and classes to help you start RINGING UP!

But wait — there’s more!

We’ll have some amazing concerts, super fun social activities, and a beautiful Ring of Fame Banquet honoring the very best in Area 11!


Ellie Hodder is a well-known teacher and clinician. Ellie is passionate about learning and spreading that good news. If we can learn—and we all can—then we are capable of creating great music. Ellie has served as a clinician for many events children and youth, adults and seniors along the west coast where she is known for her skills as a “teaching director”.

“Music is the ultimate practice of community; engaging the audience, each musician contributing their notes to the whole, making a masterpiece in the moment. I am privileged to work with students of all skill levels spanning a 90-year age difference. For me, there is no greater joy than to lead within the group and assist every musician to meet the finish line TOGETHER.”

Ellie serves as Director of Music Ministries at Murray Hills Christian Church in Beaverton, Oregon. She founded Pacific Ringers (www.pacificringers.org), a non-auditioned community choir for musicians with a passion for the instrument, the Pacific Northwest Handbell Directors and Musicians Forum which meets annually in September for a day of learning and ringing, the Pacific Northwest Youth Handbell Festival and Coppers Classic, the nation’s premier event founded specifically to celebrate coppers level musicians (www.coppersclassic.com)!

When she’s not making music, Ellie lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, Benn.


FULL FESTIVAL REGISTRATION FEE includes all concerts, workshops and classes, meeting space, and ringing equipment needed to participate (bells, chimes, tables, pads). Meals that are included with registration are Thursday opening night buffet, Friday lunch, Saturday lunch, Saturday evening Ring of Fame Banquet, and Sunday lunch.*

Registration Options:
We have two methods for registering. Online registration and payment with credit card is available. Processing fees will apply when registering online. You can also register by mail and pay by check. If you choose to pay by credit card/PayPal, there is a link on the registration form for that option.

Early Bird Registration Fee* (online or postmarked on/or before March 31, 2022) $290.00
Registration Fee* (online or postmarked from April 1, 2022 to May 15, 2022) $350.00
Non-Ringer Package* (online or postmarked before May 15, 2022) $215.00 (includes ALL concerts and Festival Meals)
Saturday ONLY Registration: $75
Saturday Evening Ring of Fame Banquet ONLY $85.00

Handbell Musicians of America Membership:
A current Handbell Musicians of America membership number must accompany every registration. This number can be found on your profile or you can be come a member at Handbell Musicians of America. If you are not an Individual Member, you may use your Director’s or Group’s number.

Festival Refund Policy:
Refunds, minus a $200 cancellation fee, will be allowed until May 15, 2022. After that date, if special circumstances prevent a registrant from attending, you may petition the Area 11 Executive Committee for a refund. Please contact the Area 11 Chair, Anne Kleve at chair.area11@handbellmusicians.org.

*Breakfasts are not included in the festival meals. There is a restaurant at the hotel where you may order and eat breakfast (you will pay for your own food) AND there are mini fridges in each room where you may keep your own breakfast items, if you’d like.

Festival Check in Thursday, June 23, 3:00-5:00pm

Thursday Evening:

  • Conference Choir Rehearsal
  • Buffet Dinner
  • Massed Choir Rehearsal
  • Festival Opening Night Activity
  • Concert by Michael Kastner

Friday and Saturday:

  • Rehearsals
  • Classes
  • Concerts
    • 12 Bells of Joyful Sound
    • Las Palomas Lite
    • Christine Anderson
  • Shop the Vendors
  • Friday Dinner on your own and Free Night!
  • Saturday – Ring of Fame Banquet and Concert by Sonoran Bells


  • Festival Concert at 2:00pm, Free and open to the public! Invite your friends and family to attend.

Although we hope you will want to have the Full Festival experience, a Saturday ONLY option is available which includes workshops, classes, ringing track observation for Saturday ONLY and Saturday lunch buffet. Check-in will be on Saturday morning, June 25. Six class options will be offered. Tickets to Saturday Evening Ring of Fame Banquet are available for an additional fee.

Registration must be paid in full online or postmarked on or before May 15, 2022.

HOTEL INFORMATION: Registration fee DOES NOT include hotel accommodations. The DoubleTree by Hilton in Tempe, AZ, 2100 S Priest Drive, Tempe, AZ 85282 is the festival/conference headquarters hotel. You must make your own room reservation by contacting the hotel. Reservations must be made by individuals no later than June 1, 2022. Identify yourself as being part of our group Handbell Musicians of America. Click this Booking Link or Call 1-800-528-6481 to make your room reservation. The hotel offers a free shuttle to and from the airport!

Call 480-967-1441 when you are ready to be picked up at the airport. Do not call before you are ready. Be sure you have all your luggage and are able to meet the shuttle when they arrive to pick you up.

Room rates: Room rates are exclusive of local taxes and fees. Room rates include complimentary parking, 24 hour business center, 24 hour Fitness Center, heated pool and spa. The hotel offers a free shuttle to and from the airport!

Single/Double – $115.00 per night (If two people are sharing the room, the nightly rate would be divided by the two people sharing the room)
Triple – $125.00 per night (The nightly rate would be divided by the three people sharing the room)
Quad – $135.00 per night (The nightly rate would be divided by the four people sharing the room)

*Breakfasts are not included in the festival meals. There is a restaurant at the hotel where you may order and eat breakfast (you will pay for your own food) AND there are mini fridges in each room where you may keep your own breakfast items, if you’d like.

Off-Site Lodging Surcharge:
Registrants who live outside a 50 mile radius from the hotel and choose not to stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel must pay an off-site lodging surcharge of $100.00. This helps ensure we meet our contracted room blocks, keeping all costs as low as possible.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Phoenix Tempe


2100 South Priest Drive
Tempe, Arizona 85282, USA
DoubleTree Hilton Tempe Entrance

There will be a variety of classes on topics from ergonomics-based techniques, to conducting, to assignment methods, as well as musical concepts for beginners and veterans alike.

Ringing Up! Tracks: If you are not sure which track to choose, consult with your director or refer to the repertoire listed on the registration form. The levels of music for each track are given below.

Ringing Up! Copper-Lite to Copper (Level 2)
Ringing Up! Copper to Bronze (Level 3+)
Ringing Up! Polished Bronze (Level 4)

Ringing Range Preference:
You will have up to three choices of Ringing Range. We will do our best to accommodate one of these choices. If you do not request a ringing range, we will assign you where needed in the Ringing Up! Track you have chosen.

You will have the option to purchase your own music packet prior to Festival and bring it with you OR having Area 11 purchase it for you where you will pick it up at Festival check in. The repertoire list and links for ordering are on the registration form.

OPTIONAL Conference Choir:
This option is for Polished Bronze ringers only who can’t get enough ringing! It will be a more concentrated, advanced ringing experience. You must also sign up and participate in the Ringing Up! Polished Bronze Track. Conference Choir rehearsals might take priority over class time. Music must be purchased by the registrant and prepared in advance. Minimum of 12 registrants needed. Other than the cost to purchase music in advance, there is
no additional fee for this option.


Area 11 Festival Scholarship 

For Ringing Up! 2022 Festival: We will offer 10 – $65 scholarships available for members of Area 11 (Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, & Wyoming).

Deadline for submissions is February 10, 2022. Questions may be directed to Area 11 Board.

Scholarship Application

Please Bring the Following:

  • Stand up music binder, mallets, gloves (label all items with your name or organization name) Gloves are required.
  • Wear comfortable clothing and shoes.
  • A sweater in the air conditioning of the hotel. 
  • Small snacks and a water bottle or other drinks.
  • “Nice casual” clothing for the Ring of Fame Banquet
  • A solid color shirt for the closing concert.
  • Sharpened pencils or other writing utensils for marking your music and taking notes.


  • If you opted to purchase your own festival music, be sure to bring it with you! 
  • If you are in the conference choir, be sure to bring your music with you.
  • Your wonderful, happy selves ready to ring, learn, meet new friends, and have fun while doing it all!


  • A music riser 
  • A battery operated stand light
  • A “problem bell” to take to a maintenance class. But please do not bring a complete set of bells. There will be bells there to practice maintenance on, but you may also bring your own. If you plan to take a handbell maintenance class, a small tool kit would be helpful, but not required.
  • If you’d like to attend a conducting class, you may bring your own baton, but it’s not required. 

    Faculty applications are due by April 1, 2022.

    Please don’t hesitate to send in an application for any skill or topic! We would love to see multiple people be willing/ able/available to SHARE their knowledge for any and every class and workshop! Or maybe you have a unique idea or specialty you’d like to SHARE. We welcome all to apply!

    Any person selected to teach a class will receive $50 off their registration!

    You can fill out the faculty application here 

    Questions: Contact our Events Chair, Mary Moffett, at events.area11@handbellmusicians.org