Utah Spring Ring

   Saturday, March 11, 2023 – Riverton, Utah

Join Us at Utah Spring Ring 2023!

Our one day festival welcomes Michael Glasgow as our clinician for this mass ringing event! This year we return to Riverton High School.

12476 South 2700 West, Riverton, UT 84065 Map

★ What is it?

    • It’s Utah’s state handbell festival, held annually on the second Saturday in March.
    • A nationally-recognized clinician conducts the rehearsals and provides insights on musicianship and handbell techniques to take your ringing to the next level.
    • The culmination of the festival is a free concert at 5 pm, open to the public.

★ Where is it?

    • The Spring Ring is always held in a high school gymnasium in the Salt Lake City metropolitan area. Smaller venues cannot accommodate the 250+ ringers and we try to rotate the locations between north and south schools to accommodate as many participants as possible.

★ Who is it for?

    • The event is open to any handbell ringer who registers and can make the drive to the location!
    • Area 11 includes the states of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, and Utah, but there is no need to limit participation according to where you may be located.

★ What’s the schedule?

    • There is a dinner Friday night before the event for the registered handbell choir directors. The purpose of the dinner is for the directors to meet the festival clinician in an intimate and relaxed setting, and is open to any local directors, significant others, or other ringers with a strong interest in supporting the Area 11 handbell events.
    • The festival itself starts Saturday morning with breakfast, rehearsing through the day, and culminates into performing a free public concert.

★ What do I need to bring?

    • Your bells (orphan ringers can be squeezed in with another choir), gloves, mallets, tables with baby socks to cover the feet, pads, and music stands.
    • Wear whatever you are comfortable in for the rehearsals, but bring your concert attire for the Saturday evening concert.
    • Your Spring Ring music – no photocopies are allowed!

★ What is the music?

    • The repertoire is listed in the registration form. Please order it well in advance so you will have time to practice and become familiar before the festival.

★ Set-up notes

    • Please do not arrive before the doors to the gym are actually open.
    • Just have patience and know that we do our best to plan everything out in advance, but there are always adjustments that have to be made once everyone has arrived.
    • There will be plenty of time allotted for setup and eating breakfast. Please be courteous to others and to the use of the host school.

★ Any tips for the directors?

    • If you have a school choir, be sure to get your bus/transportation scheduled to the event.
    • Plan to bring some snacks – you can also order lunches on the registration form, or eat somewhere nearby for lunch.
    • There is a directors’ meeting during the afternoon, so we can talk about future events and get to know each other.
    • You will have plenty of downtime during the day.
    • Please remind your choirs to use their best rehearsal etiquette and pay attention to the clinician!

★ Anything else?

    • Hydrate well throughout the day, do some stretching, be courteous to others, be attentive to the clinician, and most importantly… HAVE FUN!

Registration Form

Registration Fees

$20 per ringer for Members of the Handbell Musicians of America and their affiliated members.

$30 per ringer for non-members.

 Not a member? Join here .

When you complete the registration form, it will be sent to the Utah Spring Ring Event Chair, Andrew Smith. 

If you would like to pay by credit card, click here:  Pay with PayPal 

Enter the Grand Total into the PayPal. PAYMENT ALONE DOES NOT MEAN YOU’RE REGISTERED!  Don’t forget to submit the form and your payment.  

You may also send your registration fees to: (check payable to  Area 11)

Mary Moffett
1872 W 75 S
Kaysville, UT 84037

Registration Deadline is February 25, 2023. All fees must be received by this date to ensure a spot!

Michael Glasgow

Michael J. Glasgow, who is likely either composing or working on a logic puzzle right now, is honored that you’re reading his biography: a thousand blessings on you and your house! His work is legendary in church music, advertising, and supermarket-food-demonstrations (it was a dark time for him, but little old ladies still talk about his pioneer efforts with cutting-edge bagged salad).

Having retired from full-time church-music ministry after more than two decades, Michael’s excited to be “full-time freelance,” and offers his clientele a full-service experience, without the distractions of a church job or a school job. (Yup, someone who actually answers the phone and returns e-mails: “what you need, when you need it.”).

Heralded for his “abundant melodic gift” (New York Concert Review), Michael is an award-winning composer of organ, handbell and choral works, and keeps busy with commissions (as well as pet projects that will never sell, but are fun to write). He conducts the auditioned Tar River Chorus in Rocky Mount, NC; and serves as the Bass Section Leader for the North Carolina Master Chorale.

Michael made his Carnegie Hall debut conducting his Requiem for chorus and orchestra in June 2017, and conducted its European premiere in Vienna in June 2019. More than 150 engagements also have brought him to three dozen states, as well as England, Hong Kong, Singapore, Canada, Iceland, and a cruise ship in the Eastern Caribbean.

In June of 2022, Michael returned to Carnegie Hall, leading the world premiere of his new Gloria for orchestra and chorus. Upcoming engagements for 2023 include conducting the Ministry of Bellz in concert in Singapore (February), Vivaldi’s Gloria in Honolulu (May), and his fifth appearance at RingFest in Toledo, Ohio (October).

While he’ll never be on Facebook, Michael is a member of ACDA, American Composers Forum, ASCAP, FUMMWA, Handbell Musicians of America, Mensa, and several other professional organizations. Visit www.michaeljglasgow.com, and follow/subscribe to @MichaelJGlasgow on YouTube and Twitter.

 

Set-Up and *BYOB (Bring Your Own Breakfast): 8:00 am
*Please note that we will not be providing breakfast this year. We ask that you bring your own breakfast items if you’d like to have something to eat after setup.
Rehearsal: 9:00 am
Lunch Break: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Everyone will be on their own for lunch. Due to increased prices, the box lunch fundraiser isn’t profitable at this time.
Rehearsal: 1:00pm
Concert: 5:00 pm

The concert will begin at 5:00pm.

A maximum of 6 individual choir solos will be allowed. This is on a first come, first serve basis.

All details regarding the piece will need to be communicated no later than February 25, 2023. utahspringring@gmail.com

 

To finalize your registration, please send check or submit payment to PayPal.

Checks payable to “Area 11” and mailed to:

Mary Moffett

1872 W 75 S

Kaysville, UT 84037

Both the registration form and payment are needed to complete your registration.

Questions: Contact Event Chair, Andrew Smith  UtahSpringRing@gmail.com