Summit 2020

A handbell event for soloists to large choirs – what a sweet treat in the heart of Texas!

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Welcome to Area 9’s Summit 2020! You can learn all of the details about Area 9’s signature education event for handbell musicians of all skill levels and ages. This year, we are challenging you to pick your adventure as we all make the journey to our own personal summit in Waco, TX. Located between Austin and the Dallas/Fort Worth metro, Waco brings the heart of Texas to life with world-class museums, local eateries, and outdoor adventures.

At Summit 2020, you will have the chance to participate in educational and engaging classes; enjoy performances by some of the best ensembles and soloists in the country; and browse and shop through exhibit booths from handbell publishers, retailers, manufacturers, and more. In your downtime, you can visit the amazing local shops in downtown Waco, stroll through the historic district with amazing views of the Brazos River, enjoy a quiet night with family and friends at Cameron Park, or relax by the pool.

To help you reach your personal summit in 2020, we have divided Summit 2020 into three paths – Adventurers for small ensembles/not-a-complete choir groups, and soloists ringing less than three octaves; Explorers for ensembles or choirs ringing three or more octaves; and Sherpas for those wanting to complete Level 1 portions of the Handbell Musicians Certification program. You’ll get more information about each division on the following pages.

There is a lot of information available here on our website, and we’ll be updating these pages with more news as Summit 2020 draws near. However, if we forgot something or did not answer a question you have, please let us know.

Repertoire

We all love to make great music with our friends, and Summit 2020 will be no exception. We have picked the best repertoire to serve as our guide maps as we head for the summit. Are you ready to pick your adventure?

Fanfare Festiva
Barbara Werner
Choirster Guild CGB526
Level 2+, (2-5 octaves)

Ring to the Lord a New Song
Cathy Moklebust
Level 4-
Chorister Guild CGB959 (2-3 octave)
Chorister Guild CGB960 (3-5 octave)

Evensong
Derek Hakes
Agape 2297 (3-5 octave)
Level 3

How Can I Keep from Singing
arr. Cathy Moklebust
Hope 2690 (2-3 octave)
Hope 2693 (3-5 octave)
Level 3

Who’ll Be a Witness
arr. Sondra Tucker
Alfred 47809
Level 3

Bring along a piece or two, familar or new, and know your journey will be unique to you. Whatever sort of assistance you seek, Forté will help you reach the peak.

You will also have the option to ring the massed repertoire listed below.

Fanfare Festiva
Barbara Werner
Choirster Guild CGB526
Level 2+, (2-5 octaves)

Ring to the Lord a New Song
Cathy Moklebust
Level 4-
Chorister Guild CGB959 (2-3 octave)
Chorister Guild CGB960 (3-5 octave)

Handbell Techniques 1
Prerequisite: None
Instructor: Josh Fitzgerald
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Conducting 1
Prerequisite: None, although this is not an introduction to conducting. Submission of a conducting video is required.
Instructor: Zana Kizzee
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Music Theory 1
Prerequisite: This class is not a music fundamentals course, but a music theory course. It assumes students already have a solid working knowledge of basic treble- and bass-clef reading and standard time signatures/note values; an understanding of what sharps and flats do; and, ideally, a general navigation of the notes of the piano keyboard.
Instructor: Chris Burton
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Area 9 reserves the right to cancel any portion or all portions of Summit 2020
if the number of registrations is deemed insufficient.


Firearms or weapons of any type are strictly prohibited at Summit 2020.
Columbus Avenue Baptist Church is a smoke/vape/tobacco free facility.

Summit 2020 Sponsors

To learn how to become a sponsor of Summit 2020, please click here.


Use of Tablets to Hold Music

Handbell Musicians of America is committed to upholding the copyright laws of the United States and protecting the rights of our publishers, arrangers, and composers. If you wish to use a tablet computer to hold your music in place of standard paper copies on a music stand, you must contact the publisher of each piece of music to first obtain permission to convert a purchased piece of music to the format required for the tablet you are using. Copies of the written permission received from publishers must be presented on request from the event organizer, event chair, or Handbell Musicians of America staff. Permission from a publisher for one piece does not imply permission for other songs from the same publisher. The title of each song used in this format must be included in the written permission received. Attendee should also have legally purchased copies of all music with them for verification.