Ringing at the Springs

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The Signature Handbell Event of Massanetta Springs

February 21-23, 2014

Join us for a weekend retreat to inspire ringers and directors, rehearse great music under skilled direction, and enhance the bond of fellowship among choirs.

Ringing at the Springs is 10 years old! In celebration, we have invited back our founding clinician, Kath Wissinger.

Kath has prepared a Repertoire that gives balance to the liturgical year, techniques, originals and arrangements, and utilizes traditional and contemporary pieces as well as a variety of composers and publishers.

Kath is a master teacher and will teach two 45 minute sections, one on “Four in Hand” and one on “Weaving bells”. See course descriptions below.

The Cost is $235 for the full weekend of ringing, lodging, and meals. The Commuter cost is $175

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Meet Our Clinician Kath Wissinger

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Kathleen Wissinger embraces all aspects of English Handbells ~ Director, Teacher, Composer, Ringer. She is known for her clear concise conducting, for teaching from the podium and for encouraging ringers to understand and embody the music they play.  “Kath” is the Artistic Director for MOSAIC Handbell Ensemble and often rings with the group as well.  MOSAIC, in its first 3 years, has performed in venues as diverse as a maximum-security women’s prison (performing with the in-house inmate bell choir), a school playground, a hospital lobby and with the Shenandoah Valley (VA) Choral Society. Kath has directed youth ringing groups at her church for 25 years and is in her 10th year of teaching 5th-8th grade handbell classes at Redeemer Classical School.

With over 70 compositions in print, Kath is known for her creative, fresh approach to arrangements and her compelling melodies and harmonies in original pieces. For her students, she has also developed an innovative pedagogical series, now used by teachers around the world. 

Kath travels across the United States (as well as in Japan and Canada) teaching at and directing ringing events. She also teaches piano students in her home studio in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.


Technique Classes

NEW this year are classes to help with ringing challenges and techniques.

Everyone may take these classes and they will be woven into the schedule on Saturday.

Weaving - Too many bells, too little time, and too few hands? You CAN work your way through a tricky passage by choreographing your weaving pattern and even displacing bells in the lineup. We’ll work on blocking out a plan to make the music successful.

Four-in-Hand (4iH) - Too many bells, too little time and too few hands? Here’s another way for treble ringers to work through a tricky passage – or to cover two positions at a time. We’ll explore the primary and secondary bell concept, different 4iH set-ups according to musical and physical needs – as well as “selective” Shelly ringing – all to make your job easier and the music better!