Adult Handbell Festivals

Adult Handbell Festivals
February 26-27, 2016

EAST: Debbie Rice, Guest Director
            at Salem Baptist, Apex, NC

WEST: Brian Childers, Guest Director
            at The LeGrand Center, Shelby, NC
The WEST festival is filled. At this point, there is no more room unless someone notifies us that they are dropping out. Please consider attending the East festival,
OR email Sherry at to be placed on a waiting list, and include your table footage and if you will ring as Tins [2-3 octave choir] or Coppers [4-5 octave choir].

A list of music to order for 2016, along with a Schedule, is in the Downloads section at the bottom of this page. The directors for the 2016 festivals are Debbie Rice (East) and Brian Childers (West). Bios for the directors are also below in the Downloads section.

EAST Hotel: Hampton Inn Raleigh Cary, 201 Ashville Avenue, Cary, NC 27518. The rate is $84 plus tax for either a double/double non-smoking, king study sofa non-smoking, or king non-smoking. You may phone the hotel at 919-859-5559 to make reservations and identify yourself as part of the "Baptist Handbell Festival Group." Reservations must be received by January 26, 2016; thereafter, reservations will be taken on a space-available basis only.

WEST Hotels:
--Holiday Inn Express, $105 per room (held until 2/12/16). Identify you are with "NC Baptist Handbell Festival," 704-480-0881.
--Hampton Inn (brand new), $125 per room (held until 2/12/16). Identify you are with "NC Baptist Handbell Festival," 704-487-2800.

The festival is for TINS (2-3 octave choirs) and COPPERS (4-5 octave choirs). 

The NC Baptist Adult Handbell Festivals offer a unique experience for handbell choirs. NC Baptist Music Festivals are still the best value in opportunities for growth and training of your handbell choir. Our festivals are open to any church, denomination, school, group or individual of like mind and principle. However, since the cooperative gifts of North Carolina Baptist churches support this ministry, contributing North Carolina Baptist churches receive first priority in space at each festival.

"We use the festival format exclusively for a selection of repertoire each year. This way, a qualified and respected group of church musicians collectively help me annually."

"The event helps foster musical and spiritual growth within my handbell choir. It is exposed to other handbell choirs and offers encouragement as it sees and hears other choirs."

"Spiritually, we have opportunities for development as we minister with our presence in their lives this weekend."

"On Sunday, we led in worship by ringing and we have not played with such assurance all year. They felt proud of their gift they were offering on behalf of the congregation in worship."

Registration Information
Choirs must bring their own tables and equipment. IMPORTANT NOTE: Chairs will be provided on site. Please do NOT bring stools, as sitting on them will block the vision of people behind your bell choir. Thank you for your courtesy for others. Choirs should order their own music for each choir member using their vendor of choice.

Choirs are accepted in the order that the Worship and Music Team receives registration and payment.

Registration deadline is February 5, 2016, or until space is filled. Fees are nonrefundable after February 12, 2016, unless festival is canceled by Worship & Music.

Once registration opens on July 1, you may register online and pay by credit card or check. If paying by check, make check payable to BSCNC and send to Worship & Music, Baptist State Convention, P O Box 1107, Cary, NC 27512-1107.

$250 per BSCNC affiliated church
$300 per non-affiliated church or group
$40 for individual registrant

More Information

Jim Davidson, Event Coordinator  /  /  (336) 245-8023

Sherry Thompson, Ministry Assistant  /  /  (800) 395-5102 ext. 5634