Adult Handbell Festivals

Come ring with over 60 choirs!
April 17-18, 2015
Koury Convention Center at the Sheraton Greensboro

Directors: Tim Waugh and Ed Tompkins
Classes and Special Concert by The Charlotte Bronze


A list of music to order is in the Downloads section at the bottom of this page. The directors for PraisRing are Tim Waugh and Ed Tompkins. Bios are below.

Hotel: Our host hotel is the Sheraton Greensboro Hotel at Four Seasons, which is at the site of the event, the Koury Convention Center. The address is 3121 High Point Rd., Greensboro, NC 27407. The discounted rate is $138 per room plus tax. The cut-off for this rate is March 18, 2015. The hotel will continue to accept reservations, at the group rate after the cut-off date, pending availability of rooms. If the hotel is full, they will refer you to a sister hotel at the same rate. Each individual or choir is responsible for making their own reservations by calling 800-242-6556. In order to receive the special group-discounted rate, you must mention you are with PraisRing 2015. Please be forewarned that Furniture Market is happening in the area at the same time, so make a reminder to yourself to make reservations before the cut-off.

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

PraisRing offers a unique experience for handbell choirs. North Carolina 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 March 20, 2015, or until space is filled. Fees are nonrefundable after April 2, 2015, unless festival is canceled by Worship & Music.

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. A mail-in registration form is available below.

$275 per BSCNC affiliated church
$350 per non-affiliated church or group
$50 for individual registrant


Tim Waugh

Tim Waugh

Artistic Director of The Charlotte Bronze Handbell Ensemble

Internationally acclaimed conductor, composer, and performance arts educator, Tim Waugh is well known in many performance mediums, including handbell, choral, church music and musical theatre. His conducting, workshop and performance travels have taken him to almost every U.S. state and to Canada, England, Ireland and Puerto Rico. "Tim brings to the manuscript, podium, stage and classroom an energy and vitality that seem to ensure the success of performers of every age and ability."

Ed Tompkins

Minister of Music, Morning Star Lutheran Church, Matthews, NC
Associate Director of The Charlotte Bronze

Ed Tompkins has over 30 years’ experience in conducting church handbell choirs with ringers of all ages. He provides workshops/coaching for individual choirs, working to take each choir to the “next level” of musicianship. Ed directs two adult vocal choirs, two inter-generational handbell choirs, and two instrumental ensembles as well as vocal and instrumental opportunities for children and youth.

The Charlotte Bronze

Providing Handbell Workshops and a Special Concert

Charlotte Bronze Handbell Ensemble, the largest community handbell group in the North Carolina Piedmont, consists of twenty-one ringers ranging in age from fifteen to sixty-plus. They were organized to perform high-level concert music, promote the art of handbell ringing, educate handbell musicians with whom they interact, and encourage the public appreciation of, and interest in, handbell music.

More Information

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

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