Ring in the Spring 2020

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Come ring with the experts and go home energized.

Join us for a wonderful day of music with two dynamic handbell clinicians. Your day will include mass ringing sessions, a mini-class, shopping, fellowship with bell ringers from across our region, and conclude with a 3 pm concert.

The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection is located in the southern Kansas City area, 10 minutes south of I-435 and State Line Road. A wide variety of exciting handbell pieces for all skill levels has been selected so there is something for everyone.

Clinicians

Christine D. Anderson

The solo handbell artistry of Christine D. Anderson is world-renowned. With finesse, grace and dexterity, Christine's solo handbell artistry has thrilled audiences in 25 countries and 50 states, and her fans around the world will tell you that you'll never be the same after hearing and seeing Christine play.

Christine began her handbell ringing career at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, in late 1972. After completing a B.A. in music at Florida Atlantic University, she directed 6 handbell choirs at Coral Ridge and began conducting workshops and festivals around the country.

Christine rang her first handbell solo, "The Lord’s Prayer," in 1980, discovering the gift that would define her life’s work and produced a video called "Voices in Bronze®." She writes for several music journals, is on the editorial board for “Creator Magazine”, and serves the Southern Baptist Convention as Editor for "Handbells" magazine. Christine has published over 120 solo handbell arrangements, all reflecting her commitment to excellence in handbell ringing. She has been an annual recipient of the ASCAP Standards Award for compositions and performances for many years.

Christine D. Anderson is an outstanding clinician and in constant demand for handbell workshops and festivals, incorporating a teaching style that makes learning fun and techniques unforgettable.  With many years of conducting experience  and performing solo concerts, she easily communicates the skills needed for musical ringing. Christine’s expertise ranges from beginning choirs through advanced, solo, and ensemble ringing, including handbell maintenance and repair.

Books and videos have paved the way for countless ringers to discover the joy of solo ringing. A member of AGEHR for over 35 years, Christine has served as guest clinician at many AGEHR-sponsored events, and continues to support the work of the Handbell Musicians of America (formerly AGEHR). In 1984 she founded, and continues to ring in, the Medallion Ringers, a professional 4-in-hand quartet.

Personal: Mother of four married children, grandmother of eight boys and two girls, member of Oak Hill Bible Church. She is the wife of Dr. Ross S. Anderson, science professor at The Master's College, and teacher/lecturer on the creation/evolution issue.

Hobbies: Reading, counted cross-stitching, knitting, sewing, baking pies, skiing, hiking, snowshoeing, mountain biking, and making jewelry.

Kipp Willnauer

Kipp Willnauer began his lifelong career in church music more than 56 years ago in New Britain, CT.  He received his Bachelor of Music Education from Baker University and a Masters Degree in Education Administration from UMKC.  Kipp has taught vocal music and handbells/chimes in the elementary, middle and high schools of Gardner, and Olathe KS. He previously served as music director at both Indian Heights UMC and St. Marks UMC as well as director of Exaltation and Praise & Worship for Grace Presbyterian Church all in Overland Park, KS.  

Kipp is currently Director of Music at King of Kings Lutheran Church, past Director of Intergenerational Handbell Camp and Flint Hills Handbell Festival and is now retired after 38 years in public education.. Kipp is a member of the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music, and Worship Arts, MENC & Handbell Musicians of America. Kipp is currently the KANSAS Chair for Area 8.

Resources

Final Concert

3 pm, The Foundry (Building B)

We have room for 3 choirs to perform one piece each during the concert. If you are bringing a full choir and would like to ring during the concert, indicate that on the registration form (either online or on the printed form) then email Gwen the name of your piece and your choir's name for inclusion in the program. Titles are needed by February 1, 2020. We will take the first 3 groups that sign up. Fellow bell ringers make a great audience!

Payments

All registration and payment can be completed online. If you need to register or pay by mail, please download and fill out the Registration Form and Mini-Class Form. Mail these with a check to:

Gwen Gepford
Church of the Resurrection
13720 Roe Avenue
Leawood, KS 66224

DownloadsRegistration Form or Mini-Class Form

Additional Registration Information

  • Registration is $45 per person. An early-bird discounted price of $40 per person is available for registrations postmarked by December 15, 2019.
  • Final deadline to register is February 1, 2020.
  • Full choirs or individual ringers are welcome. If you are attending as part of a choir or group, submit one payment for the group. If you are bringing multiple choirs, register them separately. They may be paid for with a single check or credit card transaction.
  • Each choir or ringer will need to provide their own equipment, including bells, chimes, foam, table covers, mallets, and music. Please be sure all of your equipment is labeled.
  • Orphan ringers may utilize our Facebook group to contact other orphan ringers to share equipment and assign your own ringing positions. Table space will be provided for you to form a single choir. Everyone is expected to help by bringing either bells, chimes, mallets, or foam to share. Each orphan ringer should have their own music and binder.
  • All tables will be in a straight line for massed ringing. Table rental and lunch is included in your registration fee. The postmark of your payment will determine placement of your choir.
  • If you have food allergies that cannot be accommodated by gluten-free or vegetarian options, you may bring your own food and receive a $7 discount off the registration price.
  • A chaperone must be present with each group of youth ringers. We suggest one chaperone for every six youth.
  • Early set up will be available on Friday afternoon or evening. Please contact Gwen to schedule a time.
  • Join us on Facebook for the most up-to-date info.
  • Contact Gwen at (913) 284-9641 or gwen.gepford@cor.org with any questions.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Refunds will be made for cancellations received in writing or by email prior to February 1, 2020, less a $5 administrative fee per registrant. Cancellations made after February 1 for any reason are not refundable. We cannot offer refunds due to inclement weather.

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