Hudson Valley Handbells, a site for English Handbell ringers, directors and listeners in the Hudson Valley Region of New York State

OUR MISSION STATEMENT: The primary mission of the Hudson Valley Handbell. Festival Conference (HVHFC) is to promote the art of handbell ringing by providing an opportunity for local and/or visiting handbell choirs to perform in a massed, divisional, and solo choir framework, and present a concert to the general public. To further the art of handbell ringing, HVHFC may, at the discretion of the governing body, also provide financial assistance to handbell choirs or members of the Handbell Musicians of America who are in serious documented need.

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Donations:   New Orleans  2007    Gulfport 2006   AGEHR Chime Lending Program 2009

Overtones article regarding White Lotus 2009  Tim Waugh 2010 for composing "Selvaggio (Exultant)"

Hudson Valley Young Ringers Festival  2011   Scoharie United Presbyterian Church 2012

Girl Scouts 2014

Hudson Valley Young Ringers Festival

The first Young Ringers Festival was held and organized by Susan Guse at her home church St. John's Lutheran Church in Poughkeepsee in 2010 with Kathleen Wessigner as the guest conductor. In 2011 the Hudson Valley Handbell Festival/Conference provided financial support to help the Young Ringers Festival become an established program for middle school bell choirs. It is the mission of the Hudson Valley Young Ringers Festival to provide middle school age bell choirs (grades 4-8) with a mass ringing festival experience geared towards the needs of young people.

2010 St. Johnís Lutheran Church, Poughkeepsie NY Directo,: Kathleen Wissinger
2011 The Presbyterian Church of Mount Kisco, Mount Kisco NY, Director: Donna Kinsey
2012 The Presbyterian Church of Mount Kisco, Mount Kisco, NY Director: Michael Glasgow
2013 St. Johnís Lutheran Church, Poughkeepsie NY Director, Eileen Laurence
2014 Katonah Presbyterian Church, Katonah, NY Director, Carol Roman
2015 Emanuel Lutheran Church, Pleasantville NY Director, Ryan Guth, Director
2016 Sparta United Methodist Church, Sparta NY Director, Abi Gray/Eiko Cornelius
2018 Pearl River United Methodist Church, Pearl River, NY Director,Director, Jill Fedon
2019 Mulder Chapel, Warwick Conference Center. Warwick, NY

Hudson Valley Young
Ringers Festival



Music for 2020 festival is:

Our Hymn of Grateful Praise arr. Helman, M. Alfred 25386 Level 1
Angels and Shepherds arr. Hollander, L. Alfred 23772 Level 1
A Little Night Music* arr. Rogers, S. E. CGB546 Level 1+
Israelís Joy arr. Lamb, L. Alfred 36505 Level 1+
A Grand March by Hakes, D.K. AG35271 Level 2

*A Little Night Music is in the same book as The Great Gate of Kiev from last year. ( Music of the Masters)


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