Join 100 handbell ringers from across Oklahoma and northern Texas as Oklahoma City Handbell Ensemble presents CORD Festival 2017! Completely re-imagined with an internationally-known clinician, national class instructors, and a beautiful new facility, CORD Festival 2017 will have something for every handbell ringer, director, and enthusiast.
CORD Festival 2017 is the perfect ringing event for individual ringers, partial choirs, and entire ensembles. Individual will have an option to register just themselves while partial/entire choirs can register as a team so we know that everyone is together.
We have all of the details that you need to know here on the official event website. We know that there is a lot to read and new features to discover, so please take your time. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us below.
This is an eco-friendly event. | This event is endorsed by Handbell Musicians of America.
This project is supported in part by the Oklahoma Arts Council, which receives support from the State of Oklahoma and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Here you will find the exciting repertoire that will meet the needs of every choir and individual. With two different tracks of music along with massed pieces, there truly will be something to ring about at CORD Festival 2017! You will be asked which track you will ring during registration. You are invited to purchase music from Jeffers Handbell Supply or your favorite music supplier.
*This piece also includes optional handchimes
One popular feature of CORD Festival has always been the chance to learn new techniques and thoughts while ringing some great repertoire. The 2017 festival sees classes return in a new and exciting way. Every attendee gets the chance to attend at least three classes on Saturday and two bonus classes on Friday evening! Make sure to check or mark down the classes you don't want to miss. The registration form will ask which classes you want to attend as class spaces are limited.
From the Other Side of the Table – Designed for ringers and directors alike, this class helps tackle some of the common problems faced by handbell choirs in churches and communities. This class is taught by the Oklahoma City Handbell Ensemble.
Green Eggs & Ham – “You do not like them, so you say. Try them! Try them! And you may!” If you’ve never experienced the pleasure of walloping something with a boomwhacker and getting to call it music, this is the class for you. Experienced and novice ringers alike can learn something in this class of bells, chimes, cups, various percussion instruments and assorted kitchen utensils. This class is taught by Stevie Berryman.
Handbell Improvisation – Liberate yourself from the printed page! Handbells are one of the easiest instruments with which to improvise. Learn different techniques to create your own music spontaneously and organically, and you will find a world of new opportunities for ringing! This class is taught by Stevie Berryman.
Reading Session - POPular – Can't get enough ringing? Come join the fun of reading some of the newest music that is on the market. This session will feature songs and tunes you probably don't get to perform in church! This class is led by the Oklahoma City Handbell Ensemble.
Reading Session - Sacred – Can't get enough ringing? Come join the fun of reading some of the newest music that is on the market. This session will feature songs and tunes that are perfect for worship. This class is led by the Oklahoma City Handbell Ensemble.
Solo Ringing - Beginning – Have you ever seen a handbell soloist and thought, “I could do that!” Well, you can! Come learn the basic techniques, including drills, notations, music selection, table setup and “presence” in this hands-on class. Fundamental basics such as weaving, displacement and passing will be taught. You will be able to play a simple melody by the end of the class. This class is taught by Linda Krantz.
Solo Ringing - Intermediate – If you’ve played more than a few solos and are ready to take your solo ringing to the next level, this class will focus on rehearsal techniques and performance issues. We will address memorization, mindful (deliberate) practice, and will solve some of those pesky performance issues that always seem to surprise us. At the end of the class you will have learned rehearsal techniques to not only maximize your practice time but also to avoid train wrecks. [Helpful Hint – Take this and the Traveling Four-in-Hand class to have a full “Intermediate Solo Ringing” experience!] This class is taught by Linda Krantz.
Thai Chi & Ergonomic Ringing – This class will help you find your center, channel your energy into positive movement, and keep your muscles and bones in alignment. The quintessential class for all level of ringers (and directors). This class is taught by the Oklahoma City Handbell Ensemble.
Traveling 4-in-Hand – So, you’ve mastered weaving and passing and are enjoying playing solos. What’s next? Traveling 4iH! The perfect melding of weaving and 4iH, this class will teach you the ins and outs of Nancy Hascall’s famed traveling four-in-hand style of solo ringing. You will be able to play a familiar melody utilizing this skill at the end of the class. Take your solo ringing to the next level!! Required Pre-Requisite - a working knowledge of weaving and the ring/knock (push) method of 4iH. This class is taught by Linda Krantz.
un(bell)ievable – Learn new and rarely used handbell and handchime techniques in this 100% hands-on class. A note of caution: you may get wet! This class is taught by the Oklahoma City Handbell Ensemble.
Yay, Technique! – You’ve never been to a handbell technique class like this before. Play some games, goof with toys, and come out a much better ringer for it! Come ready to participate and make some noise as you learn how to ring, damp, bounce, punch, wiggle, and hula hoop your way to expert ringer status. This class is taught by Stevie Berryman.
Helpful Hint: Registrants will receive an e-mail allowing them to download all of the class notes before the workshop. Remember to bring a pencil to class so you can take extra notes!
We have a sample schedule for CORD Festival 2017 below. Remember that everyone gets a full day of ringing and classes on Saturday and a bonus day with extra classes on Friday evening. Two days of handbell ringing and learning for the price of one!
Friday, February 24, 2017
5:00 pm – Registration & Set-up Opens
6:00 pm – Class Session 1 (Group A & B)
7:00 pm – Break/Bonus Shopping Time
7:15 pm – Class Session 2 (Group A & B) | Registration & Set-Up Closes
8:15 pm – Reception for Registrants/Exhibitors/Instructors
9:00 pm – Time to Head Home
Saturday, February 25, 2017
8:00 am – Registration & Set-Up Opens
9:00 am – Massed Session 1 (Group A & B)
9:45 am – Break/Shopping
10:00 am – Class Session 3 (Group A) | Ringing Session 1 (Group B)
11:00 am – Break Shopping
11:15 am – Class Session 4 (Group B) | Ringing Session 2 (Group A)
12:15 pm – Lunch On-Site/Shopping (Group A & B)
1:30 pm – Massed Session 2 (Group A & B)
2:30 pm – Break/Shopping
2:45 pm – Class Session 5 (Group A & B)
3:45 pm – Break/Final Shopping
4:00 pm – Massed Session 3 (Group A & B) | Vendors Close
4:30pm – Break
5:00 pm – Public Concert/Loadout
Registration & Fees
Registration is super simple, and you can start right here! We have different registration fees for this workshop, but they are all based on date – the earlier you register, the more you save.
Early Bird Registration – $30.00 (before 11/01/2016)
Standard Registration – $40.00 (before 01/29/2017)
Late Registration – $50.00 (before 02/19/2017)*
Day of Ticket – $77.50 (on 02/24/17 and 02/25/17)*
What's Included in Registration
-> Friday night bonus classes & reception
-> Saturday classes, tracks, and ringing
-> Lunch on Saturday
-> Access to all of the class notes
-> Shopping time with vendors
-> One door-prize entry with a chance to earn more entries
Refunds requested prior to November 1, 2016, will be processed at 100% value. Refunds requested on/after November 1, 2016, but prior to January 31, 2017, will be processed at 50% value. No refunds will be processed on/after January 31, 2017. No refunds will be issued on site.
Helpful Hint: You'll be asked for a lot of information when you register. You can download this helpful tool to make sure you have everything you need when you register or if you're registering a group.
Helpful Hing: If you're paying with a credit card, please process one registration per transaction. If you're requesting an invoice, please process all registrations in one transaction.
*This registration fee will require attendees to pay the credit card processing fees.
Commemorative Festival T-shirt
We have an amazing commemorative t-shirt design that you can purchase as part of your CORD Festival 2017 registration! With adult sizes Small to 5X, we have a size that is sure to fit everyone.
The cost of each shirt is $20 or $25 depending on the size being purchased. All t-shirts must be purchased with your registration as we are unable to modify your order once it is placed.
Q. Is there an age limit to enter the workshop?
A. This event is open to ringers age 10+. Registrants under the age of 18 must have a parent, legal guardian, or appointed chaperone present. Parent, legal guardian, or appointed chaperone must also register for the event.
Q. How can I pay for my registration?
A. You can securely pay online with a credit or debit card of your choice. You can also choose the invoice option if you would prefer to send in a check.
Q. What are my parking options at the workshop?
A. The facility has plenty of free parking!
Q. What do/don't I need to bring to the event?
A. Please bring all of the equipment you will need for this event – tables (unless renting), foam/pads, covers, handbells, handchimes, mallets, stands, etc. The facility is carpeted throughout; no outside floor mats or carpet squares will be allowed for safety reasons.
Q. Can I buy a commenorative festival t-shirt at the festival?
A. Sadly, we will not have extra commemorative t-shirts for sale at the festival. All t-shirts must be purchased in advance with your registration.
Q. Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
A. To contact the organizer, please click the "Contact" button at the bottom of this page. You may also call 405-757-4643 with questions.
Q. Is my registration transferrable?
A. Your registration is transferable as long as you let us know of the transfer before January 31, 2017. There is a $5 fee for all registration transfers. Any transfer requests on or after January 31, 2017, will be denied.
Q. Can I update my registration information?
A. You certainly can! If you noticed that you misspelled your name or used the wrong e-mail address, please contact the organizers using the button at the bottom, calling 405-757-4643, or updating directly through the registration system. There is no fee for correcting spelling or updating an e-mail address.
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