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Ringing at the Springs


February 15-17, 2019

Join us for our annual
Ringing at the Springs

Evaluation form 2019:

You are invited  to a weekend-long handbell retreat that inspires ringers and directors, rehearses great music under skilled direction, and enhances the bond of fellowship among choirs.




Brian Childers

2019 Ringing at the Springs Clinician

Brian Childers is an accomplished composer, conductor, and clinician. His choral, instrumental, and handbell works are performed throughout the world. He is in demand as a featured clinician at numerous music conferences and workshops across the nation.

Brian received his bachelor of music degree in piano performance from Appalachian State University and the master of divinity degree in church music from the M. Christopher White School of Divinity at Gardner-Webb University. From 2012-2015, he served as Artistic Director of the Queen City Ringers, a Community Handbell Ensemble based in Charlotte, NC. He has served churches throughout North Carolina, building vibrant programs for choirs, handbells and instrumentalists at each. He currently serves as Director of Children and Youth Music at Myers Park United Methodist in Charlotte, NC where he oversees ministry to children and youth and conducts 7 handbell choirs.

Brian is married to Keely Childers, a professional counselor and has two adult children, Hannah and Spencer, both of whom served as drum majors in their respective high school and college marching bands. Brian is an avid runner and a rabid fan of the San Antonio Spurs. Brian’s first book, “Ringing Deeply” a devotional book for directors, ringers, and fans has been received with strong reviews. You can learn more about “Ringing Deeply” and Brian’s compositions at


Registration and Repertoire

Please write checks to Massanetta Springs and mail registration forms to. . .

Massanetta Springs
712 Massanetta Springs Rd
Harrisonburg, VA  22801



The following is a tentative schedule for Ringing at the Springs 2019

Friday February 15
3:00 Registration and setup begins            
6:00 Dinner                        
7:00 Welcome and Orientation           
7:15 Ringing Rehearsal
9:15 Fellowship & Refreshments            
11:30 Quiet Time        

Saturday February 16
8:00 Breakfast                   
8:45 Ringing Rehearsal                
10:15 Break
10:45 Ringing Rehearsal              
12:30 Lunch                       
1:00 Free Time
1:30 Workshop/Class       
2:45 Ringing Rehearsal                
4:00 Break                        
4:15 Ringing Rehearsal                 
6:00 Dinner                       
7:00 Workshop/Class              
8:15 Social Time/Games/Free Time       
11:30 Quiet Time        

Sunday February 17
8:00 Breakfast                    
9:00 Final Rehearsal - all pieces            
10:15 Prepare for worship
10:30 Worship Celebration with Bells        
12:00 Lunch                        

Earlier Event: December 1
Christmas at Massanetta Springs
Later Event: June 20
Middle School Conference