Adult Handbell Festivals

Adult Handbell Festivals
February 24-25, 2017

EAST: Brian Childers, Guest Director
            location to be determined

WEST: Bob Burroughs, Guest Director
            at The LeGrand Center, Shelby, NC

Registration is scheduled to open July 1, 2017. If your choir is NOT a past attendee from the last several years and you would like to be notified when registration is open, please email 

A list of music to order for 2017, along with a Schedule, will be provided in the Downloads section at the bottom of this page by July 1 if not sooner. The directors for the 2017 festivals are Brian Childers (East) and Bob Burroughs (West). Bios for the directors will also be made available under Downloads.

Hotels: Please check back later for hotel information.

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

The NC Baptist Adult Handbell Festivals offer a unique experience for handbell choirs. NC 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 February 3, 2017, or until space is filled. Our West festival is often very popular; there have been years when space was completely filled within three weeks of registration opening. Fees are nonrefundable after February 10, 2017, unless festival is canceled by Worship & Music.

Once registration opens on July 1, 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.

$250 per BSCNC affiliated church
$300 per non-affiliated church or group
$40 for individual registrant

To get an idea of what one of our handbell festivals is like, please see the schedule and music list from 2016 below. 

More Information

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

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