Adult Handbell Festivals

Adult Handbell Festivals

WEST: February 24-25, 2017
           Brian Childers, Guest Director 
           at The LeGrand Center, Shelby, NC

EAST: March 24-25, 2017
           Brian Childers, Guest Director
           Winter Park Baptist, Wilmington, NC

Registration is open! For future reference, if your choir is NOT a past attendee from the last several years and you would like to be notified when registration is open next year (normally July 1), please email 

A schedule and a list of music to order for 2017 is in the Downloads section at the bottom of this page. The director for the 2017 festivals is Brian Childers. Brian's bio is available under Downloads at the bottom of this page.

Hotels: When you register for this event, you will receive an auto-confirmation email with the codes to mention to the hotels to get the special rates mentioned below:

WEST Festival Hotel info: The cut-off date for these rates is Feb. 10. 
--Holiday Inn Express Shelby, 2001-A E. Dixon Blvd., Shelby, 704-480-0881, $105 plus tax
--Comfort Inn, 2012 E. Marion St., Shelby, NC, 704-482-5666, $79 plus tax
--Hampton Inn & Suites Shelby, 2001-B E. Dixon Blvd., Shelby, 704-487-2800, $115 plus tax

EAST Festival Hotel info: The cut-off date for these rates is February 20.
--Best Western Plus University Inn 3-star hotel, 5345 Market St., Wilmington, 910-799-4292, $74/$79 plus tax
--Holiday Inn Express & Suites Wilmington-University Center, 160 Van Campen Blvd., 910-392-3227, $89 plus tax

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 for the WEST Festival, and March 10, 2017 for the EAST Festival, unless festival is canceled by Worship & Music.

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, PO Box 1107, Cary, NC 27512-1107.

$250 per BSCNC affiliated church
$300 per non-affiliated church or group
$25 for individual registrant

To get an idea of what one of our handbell festivals is like, please see the schedule below. 

More Information

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

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