2023 YOUTH FESTIVAL
November 10-11, 2023
Epiphany Lutheran Church
1400 Horsepen Rd
Richmond, VA 23226
Blaine Russell, Clinician
Music is to be purchased and learned in advance.
Angels and the Shepherds
(arr. Jason Krug)
3-6 octaves / Level 2+
3-5 octaves / Level 3
Christ Is Alive! Let Christians Sing
(arr. Cathy Moklebust)
CGB876—2-3 octaves / Level 2
CGB877—3-5 octaves / Level 2
Fantasy on Kingsfold
(arr. H. Dean Wagner)
3-6 octaves / Level 2+
Toccata on King’s Weston
(arr. Matthew Compton)
3-6 octaves / Level 3+
**HMA Membership is required**
Ringing Youth / Director / Chaperone—Early Bird – $70 (postmarked / entered online by 9/22/23)
Ringing Youth / Director / Chaperone – $95 (postmarked / entered online 9/23/23 and by 10/20/23)
Non-Ringing Chaperone – $10 (postmarked / entered online by 10/20/23)
HMA Membership – add $95 (optional) If you choose to join or need to renew
By October 20, 2023 all but $25 of the base ticket fee can be refunded.
October 21, 2023 or later, NO refunds for any reason (including medical or family reasons).
**EVENTBRITE FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE**
There is not an official festival hotel. Here are some suggestions:
Hampton Inn & Suites (Richmond / Glenside)
5406 Glenside Dr / Richmond, VA 23228
Holiday Inn Express (Richmond / Midtown)
2000 Staples Mill Rd / Richmond, VA 23230
Home2 Suites (Richmond Glenside)
2915 Emerywood Pkwy / Richmond, VA 23294
Residence Inn (Midtown / Glenside)
5416 Glenside Dr / Richmond, VA 23228
No meals are included.
There are plenty of restaurants nearby if you would like to leave campus.
You are also welcome to bring food to the venue to eat on site.
For those not wanting to leave campus, there will be an option to purchase a lunch for members of your group.
Lunch will include 2 slices of pizza (pepperoni or cheese), chips (or similar), dessert and a drink.
By registering for an Area 3 event, you give permission to use pictures from the event on the Area 3 website,
in the Area Historian’s Photo Album, and in future publications. Individuals will NOT be identified or pictured in potentially embarrassing situations.
Parents who do NOT wish to have their minor child(ren) included in pictures must complete the Area 3
Photography Form for Minors and return it with their registration.
(This form is available as a pdf below.)
Sarah Sheffield, Coordinator of Events
(704) 779-7359 (call or text)
About the Clinician, Blaine Russell
Blaine Russell has served as the Director of Music at Fletcher United Methodist Church in Fletcher, NC since 2013, where he directs the Chancel Choir and Memorial Handbell Choir.
He is a graduate of High Point University (B.A. Voice) and Shenandoah Conservatory (M.M. Church Music). In addition to his church responsibilities, Blaine is also the Director of the Blue Ridge Ringers, an advanced auditioned community handbell ensemble based in Hendersonville, NC.
He is currently serving as the North Carolina State Chair for Area 3 of the Handbell Musicians of America.
Blaine has performed as a singer and conductor at venues such as Carnegie Hall, the National Cathedral, the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, and Cadogan Hall in London.
When not doing something musical, Blaine enjoys watching sports, hiking, and spending time with his wife of 12 years, Christina, and the family cat Allegro.
4:00 PM—7:00 PM Registration and Setup
7:00 PM—7:15 PM Welcome and Announcements
7:15 PM—7:45 PM Sight Reading Session
7:45 PM—8:50 PM Rehearsal
8:50 PM—9:00 PM Challenge Piece Groups Break/Everyone else dismissed
9:00 PM—9:30 PM Challenge Piece Rehearsal
8:30 AM—9:30 AM Rehearsal
9:40 AM—10:20 AM Classes
10:30 AM—11:30 AM Rehearsal
11:30 AM—1:00 PM Lunch (on your own)
1:00 PM—1:30 PM Challenge Piece Rehearsal/Group Activity (for those not ringing Challenge Piece)
1:40 PM—2:20 PM Classes
2:30 PM—3:00 PM Rehearsal
3:10 PM—3:50 PM Classes
4:00 PM—4:45 PM Rehearsal
4:45 PM—5:00 PM Break
5:00 PM—5:30 PM Closing Concert