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Conductor: Dr. William Payn
May 31-June 2, 2019
Raleigh, North Carolina

What is Virtuoso?
Virtuoso is a three-day performance event for advanced handbell ringers sponsored by The Raleigh Ringers. Participants, chosen through an audition process, will work with and perform under the direction of Dr. William Payn. The event culminates with a concert on the stage at the Meymandi concert hall, sharing the stage with The Raleigh Ringers. Two 5-7 octave ensembles (29 ringers) are chosen for each event.
Audition Process
Registration begins August 1, 2018 and ends December 1, 2018. Please contact to alert us of your interest and begin the process.
Prospective participants will need to submit:
  • an application
  • a minimum of two ringing references
  • video showing their performance within a full choir.  Note: Virtuoso alumni are not required to submit a video.
Registration Fee – $395
The registration fee includes:
  • two days of rehearsals with Dr. Payn
  • Five meals (Friday lunch & dinner, Saturday lunch & dinner, Sunday lunch)
  • All transportation if staying at the recommended event hotel. You will not need to rent a car!
The registration fee does NOT include:
  • Transportation to Raleigh
  • Hotel room (if needed)
  • Music
  • Professional performance attire for the final concert. (For men – black tux, white shirt, black bow tie, black shoes & socks, black gloves.  For women – black pants or long skirt, black top with approved neckline, black shoes, black gloves)
Participants may stay wherever they would like; however, the recommended hotel provides a discount for event attendees and provides free breakfast. All the transportation for the weekend will be provided (to rehearsals, meals, performance venue, and airport) if participants stay at the recommended hotel.  We can also assist with roommate matching for participants who stay at the event hotel.
All rehearsals will be held at Raleigh Ringers Central, in Raleigh, North Carolina.   All equipment will be provided, along with snacks and refreshments. Participants will provide their own gloves and anything else they require for rehearsal.
Participant Responsibilities Before the Event
Upon acceptance, participants will need to acquire the music and learn their ringing position. Group rehearsal time is to fine-tune the songs, NOT to learn the music. Ringing positions will be assigned after acceptance into the ensemble. Music will need to be shared with a stand partner for rehearsals and the performance. Contact information for stand partners will be provided after acceptance to the event.