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Capital Area Spring Ring


This festival features Level 1 and 2 music for intergenerational, adult, and youth choirs or individual ringers. The festival includes massed ringing sessions to polish the prepared music and two breakout classes led by members of The Raleigh Ringers. The day concludes with a short concert presented by the participants.

Saturday, March 12, 2022

Highland United Methodist Church
1901 Ridge Road
Raleigh, North Carolina, 27607
9:00 am–5:00 pm

Guest Conductor Kerry Johnson

Kerry is Director of Music Ministry at First United Methodist Church in Cary, North Carolina, where he oversees a music ministry of almost 400 people (kindergarten through adult) with over 80 participants in a graded handbell program. Kerry holds a Bachelor of Music in organ performance from Midwestern State University and a joint Master of Sacred Music from Perkins School of Theology/Southern Methodist University.

Kerry has been involved with handbells since 1974, when he borrowed a two-octave set of Petit & Fritsen bells to spur interest in the church he was serving. That started a long association with handbells and bell ringers. Kerry served previously on the AGEHR Area VI board as Arkansas State Chair, and the HMA Area 3 board as North Carolina State Chair, before being elected Area 3 Chair Elect in 2021. He will serve as HMA  Area 3 Chair from 2023 to 2025.

Kerry was the founding director of Ozark Bronze, an auditioned community ensemble in Northwest Arkansas. He has conducted massed ringing at festivals and taught numerous classes at workshops. He is also a composer and arranger, with handbell pieces currently in print with Beckenhorst Press, Lorenz Publishing, and Choristers Guild.


Festive Procession (Johnston) Lorenz 201242L, Level 2
Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming (arr. Page) Alfred MAP46258, Level 2
Joyful, Joyful! (arr. Stevenson) Choristers Guild, MCGB418 [2-3 octave] or MCGB419 [3-5 octave], Level 1+
Let There Be Peace on Earth (arr. Sherman) Hope MHP2210 [2-3 octave] or MHP2402 [3-5 octave], Level 2-

Challenge Song
Rejoice, the Lord Is King (arr. Hurlbutt)
Beckenhorst MBEHB697, Level 2


Family and friends are invited to attend the 4:00 pm concert. Please advise guests to arrive during our break at 3:45 pm to avoid disrupting rehearsals.


$30 per ringer/director


Registration will begin in January 2022

Location Highland United Methodist Church
1901 Ridge Road
Raleigh, North Carolina  27607
Date/Time Saturday, March 12, 2022 9:00 AM