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June 2-5, 2022  |  Raleigh, NC  |  Dr. William Payn, Conductor

This unique three-and-a-half-day performance event for advanced handbell ringers combines the opportunity to work with Dr. William Payn with a final performance during a concert on a stage at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh, sharing the stage with The Raleigh Ringers.

The next event will be in 2024, and we will hold the event every other year in the even years. 

Registration Fee – $440

The registration fee includes:
  • Three and a half days of event activities, including three days of rehearsals/performance with Dr. Payn.
  • All event meals (Thursday dinner, Friday lunch & dinner, Saturday lunch & dinner, Sunday lunch) Note: Participants staying at the preferred hotel will also receive complimentary breakfast.
  • Snacks and refreshments at breaks.
  • Transportation to/from airport and all transportation during the event if staying at the preferred hotel. You will not need to rent a car!
Registration does NOT include:
  • Transportation to Raleigh.
  • Hotel accommodations.
  • Music
  • Performance attire for the final concert.

Scholarship – NEW!

We have established a scholarship program for those whose financial situation might keep them from applying for Virtuoso. Scholarship applications will be reviewed by an independent committee, and all information is kept confidential from the Virtuoso selection committee until after participants have been identified for Virtuoso 2022. When offered a position, participants will be advised as to any scholarship available.
Applications for scholarships will begin September 2.

Application/Audition Process (open through December 1, 2021)


ALL Participants Must Submit:

First-time Participants Must Also Submit:

  • Recommendation Forms: Two (or more) recommendation forms must be completed by someone who has directed you or observed your ringing within the past 5 years. Persons recommending you should complete the form online:             Available here.
  • Performance video:
  • Submit a five-minute video (two different passages of two-three minutes each) of you ringing with a full choir in rehearsal, performance, or worship within the last 3 years. We cannot accept a solo or ensemble video. 
  • Make sure you can be seen ringing, preferably in a setting with no more than three rows of ringers.  
  • Please identify which ringer you are, using any distinguishing characteristics like hair, clothing, or position. (example: I am the third from the left with the green shirt) 
  • Submit a hard copy of a single five-minute video OR share your single five-minute video from an online source (YouTube, Vimeo, etc) with
    • We will NOT edit or fast forward any videos. The first five minutes of the video you submit will be what is reviewed by the selection committee, so ensure that your five-minute-long video includes 2-3 minutes of two different passages that show you ringing.
    • Video posted and shared online MUST remain active through February 1, 2022.
    • Hard copies of videos should be sent to:  The Raleigh Ringers, Attn: Virtuoso Video, 8516 Sleepy Creek Drive, Raleigh, NC 27613. 
If you have any questions about the audition process, please email

Event Details



Participants may stay wherever they would like; however, the preferred hotel provides a discount for event attendees and includes complimentary breakfast. All the transportation for the weekend will be provided to participants staying at the preferred hotel. We can also assist with roommate matching for participants who stay at the event hotel.

Event Schedule

The event begins on Thursday, June 2 at 4:00pm and goes through Sunday afternoon’s performance (ending at roughly 6:30pm). All rehearsals are mandatory and will be held at Raleigh Ringer 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.

Event Preparation

Upon acceptance, participants are expected to acquire the music and learn their ringing position, working with their stand partner, choir “double,” and section leader. 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.

Performance Attire

Performance attire for the final concert is supplied by each ringer. 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.