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 event is held every other year in the even years.
The application/audition process will open late summer of 2023 for the 2024 event.
Once received, application forms, recommendation forms, performance videos, and past performance (alumni only) are reviewed by the selection committee. The selection committee will then meet to select the ringers, and applicants will be notified. At that time, payment will be due to secure the ringers spot.
ALL Participants Must Submit:
- Application & Ringing Position Preference Form
First-time Participants Must Also Submit:
- Recommendation Forms
- Performance Video
The registration cost for the 2022 event was $440. The cost for 2024 will be announced before the application process begins, however we try our best to keep cost increases minimal.
The event fee includes:
- Three and a half days of event activities, including three days of rehearsals/performance with Dr. Payn.
- All lunches and dinners (Thursday dinner through 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.
- Performance attire for the final concert.
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. When offered a position, participants will be advised as to any scholarship available.
Applications for scholarships will begin September 2, 2023.
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|2||Barnard||Anne Barnard||Seattle, WA||X|
|3||Barnett||Patrick Barnett||Augusta, GA||X|
|4||Blanton||Michael Blanton||Charleston, SC||X|
|5||Blauch||Laura Blauch||Mooresville, NC||X||X||X|
|6||Boswell||Chris Boswell||Rochester, MN||X||X|
|7||Brown||David Brown||Raleigh, NC||X||X||X||X||X|
|8||Carter||Jay Carter||New Bern, NC||X||X|
|9||Carter||Cameron Carter||Arlington, VA||X|
|10||Cerullo||Rachel Cerullo||North Chelmsford, MA||X|
|11||Chico||Katherine Lamb Chico||Land O Lakes, FL||X|
|12||Christopherson||Brian Christopherson||Plano, TX||X|
|13||Christopherson||Jeanne Christopherson||Plano, TX||X|
|14||Clayton||Allison Clayton||Summerville, SC||X|
|15||Collett||Linda Collett||Orchard Park, NY||X|
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|17||Dougherty||Michael Dougherty||High Point, NC||X|
|18||Dundzilla||Mya Dundzila||Eliot, ME||X||X||X|
|19||Eastburn||Karen Eastburn||Plano, TX||X|
|20||Ellison||Linda Ellison||Katy, TX||X|
|21||Ethridge||Robin Ethridge||Seattle, WA||X||X||X||X||X|
|22||Fenton||Lori Fenton||Des Moines, IA||X||X||X||X|
|23||Fitzgerald||Josh Fitzgerald||Arlington, TX||X|
|24||Fox-Roberts||Christine Fox-Roberts||Rehoboth Beach, DE||X||X||X|
|25||Gaines||Meredith Gaines||Spring, TX||X|
|26||Gregory||Teri Gregory||Gambrills, MD||X|
|27||Handy||Mike Handy||Sanford, NC||X|
|28||Hanson||Genevieve Hanson||Falls Church, VA||X||X|
|29||Hicks||Wayne Hicks||Carrollton, VA||X||X||X||X|
|30||Johnson||Malia Anderson Johnson||Woodinville, WA||X|
|31||Jurado||Kathryn Jurado||Seffner, FL||X||X|
|32||Keisler||Allison Keisler||Sherrills Ford, NC||X|
|33||Kennedy||Sarah Kennedy||McLean, VA||X||X||X||X||X|
|34||Kindraka||Nancy Kindraka||Farmington Hills, MI||X||X||X||X||X|
|35||Knoy||Ashley Knoy||Charlotte, NC||X|
|36||Kohler||Emlee Kohler||Hancock, NH||X|
|37||Kunz||Ryan Kunz||Centerville, UT||X|
|38||Lamb||Mike Lamb||Jupiter, FL||X||X||X||X|
|39||Lamb||Tami Lamb||Jupiter, FL||X||X|
|40||Latshaw||Pat Latshaw||Prairie Village, KS||X|
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|42||Lewis||Leslie Lewis||Gastonia, NC||X||X||X|
|43||Lyons||Danny Lyons||Pensacola, FL||X||X|
|44||Marotta||Hillary Marotta||Hummelstown, PA||X|
|45||Mason||Glenda Mason||King George, VA||X||X|
|46||Mills||Lisa Mills||Blue Springs, MS||X|
|47||Minnotte||Linda Minnotte||Pittsburgh, PA||X||X||X|
|48||Murphy||Marcia Murphy||Glenmoore, PA||X||X||X||X||X|
|49||Murphy||David Murphy||Chapel Hill, NC||X||X|
|50||Murray||Jennifer Murray||Mastic, NY||X|
|51||Myers||Betty Myers||Columbia, SC||X|
|52||Nance||Bryce Nance||Reno, NV||X|
|53||Nance||Derek Nance||Reno, NV||X|
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|56||Quick||Kevin Quick||Allen, TX||X|
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|68||Underwood||Fran Underwood||Burke, VA||X|
|69||Vandagriff||Dena Vandagriff||Fairfax, VA||X|
|70||Vangolen||Jennifer Vangolen||Seattle, WA||X||X||X|
|71||Vaquilar||Julie Vaquilar||San Francisco, CA||X||X||X|
|72||Wilkie||Vanessa Wilkie||Edmonds, WA||X||X||X|
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.
Participants may stay wherever they would like; however, the preferred hotel provides a discount for event attendees and includes complimentary breakfast. We can also assist with roommate matching for participants who stay at the event hotel.
All the transportation for the weekend, including airport shuttles, will be provided to participants staying at the preferred hotel.
The registration fee includes all lunches and dinners during the event (Thursday dinner through Sunday lunch). The preferred hotel includes complimentary breakfast. Water and light snacks are also included during rehearsals.
The event begins on Thursday 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. Participants will provide their own gloves, music, and anything else they require for rehearsal.
Performance attire for the final concert is supplied by each participant. For men – black tux, white shirt, black bow tie, black shoes and socks, and black gloves. For women – black pants or long skirt, black top with long or 3/4 length sleeves and approved neckline, black shoes, and black gloves.
"The music was beautiful, the entertainment hilarious, and the whole experience was wonderfully worthwhile. We loved it so much we tried to get a flight changed to come hear your concert again!"
- Anonymous Fan
“What skill and diversity of music! I could have listened another three hours! Thank you for the inspiration and entertainment!”
- Anonymous Fan
“I never would have thought I'd want to go to a handbell concert, but when I heard handbell rock ’n’ roll on the radio, I told my friends, ‘We're going!’ And it was just great.”
- Anonymous Fan
"The Raleigh Ringers are the best handbell ensemble on the globe!!!!”
Minister of Music and Composer
“Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!! They never cease to amaze me. Their playing is so musical, their technique impeccable.”
Cleveland Area, Ohio
"Thank you all for being ambassadors of superb musicianship, amazing technique, and sharing the joy of doing something you love, which is contagious.”
Assistant to Director of Music Ministries
National Presbyterian Church, Washington, D.C.
“The Raleigh Ringers are truly a wonderful instrument. It is a joy to watch how precisely they respond to director David Harris' musical goals, and how audiences respond as well. This group has definitely attained 'handbell superstar' status.”
Sonos Handbell Ensemble
San Francisco, CA
“The best part was, in spite of all the amazing things that they can do with bells – the bass ringer assignments, flawless technique, and all of those kind of things – the best part was that it was musical. I simply enjoyed the music.”
Associate Director of Music and Organist
First United Methodist Church of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
“...I did not know how good 'good' is in bell ringing until I heard you. It was simply superb, and you must have known that from the unusually enthusiastic response from the audience.”
Chautauqua, New York