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Capital Area Spring Ring

March 11, 2023   |   9:00 am-5:00 pm

March 11, 2023

Highland United Methodist Church  |  Raleigh, NC | 9 AM-5 PM

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.

Guest Conductor Michael Helman

Michael is the Director of Music/Organist at Faith Presbyterian Church in Cape Coral, Florida, where he directs the adult vocal choirs, conducts a graded handbell program for children through adults, and coordinates the church’s Concert Series.

Michael did his undergraduate work in organ performance at Lebanon Valley College and did graduate work in Music History and Literature at West Chester University. He is an active composer of handbell, organ, and choral music with well over 140 pieces in print. Michael has also won nine composition contests including the 1997, 1998, and 2000 AGEHR National Composition Contests.

Michael is in demand as a handbell festival director and clinician all over the country. He is a past Dean of the Delaware Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and has served on the Board of Area III of the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers as Delaware State Chair, Chairman Elect, and Chairman. In the fall of 2000, he founded the Wilmington Handbell Ensemble, and in 2009 he founded the Southwest Florida Handbell Ensemble. The Lebanon Valley College Alumni Associate awarded Michael the 2009 outstanding alumni in creative achievement.

Health and Safety Precautions


The event will be following masking requirements set forth by city, county, state, and federal regulations. Masks may be worn by any attendee who wishes to do so for their comfort.

Social Distancing

While we are not social distancing for the event setup, we ask that when possible during breaks, etc, you keep safe distancing precautions in mind.

After the Event

Should you or a member of your group test positive for COVID-19 within 7 days of the event, please notify The Raleigh Ringers so that all attendees can be notified and take appropriate precautions. All names will remain confidential.


Soliloquy from Second Suite for Handbells (Helman), Jeffers MAG23016, Level 2
Unending Praise (Helman), Jeffers MLC201990L (3-5 octave) or MLC201991L (2-3 octave), Level 2
Twas in the Moon of Wintertime (Howland), Jeffers MCP7087, Level 1+
Clocks (Richards), Jeffers MHP2569, Level 3-

Challenge Song
Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing (arr Eithun), Jeffers MHP2801, Level 2+


$30 per ringer/director if registered before March 1
$35 per ringer/director if registered March 1 or after
$10 for non-ringing chaperones




If you or a member of your group cannot comply with the mask requirement, or is not able to attend due to displaying symptoms of COVID-19, we are offering refunds on the following schedule:
Before November 1 – Registration Minus $5/Person (administrative fee)
November 1-November 5 – Registration Minus $15/Person (administrative fee plus expenses incurred)


Highland United Methodist Church

1901 Ridge Road
Raleigh, NC 27607

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