The Arkansas chapter of the Handbell Musicians of America just hosted its 31st state handbell festival at St. James United Methodist Church in Little Rock. 113 ringers from 13 choirs spent a very busy day working under clinician Jason W. Krug to perfect 6 pieces for the afternoon concert. All went well, and everyone was happy (and very tired) following the concert.
Arkansas also held its annual Handbell Olympics for children from 2nd through 7th grades at Second Presbyterian Church in Little Rock on January 30th. Mary Ibis, Associate Director of Music at 2nd Presbyterian, directed 32 children in rehearsal, and board members conducted games during the day to keep it fun. The children presented a concert at the end of the day.