Handbell Conference

Handbell Conference

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August 23-27, 2020

Exceptionally Skilled Leadership, Inspiring Setting, Beautiful Music!

Each summer the beautiful sounds of handbells ring out over Lake Tahoe. Come join old friends and make new ones while learning new skills. Bell ringers at every level of experience are invited. Come with a group, or by yourself. Bring your gloves and a happy smile and be part of a choir making music fit for the angels!

At the Zephyr Point Handbell Conference there are opportunities for ringers of all levels. Each day, participants have the chance to break up into smaller ensembles – the “Mountains” and the “Lakes” – under the exceptional leadership of a skilled team of handbell directors and composers. There is also a slate of additional optional classes for participants to choose from to help them improve in specific ringing skills. Daily mass rehearsals help all ringers prepare for the final rehearsal in which everybody participates making incredible music, all on the majestic and inspiring shores of Lake Tahoe!


Dean and Clinician: William Bryan Kyle

William Bryan Kyle, a handbell ringer and director for more than 25 years is a champion of community handbell ensembles and promoter of handbells in the larger music world.  As a founding member of Velocity Handbell Ensemble, Music Director of both Bay Bells and Bell Appeal, and the first Executive Director of Handbell Ventures, he has focused on innovative presentation as a connection to a broader audience.

As Assistant Music Director at Foothills Congregational Church, UCC he led the handbell program for 13 years and directed the vocal choirs on a regular basis.  He has served as Chair of Area 12, Handbell Musician of America and was their Events Director for six years.

Today, he is the Dean of the Zephyr Point Handbell Conference held on the shores of Lake Tahoe every summer and the Program Director of Campanae Mundi, an impromptu touring festival and ensemble that travels abroad every two years to play concerts where people are not familiar with handbells.

After studying and working for many years in the field of architecture, William is the owner of a wholesale manufacturing and distribution operation specializing in aromatherapy bath and shower products based in Lexington, Kentucky.

Featured Guest Conductor: Rob Meyer-Kukan

Rob Meyer-Kukan is the Interim Director of Choirs at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Ypsilanti, Michigan.  At Emmanuel he directs the Emmanuel Handbells and the Chancel Choir.  He is a lifelong musician and an avid learner.  He has rung handbells with The Detroit Handbell Ensemble, Classical Bells and the Capital City Ringers (Lansing, Michigan).  He has also participated in the Bay View Week of Handbells.  Rob is a Licensed Massage Therapist and incorporates his anatomical knowledge, as well as a focus on healthy musician practices in his work with clients and his music students.  Rob is the owner of the Healthy Musician Institute, LLC in Ann Arbor, Michigan where he is a massage therapist, teaches private music lessons and leads classes and workshops.   Rob holds professional memberships in the Performing Arts Medicine Association, Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals and the Handbell Musicians of America.  He served on the Area 5 Board for the Handbell Musicians of America as Communications Chair, Publications Editor, Social Media Coordinator and Webmaster.  In his spare time he enjoys reading, gardening and practicing yoga.

Clinician: Barb Walsh

Barb Walsh has been ringing handbells since 1985 and conducting bells since 1986.  She doesn’t remember exactly when she first attended Zephyr’s Handbell Conference, but she remembers sleeping on the bunkbeds beneath Dobbins Hall and the waterfall coming down the chimney in the Lakeside Lodge after a very heavy thunderstorm, so that was a long time ago!  Ever since that first time, Barb knew how special the Zephyr Handbell Conference was and has returned almost every year since then, now as part of the handbell staff.

When not at Zephyr, Barb is still involved with handbells.  She is the artistic director/conductor for the high energy community group, Tintabulations, in Reno and is the Northern Nevada/Eastern Sierra Regional Coordinator for the Handbell Musicians of America.

Clinician: Tessique Houston

Tessique joined the Zephyr Bell Conference Staff in 2002, and is so grateful that she did – it is such a joy to work with ringers in such a wonderful setting. She is a certified music teacher who fell in love with handbells while student teaching in 1995. She lives in the Bay Area and is a member of the noted SONOS Handbell Ensemble, is Past Chair for Area 12 of The Handbell Musicians of America, directs the Chancel Handbell Choir at Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church, and is the Director of Handbell Ministries at Walnut Creek UMC. She also plays the flute and piccolo.

Clinician: Shosh Meyer

Shosh Meyer was added to the Zephyr Staff in 2010.  She enjoys working at Zephyr because it exemplifies a great summer musical adventure (in the middle of paradise!) that mentors to the wide range of ringing abilities of the eager conference attendees.  Faculty members are committed to reaching out to participants to make this the best experience for each and every ringer; their aim is to “leave no ringer behind.”  Shosh has worked with handbells since 1975. She is one of those bell directors who came up through the ranks, spending a short time as a ringer and then jumping into the role of director. In those 44 years she has taught workshops and classes, and held positions with the Handbell Musicians of America (formerly AGEHR) and Area 10 of HMA.  Presently she directs five handbell ensembles (3rd grade through seniors) at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Beaverton, Oregon.

Dates for 2021 are July 25-29


2020 Room and Board Rates

Room Style Rate
Double Occupancy $531
Single Occupancy (limited availability) $735
Cabin (linens included) $478 Please call for availability ext. 107
Commuter $365
Non-Particpant $380

  • Includes Sunday dinner through Thursday breakfast
  • Non-refundable/non-transferable deposit due with registration: $100 per adult
  • Balance and Registration due 14 days before event start date