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Handbell Conference

Handbell Conference

Dates: July 24-28, 2022

Registration for Summer 2022 is now open!!

Register Here


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!


Faculty

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.

Clinician: Tessique Houston

Tessique joined the Zephyr Point Handbell Conference staff in 2002. Tessique holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Nevada, Reno, where her main instrument was flute. She has been ringing handbells since she fell in love with them during her student teaching in 1995. Tessique currently rings with Sonos Handbell Ensemble and Tapestry Ringers and Singers. She is the Director of Handbell Ministries at Walnut Creek UMC, and teaches at various handbell clinics throughout the area. Tessique taught Elementary General Music (K-6) for ten years, and now works part time as a substitute teacher. She is currently the Events Coordinator for Area 12 of The Handbell Musicians of America and a member of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity. In her spare time she enjoys reading, crossword puzzles, and pushing her husband, Brian, off cliffs!

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.

 


Room and Board Rates

Room Style 2022 Rate
Double Occupancy $580
Single Occupancy (limited availability) $840
Commuter $365
Non-Particpant $430

Includes Program Fees and Room/Board

  • 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

COVID-19 Safety Policies and Protocols

Here at Zephyr Point, the health and safety of our guests is always our first priority. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we are committed to crafting inclusive policies that will allow us to open all of our programs for Summer 2022. This requires creativity, logistical effort, and commitment on behalf of both Zephyr Point staff and program participants alike, and we thank you in advance for your commitment to keeping our community safe.

By registering for a Zephyr Point Summer program, you agree to follow the policies and procedures outlined in our Summer 2022 Program Safety Plan (v3). Please be sure to review the policies for the program you will be participating in BEFORE registering. All of the policies in this plan are based on recommendations and directives from the following agencies and organizations: 

  • Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
  • State of Nevada Declarations and Guidance
  • Douglas County Department of Health and Human Services
  • American Camping Association (ACA)

Of course, these guidelines are subject to change as the pandemic shifts, so please plan to check back for revisions of this safety plan between now and the week prior to your scheduled program (the date at the top of the document will indicate the last revision). Any major policy changes will be sent directly to registrants.