Handbell Conference

Handbell Conference

Registration will open January 2019!

July 21-25, 2019

Exceptional Skilled Leadership, Inspiring Setting, Beautiful Music!

Each summer the beautiful sound 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: William Kyle
  • Past Chair of Handbell Musicians Area 12
  • Clinicians: Sue Coddington-Allen, Tessique Houston, Barbara Walsh, & Shosh Meyer

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.

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


2019 Room and Board Rates

Room Style Rate
Double Occupancy $531
Single Occupancy (limited availability) $735
Cabin (linens included) $478
Commuter $365

  • 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