August 23-27, 2020 Cancelled
We are looking forward to ringing on July 25-29, 2021. Registration for this retreat TBD.
“The Journey Home”
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: Tessique Houston
Tessique joined the Zephyr Bell Conference Staff in 2002. She 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 directs the Chancel Handbell Choir at Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church, 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 also the Past-Chair 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.
Clinician: Sue Coddington-Allen
Clinician: Gretchen Rauch
Dates for 2021 are July 25-29
2020 Room and Board Rates
|Single Occupancy (limited availability)||$735|
|Cabin (linens included)||$478 Please call for availability ext. 107|
- 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