November 6-7, 2015
Texas Baptist Handbell Festivals offer an opportunity for youth and adult bell choirs from around the state to come together in a mass choir setting. Emphasis is placed on music preparation, skill development and the use of handbells in ministry and worship. The festival concludes on Saturday afternoon with a public concert featuring massed ringing.
Shearer Hills Baptist Church
12615 San Pedro Road
San Antonio, Texas 78216
Shearer Hills Baptist Church is located at 12615 San Pedro Road in North Central San Antonio. The church campus on San Pedro (also known as Hwy 281) is located between Nakoma and Bitters, more specifically between Interpark Parkway and North Loop Road on the West side of 281.
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Starts Friday at 6:00 pm and ends Saturday at 1:00 pm.
Friday, November 6
2:30pm – Begin Registration/Set Up
6:00 – Welcome/Introduction
6:15 – Rehearsal
7:30 – Fiesta of Snacks & Fellowship
8:00 – Rehearsal
9:00 – Dismiss
Saturday, November 7
8:15am – Devotional
8:30 – Reading Session
9:30 – Rehearsal
10:30 – Snack Break
11:00 – Rehearsal
12:15pm – Break
12:30 – Concert
1:00 – Dismiss
Click here to download a copy of the schedule.
Tammy Waldrop is a graduate of Baylor University with both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Music Theory with an emphasis in Composition. Tammy has been writing and arranging for handbells and vocal choirs since 1980, placing over 350+ publications with 19 publishers. She has held music editor positions at Word music, Ring Out! Press, and Alfred Music Publishing and has served numerous churches in various denominations. She is a frequent clinician/director for workshops, music weeks and festivals across the country. She is currently Musical Director for the Community Handbell Ensemble, Strikepoint of Texas.
Tammy enjoys vegetable and herb gardening and writing children’s fiction. She resides in New Caney, Texas with her husband, Emanuel Hollander and two Eskie canines – Gretel and Johann Sebastian Bark (aka Hanzie).
Handbells and Tables
Each choir is responsible for furnishing their own bells, tables, covers, foam, etc. 8’ Tables are available to rent at $12 per table if desired and will be ready for your choir on arrival. Rental tables must be requested and paid for at the time of registration.
GOSPEL RAGS – Lorenz Music – 20/1822 L
Arr. Tammy Waldrop
3 or 5 octaves – Level 3
I LOVE THEE – Soundforth – 20/1844 SF
Arr. Tammy Waldrop
3, 4, or 5 octaves – Level 2
JOY TO THE WORLD – Agape Music – HP 2532
Arr. Cynthia Dobrinski
3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 octaves – Level 3
Thanksgiving or General
O WORSHIP THE KING – Lorenz Music – 20/1641 L
Arr. Sandra Eithun
3, 4, 5 or 6 octaves – Level 2
Praise and Worship
10,000 REASONS (Bless the Lord) – Ring Praise Publications – RP 7522
Arr. Bill Ingram
3, 4 or 5 octaves – Level 2
It is each director’s responsibility to order the music for their choir and bring it with them to the festival. No extra music will be available at the event.
Available from Jeffers Handbell Supply.
Ask for the “Fiesta Ring Handbell Festival Discount” when placing your order. No discounts can be given after music is ordered and invoiced. To order, call (800) 547-2355.
San Antonio, Texas 78230
All rooms have a sleeper sofa in the living area Check-in time is 4:00 pm; check-out time is 12:00 pm. Complimentary Breakfast for everyone in the room is included in the room rate. Each church is responsible for making and paying for their reservation from the room block. Each church is also responsible for providing Tax Exempt Certificates from their church. To reserve your hotel space call (210) 340-5421 and be sure to ask for the Music and Worship Team/Baptist General Convention of Texas room block, or
click here and register online.
Current rates are $119 + tax for King Room $109 + tax for Double Room.
Please note: this is a different Embassy Suites than we have used for the past few years. Deadline for reservations is October 10, 2015 or when the block is filled.
The cost of registration is $30 per person, if registering by October 16, 2015. The cost of registration is $45 per person after October 16, 2015. No refunds will be given after October 28, 2015 .
Registration also included snacks on Friday evening and Saturday morning.
karen.witcher [at] texasbaptists.org