Our Mission:


This is your chance to join hundreds of handbell enthusiasts from all around the Knoxville area.


Who we are

The Knox Area Handbell Festival (KAHF) had its beginnings in 1996 and is held every year during the spring. Nationally known clinicians lead the festivals. The goal is to provide an educational event in a multi-choir environment. Handbell ringing can bring together, in a unique way, people of all ages, experiences, backgrounds, and interests into one cohesive, musical ensemble. Ringing provides an outlet and a common ground for people who otherwise would not have anything to bring them together.

It’s great if you can bring your whole handbell choir, but if you can only get a few ringers together, that’s okay, too. (In massed ringing, someone is likely doubling or tripling your part already). “Orphan” ringers are always welcome, and we can give you a spot in a handbell choir in advance so that you can be prepared when you arrive. We strive to make our festivals a positive experience for both the advanced ringer and the beginner. Our clinician will lead rehearsals and direct us in a final concert, oftentimes with brass, keyboard or other instruments joining us. It’s a wonderful way to get re-energized and focused on this wonderful musical art.


Our Festival

LOCATION: Grace Lutheran Church, 9076 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville, TN 37923
DATES: April 6 & 7, 2018
CLINICIAN: Nicholas Hanson
COST: $150 per choir or $25 per ringer up to 6 ringers in an ensemble


Our Clinician

Nick Hanson has been serving as the director of handbell ensembles at the Potomac School in McLean, Virginia since 2006, and as the handbell director at Bush Hill Presbyterian Church in Alexandria, Virginia, since 2008. At Potomac, Nick’s duties include teaching instrumental music curriculum to 5th-12th grade students who participate in any of the school’s four handbell ensembles and teaching private handbell lessons. His directing duties at Bush Hill currently involve a teen/adult ensemble.

Nick is a published handbell composer, has served as faculty, clinician, and conductor at handbell events nationally (Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Virginia), and internationally (Hong Kong and Taiwan). He is a member and assistant to the director of the Virginia Bronze Handbell Ensemble. He holds a B.A. degree from Concordia University, Irvine CA as a major in music with concentration in handbells, and is currently he is working toward his Masters in Church Music


Music Selections

General Session pieces

Joyful, Joyful arr. Cynthia Dobrinski (MHP2752) Lvl 3-
O Sacred Head Now Wounded  arr. Jason Krug (MBEHB331) Lvl 3
The Wonder of It All  arr. Bill Ingram (MRP7512)  Lvl 3-
Holy Manna  arr. Nicholas Hanson (MRW8245) Lvl 2
Down By the Riverside  arr Valerie Stephenson (MLC201456L) Lvl 3


Optional Session pieces  (puchase and perform if you wish)

The Little Drummer Boy  arr Joel Raney (MHP2802) Lvl 3+ Percussion and synth
Let All Things Now Living  arr Cathy Moklebust (MCGB170) Lvl 4
All Is Well  arr Joel Raney (MHP2772) Lvl 2 but with required piano and synth.


All pieces can be heard and purchased from Jeffers Handbell Supply, found at www.handbellworld.com


Schedule of Events

Friday April 6
11 am – 4 pm Choirs may set up tables and music
4 pm – 5 pm Reading Session with Nick Hanson
5 pm – 6:45 pm Choirs may set up table and music
7 pm – 9 pm OPENING SESSION: General Music

Saturday April 7
8 am Doors will open for attendees
8:30 am Lite breakfast available
9 am – 10:15 am SESSION: Optional Music
10:15 am – 10:30 am Break
10:30 am – 11:45 am SESSION: General Music
11:45 am – 12:30 pm Lunch
12:30 pm – 2 pm SESSION: General Music
2 pm – 2:15 pm Break
2:15 pm – 3:30 pm SESSION: Optional Music (Note: Clinician may rehearse General Music during this Session)
3:30 pm Set up playing space for concert
4:00 pm CONCERT. The public is invited to this free event.


Festival Registration Form

Contact Phone
Contact Phone

The Rest

KAHF Committee Members

Becky Kidd, Chairman
Les Beaver, Treasurer
Ashley Burell
Deborah Cain
Tim Lett
Erin Shunk


We cannot take online payments at this time, so please send $35 deposit or full amount to the address below. Make your check payable to Knox Area Handbell Festival

Bearden United Methodist Church
c/o Les Beaver
P. O. Box 11065
Knoxville, TN 37939