Our Mission:

Ring.

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

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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 Clinician

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Stephanie Rhoades

Stephanie Rhoades is Minister of Music and the Arts at Northaven UMC in Dallas and Conductor and Artistic Director of Concert Bells of Fort Worth.  With a reputation as an effective and engaging teacher, she has been a clinician and guest conductor for numerous workshops and festivals, including the Presbyterian Worship and Music conferences at Mo-Ranch and Montreat, Music & Worship Arts Week at Lake Junaluska, Handbell Musicians of America National Seminar, and the Greater Dallas Handbell Association Spring Festival.  She has a long history of serving on local and area boards including serving as an At-Large Member to the National Board of the Handbell Musicians of America. She was recently named conductor of Distinctly Bronze East in the fall of 2019. An accomplished ringer, she was a member of the acclaimed Dallas Handbell Ensemble, directed by David R. Davidson, and has participated in Distinctly Bronze (East and West) and several Advanced Seminar Choirs.

A graduate of Perkins School of Theology at SMU, Ms. Rhoades earned her Master of Sacred Music degree in choral conducting shortly after earning her undergraduate degree in music from Yale University. Her parents, both music teachers (retired), encouraged her to play the violin and trumpet in addition to singing, ringing, and dancing. Her non-musical interests include training for sprint triathlons and cycling.

 

Overtones (The Extra Stuff)

KAHF Committee Members

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