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: March 27 & 28, 2020
CLINICIAN: Stevie Berryman
COST: $150 per choir or $25 per ringer up to 6 ringers in an ensemble


Our Clinician


Stephanie “Stevie”

Artistic Director, Houston Chamber Ringers

Stevie Berryman is astonishingly good at the game Boggle. She can fold a fitted sheet so it looks like it came right out of the package. Likewise, her skills as music director and teacher have also been acquired through long hours of arduous and dedicated practice. For much of her career Stevie has directed seven or more ensembles each week, meaning she has 98 years of experience (in dog years). Her effusive energy and wild creativity found a perfect setting in 2013 when she became the Artistic Director of the Houston Chamber Ringers, which has let her smash together her love for music, laughter, and tacos in a truly remarkable way. She has a particular passion for teaching children how to ring, and her innovative methods have made her a sought after educator at area and national handbell festivals. Stevie serves as the handbell director at First Congregational Church Houston, and loves helping other choirs as a private clinician or planning epic concerts for them as a creative consultant. She and her husband Paul are co-owners of Truly Horrible Things, a snarky card game company, even though her mother always told her that no one would ever pay her to be sarcastic.


Music Selections

General Session pieces


Optional Session pieces  (puRchase and perform if you wish)


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


Schedule of Events

Friday March 27
11 am – 3:30 pm Choirs may set up tables and music
4 pm – 5 pm Reading Session with Stephanie Rhoades
5 pm – 6:45 pm Choirs may set up table and music
7 pm – 9 pm OPENING SESSION: Massed Music

Saturday March 28
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: Massed Music
11:45 am – 12:30 pm Lunch
12:30 pm – 2 pm SESSION: Massed Music
2 pm – 2:15 pm Break
2:15 pm – 3:30 pm SESSION: Optional Music (Note: Clinician may rehearse Massed 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

COST: $150 per choir or $25 per ringer up to 6 ringers in an ensemble. Payment information is below form.

Contact Phone
Contact Phone


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.


Choirs will need to provide their own tables and pads.

Knoxville Area Handbell Festival
c/o Les Beaver
5505 Timbercrest Trail
Knoxville, TN 37909


Overtones (The Extra Stuff)

Optional Lunch ($7.50)

Chicken salad sandwich on whole grain white bread (chicken, dill, mayonnaise, salt, pepper, finely diced celery)

Fruit salad (no dressing, seasonal fruit such as grapes, apples, pineapple, blueberries and strawberries)

Choice of chips

Cupcake, vanilla or chocolate with buttercream icing (NOT gluten-free, and they contain eggs and dairy, no cream cheese)

Assorted sodas and water available

Gluten-free offering:   Chicken salad on lettuce, Fruit

Vegetarian:        Pimento cheese on whole grain white bread, Fruit

No vegan offering except for fruit.

KAHF Committee Members

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