Lowcountry Handbell Festival

March 6-7, 2020


 Stephanie “Stevie” Berryman

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.



All music should be purchased and learned ahead of the workshop. These selections can be ordered from Jeffers Handbell Supply or any other music distributor. No photo copies.


Triumphant Spirit – Nicholas A. Hanson, Choristers Guild, CGB841 or CGB842

Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen/arr. Joel Raney, Hope Publishing, 2674

Workshop Schedule




  Friday, March 6:

6:30 - 7:30 PM  Registration and set-up 

7:30 - 8:30 PM  Reading Session

8:30 - 9:00 PM Challenge Piece Rehearsal

Saturday, March 7:

7:30 - 8:30 AM  Registration and set-up 

8:30  AM  Welcome

8:45 - 10:00   AM  Mass Rehearsal

10:00 -10:15 AM  Break

10:15 -11:30  AM  Mass rehearsal 

11:30 - Noon - Challenge Piece rehearsal

11:30 -12:30  PM  Lunch

12:30 - 2:00 PM  Mass Rehearsal

 2:00 - 2:30 PM  Break

 2:30 - 3:30  PM  Dress Rehearsal

 4:00  PM  Final Concert

Workshop Details

Massed Ringing


An opportunity to polish our pieces under Stevie's direction. We will also learn many valuable ideas about improving our ringing skills in Stevie's fun and exciting teaching.

No Classes this year!


Even though there will be no classes this year, there will be plenty of opportunities to learn.  Stevie is noted for her ability to teach skills in a fabulous and fun way! She has taught numerous classes at Handbell Musicians of America National Seminars, Houston area workshops and other venues.  She is the Artistic director of the Houston Chamber Ringers and also works with church handbell groups.  

Alternate format for 2020


This year we have decided to work in a "Festival" format rather than a "Workshop" format. Even though there will not be the 2 levels of music, there will still be 4 selections ranging from Level 2 - 3+. - 2 - 6 octaves. There will also be a "Challenge Piece" for those who want to work a little harder!

Tentative Schedule

Friday, March 6, 2020

6:30 - 7:15 PM -Registration and Set-Up

7:15 - 7:30 PM - Welcome and Announcements

7:30 - 8:30 PM- Reading Session

8:30 - 9:00 PM - Challenge Piece Rehearsal

Saturday, March 7, 2020

7:30 - 8:15 AM - Registration and Set Up

8:15 - 8:30 AM - Welcome and Announcements

8:30 - 10:00 AM - Mass Rehearsal

10:00 - 10:15 - Break

10:15 - 11:30 AM - Mass Rehearsal

11:30  - Noon - Challenge Piece Rehearsal

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Lunch

12:30 - 1:45 PM- Mass Rehearsal

1:45 - 2:00 PM - Break

2:00 - 3:15 PM - Dress Rehearsal

3:30 PM - Concert

On-Site Workshops

Palmetto Bronze will construct a workshop especially for your group

Are you just starting out and need some help? Do you need special help on certain techniques? Want to jump start your season? An on-site workshop tailored to your needs might be just what you are looking for. Fees depend on length of workshop and number of Palmetto Bronze ringers needed to do the workshop.

What we can do with your group

Techniques, musicality, bell changes, sight reading skills, mallets, 4 in hand/Shelley (beginning or advanced), bass bells, or we can work on your own repertoire.

Contact Us

Palmetto Bronze Board


to schedule your workshop.