Lowcountry Handbell Workshop

March 8-9, 2019


Nick Hanson

 Nick received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia University, Irvine, California, as a major in music with a concentration in handbells. He is currently in his 13th year as the director of handbell ensembles at the Potomac School in McLean, Virginia, teaching private handbell lessons and instrumental music to 5th–12th grade students in four handbell ensembles. He also in his 11th year as the handbell director at Bush Hill Presbyterian Church in Alexandria, Virginia. 

Nick has served as faculty, clinician, and conductor at handbell events in 15 states (including Washington, DC) and internationally in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore. In 2015, Nick was chosen as the first-ever Associate Conductor for Distinctly Bronze under the mentorship of renowned conductor Dr. William A. Payn. Also in 2015, Nick conducted the Distinctly Teen ensemble at the Handbell Musicians of America National Seminar in Dallas, Texas. Most recently, Nick was the 2018 guest foreign conductor for the “Showtime” concert performed by Ministry of Bellz, the premier handbell ensemble of Singapore. He has written articles for the Overtones national handbell magazine, has arranged and composed over 40 pieces of handbell music, and is in his ninth year ringing with the Virginia Bronze Handbell Ensemble.  


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

Tins (L1+- L2+):

Holy Manna - arr. Nicholas A. Hanson, Ringing Word, RW8245

Cantate! – arr. Brian Childers, From the Top, #20524

Coppers (L3-L4):

Te Deum – H. Dean Wagner, Red River Music, MRRBL5027

Elijah Rock – arr. Benjamin A. Tucker, Alfred Handbell, #00-46877

Workshop Schedule




Friday, March 8:

6:00 - 7:00 PM  Registration and set-up 

7:00 - 7:45 PM  Reading Session

8:00 - 9:00 PM  Massed Rehearsal

Saturday, March 9:

7:30 - 8:00 AM  Registration and set-up 

8:00  AM  Welcome

8:10 -  9:10  AM  Mass Rehearsal

9:15 - 10:15  AM  Tins rehearsal / Coppers classes

10:15 -10:30 AM  Break

10:30 -11:30  AM  Coppers rehearsal / Tins classes

11:30 -12:20  PM  Lunch

12:20 - 1:20  PM  Tins rehearsal / Coppers classes

 1:30 - 2:30  PM  Coppers rehearsal / Tins classes

 2:30 - 2:45  PM  Break

 2:45 - 3:45  PM  Dress Rehearsal

 4:00  PM  Final Concert

Workshop Details

Massed Ringing


An opportunity for all groups to ring together under Nick's direction. Joint Mass Ringing and two separate levels of Repertoire. See the Registration for for details.



Classes for Tins will be offered while Coppers are rehearsing with Nick and Coppers Classes will be offered during the Tins Rehearsal

Many opportunities to expand your skills as a handbell ringer or director. 

Online Sign-up for classes will begin immediately after Early Bird Registration is complete.

Tins may choose from the

following classes:

Beginning Conducting




 Beginning Four-in-Hand (AM)

Advanced Four-in-Hand (PM)



Team Building

Coppers may choose from 

the following classes:



Mixed Meter

Beginning Four-in-Hand (AM)

 Advanced Four-in-Hand (PM)

 Visual Presentation



Team Building

Two Levels of Ringing


This year, in addition to two massed ringing pieces, we are offering two levels of repertoire to better accommodate all of the diverse groups that attend our workshop. 

Tins: Level 1+ to 2+ music

Coppers: Level 3- to 3+/4. 

The Joint Massed ringing: Level 2+-3.  Comfort and Challenge for all!!

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.