Registration for the 2024 National Catholic Handbell Festival is Now Open!

You are invited to join us for the 2024 National Catholic Handbell Festival! Groups of ringers or solo ringers are accepted for this event in Kansas City, Missouri, on July 8, 2024. The festival will conclude in a concert as part of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM) National Convention.

The Handbell Institute at the 2024 NPM Convention, with clinician Lauran Delancy, will be a great opportunity to expand your handbell skills, discover new music, and have fun ringing together! Your precision, technique, and musicality will all be challenged, as we work together to bring the music to life. The Handbell Institute will be a full day of ringing, culminating in a performance that evening. The music will be made available to you in advance, so you can come prepared and ready to take it to the next level. With a variety of pieces and styles in the chosen repertoire, multiple handbell ensembles will join together for a glorious sound!

About the National Catholic Handbell Festival

Location: Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center
2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

Time: 9 am – 4 pm rehearsal, 6:30 pm concert

Fee: $80 per ringer
(includes clinician’s fees and music; meals, hotel accommodations and/or parking not included)

Registration deadline: June 1, 2024

About the Clinician: Lauran Delancy

Lauran Delancy holds a BA in Parish Music and a Master of Church Music from Concordia University Wisconsin. She fell in love with handbells in high school and has enjoyed ringing, composing, directing, and teaching ever since. Lauran has served several terms on the Area 8 Board of Handbell Musicians of America and taught at Area and National Festivals. She currently serves as the Director of Choirs and Handbells at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Olathe, Kansas where she has vibrant program with multiple handbell ensembles beginning at age 3.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I register for the Handbell Festival as a solo ringer?
A: Yes, both groups and solo ringers are eligible for registration. 

Q: Do I need to register for the NPM Convention in order to participate in the National Catholic Handbell Festival?
A: No. The National Catholic Handbell Festival can be registered for, as a standalone event, separate from the NPM National Covention. 

Q: What is the repertoire for the 2024 National Catholic Handbell Festival?
A: The festival’s repertoire will be announced in the coming weeks to those who register. 

Q: What does the $80/person fee include?
A: The $80/person fee includes registration fees, clinicians’ fees, and the handbell music and materials for the festival. It does NOT include meals, hotel accommodations, or parking. 

Q: Who can ring? in the National Catholic Handbell Festival?
A: Ringers of all levels of experience are invited to participate. Both handbell groups and solo ringers can join.  

Q: What is the cancellation policy for the 2024 National Catholic Handbell Festival?
A: Cancellation must be requested by June 8 with a $15 processing fee at that time. Refunds will be processed by August 15.


Registration is open!

Register today for the 47th Annual NPM National Convention (Kansas City, Missouri, July 8-11, 2024). Advance pricing ends on 6/1,- don’t delay!