spRingfest – 2020



DAVID L. WECK served as the founding director of The Agape Ringers and enjoyed 25 years with this talented ensemble of handbell musicians.  As an emeritus music editor with Hope Publishing Company of Carol Stream, Illinois, he was responsible for the Agape division of the handbell catalog, which consists of more than 1,000 titles.   David served as clinician and conductor of Handbell Week in Madison, Wisconsin, and enjoyed that role for the past 20 years. David is in demand as a clinician throughout the year and has been director of numerous national and international handbell events, including the International Handbell Symposiums in Toronto, Canada (2004), Orlando, Florida (2008), and Osaka, Japan (2010).  In 2005, he served as guest conductor for the Summer Workshop of the Handbell Ringers of Japan.  He was honored to conduct the prestigious Distinctly Bronze events for 2012. In 2013 he was conductor of the Hong Kong Handbell Festival.  David has served on the national board of the Handbell Musicians of America and was given the Area 8 Outstanding Service Award.  In 2011, the national organization named him an Honorary Life Member.  David has also been involved in choral music for over 40 years through music education, church music, and as assistant director of the Chicago Community Renewal Chorus.  He and his wife, Jane Holstein, reside in Wheaton, Illinois, where they enjoy spending time with grandchildren, Becky and Jack, and entertaining friends and family.

Who May Attend?

Individuals, partial choirs, and full choirs are invited to attend.

What Should We Bring?

Full and partial choirs must bring EVERYTHING (unless tables are rented):  handbells, chimes, tables, pads with covers, notebooks, music selections, music stands, mallets, etc.
If registering as an individual, you must bring a notebook, music selections and gloves. Handbells and chimes will be available for your use.

As an endorsed event of the Handbell Musicians of America, we abide by and honor copyright rules.  NO photocopied music will be allowed in the ringing room.  Original printed pieces must be in the ringers’ folders.


8:00 –  8:45 Set-up
8:45 –  9:00 Announcements and Welcome
9:00 – 10:15 Massed Rehearsal
10:15 – 10:30 Break
10:30 – 11:45 Massed Rehearsal II