Area 12 Youth Conference 2024

September 27-28, 2024

Concordia University Irvine in Irvine, CA

Area 12 warmly welcomes youth musicians, grades 6 – 12, to come together for two days of handbell ringing in Southern California.  Youth will have the opportunity to attend quality classes and enhance their handbell skills, see performances by outstanding groups, and share their music in a public concert to a crowd of handbell fans.

What you’ll get out of Bellz! The Next Generation

  • New musical skills and knowledge
  • Opportunities to work with leading handbell teachers
  • Lifelong friends who also love handbells
  • Commemorative event T-Shirt

Conference Fees / Registration

  • $95/person
  • $125/person after June 28, 2024
  • $25 non-ringing Chaperone/Director
Cancellation before September 1, 2024 will result in a 100% refund. After September 1, 2024, there will be no refunds.

Registration is considered complete after payment has been made. 

Please complete your on-line registration via the link below.

Space is limited.  Registrations are first come, first served.

Bellz is 0% full as of March 31, 2024

Meet Greig Ashurst

Meet Greig Ashurst

Greig Ashurst is a dynamic conductor who brings over 30 years of teaching and conducting experience  to people of all ages on all instruments. Through his experience in conducting professional orchestras and community bands, school and church choirs, handbell and percussion ensembles, and numerous other instrumental and vocal ensembles, Mr. Ashurst is uniquely positioned to bring unprecedented musical nuance to musicians of all ages and experience levels. 


  • Three massed pieces
  • World premiere Composition Contest winner
  • Optional challenge piece

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Friday 9/27 4pm registration starts

Saturday 9/28 4pm concert begins

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Food information

Friday night ice cream social included. Saturday lunch on campus included.

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Concordia University Irvine

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This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America, dedicated to uniting people through the musical art of handbell and handchime ringing.


Contact Elizabeth Loebig, Area 12 Education Director