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 August 1, 2024 will result in a 100% refund. After August 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.   Registration opens February 24, 2024.

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

Bellz is 0% full as of February 23, 2024

With heavy hearts, we regret to inform you of the unexpected passing of our clinician, Tim Waugh. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to hire a suitable replacement. We are exploring several key figures in the handbell community and will update you as soon as a decision is made. To learn more about Tim’s remarkable legacy and contributions to the handbell community, visit:

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

Titles TBA



More information coming soon


Friday 9/27

Saturday 9/28


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