Classic Bronze Handbell Festival - July 1-4, 2015

Classic Bronze 2017

Calling Experienced Ringers for July 26 to 29, 2017!!

Classic Bronze, an advanced massed ringing event, will be held in St. Albert, Alberta, from Wednesday afternoon, July 26 through Saturday evening, July 29.   Classic Bronze will feature advanced level 3/4/5 music and is seeking ringers capable of reading level 3 and performing level 5 music.   

Interested ringers will need to send the application form, the reference form attesting to the ringer's skill and musicianship, as well as a registration fee.   Application materials are available in .pdf format on this web page.   For details, contact Cathy Koski at classicbronze.org@gmail.com.   Repertoire will be available for purchase in March.

Bells will peal out at Classic Bronze 2017 with director, Bill Payn


Bill Payn - Director

Dr. William A. Payn retired in May 2014 as Professor of Music and Director of Choral Studies at Bucknell University. Active as a composer since the early 70’s, Payn has over 50 published compositions. His works are performed virtually every week in the United States and abroad. He is in constant demand as a handbell clinician and festival conductor throughout the world. Payn received his Bachelor of Music degree from Westminster Choir College and his Doctor of Musical Arts in organ and harpsichord literature from West Virginia University. As a member of the American Choral Directors Association, Payn has served as Pennsylvania state president and as accompanist for the National Children’s Honors Choir.
Information about him appears in two reference publications: Contemporary American Composers: A Biographical Dictionary, and Who's Who in American Music: Classical.
In retirement, Dr. Payn continues to serve as a frequent guest conductor and clinician, write choral and handbell music, and conduct the Susquehanna Valley Chorale and Orchestra. Along with his wife, Ruth, Dr. Payn enjoys visiting their children and 7 grandchildren, world travel, and relaxing in the quiet countryside on their organic farm along Penns Creek in Central Pennsylvania.