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Brian Childers, clinician


Brian Childers is an accomplished composer, conductor, and clinician. His choral, instrumental, and handbell works are performed frequently throughout the world. He is in demand as a featured clinician and conductor at music conferences, festivals and workshops across the nation. Brian serves as Music Advisor for Handbell Musicians of America, helping to promote the wealth of handbell music in the AGEHR Catalog.

Brian has earned degrees from Appalachian State University and the M. Christopher White School of Divinity at Gardner-Webb University. In 2022, he conducted Distinctly Bronze West, an auditioned group of ringers from throughout the nation in New Bern, NC. He has served several churches throughout the Southeast, building vibrant programs for choirs, handbells and instrumentalists at each. He is on the music staff at Myers Park United Methodist Church in Charlotte, NC. Brian is an avid runner and a rabid fan of the San Antonio Spurs. 

Brian’s compositions are published through a variety of publishers, including Bellissimo Publications and Cantate Press. Brian enjoys partnering with others in creating and shaping commissioned music that is meaningful, expressive and timely. His two books  “Ringing Deeply” and "Boo and His Amazing Bells" have been received with strong reviews. 

Brian is married to Keely Childers, a professional counselor and has two adult children, Hannah and Spencer, both of whom served as drum majors in their respective High School and College marching bands. Brian is an avid runner and a rabid fan of the San Antonio Spurs. 

Tentative Schedule

Friday Night, November 10, 2023,  7-9 pm

Two repertoire reading sessions with clinician Brian Childers.

Music of all levels for the liturgical year and also the repertoire for the upcoming March 8-9, 2024 Bell Tower Ringers Festival in Salisbury, NC.

Saturday, November 11, 2023

8:00-8:45 am          Check in, set up and snacks

8:45-8:50 am          Welcome and announcements

8:50-10:00 am        Massed rehearsal

10:00-10:15 am      Break and snack

10:15-11:30 am      Massed rehearsal

11:30-Noon            Optional challenge selection rehearsal

12:00-1:00 pm        Lunch and solo choir rehearsals

1:00-2:30 pm          Massed Rehearsal

2:30-2:45 pm          Break and snack

2:45-3:45 pm          Final massed rehearsal

4:00pm                   Free Concert (invite your friends)


Advent Fantasy, arr. Judy Phillips Level 3
Choristers Guild CGB 751 3-6 octaves bells, optional percussion, 2 octaves handchimes

Angels We Have Heard on High, arr. Sandra Eithun Level 3
Alfred 25337 3-5 octaves bells


Beside Still Waters, Howard F. Starks Level 3/4
Agape/Hope 2394 3-5 octaves bells, optional 3 octaves handchimes

Agape/Hope 1047 for 3 octaves bells (level 3)

To Hear the Angels Ring arr. Brian Childers Level 3+
Beckenhorst HB 646 3-6 octaves bells and optional 3-6 octaves handchimes

O Sacred Head New Wounded, arr. Brian Childers Level 2-
Bellissimo Publications BP20224, 3-7 octaves bells

Optional challenge selection
Tidings of Comfort and Joy,  arr. Brian Childers  Level 4-
GIA 7930 3-5 octaves bells

Mid-Carolinas Committee:

Layne McGuire, chair

Robert Kennedy                        Ellen Moretz

Kaitlyn Davros (host)

Regina Blackman

Tim Waugh

Additional Questions?

Email Layne McGuire


The Mid-Carolinas Handbell Festival  is a

Handbell Musicians

of America endorsed event.

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