Ron Mallory has been playing, directing, and composing for handbells for more than 20 years. He is active as a musician in the Seattle/Tacoma area where he teaches handbell classes at Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart and directs the Resurrection Ringers at Resurrection Lutheran Church. Ron has more than 100 handbell pieces in print and has won composition contests sponsored by Bells of the Sound and Handbell Musicians of America. He has served as guest conductor at festivals around the country and teaches regularly at local and national handbell conferences. His past handbell experience also includes directing the Rainier Ringers community handbell ensemble and serving on the Area 10 board of Handbell Musicians of America. Ron has a master's degree in choral conducting from the University of Washington and a bachelor's degree in music composition from California State University, Long Beach. He lives in Maple Valley, WA with his wife Emily and their two children, Vivian and Miles. For more about Ron and his music, visit
2018 Breakout Sessions
Techniques for Handbell Ringers and Conductors
Good technique provides a foundation for good musicianship. We'll explore advanced techniques for both handbell ringers and conductors, and along the way will help each to better understand the other's role in making great music.
Composing and Arranging for Handbells
Learn methods of creating your own arrangements and original compositions for advanced handbell choirs, from hymn settings to processionals and beyond.
Handbells in Contemporary Worship
More and more churches are switching to contemporary worship styles, and there's no reason handbell musicians can't participate. Come explore some creative ways to use a handbell choir, ensemble, or soloist in a contemporary worship setting.
Paths to Musicality
Explore a variety of ways to infuse musicality into ringing from the first rehearsal. This will be a joint class with the Beginning Handbell track.
Advanced Handbell Reading Session
Discover some of the great music released by various publishers in the past several years. This reading session will primarily cover music in HMA Levels 3 through 5