Mini Workshop with PL Grove

To Weave or Not to Weave . . . When Left is Right!

If you’ve ever played battery or bass bells, you know that four-in-hand is not always the answer for a tough passage in the music. After all, those bells are big! Plus, you never know when your neighbor is going to need that Eb right after you’ve played the D# (enharmonically speaking, of course). This class will focus on solutions for ringing sections of music that require quick changes from one bell to the next. To weave or not to weave: yes, that’s the question. But there’s more than one answer. Sometimes being willing and able to change just one thing can make all the difference in your ability to move quickly and smoothly from one bell to the next. It’s not always as easy as 1-2-3; sometimes 213 is SO much better. Come and learn how putting the bells out of “order” can be a better solution than twisting yourself into a pretzel. Sometimes left can be right (and right should be left)!

For over 45 years, Pamela “P.L.” Grove has been at the forefront of handbell artistry in America. As a founding ringer with the critically acclaimed Sonos Handbell Ensemble, her more notable performances included those with the San Francisco Girls Chorus, the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, the Kronos Quartet, Frederica von Stade and twice on

Pamela “PL” Grove

Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion. She is currently artistic director for Velocity Handbell Ensemble, and has directed several church handbell choirs over the years. She continues to pioneer in the field of handbells as one of only a few people ever to receive a degree in handbell performance, and is currently President of Handbell Musicians of America. Retired from her job as a government public information officer, P.L. now works as a church vocal choir director and spends as much time as possible making music.

Register on the “Event Details” page.

Early Bird Rate Extended to March 1

We have a few more openings in Coppers Classic 2020. The 2020 event is exciting in new ways. Yes, we are excited about the location and it’s amenities—complementary airport shuttle, free on-site parking, 6 meals included for everyone, walk to shops and restaurants and, more!

But, more than the great location, we are excited that 2020 will bring the deadline extendedWorld Premiere of a piece by Puerto Rican composer/arranger Carmen M. Jiménez-Medina, two pieces for SATB choir and handbells and a composition for alto solo and handbells plus, a piece with handbells. There are classics of the handbell literature and new works, transcriptions and original compositions. And, that’s not all!! WOW!

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Scholarships Awarded

Coppers Classic is pleased to announce that scholarships have been awarded. This year we are able to give two (2) full scholarships and four (4) partial scholarships to musicians from Area 10.

Our scholarship fund comes entirely from donations. We are honored that


we have had so many generous gifts allowing us to include more and more musicians. Let the ringing begin!

An all new Coppers Classic 2020!

We are celebrating the new decade with some major changes to our favorite handbell event!  Make your plans now to join us!  You will not be disappointed!

A New Date:  March 27-29, 2020

A New Location:  Monarch Hotel & Conference Center

        • Complimentary Airport Transportation
        • Free Parking
        • Breakfast and lunch or dinner each day included with registration(We are still working out details)
        • On site restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner
        • Walking distance to restaurants and shopping
        • Easy access to MAX light rail green line.


5th Anniversary Concert!

Join us Sunday, October 13th at 4 pm as we celebrate 5 years of music making.

Coppers Classic is the nations’s premier massed ringing event for advanced coppers handbell musicians held annually in Portland, Oregon with participants from all over the United States and Canada.

Wonderful handbell repertoire by the best of the best composers and arrangers–Michael Glasgow, Cynthia Dobrinski, Linda Boatright, Hart Morris, Sondra Tucker,  Nick Hanson, Jason W. Krug, Kazuko Okamoto, Cathy Moklebust, Alex Guebert, Sandra Eithun and Kath Wissinger. Original works and

big bells
Buckets to “thimbles”

transcriptions. The best of handbells!

University Place Hotel & Conference Center
(310 SW Lincoln, On the Orange Line)

Suggested Donation: $10 (all welcome)


Hotel Block Update

Hello Ringers!

If you have not booked your hotel rooms yet, please contact University Place as soon as possible.  They have agreed to extend a few double standard rooms at our $99 rate only until August 30.

Book online at reservation page and enter Booking Code:  GROUP, or Call 866-845-4647 and choose Option 1 to make your reservation.


2019 Repertoire

We are gearing up for another great event! The Coppers Classic 2019 Repertoire is now posted. Enjoy your summer! Looking forward to seeing everyone in October!

Meet Julie Turner

Since 2006, Julie Turner has been the Associate Conductor, Composer in Residence and a Board Member of Music City Bronze, Nashville’s advanced community handbell group under the direction of Principal Conductor and former Handbell Musicians of America (AGEHR) National President, John Pfeiffer. Julie’s also a ringing member of a handbell quartet called MCB-4, which is a sub-group of Music City Bronze.

Julie has been the handbell director at her church in Nashville since 1999. She holds a B.A. in Music from Cumberland University and was a contract music engraver for the United Methodist Publishing House for nine years. She has around 40 published handbell arrangements and compositions and was named Composer of the Year in 2009 by Jeffers Handbell Supply. Coppers Classic 2018 features her composition, “Jericho”.Julie Turner

Julie and her husband Jim have lived in Nashville since 1986, where they raised their now-grown kids, Dylan and Mallory (who are handbell ringers, of course!). Dylan and his wife Cynthia are both members of the Tennessee National Guard, and Mallory lives in Colorado pursuing her passion for singing and songwriting. Now that they’re empty-nesters, Julie and Jim shower affection on their two very spoiled cats, Ivy and Cosima.