July 01, 2005

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University will host a conference with two groups of the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers (AGEHR) July 5 through 10.

As part of the conference, ringers from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Canada will give two concerts, both of which are open to the public. Although admission to each concert is free, a goodwill offering will be accepted.

On Thursday, July 7, the AGEHR Young Ringers will perform at 2 p.m. in Sojka Pavilion. The concert will be conducted by Ring of Fire Jason Wells, who serves as a clinician throughout the United States and Canada

On Sunday, July 10, the AGEHR Adult Ringers will perform at 4 p.m. in Sojka Pavilion conducted by William Payn, professor of music at Bucknell.

The conference will feature music by several composers, including Payn's "Vibrations," "Elegy," "Prisms" and "Requiem."

Payn, who has composed more than 25 handbell compositions, is in demand as a handbell clinician and festival conductor throughout the world.

Director of choral studies at Bucknell and director of the Rooke Chapel Ringers, he also serves as music director and conductor of the Susquehanna Valley Chorale and Orchestra.

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