Welcome to Handbell Musicians of America

Uniting people to create a diverse community in which handbell musicians of all skill levels realize their full potential through a musically respected art form.

Distinctly Bronze East

Our premier event for advanced handbell musicians will take place Oct. 4-7 in New Bern, NC

2018 Summer Events

“If you seek a pleasant peninsula,” come to Michigan for National Seminar, Distinctly Teen, and Master Classes in Conducting and Composition.

Become a Sustaining Partner

Upgrade your membership to SUSTAINING PARTNER and play an important role in ensuring the future of Handbell Musicians of America.

Mya’s Area 1 Handbell Camp Blog

Day 3 of the Area 1 Friends & Family Handbell Camp

Coppers treble section:                                                         Coppers bass section:                     The barbershop class (directed by Bill Degan) singing grace before lunch: After morning rehearsals and workshops, many ringers refreshed in the...

Day 2 of the Area 1 Friends & Family Handbell Camp

Morning view of Long Pond: Coppers rehearsal with Ed Henderson:                                         Bronze rehearsal with Dan Moore:                                    Rhythm games with Krishna Ersson - a popular class in one of the air-conditioned rooms! Try our...

The Spring 2018 Issue of
Overtones is now online

Handbell Bucks


Video of the Month

Our selection this month is a beautiful performance of Cathy Moklebust’s arrangement of “I’ll Fly Away” by the Calvary Handbell Choir of the Calvary Baptist Church in New York, NY. They are a “collegiate and adult handbell choir that performs in worship services and on special occasions,” as described on the church’s website.

Recent News

E-Notes June 2018

Still time to register for National Seminar; Concerts live streaming from Seminar; Silent Auction; more.

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Remembering Ginny Fleming

Handbell Musicians of America is saddened to learn of the passing of longtime member, past president, and Honorary Life member Virginia “Ginny” Fleming. Throughout her lifetime of service to the Guild, she had been noted for her “ability to draw people into activities” as well as “having great skills in working with a variety of personalities.”

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E-Notes – May 2018

This Month Distinctly Bronze Associate Conductors Selected Handbell Musicians of America Video of the Month Call for Bloggers and Group Moderators Early Registration Deadline Tomorrow! Master Class in Composition and Conducting John Behnke's Music Notes SUBSCRIBE TO...

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New Policy Regarding the Use of Tablets to Hold Music

Handbell Musicians of America recognizes that many musicians are using tablet computers instead of traditional music stands to hold music and that some among our membership would like to use this option when participating in ringing and performance activities at...

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18th International Symposium Registration Now Open

18th International Symposium Registration Now Open

Registration for the 18th International Symposium in Cairns, Queensland, Australia, is now open. The Symposium will be be August 6-11, 2018. Registration details can be found at www.internationalhandbells.org. According to Symposium convenor Carmel Daveson, "The...

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In Memory of Mary McCleary

AGEHR past president, founding member, and Honorary Life member Mary Gilkeson McCleary, 97, passed away on October 15, 2017 at Elim Park in Cheshire, Connecticut.

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National Events

Handbell Musicians of America offers engaging live events, in-depth webinars, and  free live chats with handbell experts and celebrities. Throughout the year, you’ll find both live and virtual events for musicians and handbell enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels.

GO HERE to learn more about all our National Events.

Level 1 Certification & Instructor Accreditation
May 31-June 2

Dallas, Texas

We are pleased to offer all three Level 1 Handbell Musician Certification classes this spring in Dallas. You can complete one or all three classes — the topics offered are Conducting, Handbell Techniques and Music Theory.

Spring 2018 Courses

The Spring 2018 Virtual Bell Academy will provide the coursework needed for Handbell Musician Certification Level 1.

July 14-17
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Individual conducting students will work one-on-one with master conductor Dr. William Payn and accomplished composer Sondra Tucker will work with aspiring and seasoned composers.

July 17-21
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Join us in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for our annual National Seminar, Distinctly Teen, and Master Classes in Conducting and Composing. Our summer events offer something for ALL handbell musicians. 

July 19-21
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Our annual event for individual young ringers (8th–12th grade) who wish to stretch their ringing skills and challenge their musicianship.

October 4-7
New Bern, North Carolina

Our premier performance event for advanced handbell musicians.

Why Join?

Membership in Handbell Musicians of America…

  • Gives you opportunities to connect and form life-long friendships with other handbell musicians.
  • Provides you with unparalleled access to opportunities for learning from the most innovative, talented and knowledgeable people in the art.
  • Makes you an integral part of an organization that is THE principal voice of the handbell/handchime art form and is dedicated to advancing the art through education, community and communication.

We can do together what no one can do alone.