Handbell Musicians of America offers engaging live events, in-depth webinars, and self-guided online courses, as well as 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.
NATIONAL SEMINAR is our annual event for all handbell musicians. The four-day event, held in the summer offers classes and activities for directors, ringers, educators, worship leaders, composers. You’ll find classes for beginners through advanced musicians as well as other ringing opportunities such as all-star choirs, multi-class tracks, and certification courses. You’ll also enjoy concerts by a variety of fine ensembles and soloists and plenty of time for shopping in the Handbell Industry Council exhibits, exploring the sites of the city, and making friends.
- National Seminar 2018 – July 17-21, Grand Rapids, Michigan
- National Seminar 2019 – July 16-20, St. Louis, Missouri
DISTINCTLY BRONZE is our premier performance event for advanced handbell musicians. Held twice a year, once on the east coast and once on the west, musicians are assigned a part to work on ahead of time, then spend four days with a seasoned conductor to prepare advanced literature for a public performance.
- Distinctly Bronze West 2018 with Fred Gramann – March 8-11, Welches, Oregon
- Distinctly Bronze East 2018 with Lee Afdahl – October 4-7, New Bern, North Carlina
- Distinctly Bronze West 2019 with Bill Payn – February 28-March 3, Welches, Oregon
- Distinctly Bronze East 2019 with Stephanie Rhoades – October 10-13, New Bern, North Carolina
DISTINCTLY TEEN is designed for individual young musicians (8th-12th grade) who wish to stretch their ringing skills and challenge their musicianship. Participants will spend 2½ days working on intermediate to advanced repertoire and developing skills in handbell technique and general musicianship under the leadership of of an experienced director of youth musicians. The event schedule will combine dedicated rehearsal time for Distinctly Teen with the opportunity to attend classes offered as part of the Handbell Musicians of America National Seminar.
Upcoming Distinctly Teen Events:
- Distinctly Teen 2018 – July 19-21, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Emily Li Conducting
VIRTUAL BELL ACADEMY is a new educational service for all handbell musicians and is available to both members and non-members. Students will have the option to choose from live webinar learning experiences or self-guided multi-week courses, both designed and led by experts in the handbell community.
HANDBELL MUSICIAN CERTIFICATION & ACCREDITATION
The Handbell Musicians of America Certification program is a comprehensive curriculum designed to provide training and experience at all levels to handbell musicians. The study areas are music theory, handbell techniques, conducting, arranging and composing, handbell history (now available online), and electives.
Every other month, we host a one-hour live chat with a personality from within our talented ranks. Everyone will have an opportunity to submit questions in advance. Many of you will be able to tune in live and participate. And, all members will be able to access the video on the Handbell Musicians of America website after it airs live.
BACK TO BELLS
Handbell Musicians of America is offering FREE workshops across the country to help you get your handbells out of the closet and restart your handbell program – or start a brand new program.
A handbell program in your church offers numerous benefits for your congregation.
COLLEGE RING-IN is an event for college students and recent alumni. Three days of ringing under the direction of Michael Joy culminates in a public concert on the final evening. Participants will be given their own individual ringing assignment to prepare in advance and then join other attendees to rehearse and polish the music for the final concert. The event also includes a reading session of unpublished compositions and arrangements submitted by participants. We’ll have publishers and editors from the handbell industry on hand to provide advice and guidance regarding copyright permissions and the publication process.
Upcoming College Ring-In Events
- The date and location for 2019 will be announced soon.