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.

Upcoming events:

  • National Seminar 2019 – July 16-20, St. Louis, Missouri

Details available soon



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.

Upcoming Events:

  • Distinctly Bronze East 2018 with Lee Afdahl – June 6-9, 2019, New Bern, North Carolina – POSTPONED FROM ORIGINAL DATES – Details Here
  • 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

Details for DB West 2019


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 2019 – July 18-20, Greig Ashurst Conducting

Details Available in 2019



COLLEGE RING-IN is an event for college students and recent alumni.  Three days of ringing under the direction of Carolynne Mathis 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

  • January 6-8, 2019 – Bloomington, Minnesota – Directed by Carolynne Mathis


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.




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.



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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.





National Board Chats

Beginning in 2019, we are offering quarterly webinars giving members the opportunity to connect directly with national board members.

Click on the dates below to register for a webinar. Ask questions, discuss goals, and offer your ideas and suggestions related to the direction and future of Handbell Musicians of America.

Saturday, January 12
12:00 PM Eastern
Hosted Webinar

Saturday, March 23
12:00 PM Eastern
Live from National Board Meeting

Saturday, July 20
12:30 PM Eastern
Live from National Seminar

Saturday, October 26
11:00 AM Eastern
Live from National Board Meeting

Send your question or comment in advance to board@handbellmusicians.org and it will be addressed during the next chat. All sessions will be recorded and available to members through our online Member Center

The Fall 2018 Issue of Overtones is now online

Handbell Bucks

Visit our Member Extras section of our members only site, where you will find fun activities, articles, tips, and resources.  All members are welcome to enjoy these benefits, but they were designed with ringers in mind.