Join us for our next Member Chat – Details Below!

Have you ever wished you could talk directly to a handbell “celebrity” and ask them questions? 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.

Be sure to also visit our archive of past MemberChats and MemberNotes.

Chats and Notes Archive

Next Chat
Handbell Musician Certification Process

with Sharon Schmidt

Saturday, March 25, 2017 • 12 p.m.  Eastern

Join us for the March 25 Member Chat with Sharon Schmidt who will describe the current Handbell Musicians of America certification process.  Sharon will talk about upcoming events and take any of your questions about our certification. This will be great preparation for deciding on certification courses at National Seminar.

Sharon Schmidt’s active involvement with Handbell Musicians of America began in 1994 when she joined the Illinois State Committee. She’s still on the committee, serving as chair for her second time following several terms as treasurer.

At the national level, Sharon was faculty coordinator for the 2003 National Seminar, chair for ten Distinctly Bronze events from 2004-2013, co-chair for the 2007 Distinctly Bronze European Tour, served on the 2008 International Handbell Symposium Committee, and was recently appointed as national Certification Program Coordinator. In 2013, she received the President’s Award in appreciation of her service to the Guild.

After learning to ring in the 1970s, Sharon began directing at Gary UMC in Wheaton, Illinois, in 1985, where she continues to direct Altar Bells and Sanctuary Ringers. A current and charter member of The Agape Ringers, a Chicago-area community handbell ensemble formed in 1992, Sharon was its first president. She has taught many aspects of the art of handbell ringing at the state, area, and national levels since 1995.

Educated as a chemical engineer with BS & MS degrees, Sharon worked at the Amoco Research Center as research engineer, economics analyst, supervisor, and project manager. Since leaving in 1999, she’s studied music theory and accounting, and exercised her project management skills on Guild events and church projects in addition to operating a small business serving the handbell community.

Sharon Schmidt photo

Registration for the next MemberChat is now open. The first 23 members to sign up will be sent an access code for the broadcast and instructions for logging on. Although the live broadcast is limited to 23 participants, we will maintain a waiting list and all members are welcome to send their questions for Sharon to with the subject line “MemberChat Question.” She will answer as many as he can.