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
The College Ring-In Experience

with Michael Joy and College Ring-In Alumni

February 24, 2018 • 3 p.m. EST

Michael Joy and some of his College Ring-In ringers will describe their experiences at the College Ring-In(s) and we’ll talk about how this event got started and who should attend – maybe you! Any ringer/director who is in college, who has been to college, or who has thought about going to college….this ringing event is for you. Don’t miss an in-depth look at the unique features of this January event.

Born and raised in Canton, Ohio, Michael Joy has lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, since 1974. He has been directing handbell choirs in churches since 1978 and in schools since 1983. He studied handbells with Donald Allured and handbell composition with Arnold Sherman. Michael is currently the handbell director at The Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, where he conducts a lower school handchime ensemble as well as four middle school and two high school handbell ensembles. For the last 40 years he has also been the Music Director at First Presbyterian Church in Ambler, Pennsylvania. Michael is the executive editor for the new GIA Foundations Series, designed specifically for developing handbell ensembles in schools. He is the co-author (with Sandra Eithun) of Pathways to Musical Ringing, a new reproducible series from Choristers Guild.

Michael is a published composer and has taught at Handbell Musicians of America Area festivals and National Seminar, PMEA district and state conferences, and the 2008 International Handbell Symposium. Jeffers Publishing Company named him Composer of the Year for 2004 for his composition “Dorian Dance.” Michael received the Donald E. Allured Original Composition Award for 2011. The piece “Pavane and Galliard” received its premiere at Bay View Week of Handbells in August of 2011. Michael also served two terms as the secretary for Handbell Musicians of America Area 2.

Registration for the next MemberChat is now open. The first 35 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 35 participants, we will maintain a waiting list and all members are welcome to send their questions for Debbie to with the subject line “MemberChat Question.” They will answer as many as they can.

Note: You must log in to your member account in order for the event to show as FREE.