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
Handbells in Modern Worship

Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 • 1 p.m.  Eastern

Join us for the Sept. 23 Member Chat with Brenda Austin, who will discuss the use of handbells in modern worship settings.

Brenda E. Austin serves as the artistic director for the Detroit Handbell Ensemble. Additionally, she has served First United Methodist Church in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, as director of worship and music since 2003. She is active in the community directing children’s musical theater and handbell choirs in schools. Each year, in partnership with Chelsea United Methodist Church, the church hosts an annual handbell festival, where Brenda has served as conductor and clinician.

Brenda graduated with degrees in vocal performance from Western Michigan University and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. She has studied with Craig Arnold, Steve Zegree and Eph Ehly. Brenda received many accolades for her conducting, including semi-finalist in the ACDA National Undergraduate Conducting Competition and finalist as a Graduate student.

Brenda is a freelance handbell composer, arranger, and clinician. She loves helping other choirs as a private clinician, or leading a festival or workshop.  Her high-energy and musicianship keep ringers engaged and motivated as they build solid skills in the art of handbells.


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 Brenda to with the subject line “MemberChat Question.” She will answer as many as they can.