Welcome to Handbell Musicians of America

Uniting people to create a diverse community in which handbell musicians of all skill levels realize their full potential through a musically respected art form.

Ringing in the "City Beautiful"

Come to the “City Beautiful,” Orlando, Florida, or join us online for National Seminar • July 16-19.

Distinctly Bronze West 2020

November 5-8, 2020 • Portland, Oregon
David Weck, Conductor

Become a Sustaining Partner

Upgrade your membership to SUSTAINING PARTNER and play an important role in ensuring the future of Handbell Musicians of America.

Looking for a fun way to help ease the isolation of self-quarantine and social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic? Beginning Tuesday, March 24, join us each Tuesday and Thursday for a casual, virtual chat with your handbell friends. Follow the link below for upcoming Handbell Happy Hour times.



Don’t miss our next

Music for Handbells & Other Instruments
with Beau Lochte

Saturday, June 13

5 p.m. Eastern



Handbell Bucks

The Spring 2020 issue of Overtones is now online.

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.

Please consider making a gift toward our annual fundraising goal

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Video of the Month

We all know of handbell musicians’ fondness for boomwhackers. Aidan Fozard has strung up a set of them to create a “boomafone” and performed “Under the Sea,” with a little added Cajon. In his description for the video, he writes: As Sebastian says, “Ariel, listen to me. The human world, it’s a mess.” Why not enjoy a Boomafone instead!

Recent News

National Seminar Moving Forward Online and Onsite

Dear Friends, Handbell Musicians of America is pleased to announce we are moving forward with National Seminar 2020 – with both Onsite and Virtual sessions for the safety and convenience of our participants. Given concerns and restrictions surrounding the COVID-19...

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E-Notes May 2020

This Month Message from the National Seminar Planning Committee Introducing Our New Business Membership - Coming Oct. 1 Video of the Month Next Member-Chat Members-only Site to Remain Open to All through June 30 Handbell Happy Hours Continue on Tuesdays &...

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National Board & Bylaws Election Results

On behalf of the national board of directors, I am pleased to announce the results of our recent National Board and Bylaws election. Greig Ashurst, President-ElectTracey Bowers, At-Large DirectorGillian Erlenborn, At-Large Director These new members will begin their...

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An Open Letter from the National Board

Dear HMA member: We are writing today to share some important organizational news with you. Jenny Cauhorn, our executive director, has submitted her resignation effective April 15, 2020. We wish her well as she takes on an exciting new career opportunity. We are happy...

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New Policy Regarding the Use of Tablets to Hold Music

Handbell Musicians of America recognizes that many musicians are using tablet computers instead of traditional music stands to hold music and that some among our membership would like to use this option when participating in ringing and performance activities at...

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Support us through AmazonSmile

Support Handbell Musicians of America through AmazonSmile Handbell Musicians of America We're excited to announce that Handbell Musicians of America is now an AmazonSmile participant!AmazonSmile is a simple way for you to support the Guild every time you shop at...

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The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting us all. Read a special message from executive director, Jennifer Cauhorn, and explore some fun activities to help ease the isolation of self-quarantine and social distancing.


Upcoming National Events

Handbell Musicians of America offers engaging live events, in-depth webinars, and  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 and Area Events Calendar

GO HERE to learn more about all our National Events.


July 16-19
Online and in Orlando, Florida

This years National Seminar will be move forward with both online and in person options


November 5-8, 2020
Embassy Suites Portland Washington Square
Portland, Oregon
David Weck, Conductor

Participate in engaging and informative courses in Handbell Musicianship from the comfort of your home, office or rehearsal space. Archive recordings of all VBA classes to date may be purchased in our ONLINE STORE.

Why Join?

Membership in Handbell Musicians of America…

  • Gives you opportunities to connect and form life-long friendships with other handbell musicians.
  • Provides you with unparalleled access to opportunities for learning from the most innovative, talented and knowledgeable people in the art.
  • Makes you an integral part of an organization that is THE principal voice of the handbell/handchime art form and is dedicated to advancing the art through education, community and communication.

We can do together what no one can do alone.