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.

Distinctly Bronze West 2020

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

Ringing in the "City Beautiful"

Come to the “City Beautiful,” Orlando, Florida, for our summer events, National Seminar, Master Class, and Distinctly Teen, July 13-20.

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

Starting a Community Handbell Group

Saturday, April 25, 2020
1:00 p.m. Eastern.



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.

Please consider making a gift toward our annual fundraising goal

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Video of the Month

Change ringing classes at events are always popular. Many of you may have tried your hand ringing with two or three others. It takes some real concentration for 12 people to ring on 24 handbells. This particular ring was performed in 2013 to celebrate the life and ringing career of the late Roderick W Pipe.

Recent News

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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E-Notes March 2020

A special message concerning COVID-19; Some fun activities to help ease the isolation of self-quarantine and social distancing; Music Notes; and more.

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E-Notes February 2020

General registration for National Seminar, Master Classes, Distinctly Teen opens Feb. 18; Voting period for national election now open; Scholarships available for National Seminar, Distinctly Teen; Distinctly Bronze concert to be live streamed; And more.

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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 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. This month’s E-Notes contains a special message from executive director, Jennifer Cauhorn, as well as 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.




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



July 16-20
Orlando, Florida

Join us in “The City Beautiful,” Orlando, Florida for our annual National Seminar, Distinctly Teen, and Master Classes in Conducting and Composition. Our summer events offer something for ALL handbell musicians.



July 18-20
Orlando, Florida

Our annual event for individual young ringers (8th–12th grade) who wish to stretch their ringing skills and challenge their musicianship.



Feb 28-Mar 1, 2020
New Bern Riverfront Convention Center
New Bern, North Carolina
Monica McGowan, Conductor



Participate in engaging and informative courses in Handbell Musicianship from the comfort of your home, office or rehearsal space. 2019 VBA classes are now over, but archive recordings of all previous classes 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.