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.

Spring Music Promotion

View and listen to some new and tried-and-true music for spring on your computer or mobile device.

College Ring-In

Our annual performance event for college-age musicians
January 6-8, 2019
Bloomington, Minnesota

Meet Us in St. Louis

July 16-20, 2019
Details coming soon.

Become a Sustaining Partner

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

National Board Chats

Beginning in 2019, we are offering quarterly webinars giving members the opportunity to connect directly with national board members.

Click on the dates below to register for a webinar. Ask questions, discuss goals, and offer your ideas and suggestions related to the direction and future of Handbell Musicians of America.

Saturday, January 12
12:00 PM Eastern
Hosted Webinar

Saturday, March 23
12:00 PM Eastern
Live from National Board Meeting

Saturday, July 20
12:30 PM Eastern
Live from National Seminar

Saturday, October 26
11:00 AM Eastern
Live from National Board Meeting

Send your question or comment in advance to board@handbellmusicians.org and it will be addressed during the next chat. All sessions will be recorded and available to members through our online Member Center

The Fall 2018 Issue of Overtones is now online

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.

International Symposium Travel Blog

It’s Showtime!

Previous Posts By guest blogger, PL Grove The three showcase concerts at the 18th International Handbell Symposium in Cairns had elegance, pizzazz, costumes, fun, and a few other surprises. The first concert was held on Tuesday afternoon, soon after the start of the...

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The Cultural Experience

Previous Posts Cultural Excursion A big part of every International Handbell Symposium is the opportunity to learn more about the culture of the host country. For Australia, that meant a visit to Rainforestation Nature Park located in the Kuranda Rain Forest just a...

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IHS Workshops

Previous Posts It's Workshop Day at IHS! From guest blogger, PL Grove It's the first of two workshop days at the International Handbell Symposium, and while that means a little bit more chaos (as bells and foam gets schlepped around), it also means more fun! The day...

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IHS 2018 – Youth Festival

Previous Posts The 18th International Handbell Symposium is hosted by the Handbell Society of Australasia in the city of Cairns, Queensland in the far northeast region of Australia. Founded through the joint efforts of David Davidson of Handbell Musicians of America...

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Video of the Month

Our Video of the Month is the Hastings College Handbell Choir performing under the baton of Dr. Byron Jensen in the Perkins Hall, Hastings, Nebraska, November 5, 2017.  This ensemble performs on more than 60 handbells and handchimes along with a variety of additional instruments including percussion, wind, and strings.  Millennial Vibe is a five-voice a capella group making their debut, time marker 43:09-47:55.

Recent News

E-Notes – October 2018

Distinctly Bronze West 2018 registration opens today; Space still available for postpones Distinctly Bronze East; Next Member-Chat; More…

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E-Notes – September 2018

Deadlines approaching for National Seminar pre-registration and performer/faculty submissions; College Ring-In registration now open; New Member-Extras, and more…

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E-Notes – August 2018

National Seminar 2019 pre-registration and call for faculty and performers; College Ring-In headed to Minneapolis; YouTube Challenge; More…

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E-Notes July 2018

Take our member survey; Concerts live streaming from National Seminar this week; Special message from the board about HMA Governance; more…

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Special Spring Music Promotion

From your laptop, your tablet, or even your phone, NOW you can look at, listen to, and purchase great AGEHR MUSIC selections for the coming Spring.

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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.

GO HERE to learn more about all our National Events.


January 6-8, 2019
Bloomington, Minnesota

Three days of ringing under the direction of Carolynne Mathis culminates in a public concert on the final evening.  Participants will be given their own individual ringing assignment to prepare in advance and then join other attendees to rehearse and polish the music for the final concert.

Spring 2018 Courses

The Spring 2018 Virtual Bell Academy will provide the coursework needed for Handbell Musician Certification Level 1.

July 14-17
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Individual conducting students will work one-on-one with master conductor Dr. William Payn and accomplished composer Sondra Tucker will work with aspiring and seasoned composers.

July 17-21
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Join us in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for our annual National Seminar, Distinctly Teen, and Master Classes in Conducting and Composing. Our summer events offer something for ALL handbell musicians. 

July 19-21
Grand Rapids, Michigan

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

October 4-7
New Bern, North Carolina

Our premier performance event for advanced handbell musicians.

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.