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, 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.

The national election will take place Feb. 15 – Mar. 15, 2020, to determine the three who will join ongoing board members Jill Fedon (who becomes president on Oct. 1), Bill Mathis, Linda Minnotte, and Kyle Webber. You will also be voting on updates to the National Bylaws.

Your vote is very important in helping to determine the course of our organization. Get to know all the candidates HERE.


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

Canadian indie pop band Walk off the Earth has fun with handbells and a number of “found” instruments in their cover of Old Town Road (Lil Nas X, Billy Ray Cyrus). There are some non-traditional ringing techniques, but they work for this setting.

Recent News

Bells Will Ring in Washington D.C. New Year’s Day

On New Year's Day, Washington, D.C. will be filled with the sounds of bells through change ringing peals, carillon recitals, Chinese and Korean bells, and even handbells from our own Virginia Bronze. This all happens as part of the National Bell Festival. The festival...

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E-Notes December 2019

This Month National Office Holiday Hours College Ring-In Less Than a Month Away Spaces Still Open for Reaching for Bronze A Few Spots Still Open for Distinctly Bronze 2020 Open Enrollment Extended - Get Member-Exclusive Health Insurance Benefit Last-Minute...

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E-Notes November 2019

Registration info for national events: College Ring-In, Reaching for Bronze; Deadline approaching for Honorary Life Award nominations; Registration open for International Symposium in Hong Kong; and more.

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E-Notes October 2019

This Month Accepting Nominations for Honorary Life Membership Award College Ring-In: Jan. 3-5 in Houston, Texas Spaces Still Open for Reaching for Bronze Save the Date for Giving Tuesday Next National Board Chat Video of the Month Brian Childers Named Music Adviser...

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Nominations Being Accepted for Honorary Life Membership

By Jill Fedon President-Elect, National Board The Guild’s first Honorary Life Membership Award was given to Frederick Sharpe in 1963 at the eighth National Convention in Detroit, Michigan. Mr. Sharpe was the honored guest at the convention and was...

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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.

January 3-5, 2020
Houston, Texas
Stevie Berryman, Conductor


Feb. 27-Mar. 1, 2020
New Bern Riverfront Convention Center
New Bern, North Carolina
Stephanie Rhoades, Conductor


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.