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.

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.



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.

Handbell Industry Council Releases Guidelines for Safely Returning to Ringing

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed our perception of what “normal” might look like.  When will things return to “normal?” When will we begin to ring again?  What is the new “norm” for schools, churches, concerts, conferences and community groups?

With the virus continuing to strengthen (as of June 12, 20 states are reporting an increase in the number of active cases), these questions are still difficult to answer but it is time to make plans for moving forward to a new norm.  Let’s be proactive and begin planning for what a safe return to ringing might look like.

The Handbell Industry Council has developed a series of documents to help you start thinking about a safe return to ringing.  In the meantime, continue to abide by the recommendations of the CDC and your local health organization as you make informed decisions about returning to ringing.

See Guidelines

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

Congratulations New Honorary Life Members

During Live from National Seminar, which is part of our National Seminar Online, Handbell Musicians of America welcomed two new members to the Honorary Life Membership roster.Christine Anderson Christine Anderson first discovered handbells in 1972. She rang her first...

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E-Notes June 2020

Registration now open for National Seminar Online and in Orlando; Silent Auction Information; New Business Membership; more…

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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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COVID-19 Update

A special message from interim executive director Ed Rollins about the evolving COVID-19 situation.



Don’t miss our next

Helping Handbell Groups Succeed
with Julie Turner

Saturday, August 15
3 p.m. Eastern


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.

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.

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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.