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.

Feb 27-Mar 1, 2020

New Bern, North Carolina Stephanie Rhoades, Conductor Registration opens Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Feb 28-Mar 1, 2020

New Bern, North Carolina Monica McGowan, Conductor Registration opens Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Virtual Bell Academy

Participate in engaging and informative courses in Handbell Musicianship from the comfort of your home, office or rehearsal space.

Meet Us in St. Louis

July 16-20, 2019 Details coming soon.

New Music for 2019

View and listen to AGEHR Publishing’s new releases for 2019 on your computer or mobile device.

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
Watch Archived Video
(Members only)

Saturday, March 23
Watch Archived Video
(Members Only)

Saturday, July 20
4:00 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 Spring 2019 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.

Please consider making a gift toward our annual fundraising goal

Contribute Online

National Seminar Live-Stream Concerts

We are once again bringing National Seminar’s fine performances to you via YouTube Live Streaming. In addition to the concerts themselves, hosts Derek Nance and Bob Avant will bring you “Live from National Seminar,” featuring interviews with performers and Seminar staff, faculty, and national board members before selected concerts.

Concert Lineup

July 17 Twin Cities Bronze Concert 2:00 p.m. Eastern
July 17 Houston Chamber Ringers Concert 6:15 p.m. Eastern
July 18 Quadrants Quartet Live from N.S. 1:30 p.m. • Concert 2:00 Eastern
July 18 Virginia Bronze Live from N.S. 6:15 p.m. • Concert 6:45 p.m. Eastern
July 19 Timbré Concert 2:00 p.m. Eastern
July 19 Rezound! Handbell Ensemble Live from N.S. 8:00 p.m. • Concert 8:30 p.m. Eastern
July 20 Distinctly Teen & All-Star Choir Live from N.S. 2:00 p.m. • Concert 2:30 p.m. Eastern
July 20 Strikepoint & Bells of the Lakes Concert 7:30 p.m. Eastern

Visit our YouTube channel now, subscribe, and hit the notification bell so that you will be notified when we are live or when new videos are added. Also, be sure to watch our Facebook page for reminders.

HMA YouTube Channel

You’ve dunked them! You’ve stuck them on Bingo Cards! Now, you get to make them sing!

Help send board members behind the mic in the Karaoke section of Houston Chamber Ringers’ National Seminar Opening Concert, and see them at Seminar or on the concert live-stream. CLICK HERE for more.

Video of the Month

The famed Westminster Choir College Handbell Choir, under the direction of Kathy Shaw, performs “Bound for South Australia” by Alex Guebert at the First Presbyterian Church, Ft. Lauderdale.

Recent News

E-Notes – June 2019

Distinctly Bronze East and Reaching for Bronze 2020 registration open; National Seminar Silent Auction; Next National Board Chat live from National Seminar; more…

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E-Notes – May 2019

National Seminar early-bird deadline; 2019 Virtual Bell Academy classes are underway; National board elections; more…

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Now Accepting Nominations for National Board

By Jennifer Vangolen Nominating Committee Chair Who should serve on the next national board of directors of the Handbell Musicians of America? Whoever it is, YOU will play a vital and essential role. Who are the board of directors? The board of directors consists of a...

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E-Notes April 2019

Don’t miss out on Reaching for Bronze; Spots still open for Distinctly Bronze East in June; New classes for Virtual Bell Academy; National board nominations being accepted; more…

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E-Notes March 2019

Nominations open for national board; Spots still open for DB East/Reaching for Bronze; National Seminar Registration; more…

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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.

National and Area Events Calendar

GO HERE to learn more about all our National Events.

July 16-20
St. Louis, Missouri

Join us in St. Louis for our annual National Seminar and Distinctly Teen. Our summer events offer something for ALL handbell musicians. 

July 18-20
St. Louis, Missouri

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

Participate in engaging and informative courses in Handbell Musicianship from the comfort of your home, office or rehearsal space.

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.