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.

Pre-Registration Now Open

Renaissance Phoenix Glendale Hotel and Spa • Phoenix, Arizona, July 13-17.  Pre-register by Oct. 1 and freeze registration fee at $350. Also, get the chance to register for the full event classes and tracks before everyone else.

Become a Sustaining Partner

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

Handbell Happy Hours are still happening! Looking for a fun way to help ease the isolation of self-quarantine and social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic? Join us each Tuesday and Thursday for a casual, virtual chat with your handbell friends. Follow the link below for times.



Handbell Bucks

The Summer 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

Our selection this month is a favorite of many musicians, “Flight of the Bumblebee,” as performed by Forté Handbell Quartet. 

Recent News

E-Notes September 2020

Sessions from National Seminar 2020 Online Added to Virtual Bell Academy; Distinctly Bronze Update; Deadlines Approaching for Seminar 2021 Pre-Registration and Call for Faculty/Performers; More…

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National Seminar 2021 Call for Faculty & Performers

National Seminar Call for Faculty & Performers National Seminar 2021 will be Tuesday, July 13 through Saturday, July 17, at the Renaissance Phoenix Glendale Hotel and Spa, in Phoenix, Arizona. Several performance opportunities are offered throughout the...

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E-Notes August 2020

This Month Pre-Registration Open for National Seminar 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona National Seminar 2021 Call for Faculty and Performers National Seminar 2020 Recordings to be Made Available through Virtual Bell Academy 19th International Symposium on Facebook Video of...

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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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We are excited to announce that some of the favorite sessions from the online National Seminar 2020 are now available in the Virtual Bell Academy. We’ve selected the classes that will be most beneficial to handbell musicians as they navigate ringing in these days of COVID.


COVID-19 Update

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


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.

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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.