This Month


Distinctly Bronze West 2022 Registraion Now Open

Composition Master Class Concert Live Stream

Scholarships Available for International Symposium – Application Deadline April 30

Video of the Month

Youth Handbell Musicians to be Integrated into Full Handbell Symposium

Brian’s Music Notes


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April 23 & 30


August 1-6, 2022
Nashville, Tennessee

July 31-August 1, 2022
Nashville, Tennessee

International Symposium 2022

July 30-August 1, 2022
Nashville, Tennessee

October 6-9, 2022
Portland, Oregon

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Distinctly Bronze West 2022 Registration Now Open

October 6-9, Portland, Oregon
Carlos J. Ávila Báez, Conductor

We are pleased to announce that Carlos J. Ávila Báez, of Puerto Rico, will conduct Distinctly Bronze West 2022 in Portland, Oregon.

Carlos is an accomplished multifaceted musician, working professionally as a percussionist, orchestral conductor, music educator, and handbell specialist. He was appointed assistant principal percussionist of the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra in 2011 and has also performed with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra and the Peoria Symphony Orchestra. Since 2013 he has served as music director of the Puerto Rico Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Recognized internationally as a leader in the art of handbell ringing, Carlos has been a guest conductor or clinician in events such as the International Handbell Symposium, HMA’s Directors Seminar, Area Festivals and Handbell Exploration. In the 1990s, he and his Carlos E. Rivera were instrumental in the training, mentoring, and the subsequent formation of the first handbell ensembles in Venezuela. From 1993 to 2012, he was a founder and music director of Vivace, an advanced handbell ensemble that continually strived to push the boundaries of what bells were expected to achieve.

Learn more about Carlos and Distinctly Bronze on our website.

Details & Registration

Distinctly Bronze Repertoire

  • Aglow, Jason W. Krug, Grassy Meadow, MGMH350013, L3
  • Waltz No. 2, Dmitri Shostakovich, arr. Gina Marie Williams, From the Top, MFM20710, L3
  • Mountain Journeys, Brian Childers, Choristers Guild, CGB1242, L4+
  • Humoresque, Antonín Dvorák, arr. Elo Kesküla, GIA, MGIG9213, L3
  • A Flight of Angels, Dale Jergenson, AGEHR, MAG35070, L6
  • Blanco y Azul, José I. Quintón, arr. Carlos J. Ávila, From the Top L4
  • Invictus, Matthew Compton, Hope Publishing, MHP2944, L4
  • Flower Duet, Leo Delibes, arr. Sandra Eithun, Beckenhorst, MBEHB596, L4
  • Contrasts, Eileen Laurence, AGEHR, MAG36012, L4
  • Ícaro, Félix S. Martínez, From the Top, L4+
  • O God, Beneath your Guiding Hand, William A. Payn, National Handbell Music, MNMP118, L3
  • Finale from Serenade for Strings, Pyotr Illyich Tchaivovsky, arr. Carlos J. Ávila, Jeffers, L5-6

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Composition Master Class Showcase Concert Live Stream

Saturday, April 30, 7:00 p.m. EDT

Come to our YouTube channel Sunday, April 30, at 7:00 p.m. EDT when students in Jason Krug’s Virtual Master Class in Composition will have their works showcased by Houston Bronze Ensemble. This informal live-streamed concert is your chance to support the work of our up and coming composers. Please visit our YouTube channel to set a reminder.


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Scholarships Available for International Symposium

Application Deadline is April 30

Thanks to the generosity of contributors who fund our various scholarships, we are pleased to offer a number of them for International Symposium and its related events, some of which cover all or part of registration, lodging, and travel expenses, including scholarships designated specifically for young ringers. Please visit the International Symposium website for details and applications. 

Symposium Scholarships

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Video of the Month

BellTree Duo, Ben and Erin Roundtree (, perform a four-in-hand duet of “Dona Nobis Pacem” virtually with the Worship Orchestra of Washington (Vienna, Virginia). The piece was arranged by Ben Roundtree. From the video description on YouTube: “Do you need a little peace today? Dona Nobis Pacem, which means “grant us peace,” reminds me of the one person who can bring true peace – Jesus, the Prince of Peace. It was arranged for the 100th birthday of Erin’s grandmother, who lived to be 106!”

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Youth Handbell Musicians to be Integrated into Full Handbell Symposium

Handbell Musicians of America has decided to integrate International Youth Handbell Symposium into the International Handbell Symposium activities. Youth ringers ages 17 and under will have the opportunity to participate in massed ringing and international workshops, and attend international mini-concerts, the Opening & Closing Ceremonies, party at the Wild Horse, and Gala Banquet.
HMA has 25 “Future of Handbells” scholarships available for youth!
Each scholarship provides $200 towards registration/travel/hotel. Scholarship applications are due on April 30. Registration details for youth and chaperones, and information about scholarships can be found at


Registration Now Open

Join us at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.A. • August 1-6, 2022

International Symposium will feature

  • Performance Opportunities
  • Workshops Led by International Musicians
  • “Handbell Commons” Vendor Exhibits
  • Parties with Fellow Handbell Musicians from Around the World.

Join us for any or all of our International Handbell Symposium Events

Symposium Website

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Brian’s Music Notes

with Brian ChilderscO Day of Peace

By Lee Afdahl
AG 35236
3-5 Octaves, Level 3

This powerful setting for handbells and chimes was composed “for the victims of September 11, 2001.” It stands as a testament to the power of peace and prayer in our lives. Approximately four minutes in length, this setting incorporates the tune JERUSALEM. This tune was composed by Charles Hubert Parry in 1916 and appears in 59 hymnals. While a section of handchimes is included in the score, Afdahl often utilizes chimes on ms. 132-end for effect. “O Day of Peace” may be purchased from Handbell World and JW Pepper (click the links to take you directly to this title on their websites).

Afdahl’s first work with handbells dates to the 1970’s at Trinity United Methodist Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His first published arrangement was with Augsburg Fortress in 1993.

Following is a preview of the score with an introduction and performance notes by the arranger.

Until next month,

Brian Childers
Music Adviser

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