This Month

Space Still Open for Virtual Winter Workshop

National Seminar Pre-Registrants May Now Complete Registrations

Scholarships Available for National Seminar

Video of the Month

Brian’s Music Notes


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Spaces Are Still Open for Our
Virtual Winter Workshop February 26-27

There is still time to register for the Handbell Musicians of America Virtual Winter Workshop. This is an opportunity to work with a wide range of expert instructors on an assortment of handbell related topics. During this stressful time of the pandemic, when we can’t gather in person, take advantage of this chance to learn, grow and share your enthusiasm from the comfort of your own home.

The only equipment required is your computer and a solid internet connection. Having bells at home may enhance the experience of some of the courses but are not required. Instructors include Paul and Stevie Berryman, Marie Clyatt-Larson, Mitchell Eithun, Linda Krantz, Venita MacGorman, Kristen MacGorman Maupin, Derek Nance, Michèle Sharik, and Kathleen Wissinger.  The two-day virtual workshop will include twelve sessions with nine different one- to four-session track options. Registrants will be able to attend 12 sessions live and then have access to watch the recordings of all sessions for a week following the event.

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National Seminar Pre-registrants May Now Complete Registration and Select Classes

As a National Seminar pre-registrant, you may now complete your registration and select your classes before registration opens to the rest of the membership on March 1.

We have many fine classes to choose from, but early registration is recommended to ensure the best choices are available. We recommend looking over the class descriptions and schedules and completing your registration as soon as possible.

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We look forward to seeing you this summer in The Valley of the Sun!

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Scholarships Available for National Seminar

Thanks to the generosity of contributors who fund our various scholarships, we are pleased once again to offer a number of them for National Seminar, some of which cover all or part of registration, lodging, and travel expenses. 

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Video of the Month

Here’s a fun video by The RingNYC, a community of handbell musicians residing in New York City. The RingNYC provides various ringing opportunities throughout the season for junior and senior high schoolers, college students, young professionals and beyond. This cover of “Happy” is arranged by CJ Caminiti and the group describes it as “for handbells, percussion, and your best moves.” To learn more about The RingNYC, have a look at their website at



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Brian’s Music Notes

with Brian Childers

Rejoice! The Lord is King

arr. Susan E. Geshke

AG 3081
3 Octaves, Level 3-

This wonderful Susan Geshke arrangement is one you don’t want to miss. This setting opens with a fanfare of eight measures, moving straightaway into a bold statement of the tune in 4/4. Following a quick transition into 6/8, the second verse (and third if taking the indicated repeat) uses a running eighth note pattern to highlight the lilting melody with echoes and marts in the accompaniment.  The final verse returns to 4/4 and moves to a close with another fanfare. This great setting is fun to ring and a great addition to both worship and concert settings.

Open the video below to hear the background from the composer and to hear and see a scrolling recording.

Preview and Order the Music


More on the background of “Rejoice! The Lord is King”

Charles Wesley (1707-1788), composer of over 6500 hymns, composed the text for “Rejoice! The Lord is King.” Wesley published 30 books of his poetry when he wasn’t preoccupied with preaching alongside his brother, John. In the “Wesleyan Hymn Book,” 623 of the 770 hymns utilize texts written by Charles Wesley. 

The tune DARWALL most commonly associated with this hymn was composed by John Darwall (1732-1789). Darwall was the son of a pastor who attended Manchester Grammar School and Brasenose College, Oxford, England. He became the curate and later the vicar of St. Matthew’s Parish Church in Walsall, where he remained until his death. Darwall was a poet and amateur musician. He composed a soprano tune and bass line for each of the 150 psalm versifications in the Tate and Brady New Version of the Psalms of David (l696). In an organ dedication speech in 1773 Darwall advocated singing the “Psalm tunes in quicker time than common [in order that] six verses might be sung in the same space of time that four generally are.”


Until next month,

Brian Childers
Music Adviser

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