This Month

Virtual Winter Workshop
February 26-27

Summer Events Website Open

Video of the Month

Brian’s Music Notes


Like many non-profits, the COVID-19 pandemic has placed Handbell Musicians of America in the middle of difficulties, but therein lies an opportunity to

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Handbell Musicians of America remains committed to uniting people into a diverse musical community that advances the art of handbell/handchime ringing through education, community, and communication.

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Virtual Winter Workshop
February 26-27

Join us for Handbell Musicians of America’s first 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 Website Open

Get ready to join us at the Renaissance Phoenix Glendale Hotel & Spa in Glendale, Arizona this summer for National Seminar, Distinctly Teen, and Master Classes in Conducting and Composition. General registration opens at 10 a.m. EST on Monday, March 1, but you can visit the website now and learn about the many classes, exhibitor showcases, tracks, and performances that await you during our flagship event. Many of our in-person seminar classes will be also be offered virtually for those who prefer not to travel.

We hope to see you this summer in
The Valley of the Sun!

Seminar Website

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Video of the Month

Our selection this month is a Barbara Brocker/Rob Pearson bell tree solo arrangement of Amazing Grace. Lisa Gunn plays the piano and Tom Reagan plays the bells on a custom stand that accommodates the leather handles of the Whitechapel bells.

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Brian’s Music Notes

with Brian Childers

Festive Peal

By Karen Thompson

AG 35303
3-5 Octaves, Level 2+

Originally published in 2011, this gem is a “can’t miss” winner! With no bell changes and rated Level 2+, your bell ringers will LOVE ringing this fun and energetic title. Festive Peal opens with a simple descending C major scale. In its development, the pattern-based composition builds with simple-to-ring sections. Even the 10/8 time signature can be quickly mastered and rung with confidence by your ringers.

New this month, E-notes will be providing a video element to our column. Simply click on the link below and you will find a message from Karen Thompson about her composition as well as a scrolling recording with the score.

Preview and Order the Music

Notable Youtube Videos

Festive Peal rung from memory outdoors (Alleluia Ringers):

Festive Peal rung in a traditional worship setting:

Festive Peal rung as a processional (LA Bronze):


Until next month,

Brian Childers
Music Adviser

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