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Distinctly Bronze East 2020 Registration Open
February 27 – March 1, 2020 • New Bern, North Carolina
Register Soon! There are still a handful of spots open
We are excited to return to New Bern, North Carolina for our premier performance event after their recovery from Hurricane Florence. The massed ringing event for advanced handbell musicians which provides the opportunity to perform on the largest handbell sets available under the direction of Stephanie Rhoades. Four days of rehearsal lead up to a Sunday afternoon concert which is open to the public. A freewill offering will be accepted.
Reaching for Bronze Returns with Monica McGowan
February 28 – March 1 • New Bern, North Carolina
Have you wanted to apply for Distinctly Bronze but worry you are not yet at the skill level to be accepted? Then this is the event for you. Scheduled concurrently with Distinctly Bronze East, this event will give participants the opportunity to learn three pieces from the DB East rep list under the direction of master teacher and conductor Monica McGowan and perform them with the DB musicians on their final concert. In addition, the Reaching for Bronze choirs will prepare and perform two pieces of their own.
National Seminar Silent Auction
Our annual silent auction is a major fundraiser for Handbell Musicians of America.
Please consider supporting our mission by donating an item to be included in the auction. Items donated at past auctions include handmade goods such as jewelry, quilts, scarves, etc.; commissions for handbell compositions and arrangements; handbell novelty items; stays at vacation homes; autographed music or manuscripts; food items such as bottles of wine, fine chocolates, etc.; gift baskets; souvenirs or collectibles from your home town or state.
Next National Board Chat
Our next National Board Chat will be live from National Seminar, Saturday, July 20 at 4:00 p.m. Eastern. Ask questions, discuss goals, and offer your ideas and suggestions related to the direction and future of Handbell Musicians of America. Please note: This is a members-only feature.
Remaining 2019 Chat Dates
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Saturday, July 20
4:00 PM Eastern
Live from National Seminar
Saturday, October 26
11:00 AM Eastern
Live from National Board Meeting
Can’t attend but have a question? All sessions will be recorded and available to members through our online Member Center at handbellmembers.org. Send your question or comment in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org and it will be addressed during the next chat.
Have Your Say in the Leadership of HMA
Now Accepting Nominations for National Board
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.
The board of directors consists of a president, president-elect, and five at-large directors as the voting members. Each member serves a six-year term. The executive director is a non-voting participant. Additionally, a board-appointed secretary serves without voice or vote. The term of the current board expires September 30, 2020. At that time, P.L Grove (president), Derek Nance, and Jennifer Vangolen (at-large directors) will be replaced by a new president-elect and two new at-large directors. Those new members will join Bill Mathis, Linda Minnotte, and Kyle Webber. Jill Fedon will be our new president. Board members serve without compensation but are reimbursed for expenses directly related to their board responsibilities.
Still Time to Register for National Seminar and Distinctly Teen
Don’t miss this chance to participate in educational and engaging classes; enjoy performances by some of our best choirs and ensembles; browse and shop through exhibit booths from handbell publishers, retailers, manufacturers and more; meet and network with fellow handbell musicians and develop life-long friendships with those that share your enthusiasm and passion for our art.
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.
Music Notes from John Behnke
Truly a Time for Reflection and Celebration
Until next month,
John Behnke, Music Editor