This Month

Register Now for Virtual Master Series

Composition Master Class Live Stream

International Symposium – Registration Now 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

Renew Our Vision
Refresh Our Mission
Refocus Our Future Together

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.

Visit Campaign Page

National Events

GO HERE to find out more about all our national events.


April 28 & 30


August 1-6, 2022
Nashville, Tennessee

July 31-August 1, 2022
Nashville, Tennessee

International Symposium 2022

July 30-August 1, 2022
Nashville, Tennessee

August 2-5, 2022
Nashville, Tennessee

 Keep Your Member Information Updated

It is important that you keep your membership information current so that we may be sure we are getting you the information you need such as renewal notices, information pertinent to your Area, Overtones, etc. Please take a moment periodically to check that your member profile is up to date. Just CLICK HERE to log in, then choose “Update My Profile” in the “What Would You Like to Do” drop-down menu at the right of the welcome screen.

Become a Sustaining Partner

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

  • You are CONNECTED to the handbell community
  • You are IN PARTNERSHIP with other handbell musicians
  • You are NURTURED through education and resources

Learn More

hf-logo-260px Help build a pension for the Guild, by contributing to the HERITAGE FUND



Please note that any PAYMENTS sent to the Guild should now go to the following address:

Handbell Musicians of America
PO Box 221047
Louisville, KY 40252

This includes membership renewal, contributions, event registration payments, invoice payments, etc.

All GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE that DOES NOT include a check payment should be sent to:

Handbell Musicians of America
201 E. Fifth Street Suite 1900-1025
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Register Now for Virtual Master Series

Our Virtual Master Series gives participants the opportunity to hone and perfect their skills in either solo ringing, composition, or education with master clinicians Linda Krantz, Jason Krug, Greig Ashurst, and Gillian Erlenborn. The solo ringing class also has spots for observers, and composers in the composition class will have to opportunity to hear their works performed in a live-stream concert.

REGISTER NOW as spots are limited.


Details and Registration

Solo Ringing

with Linda Krantz

Attend as a solo participant or an observer. Each solo participant will be coached on one piece under Linda Krantz’s tutelage. Participating solo students and observers will have roundtable discussions throughout the two days reflecting on the coaching sessions as well as important topics related uniquely to solo ringing.

Not quite ready to step to the solo table? Then participate as an observer. You will get to observe Linda’s coaching first-hand, and contribute to the roundtable discussions. Application deadline: April 11.


with Jason Krug

Up to eight composers will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with Jason Krug to hone their skills in composing and arranging.

This master class is primarily for directors and musicians who may not be experienced composers/arrangers but now find themselves in a situation where they need to arrange music for their ensemble. Students will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with Jason and participate in group discussions. Application deadline: April 11.


with Greig Ashurst and Gillian Erlenborn

Up to twelve music educators can participate in each day of this master class, exploring the many ways to implement handbells and handchimes into the music curriculum. Greig Ashurst and Gillian Erlenborn will guide participants through two days of learning; showcasing what handbells and handchimes can do when utilized to reinforce musical concepts and give students a fun, kinesthetic musical experience.

Details and Registration

Return to top

Composition Master Class Live Stream

Students in Jason Krug’s Virtual Master Class in Composition will have their works showcased by Houston Bronze Ensemble in a YouTube live stream Sunday, April 30, at 7:00 pm EDT. Please join us for this informal concert and support the work of our up and coming composers. Please visit our YouTube channel to set a reminder.


Set Reminder

Return to top

20th International Handbell Symposium

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

Return to top

Video of the Month

The song “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons performed on six octaves of handbells and five octaves of handchimes by the Potomac Upper School Handbell Ensemble of McLean, Virginia, under the direction of Nick Hanson, who will be directing the International Youth Symposium August 2-5 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Return to top

Brian’s Music Notes

with Brian Childers


By Judy Phillips
AG 36049
3-6 Octaves, Level 2+

This beautiful Judy Phillips original is one you will not want to miss! Originally published in 2012, this beautiful and soulful melody is surrounded by singing bells, malleted bells off the table, and a judicious use of chimes all working together to create a stunning and beautiful presentation. Commissioned in honor of Jessica Westgard Larson, Soliloquy is appropriate for lenten services or any concert throughout the year.

“Soliloquy” may be purchased from Handbell World and JW Pepper (Click the links to take you directly to this title on their websites)

Notable Youtube Videos

Bellissimo Handbell Choir

Until next month,

Brian Childers
Music Adviser

Return to top