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E-Notes May 2017


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This Month

Virtual Bell Academy – One Class Left, Past Sessions Available for Purchase

National Seminar – Register Before Classes Begin to Fill

Enjoy Online Overtones Content and Other Resources in Our Members-Only Section

Music Notes from John Behnke


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Featured Resource


Learn some of the finer points of programming a handbell concert with Janet Van Valey’s Speak to Your Audience presentation.

Handbell Musician Resources>>

If you’ve not yet seen our first ever Virtual Handbell Ensemble, have a look HERE. Help us get as much exposure as possible by commenting and sharing.


Watch us break the Guinness World Record for the Largest Handbell Ensemble Nov. 19, 2016 at the Mall of America in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


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 should be sent to:

Handbell Musicians of America
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Virtual Bell Academy – One More 2017 Session Coming Up

Past sessions available in our Online Store

There is one more chance to attend one of our Spring 2017 Virtual Bell Academy classes Mayy 22 at 8 p.m. EDT. with Michele Sharik’s Full Hands, Full Hearts: Six-in-Hand. Are you ready for the next level challenge? Six-in-hand is for you! Learn at least three ways to play three bells in each hand, as well as the ergonomic and practical concerns of each style.

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VBA Archives Available

Did you miss one of our previous classes but are still interested in the topic?  Then purchase the archive recording of the class through our online store.  Be sure to login to your member account before purchasing to receive a discount.

Previous classes available for purchase include:

  • Audition Skills for Ringers with Sharon Schmidt
  • Healthy Musician Series with Rob Meyer-Kukan
  • Handbell Musicianship Series with Grieg Ashurst


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National Seminar – Register Before Classes Begin to Fill

Join us in sunny California for National Seminar 2017, July 11-15.  Although the early-bird deadline has passed, you can still register for National Seminar 2017 in Anaheim, California. Be sure to register soon before your favorite classes begin to fill up.


National Seminar offers handbell musicians of all skill levels opportunities to learn from handbell experts, enjoy amazing concerts, explore new music and products, and network with other musicians from around the world.

Airport Transportation

You can now begin to arrange for discounted transportation between the airport and hotel has been arranged with Karmel Shuttle Service. Reservations are required can can be make by CLICKING HERE or calling 1-888-995-RIDE (7433). Be sure to mention promo code “handbell17.”

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Enjoy the Online Edition of Overtones and Other Members Only Content

otspring17-1Don’t forget that, as a member, you can access the online edition of our journal, Overtones, which includes everything from the print edition plus extra online-exclusive content. Not a member? You can join for as little as $8/month and receive the print edition of Overtones and access to all our online members-only content and other member benefits. Individuals who belong to a member ensemble can join as a sub-member for only $10/year and receive all online members-only content.

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Music Notes from John Behnke

New Music – A New Season!

For most of us, the summer months, June, July and August are a time to refresh and recharge.  Part of that recharging is the joy of looking through new music and deciding on what new exciting pieces our choirs will play from September through May.   So for AGEHR Publishing, May being on the doorstep of the summer, is when we “show off” – unveil our new music.

My goal each year as Music Editor for AGEHR Publishing is to try and provide something for every member of the Handbell Musicians of America.  Some members ring or direct in large 5-6 octave choirs; some ring in smaller 2 octave choirs.   Some ring Level 1 or 2 music, while some ring Level 4, 5, or 6 music.   So I strive to meet the needs of our entire membership by having something for everyone.


Coming to your mailbox very soon will be our NEW 2017 HANDBELL MUSIC promotional booklet. This booklet contains a CD so you can listen to the pieces, and 3-4 pages of score to see what the music looks like.

So fanfare, please!  It’s time to unveil our great NEW 2017 HANDBELL MUSIC.

Music For Christmas

  1. AG35356 What Child is This? by Alex Guebert, 3-5 octaves, L2
  2. AG35363 Oh, How Joyfully by John A. Behnke, 3-5 octaves, L2
  3. AG36059 O Holy Night, by Linda R. Lamb, 3-6 octaves, L2+
  4. AG35084 Infant Holy, Infant Lowly by Arnold B. Sherman, 3-5 octaves, L2

Music For Easter

  1. AG35355 Exultate Deo by Jill Fedon, 3-5 octaves, L3
  2. AG37011 Fanfare on Engelberg by Michael Glasgow, 3-7 octaves, L3+

with options for brass.   Full score is AG37011FS.

  1. AG35358 Prelude on Lauda Anima by John A. Behnke, 3-5 octaves, L2

Music for Throughout the Year

Hymn-Based or Spiritual Preludes

  1. AG35352 Fantasy on Beach Spring by Michael Mazzatenta, 3-5 octaves, L3
  2. AG36058 Fantasy on an Irish Tune (Star of the County Down) by Arnold B. Sherman, 3-6 oct. L3+, opt. flute/drum
  3. AG35353 This is My Father’s World by Kevin McChesney, 3-5 octaves, L3+
  4. AG35360 When the Saints Go Marching In by Thomas Gregory, 3-5 octaves, L2
  5. AG23054 Chime In: Gospel Favorites 2 by John A. Behnke, 2-3 octaves chimes or bells, L1+
    (two arrangements, Softly and Tenderly and In the Garden)
  1. AG35362 Over My Head, I Hear Music in the Air by Joy Toll-Chandler, 3-5 octaves, L3

Freely-composed (Original) Works

  1. AG35357 Joyful Acclamation by Mitchell Eithun, 3-5 octaves, L3+
  2. AG35361 Joyance by Ron Mallory, 3-5 octaves, L3- (Area 2 Composition Winner)
  3. AG35359 Quickening Spirit by Phoebe T.T. Yeung, 3-5 octaves, L3+
  4. AG23053 Enduring Gladness by Ron Mallory, 2-3 octaves, L2
  5. AG35354 Anthem of Hope by Michael Mazzatenta, 3-5 octaves, L2+
  6. AG36057 Divenire by Matthew Compton, 3-6 octaves, L2+ (International Symposium commission)
  7. AG57023 Out of the Silent Night by Alex Guebert, 5-7 octaves, L5  (DB selection)

One comment I’ve heard which gives me great joy is that people have said that they see more “new names” with AGEHR Publishing than any other bell publisher.

This year you will see for the first time, the name of Phoebe T. T. Yeung from Hong Kong.   Her piece, “Quickening Spirit” AG35359, leads off our recording and is absolutely stunning.

Plus you will see Mitchell Eithun’s first original handbell piece. Mitchell is the son of well-known handbell composer, Sandra Eithun.   And there are two pieces by Alex Guebert, a new, young composer from California. It gives us at AGEHR Publishing great pleasure to be publishing the work of young composers who are the present and future of handbells and handchimes.

So, are you ready to crack open our 2017 promotional booklet and take a listen?  I hope so.  It is filled with new and exciting music for you and your handbell/handchime choir.

If your booklet has not arrived yet… CLICK HERE to listen to Phoebe T. T. Yeung’s piece, Quickening Spirit, AG35359, which leads off our booklet.

It will give you a foretaste of what is to come.   Thanks so much for choosing ringer-tested music from AGEHR Publishing.

Until next month,
John Behnke, Music Editor

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