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.
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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
Help build a pension for the Guild, by contributing to the HERITAGE FUND
HANDBELL MUSICIANS OF AMERICA MAILING ADDRESSES
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 201 E. Fifth Street Suite 1900-1025 Cincinnati, OH 45202
National Seminar Silent Auction
We are gearing up for an exciting in-person National Seminar, which will include virtual options as well, and as usual, the Silent Auction will be a big part of it. Following the success of our completely online auction last year, and since we will have a number of virtual attendees to Seminar this year, we are hosting a hybrid silent auction with both online and onsite items, so that all may participate. So, whether you participate in National Seminar with us onsite in Arizona or virtually from your home, everyone will have the opportunity to bid on a great lineup of donated items.
Some ideas for silent auction donations include themed baskets or boxes, handcrafted items, music commissions, virtual coaching session, a weekend or a week in a timeshare, handbell books and music…the types of items that will make this a successful silent auction are limited only by your imagination.
Become a National Seminar Sponsor
There are many ways you or your company can help sponsor National Seminar and make the event as engaging as possible for the attendees and give your business needed exposure.
Add your company’s name as a presenting sponsor for the Seminar Concert Stage or receptions at the event or to sponsor the live stream of concerts and virtual classes. You can also choose to sponsor many other elements as well, such as our souvenir pins, tote bags, and attendee gifts.
As a presenting sponsor, your company will be recognized in all event advertising, online and in print. In addition, depending on your level of sponsorship, your package could include program ads, recognition on website, banquet tickets, targeted email blasts, and more.
Earlybird Deadline for National Seminar is June 1
Register early to save $55 off full registration
Registration is now open for National Seminar, Master Classes in Conducting and Composition, and Distinctly Teen in Glendale Arizona.
At National Seminar, you will have the chance to participate in educational and engaging classes; enjoy performances by some of our best choirs, ensembles, and soloists; browse and shop through exhibit booths from handbell publishers, retailers, manufacturers, and more.
In the Master Class in Conducting, 13 individual conducting students will work one-on-one with master conductor, Dr. William Payn. Each will be assigned one piece to learn and conduct under Dr. Payn’s tutelage. Participating conducting students will form the choir that each will lead. The event concludes with a final showcase concert where students will conduct their pieces for an audience. PLEASE NOTE: The application deadline for conductors has passed, but we are still accepting ringer/observers. Much can be learned by ringing and observing the individual conductor instruction.
The Master Class in Composition will offer up to six composers the opportunity to work one-on-one with Sondra Tucker to hone their skills in composing and arranging. Students will have access to keyboards and ample time to work on compositions. There will also be opportunities for group discussion and collaboration.
Distinctly Teen is designed for individual young ringers (8th–12th grade) who wish to stretch their ringing skills and challenge their musicianship.
Participants will spend 2 ½ days working on intermediate to advanced repertoire and developing skills in handbell technique and general musicianship under the leadership of Barb Walsh. The event schedule will combine dedicated rehearsal and class time for Distinctly Teen with the opportunity to attend classes offered as part of the Handbell Musicians of America National Seminar.
Virtual Options: Not yet ready to attend in person? We have plenty of virtual options for National Seminar this year. Some of our in-person classes will be broadcast online and we’ve added a number of virtual-only international classes to the schedule as well, so whether you’re inclined to travel or not, we’ve got you covered.
Video of the Month
Hakuoh University Handbell Choir performs “The Lion King Medley” with “Circle of Life,” “Can You Fell the Love Tonight?,” “I Just Can’t Wait to be King,” under the direction Hirotaka Arai This is the choir’s 29th anniversary and its 26th Goodwill Tour of Hawaii. Songs composed by Elton John and arr. by Kevin & Yvette McChesney.
Brian’s Music Notes
with Brian Childers
3-6 Octaves Bells with Optional 3-4 Octaves handchimes
Commissioned for the FebFest 2004 by the Greater Houston Handbell Association, this beautiful flowing original from the pen of Michael Helman is the third in a series of Nocturnes. Evocative of night scenes, composers through the centuries such as Chopin and Grieg have given us many expressive tomes. Helman’s composition adds another beautiful and expressive selection to the handbell repertoire. Featuring a long, flowing melody in ABA format, and a variety of stretched harmonics, this luscious, expressive setting is sure to resonate with your ringers, congregations, and audiences. Include the optional chimes for additional textures and added beauty.
View and listen to the score here:
Coming Soon…Virtual Handbell Choir Kits
Handbell Musicians of America and AGEHR Publishing are proud to announce we will be providing two Virtual Handbell Choir Kits for purchase. We will be offering “Festive Peal” by Karen Thompson and “Rejoice! The Lord is King” arr. Susan Geschke. Each kit comes complete with a pdf score, permission to make 12 copies for your ringers, a one year streaming License, click tracks at two different speeds, and instructions for how to record and assemble your Virtual Bell Choir Kit. We are grateful to Brian Seeman for partnering with HMA to make these kits possible.
Until next month,