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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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.
GO HERE to find out more about all our national events.
Distinctly Bronze East 2022
February 24-27, 2022
New Bern, North Carolina
Reaching for Bronze
February 25-27, 2022
New Bern, North Carolina
International Symposium 2022
August 1-6, 2022
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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 be sent to:
Handbell Musicians of America
201 E. Fifth Street Suite 1900-1025
Cincinnati, OH 45202
20th International Handbell Symposium Registration Open
Handbell Musicians of America welcomes you to Nashville, Tennessee, in the United States, for the 20th International Handbell Symposium and all our accompanying events. Join us in July-August 2022 for any or all of these world-class events.
Join Us December 14 for Our Second Annual Ring-a-Thon
Hosts Michael Glasgow and Michèle Sharik will once again be on hand for our 6-hour Ring-a-Thon beginning at 4 p.m. EST Tuesday, Dec. 14. Be sure to join us as we kick off our 2022 Annual Campaign with performances, interviews, games, and prizes. Follow the link below to set a reminder.
Spaces Still Open for Reaching For Bronze in February 2022
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.
This ZERO-PRESSURE event is scheduled concurrently with Distinctly Bronze East and will give participants the opportunity to learn three pieces from the DB East repertoire list under the direction of master teacher and conductor Kathryn Jurado and perform them alongside the DB musicians on their final concert. In addition, the Reaching for Bronze choirs will prepare and perform two pieces of their own.
During the event, instruction will be offered in building skills in treble, bass, and battery techniques, as well as improving all aspects of musicianship.
Visit our website now to learn all about the event and secure your spot. Do you have a number of people from one ensemble who would like to attend together? Contact events manager Marie Clyatt-Larson for group discount possibilities.
Still Time to Snag a Spot in Distinctly Bronze East 2022
Don’t miss your chance to take part in the return of Distinctly Bronze East and ring under the expert direction of conductor, clinician, and composer Brian Childers.
This massed ringing event for advanced handbell musicians provides the opportunity to perform on the largest handbell sets available. Four days of rehearsal lead up to a Sunday afternoon concert which is open to the public for a small admission charge.
Video of the Month
Our selection this month is “Thanksgiving Medley,” arranged by Patricia Hurlbutt, Performed by Good Vibrations Handbells Choir of Lutheran High School of Kansas City at the Fall Concert 2020.
Brian’s Music Notes
with Brian Childers
Classic Tunes That Teach
Martha Lynn Thompson
2-3 Octaves; Level 2
The arrangements in “Classic Tunes that Teach” develop in difficulty as you progress through the book. Each tune is presented in separate 2 and 3 octave arrangements, making the score clean and easy to read for the developing ringers. This reproducible, budget-stretching collection includes the following titles:
- Trumpet Festivo from Bonduca
- Trumpet Tune
- Aria from 12th Concerto Grosso
- Trumpet Sinfonia
- Rondeau and Fanfare from Symphonies de Fanfare
- Psalm 19 (The Heavens Declare the Glory of God)
- Praise Ye the Father/March Pontificale
- The Rejoicing from Music for the Royal Fireworks
Keep reading below for even more insider information from Martha Lynn!
From the arranger:
“Tunes that Teach”is a series of 4 books published by AGEHR. The most recent, “Classic Tunes that Teach,” drew on my penchant for classical music arranged in simple form and usable by choirs that weren’t exactly beginners. The theory behind these arrangements was “Give a beginning choir a single-line melody and they’ll crash and burn!” These books are written full-chord style because, with beginners, there’s safety in numbers – more notes! These collections offer the opportunity to introduce ringers to the great hymns, spirituals, patriotic, multicultural, and classical music.
Until next month,