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.
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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
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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
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.
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Video of the Month
Our selection this month features the Wildcat Tone Ringers of Quinton School perform John Wernega’s arrangement of ‘If.” This ensemble consists of students in grades 4-8. The ensemble is named after the mascot of Quinton Township School, Quinton, New Jersey, a pre-K to eighth-grade public school.
Brian’s Music Notes
with Brian Childers
Gabriel Faure; arr. Arnold Sherman
3-5 Octaves Handbells (AG35195)
Organ/Full Score (AG35196)
Harp and Cello Parts (AG301882AG)
This setting of Faure’s ‘In Paradisum’ is set by Arnold Sherman. It is scored for 3-5 octaves of bells, with organ, cello, and harp. While the bell score may be played beautifully by itself, consider adding the additional instrumental parts to really bring Gabriel Faure’s work to life! At only 63 measures in length, this light-textured bell setting will be a quick learn for your ringers and a stunning addition to concerts or worship services.
View the scrolling score and and hear a recording here
Writing about his well-known requiem, Faure once said “Everything I managed to entertain by way of religious illusion I put into my Requiem, which moreover is dominated from beginning to end by a very human feeling of faith in eternal rest…It has been said that my Requiem does not express the fear of death and someone has called it a lullaby of death. But it is thus that I see death: as a happy deliverance, an aspiration towards happiness above, rather than as a painful experience. …As to my Requiem, perhaps I have … instinctively sought to escape from what is thought right and proper, after all the years of accompanying burial services on the organ! I know it all by heart. I wanted to write something different.”
ARNOLD SHERMAN (b. 1948), currently living in Tyler, Texas, is a free-lance composer and co-founder of Red River Music. His undergraduate work in music education was done at Montgomery College, Rockville, Maryland, and Baylor University, Waco, Texas. Arnold is the founder and Director of the East Texas Handbell Ensemble. A clinician and guest conductor, he has led choral and handbell workshops, festivals, and reading sessions throughout the United States, Canada, England, Japan and the Bahamas. Arnold has over three hundred choral and handbell pieces in print and has been an active member of HMA where he has served as Area IX Chairman.
Until next month,