This Month

Spaces Still Open for Reaching for Bronze

Still Time to Snag a Spot in Distinctly Bronze East 2022

AGEHR Music Publishing News

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.

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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.

National Events

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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
Nashville, Tennessee


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Handbell Musicians of America
PO Box 221047
Louisville, KY 40252

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

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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.

Details and Registration

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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.

Details and Registration

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AGEHR Music Publishing News

The Lorenz Corporation has long been the sole distributor of AGEHR music publications. As a result of the Covid 19 pandemic, Lorenz filed for bankruptcy, primarily to enable the downsizing of their company. As part of the bankruptcy agreement, Lorenz has informed numerous organizations/publishers that they will no longer be able to act as the distributor of their music catalog. This group includes AGEHR Publishing. 
Brian Childers, HMA Music Advisor, and I have been working to find a new landing spot for AGEHR Publishing. We are excited to announce our extensive music catalog will be relocated to Jeffers Handbell Supply and JW Pepper. As a purchaser of music, you will not notice a change. AGEHR music will continue to be available from Lorenz through the end of November. After that, visiting the AGEHR portion of the HMA Website will offer links to both Jeffers and JW Pepper. Looking ahead, we are working to update our catalog so we can offer PDFs and Recordings to make your shopping quicker and easier. AGEHR music will continue to be available and provide excellent resources for the next generation of ringers.

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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.

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Brian’s Music Notes

with Brian Childers

In Paradisum

Gabriel Faure; arr. Arnold Sherman

Level 3-
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. 

Purchase your copies of “In Paradisum” here

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,

Brian Childers
Music Adviser

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