This Month

There’s Still Time for You or Your Ensemble to Apply to Perform at National Seminar 2023!

Have a Class Idea for Seminar 2023?

Interested in Conducting at Seminar 2023?

Spots Still Open for Reaching for Bronze 2023

Video of the Month

Brian’s Music Notes


National Events

GO HERE to find out more about all our national events.

February 23-26, 2023
New Bern, North Carolina
Registration Full
Waiting List Available

February 24-26, 2023
New Bern, North Carolina

Conducting, Composition, Solo Ringing

July 9-11, 2023
Irving, Texas

Details Coming Soon


July 11-15, 2023
Irving, Texas

Pre-Register Through Nov. 30
For Lowest Rates

July 13-15, 2023
Irving, Texas

Details Coming Soon

Keep Your Member Information Updated

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.



Please note that any PAYMENTS sent to HMA 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

There’s Still Time for You or Your Ensemble to Apply to Perform at National Seminar 2023!

There are several opportunities available for performers at Seminar 2023. Each day there is a lunch concert (30-40 min) and an evening concert (1 hour). We are looking to feature a variety of ages and abilities from community groups, school ensembles, soloists, church groups, etc. – representing the diverse membership of HMA.


Applications are available on the National Seminar Website,
and you can still apply through October 25.

National Seminar Website

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Have a Class Idea for National Seminar 2023?

We will be accepting applications for faculty, performers, and conductors for National Seminar 2023, in Irving, TX, through October 25, 2022.  

There are some exciting changes happening this year. One focus for National Seminar 2023 will be education. Each day, we will offer at least one education-focused class per session in addition to other topics. We would like a range of classes in three categories:*  

Expanded Education 

Teaching handbell/hand chimes: 

  • To children ages 5 – 10 in school or church settings. 
  • To children ages 11 – 13 in school or church settings. 
  • To teenagers ages 14 – 18 in school or church settings. 
  • To young adults ages 19 – 35 in university/college, community, or church settings. 
  • To adults ages 36 and up in community or church settings. 
  • To children and adults with physical, sensory, or mental disabilities in school, community, or church settings 
Core Classes 
  • Treble, battery, and bass techniques 
  • Hand chime techniques 
  • Solo, small ensemble, and bell tree classes 
  • Conducting techniques 
  • Music theory, score study, and marking music 
  • Roundtable discussions for community groups, church groups, youth groups, marketing, etc. 
Creative Classes 
  • Relays, games, fun movements 
  • Other instruments: flute choir, drum circle, Orff, etc. 
  • Other creative endeavors 

*This is not an all-inclusive list, but possible suggestions. 

Applications are available on the National Seminar Website,
and you can still apply through October 25.

National Seminar Website

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Interested in Conducting at National Seminar 2023

Also new for National Seminar 2023, conductors for the Advanced Ringing Track, Intermediate Ringing Track, and All-Star Choir will be selected through an application process. Have you wanted to expand your conducting experience to the National level? This is an opportunity for you to conduct at our flagship HMA event.  

Applications are available on the National Seminar Website,
and you can still apply through October 25.

National Seminar Website

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Spots Still Open for Reaching for Bronze

Feb. 24-26, 2023 • Registration Deadline Dec. 1

Reaching for Bronze (RFB) is for intermediate to advanced ringers looking to enhance their skills and work towards participating in a future Distinctly Bronze (DB) event. Reaching for Bronze provides small ensemble training (26 ringers maximum) with master teachers and conductors Fred Gramann and Brenda Austin. Instruction will include skill building in treble, bass, and battery techniques, as well as improving all aspects of musicianship. The RFB ensemble will prepare two pieces to be performed at the DB concert, “The Waiting” (Sandra Eithun) and “When the Poor Ones” (Kyle Webber). Additionally, they will learn three of the DB works to perform with the larger ensemble, “Reconciliation” (Brenda Austin), “Champaca” (Elizabeth Peters), and “Fantasy on Liverpool” (arr. Fred Gramann).



Brenda E. Austin is a dynamic and energetic conductor, clinician, and composer, connecting musicians through handbells. She has served as the artistic director of the Detroit Handbell Ensemble (DHE) since 2016. Under her baton, DHE was honored to open the Handbell Musicians of America (HMA) National Seminar in 2018 and to be the featured concert for HMA’s Area 2 2019 Festival in Lancaster, PA. In 2019, Brenda also joined the team at Hope Publishing Company in Carol Stream, IL as the editor in charge of the handbell catalog. 

Learn more about Brenda and Reaching for Bronze on our website.

RFB Details & Registration

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Video of the Month

Our selection this month is Ronnie Tang, of the Hong Kong Youth Ensemble, performing Nancy Hascall’s solo arrangement of Debussy’s “Clair de Lune.”

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Brian’s Music Notes

Carol of the Birds

By Deborah Carr
4-6 Octaves, Level 4

Originally published in 2003, this beautiful Level 4 setting of the traditional Catalonian Carol opens with streaming sixteenth notes. After the opening statement and a key change, the sixteenth notes succumb to malleted triplets with the melody above. Following a free section, the arrangement drives home the theme once more prior to returning to the opening cascading 16ths to the close. Beautiful, enthralling, and exquisite, take a listen to Deborah Carr’s setting and program this one for the upcoming holiday season!

Purchase “Carol of the Birds” from Jeffers Handbell Supply or JW Pepper (Click the links to take you directly to this title on their websites)

Following is a scrolling score synced with a recording of this title. Find this and other titles on our YouTube Channel

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Until next month,

Brian Childers
Music Adviser

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