Nominations for national board are due by SEPTEMBER 1. GO HERE for details and nomination form.
Nominations for Honorary Life Membership award are due by DECEMBER 1. GO HERE for details and nomination form.
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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
Don’t Forget: National Seminar 2020
Pre-Registration Deadline is October 1!
Pre-register now and freeze the registration fee at $350.
Join us at the Omni Orlando Resport at ChampionsGate near Orlando, Florida for National Seminar 2020. Event dates are Thursday, July 16 through Monday, July 20.
Pre-registration requires a $125 deposit which will be applied to your final registration. All but $25 is refundable if cancelled before March 15, 2020 and before you complete full event registration. If you cancel after completing full registration, the full event cancellation policy will apply. Pre-registrants must complete full registration by May 1, 2020, to receive the discounted rate. Registration completed after May 1 will be charged the non-discounted registration fee.
Reminder: National Seminar 2020
Call for Performers & Faculty
Deadline is October 1!
National Seminar 2020 will be Thursday, July 16 through Monday, July 20, at the Omni Championsgate near Orlando, Florida. Several performance opportunities are offered throughout the event. We are also seeking submissions for classes and faculty to present at the event.
19th International Symposium
We recently received communications from the Handbell Association of Hong Kong (HAHK) regarding their plans for the 19th International Handbell Symposium and how the event may be impacted by the current unrest and protests in Hong Kong.
Over the past three months, many parts of Hong Kong have experienced protests and demonstrations. However, the area that includes the planned venue and hotels for the Symposium have been largely untouched. In three months, only one protest took place at a bus station in the area–an area that is a 10-minute drive from the venue. Protests did reach the international airport, resulting in flight cancellations and delays, but no one not directly involved in the protests were physically harmed. The US State Department currently has a Level 2 Advisory listed for travel by US citizens to Hong Kong. A Level 2 Advisory advises “increased caution.”
HAHK has made the decision to delay registration for the 19th IHS so they can monitor the situation over the next 6 weeks. On November 1, they will make a final decision about how to move forward with the event. To help them with this decision, they have asked all member guilds of the International Handbell Committee to survey their membership in order to estimate how many might attend the Symposium.
To that end, please take a moment to complete this survey regarding your plans to attend the 19th International Handbell Symposium.
We’re proud to be a part of this global celebration of giving.
Fall is upon us, and the holiday season will not be far behind. Watch your E-Notes and the HMA website and Facebook page in the coming months to find out more about how you can help grow Handbell Musicians of America’s reach and further its mission by being a part of this global giving phenomenon.
Next National Board Chat
Our next National Board Chat is Saturday, October 26 at 11 a.m. Eastern, live from the national board meeting. Ask questions, discuss goals, and offer your ideas and suggestions related to the direction and future of Handbell Musicians of America. Please note: This is a members-only feature.
Can’t attend but have a question? All sessions will be recorded and available to members through our online Member Center at handbellmembers.org. Send your question or comment in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org and it will be addressed during the next chat.
Video of the Month
The Dorothy Shaw Bell Choir performing “Rush Hour” (an original composition by Jack Noble White) March 17, 2018 at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee. This original composition is meant to bring to mind the chaos driving in rush hour traffic. The Dorothy Shaw Bell Choir executive director, R. Kent Schmedel, built a box with four different fully functioning car horns that are powered by a rechargeable battery for this unique song.