This Month

International Symposium Heads to Nashville in 2022

Now Hiring: Executive Director

Virtual Recording Kits Available

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

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International Symposium 2022

August 1-6, 2022


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International Handbell Symposium Heads to Nashville in 2022

Join handbell musicians from around the world for the 20th International Handbell Symposium at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN, August 1-6. Come early for the bonus events, College Ring-In International with Dr. William Payn and Mr. Toshikazu Yoshida or the HMA Seminar Experience for access to extra handbell classes and handbell industry exhibits.

During IHS2022, you will participate in the International Massed Choir, attend cultural and technical workshops presented by instructors from the worldwide handbell community, and see performances by soloists, ensembles and choirs representing the member countries of the International Handbell Committee in daily mini-concerts. This event offers unprecedented opportunities to connect and network with others from the international handbell community and form friendships that will last a lifetime through fellowship and social events that include dinner and line dancing with a live band at the Wildhorse Saloon in the heart of historic downtown Nashville.

Details are available at internationalhandbells.org and are being updated daily – so check back often. Watch for information about event registration which will be opening soon!

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Now Hiring: Executive Director

HMA is now hiring for the position of Executive Director. 

The Executive Director reports to the board of directors and is directly charged to implement organizational goals under the Carver Policy Governance model. In addition, the ED is responsible for the full range of non-profit management activities in a virtual environment with occasional travel required. The application deadline is October 8.

See Full Job Posting

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New Virtual Recording Kit Available

Handbell Musicians of America and AGEHR Publishing are proud to announce we are making available two Virtual Handbell Choir Kits for purchase. “Festive Peal” by Karen Thompson is available now and “Rejoice! The Lord is King,” arr. Susan Geschke, is coming soon. Each kit comes complete with a pdf score, permission to make 12 copies for your ringers, a one-year streaming License, click tracks at two different speeds, and access to Brian Seemann’s virtual class on recording and assembling your own virtual handbell ensemble.

We are grateful to Brian Seemann for partnering with HMA to make these kits possible.

Order Here

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Video of the Month

Our selection this month will certainly put smiles on your face throughout. It’s the Pre-K Handbells of Flint River Baptist Church in Hazel Green, Alabama. These adorable little ringers are teenagers now. We wonder if they are still ringing.

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Brian’s Music Notes

with Brian Childers

Promenade from “Pictures at an Exhibition”

Modeste Mussorgsky arr. Kevin McChesney

3-5 Octaves Handbells; Level 3
Optional Brass Quintet and Timpani (AG301444AG)
Optional Keyboard (AG35168)

This setting of Mussorgsky’s masterwork by Kevin McChesney is a broad and powerful setting of the masterpiece originally composed for piano. Rated a Level 3, Promenade from “Pictures at an Exhibition” is both attainable and a worthy repertoire addition. With the available optional instruments, it is versatile and can be performed with a variety of instrumentations. 

You can view the score and hear a recording here:

You can purchase your copy of the score and instrumental parts here!

Many of Mussorgsky’s works were inspired by Russian history, Russian folklore, and other national themes. “PIctures at an Exhibition” is Mussorgsky’s most famous piano composition, and has become a showpiece for virtuoso pianists. It has become further known through various orchestrations and arrangements produced by other musicians and composers, with Maurice Ravel’s 1922 version for full symphony orchestra being by far the most popular.

“Pictures” was inspired by the composer’s memory of artist, architect, and designer Viktor Hartmann. Hartmann’s sudden death on August 4, 1873 at only 39 years old, plunged the composer into deep despair. A memorial exhibition was organized with over 400 of Hartmann works in February and March of 1874. Mussorgsky lent two pictures Hartmann had given him to the exhibition and viewed the show in person. Mussorgsky was inspired to compose Pictures at an Exhibition, quickly completing the score in three weeks (June 2–22, 1874). The music depicts his tour of the exhibition, with each of the ten numbers of the suite serving as a musical illustration of an individual work by Hartmann. The Promenade is a unifying device, using variations on the opening theme to depict traveling through the exhibit from one painting to another. 

Source: Wikipedia; Adapted by Brian Childers

Until next month,

Brian Childers
Music Adviser

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