January 23 – 26, 2015 – Cincinnati Airport Marriott

Our Master Series event offers participants the opportunity to concentrate on one area of study over the course of the event.  Small class sizes, dedicated instructors, and comfortable accommodations set the scene for personal one-on-one attention where the student can immerse themselves in their topic of choice.

Course Options & Registration

Event Schedule

Event Venue

Lodging & Transportation


Course Options & Registration

Master Class in Conducting

This course is a true “Master Class”.  Thirteen individual conducting students will work one-on-one with master conductor, Dr. William Payn.  Each will be assigned one piece to learn and conduct under Dr. Payn’s tutelage.  Participating conducting students will form the choir that each will lead.

New this year to the application process for conducting students: All conducting students will be required to provide a link to a video of them conducting.  The video should show a full body view (head to toe) of the applicant facing the camera while conducting two selections of contrasting styles.

Not quite ready to step to the podium?  Then participate as a Ringer-Observer.  You will ring for the student conductors and watch Dr. Payn work first hand.


Master Class in Composition

This course provides composers of all levels the opportunity to work one-on-one with master composer, Sondra Tucker.  Participants will complete a new composition (or one already in the works) during the course and have the opportunity to hear it played by a local choir of volunteers.

Both one-on-one instruction and group discussion are included in the schedule for this course.


Handbell Director Boot Camp

Led by William & Carolynne Mathis, this course is a comprehensive overview of everything any handbell director needs to be successful.  Whether you are brand new to handbells, a ringer who now finds themselves holding the baton, or are currently directing a choir, you will benefit from this course.

Review a variety of topics including how to teach proper ringing techniques, score study, selecting repertoire for your choir, planning a worship service, motivating ringers, teaching a piece of music from beginning to end, and basic conducting technique.


CERTIFICATION: Handbell Techniques PLUS Music Theory

Complete levels one and two of the Handbell Musician Certification courses for Handbell Techniques and Music Theory in one weekend.

Work with expert handbell musician, Michele Sharik, to complete two levels of Handbell Techniques from our Handbell Musician Certification program.  Whether you are a beginning ringer or have several years of experience, you will learn something new in this course.  Michele approaches her instruction with an emphasis on optimal ergonomics and sound production.

Under the tutelage of Michael Glasgow, students will complete levels one and two of Music Theory required for certification.  Some basic understanding of music theory is required before attending this course.  Michael creates a fun and energetic environment in his teaching approach.

Both courses will allow for individual as well as group instruction.

Those who would like this course to count toward Handbell Musician Certification must also register for the certification program. Details are available here.


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Certification Faculty Accreditation Training

In order to expand the Handbell Musician Certification program, we are seeking persons to become accredited faculty and teach Level 1 courses in Music Theory, Handbell Techniques, and Conducting.   Ideally, these new faculty members will be located in different areas of the country to minimize the cost to Areas and local organizations of offering Certification classes, but geographic location will not be considered in accrediting new faculty.

The names and contact information for accredited faculty members will be posted on the Handbell Musicians of America website for Area leaders and local organizations to access.

See complete details about the Handbell Musician Certification program and Faculty Accreditation here.

At this time, we are accepting applications for faculty to be accredited to teach these Level 1 Certification classes:

  • Handbell Techniques 1
  • Music Theory 1
  • Conducting 1

To apply to become an accredited certification faculty member, you must have passed the Level 1 course you wish to become accredited to teach. Preference will be given to applicants who have also attended the class rather than test out of it. Specifically:

Course Accredited to Teach Must have passed
Music Theory 1 Music Theory 1
Handbell Techniques 1 Handbell Techniques 1
Conducting 1 Conducting 1

There is a $50 non-refundable fee to apply for faculty accreditation. This fee will be applied toward your training registration fee if you are accepted.

The 2015 training will be held in conjunction with the Master Series in Cincinnati, OH January 23-26, 2015. Training for Music Theory and Handbell Techniques will be offered on Friday, January 23 and Saturday, January 24. Training for Conducting will be offered from Saturday, January 24 through Monday, January 26.

Applications must be completed and received by October 1, 2014. You will be notified of your status by November 1, 2014.  This includes a comprehensive application, video presentation, and three recommendations from references that have observed the applicant teaching within the past two years.

There is a limit of 6 attendees for each faculty accreditation training class.

The results of the faculty accreditation training will be provided by February 15, 2015.

There are several options for your attendance, based on your experience and desire:

  • Attend faculty accreditation training for just Music Theory 1 – COST $225
  • Attend faculty accreditation training for just Handbell Techniques 1 – COST $225
  • Attend faculty accreditation training for just Conducting 1 – COST $225
  • Attend faculty accreditation training for Music Theory 1 and Conducting 1 – COST $450
  • Attend faculty accreditation training for Handbell Techniques 1 and Conducting 1 – COST $450
  • Attend faculty accreditation training for Music Theory 1 or Handbell Techniques 1 and attend class for Music Theory 2 and/or Handbell Techniques 2 – COST $450
  • Attend class for Music Theory 1 and/or Handbell Techniques 1 and attend faculty accreditation training for just Conducting 1 – COST $450

The registration fee includes some lunches, but travel to/from faculty accreditation training, as well as lodging, other meals and incidental expenses are the responsibility of the applicant.

The registration fee will be assessed only after you have been accepted for faculty accreditation training.

These fees do not include the additional fee to receive the teaching materials. That additional fee will not exceed $150 per course, and is only required of successfully accredited faculty.

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Following is a preliminary, over-all schedule for the event and is subject to change.  Detailed course schedules will be provided to attendees following the registration deadline.

Friday, January 23

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM Check-in & General Meeting
9:30 AM – 1:00 PM Breakout to Individual Sessions
1:00 PM – 1:45 PM LUNCH (provided)
1:45 PM – 6:00 PM Breakout to Individual Sessions
6:00 PM Free Evening

Saturday, January 24

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM Breakfast on your own
8:30 AM – 12:30 PM Breakout to Individual Sessions
12:30 PM – 1:15 PM LUNCH (provided)
1:15 PM – 6:30 PM Breakout to Individual Sessions
6:30 PM Dinner on Your Own – Free Evening

Sunday, January 25

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM Breakfast on your own
8:30 AM – 12:30 PM Breakout to Individual Sessions
12:30 PM – 1:15 PM LUNCH (provided)
1:15 PM – 6:30 PM Breakout to Individual Sessions
6:30 PM Dinner on Your Own – Free Evening

Monday, January 26

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM Breakfast on your own
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Breakout to individual sessions
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM LUNCH (provided)    Box Lunch


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Event Venue

Located just one half mile from the Greater Cincinnati International Airport (CVG) and featuring complimentary airport shuttle and parking, our hotel is just minutes from casinos, Perfect North Slopes, the Creation Museum, and downtown Cincinnati.  At the center of our hotel is the Marriott Greatroom; flexible seating and spaces with a contemporary style and design, a coffee bar proudly serving Starbucks® coffee, and a chef-crafted menu of small plates and pours.

Guest Rooms offer:

  • Plug In Panel connects laptop, MP3 player, DVD player & video game player to 32″ LCD HDTV
  • Hebron, Kentucky hotel rooms and suites luxuriously appointed for business and leisure and travel
  • 75 Concierge Level rooms and Lounge offer upgraded amenities at our Cincinnati airport hotel
  • All guest rooms feature ultra comfortable bedding with plush mattresses and down comforters
  • Executive work areas, ergonomic chairs and high-speed wireless Internet in all guest rooms
  • Cincinnati Airport hotel suites available with whirlpool tub, wet bar & sofa bed


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We have secured a special rate for attendees of Master Series.

Rate for Standard King or Double Room – $118 per night plus 11.3% tax

To make reservations follow this link or call 1-888-236-2427 and request the rate for Handbell Musicians. All reservations must be made by January 8, 2015, to guarantee our special rate.




The Cincinnati Airport Marriott offers free shuttle service from the Greater Cincinnati International Airport (CVG).  Call for complimentary shuttle pickup from courtesy phone in baggage claim area or call 859-586-0166 direct for assistance.

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