February 25-27, 2022

New Bern Riverfront Convention Center

New Bern, North Carolina

Kathryn Jurado, Conductor

What is Reaching for Bronze?

Reaching for Bronze is a new event for the intermediate handbell musician who aspires to become a bronze-level ringer.

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. Scheduled concurrently with Distinctly Bronze East, this event 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 with 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.

Kathryn Jurado

A musician with over 30 years of experience, Kathryn Jurado has quickly gained prominence in the handbell community. She is one of the newest music directors of Magic of Bronze, the premier community handbell ensemble of Central Florida, which was one of the featured choirs at the 2020 National Seminar. Kathryn is originally from Puerto Rico and started her music studies at a young age. By age 15, she was playing the oboe with The Florida Orchestra and began free-lancing in the Tampa Bay area. Some of these performances have been with Opera Tampa under the late Anton Coppola, the Venice Symphony, The Tampa Bay Symphony, and La La Land Live, as well as with musicians such as Ray Charles, the Irish Tenors, and pop superstars Hanson. Kathryn attended the University of South Florida and received a Bachelor Degree in Music Studies with concentrations in education and performance. During this time in college, she was inducted into Sigma Alpha Iota, the International Music Fraternity for Women. For over a decade, Kathryn has been a music educator in Hillsborough County Public Schools, the seventh largest school district in the nation, where she has led many ensembles in singing, handbells, percussion, and modern band. Kathryn has had the privilege to direct the Hillsborough All-County Handbell Ensemble four times and has had many students selected for the All-State Elementary Choir and Orff Ensembles.

Kathryn volunteers her time in various ways, starting at Lake Magdalene United Methodist Church in Tampa, Florida, where she is actively involved in the music ministry, and where she developed her love of handbells. She was recently re-elected as Treasurer of Handbell Musicians of America, Area 4, and for the past several years, has been a faculty member for Area festivals, the Area 4 National Seminar Scholarship Coordinator, Event Coordinator for Bronze Under the Sun 2021, and as Vice President and Event Coordinator for Magic of Bronze. This past July, she was one of the participants in HMA’s Conducting Masterclass under Dr. William Payn. Recently Kathryn has rung with the Suncoast Bronze Community Handbell Ensemble, at both Distinctly Bronze East and West events, was selected for the National Seminar All-Star Choirs in 2018, 2019 and 2021, and was honored to have been chosen for Virtuoso 2019. She also serves as the Vice President of Ritual for the Tampa Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota, where she was recently awarded with the Rose of Honor, and as Past President of the Hillsborough County Elementary Music Educators Council. Kathryn lives in Seffner, Florida with her son, Daniel, and her partner, William.

“Handbells have become my passion and I am very much looking forward to leading and sharing this experience at Reaching for Bronze 2022 with fellow aspiring handbell musicians!”

Event Registration

Registration fee is $295.

This includes all rehearsals, polo shirt, recording of the final concert, and lunch on Sunday.

No application required; simply answer a few questions on the registration form.  Registration is first-come-first-served.

Space is limited so don’t delay in registering.

**Login to your member account before registering for member pricing.

You are responsible for purchasing and looking at the music ahead of the event. Music may be purchased directly from publishers or from any music retailer. Our preferred retailers include: Heitz Handbells & Music, Jeffers Handbell Supply, and J.W. Pepper.


Heitz Handbells offers a 15% discount on all RfB music. click here for link and use coupon code on website


The following will be performed by Reaching for Bronze ringers solo:
Vivace, Brenda Austin, GIA, G9019
Oblivion, Piazolla, arr. Douglas Anderson, From the Top, 20426

Toccata on ‘King’s Weston’, Vaughan Williams, arr. Matthew Compton, Agape/Hope, HP2767


The following will be performed with the Distinctly Bronze ringers:

Overture, Brian Childers, GIA, G10220

Popcorn, Kingsley, arr. Maakestad, From the Top, 20569

Road Trip, Ron Mallory, Jeffers, JHS9596


Tablet Policy

Handbell Musicians of America is committed to upholding the copyright laws of the United States and protecting the rights of our publishers, arrangers, and composers. If you wish to use a tablet computer to hold your music in place of standard paper copies on a music stand, you must contact the publisher of each piece of music to first obtain permission to convert a purchased piece of music to the format required for the tablet you are using. Copies of the written permission received from publishers must be presented on request from the event organizer, event chair, or Handbell Musicians of America staff. Permission from a publisher for one piece does not imply permission for other pieces from the same publisher. The title of each piece used in this format must be included in the written permission received. Attendee should also have legally purchased copies of all music with them for verification. Titles originally purchased in a digital format do not require permission from the publisher, however, please have a copy of your purchase receipt available.

Event Schedule
Thursday, February 24  
5:00 PM–6:00 PM Optional dinner with Distinctly Bronze (additional fee)
6:00 PM–8:00 PM Load-in and setup. Observe Distinctly Bronze rehearsal (Optional)
Friday, February 25  
8:30 AM–11:00 AM Registration Check-in and Rehearsal
11:15 AM–12:00 PM Skill-building session
12:00 PM–2:00 PM Lunch (on your own)
2:00 PM–4:00 PM Rehearsal
4:15 PM–5:00 PM Skill-building session
5:00 PM–7:00 PM Rehearsal
7:00 PM Dinner (on your own)
Saturday, February 26  
9:00 AM–11:00 AM Rehearsal
11:15 AM–12:00 PM Skill-building session
12:00 PM–2:00 PM Lunch (on your own)
2:00 PM–6:30 PM Rehearsal
6:30 PM Move equipment to DB set-up
7:00 PM Dinner (on you own)
Sunday, February 27  
9:00 AM–11:30 AM Rehearsal with DB Ensemble
11:30 AM–12:00 PM Rehearse RfB pieces
12:00 PM–1:00 PM Provided lunch & closing announcements
1:00 PM–3:00 PM Final rehearsal
3:00 PM–4:00 PM Final concert preparation (dress & free time)
4:00 PM Concert
approx. 5:30 pm All-hands teardown (pack and load-out handbells and other equipment)

New Bern is home to many Bed and Breakfasts, as well as a Courtyard Marriot and Double Tree within walking distance to the Convention Center. We encourage you to make your housing reservations early. For this event we do not have any arrangement with either hotel. Click here for a list of options.

Cancellation Policy

This policy applies to refunds for ANY reason, including medical, family, and business. This policy applies even if we fill your slot with another ringer. If you desire, you can receive access to the Distinctly Bronze East 2022 recording at no charge if you cancel.

Payment in full is required to enter your registration and is refundable only when a first-time applicant is not accepted.

Fee refunds minus a $100 cancellation penalty will be made for written or email cancellations received by December 20, 2021. Cancellations received by January 21, 2022 will be refunded 50% of registration fee less cancellation penalty; after February 1, 2022 registration is not refundable. The date of cancellation will be the date the cancellation is RECEIVED in the national office by the event registrar, Marie Clyatt-Larson ([email protected])