Follow the Oregon Trail and find us in beautiful, scenic Portland, Oregon, for our National Seminar, July 24-27. Event activities will take place at the Oregon Convention Center, while registrants will be housed at our official event hotel, the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower, a national historic landmark hotel. Attendees will travel between the hotel and the convention center via Portland’s TriMet MAX Light Rail system – free for all event registrants.
Event participants will have numerous opportunities to expand their knowledge of handbells, handchimes, and overall musicianship through classes, extended tracks, or our Handbell Musician Certification program, led by nationally recognized faculty members; as well as reading sessions highlighting the best music from our handbell publishers; concert performances by handbell musicians from all over the world; and multiple occasions for networking and “rubbing elbows” with fellow handbell musicians in specially designed Networking Zones at the event site. And, if you need to re-energize during the day, check out the Relaxation Zone for a chair massage, a cup of tea, and some quiet downtime.
Our block at the Hilton Portland and Executive Tower is now full.
We have arranged for a small overflow block at the Paramount Hotel, just two blocks from the Hilton and equally accessible to the Tri-Met Max Light Rail station. Please make your reservations there soon as the available room block is small. Please be aware that the rate at the Paramount is a bit higher than what we’ve negotiated at the Hilton.
For details about reserving a room at the Paramount Hotel, please see the Lodging and Transportation page
Add to the fun of Seminar with extra excursions on Thursday evening
National Seminar offers intense learning experiences, valuable networking, and amazing performances. But our planning committee also made sure to include some time for FUN. And Portland certainly has no shortage of fun things to do. You are welcome to explore on your own or take part in one of two planned excursions: A Willamette Valley Wine Tasting or a Willamette River cruise aboard the Crystal Dolphin..
And new this year, we present, along with Malmark Bellcraftsmen, our new Mobile Event Guide, giving you a way to keep track of your own Seminar schedule, easily and quickly find information about the event and things to do in the area, and interact socially with your fellow Seminar attendees.
The Willamette Valley, in which Portland is located, is one of the premier wine producing regions of North America. While best known for its Pinot Noir, several other varieties are also produced in the region.
Just to the East of Portland is the Columbia Valley, another well-known wine producing region. Enjoy a night of tasting several wines from the regions around Portland. The evening includes tasting 5 wines made from grapes grown in Oregon and antipasto and cheese chosen to complement the wines. $70/person
Enjoy dinner while cruising the Willamette River. A three course meal will be served aboard the Crystal Dolphin, an 84′ long vessel with two fully-enclosed, climate controlled decks and an open deck on top. The climate controlled decks have large viewing windows and the upper Starlight Deck provides a commanding view of the breathtaking scenery of the Willamette Valley. The Willamette River, which flows northward through Portland to connect with the Columbia River, is a major shipping and recreation tributary that runs through the heart of Portland. During the 2.5 hour trip you’ll cruise under several of Portland’s 10 bridges, past historic landmarks, business centers, and through the hills outside Portland. When you return you’ll be treated to one of the most spectacular views of the Portland skyline at night. For the mariners in the group, feel free to stop by the Captain’s Bridge once the cruise is under way. $80/person includes three-course dinner, no host bar available. Limited to 50 people.
More information about the Crystal Dolphin at www.portlandspirit.com/doltech.php
Handbell Musicians of America, along with Malmark Bellcraftsmen, presents the new Mobile Event Guide, giving you a way to keep track of your own Seminar schedule, easily and quickly find information about the event and things to do in the area, and interact socially with your fellow Seminar attendees. This mobile app allows you to:
Features of the App
Remember, as you use the app, you’ll earn points and badges for participation.
Watch the Seminar Website and your email inbox for instructions when the app becomes available for download