A Pleasant Peninsula

Join us in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for our annual National Seminar, Distinctly Teen, and Master Classes in Conducting and Composing. Our summer events offer something for ALL handbell musicians.

What is National Seminar?

At National Seminar, you will have the chance to participate in educational and engaging classes; enjoy performances by some of our best choirs, ensembles, and soloists; browse and shop through exhibit booths from handbell publishers, retailers, manufacturers, and more.

It is also a unique opportunity to meet and network with fellow handbell musicians and develop life-long friendships with those that share your enthusiasm and passion for our art.

Follow the links below to explore all that National Seminar has to offer.

Classes & Tracks

Classes at National Seminar cover all aspects of handbell musicianship, whether you are a ringer, director, educator, etc.


Daily performances by some of the finest handbell musicians around.

Handbell Industry Council

The Handbell Industry Council (HIC) represents companies and individuals that support handbell musicians.

Travel & Lodging

All the information you’ll need to make your stay exciting and comfortable.

I have found the National Seminar to be a great way to network with other ensembles, enjoy wonderful concerts, renew friendships, and learn from some of the best handbell musicians.

Linda Minnotte

News & Announcements

Master Class in Conducting applications are due by APRIL 3

Scholarship applications are due by APRIL 15

National Seminar Early-bird registration deadline is MAY 15.
Register now to save $55 on full registration.

Daily Registration options are now available.

Event Schedules

General Event Schedule

Pre-registration is required for all Seminar classes. To help you plan which classes you wish to take before completing the online registration process, you may download and fill out the following Personal Event Schedule Planner.



Use of Tablets to Hold Music 

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 songs from the same publisher.  The title of each song 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.