Classes at National Seminar cover all aspects of handbell musicianship:

Techniques for treble to bass, solo to ensemble; musicality, percussion, and rhythm; managing and building a handbell program; and so much more. Review all the options below and make your selection before you begin the registration process.

Classes will be presented in one of two styles. WEBINAR sessions will have a presenter teaching through live demonstrations, screen sharing, and/or video content. Participants can ask questions via the chat feature, which will be monitored by a moderator. MEETING sessions, such as roundtables, will be more limited in class size as all the participants can be part of the discussions if they choose. Attendees will only be able to speak to the presenter and share their video in the meeting-format sessions.

The class descriptions below list suggested equipment for those attending online. It is not required that you have bells or other equipment at home, but if you do have access, the suggestions will let you know what to have ready so that you can play along.

You may view recordings of classes you do not attend live any time through the event and for a week afterward.

Ap-PEAL-ing Pentatonics presented by Blanche Marie Lewis 

Use one of music’s most ancient and naturally occurring phenomenon to bring a fresh and new sound to your handbell choir. Pentatonic music will take you and your fellow ringers out from behind the table and into the hearts of your audience. 
Online Format
: Webinar  
Suggested Online Equipment
: None  

Assembling an Ensemble, Virtually presented by Brian Seemann 

Ringing together in a handbell ensemble is one of the most rewarding group experiences.  Using a little technology you can still enjoy making music together, even when physically separated.  This class will follow the basic process for preparing, recording, and editing a virtual ensemble, from creating parts and click tracks all the way through synchronizing and editing the clips.  We will focus on the process as a whole, not use of specific software, and will include some suggestions for free or cheap editing software. 
Online Format: 
Webinar  
Suggested Online Equipment: 
None 

Assembling, Playing, and Performing 6/H & 8/H presented by Danny Lyons 

This class is for soloists, or anyone, interested in learning to assemble and play these two locked-handle techniques. Handouts as well as video clips will be available for each one. 
Online Format: 
Webinar  
Suggested Online Equipment: 
4 small bells, C6 and above. 

Audition Skills for Ringers presented by Sharon Schmidt 

Are you eager to join a community or college group? Auditions can be new and scary territory for ringers. Fear not—in this webinar we’ll step through the entire process from signing up to dealing with the results, including a taste of what the ringing portion of an audition could be like. 
Online Format: 
Webinar 
Suggested Online Equipment: 
5 consecutive bells or labeled stand-ins.  

Back to Basics presented by Marie Loeffler 

We are always looking for new ways to ring but sometimes we need to review the basics and reinforce the foundation of our ringing. The Handbell and Handchime Notation Guide is the encyclopedia for technique notations.  We will review the meaning and how to execute the majority of dots and squiggles in our handbell literature and share teaching experiences, tips, and tricks. 
Online Format: 
Webinar Online Eqiupment: 2 bells and 2 chimes. 

BASS-ics: Weight, Balance, Gravity, & Physics presented by Nick Hanson 

BASS-ics: Weight, balance, gravity, and physics — not a class in aerodynamics but an instructional introduction to the realm of bass bells.  This class of bass bell fundamentals presents the techniques and tips necessary for successful longevity in healthy bass bell ringing.  It is structured for the novice or new ringer to the bass section and those seeking or needing a refresher course. 
Online Format: 
Meeting 
Suggested Online Equipment: 
1 bell in the 3’s range. 

Bell Trees – Beginning presented by Barbara Brocker 

Would you like to try bell trees, but you don’t know where to start? In this handson class, you’ll learn the basics of bell tree ringing – what bells, stands, mallets and clips to use and how to string and mallet them. You’ll build your own bell tree, do some exercises to become familiar with the malleting, and play some songs which you will be able to play at home
Online Format: 
Webinar 
Suggested Online Equipment: 
 2 or 3 octave Malmark or Schulmerich bell set, a few pairs of mallets of different sizes, a way to hang the bell tree (or have available a 3 foot dowel about 5/8 inch in diameter or a similar broom stick) and a short pencil and rubber bands (or bell tree clips if you have them). 

Bell Trees – Let’s Move Beyond the Basics presented by Barbara Brocker 

Are you a bell tree ringer who is ready for the “next step?” In this hands on class, you’ll learn how to make your playing more graceful, smoother, and faster. We’ll include mallet damps and other fun topics like how to avoid mallet-stuck-inside-the-bell. You’ll be shocked at the presentation demo and get tips about memorization. Come learn the tools to move your bell tree ringing to a new level. If you are learning via the virtual class, it would be helpful (though not required) if you had the bell tree keyboard set up
Online Format: 
Webinar 
Suggested Online Equipment: 
3-octave set of Malmark or Schulmerich bells, a bell tree stand with two arms, bell tree clips, several pairs of mallets of different sizes. 

Bell Trees – The Bell Tree Keyboard presented by Barbara Brocker 

The bell tree keyboard is a logical way to set up the bells. It increases your ability to play more involved music because you don’t have to learn a new setup every time you play. You know where the bells are.  In this class, you’ll build a basic bell tree keyboard and play some music which you can try at home.  
Online Format: 
Webinar 
Suggested Online Equipment: 
3-octave set of Malmark or Schulmerich bells, a bell tree stand with two arms, bell tree clips, several pairs of mallets of different sizes. 

Certification Overview presented by Laura Blauch 

Information about the Handbell Musician Certification Program. Join program coordinator, Laura Blauch, to learn more and ask questions about what it takes to become a Certified Handbell Musician. 
Online Format: 
Meeting  
Suggested Online Equipment: 
None 

Concept to Completion – Composing in Real Time presented by Jason W. Krug 

When seeing a printed piece of music, it’s hard to understand all the thoughts and considerations that went into creating it. In this class, watch as a piece of music gets written — start to finish — before your very eyes! Bring your musical ideas and questions to help with the creation of the final product. 
Online Format: 
Webinar Online Equipment: None 

Creating a Virtual Event presented by Derek Nance 

As this pandemic rolls along, many groups are grappling with the challenge of presenting their performances and events to their audiences through the internet. Even when this pandemic is through, much of the world will continue existing online. Workshops, gala dinners, and concerts can all be presented virtually, but they require adaptation. In this class we will work through the process of adapting live events to virtual platforms and explore the pros and cons of continuing with hybrid events even after the pandemic is over. 
Online Format: 
Webinar 
Suggested Online Equipment: 
None 

Creative Teaching Tactics presented by Bob Avant 

Gathered from decades of handbell teaching experience, the presenter brings new life and concepts of teaching skills and musicality to ringers at every level. These unique approaches have shown immediate and long term results. Topics in this hands-on session include Vertical Alignment (playing together), Dynamic Control, Understanding and Refining the Singing Bell Technique, Developing Balance, Selected Visual Aspects and Q/A as time permits. Participants will see these concepts presented and experience them first-hand as a ringer in order to create a full understanding of the teaching process and performance results. The focus of this session is in teaching how to teach these aspects. 
Online Format: 
Webinar 
Suggested Online Equipment: 
4 consecutive bells. 

Ensemble Ringing for Beginners presented by Hyosang Park 

This class is designed to help you start your own small ensemble group.  We will cover assigning bells to playing multiple bells. Those who are not afraid of getting into little bit more challenge, come join us. 
Online Format: 
Meeting 
Suggested Online Equipment: 
2 or 3 octave set of bells. 

Excitement Building in our Youth Choirs presented by Roxanne B. Golden 

How to creatively grab and keep youth in our choirs while so many other things are pulling for their attention.  Come and share your ideas as well as your frustrations as we resolve to keep our youth plugged into our music ministries. 
Online Format: 
Webinar 
Suggested Online Equipment:
Two Tennis Balls

Expand your repertoire with 12 bell music presented by Blanche Marie Lewis 

Would you like to enhance your group’s performances with a simple, yet effective and beautiful addition to your regular repertoire?  Does your rehearsal attendance fluctuate at different times of the year? I have the answer for you – 12 bell music! Learn about the growing movement of 12 bell music that allows you to play the same music with a trio, quartet, quintet, or sextet. (And what to do with the extra person that showed up only for the last rehearsal but is determined to ring with the group!) 
Online Format: 
Webinar 
Suggested Online Equipment: 
None 

Fifty Shades of Damping presented by Michèle Sharik 

One of the first things we learn as a handbell musician is to damp the bell. But, there is so much more to damping than just “on” or “off” — and you already know how to do it! You’ll have the opportunity to try out selective damping, soft damping, pre-damping, half-damping (and more!) on both bells and chimes, as well as discover how this can help you shape your music and take your performance to new heights. 
Online Format: 
Webinar 
Suggested Online Equipment: 
1 small & 1 large bell, 1 small & 1 large chime. 

Finale presented by Jason W. Krug 

The Finale music notation software is incredibly flexible and powerful … and fiendishly difficult to master. Whether complete novice or seasoned veteran, there’s something for every user of Finale in this four-class track. Class 1 focuses on entering notes, expressions, and articulations. Class 2 focuses on using Finale specifically to write for handbells. Class 3 deals with page layout and making the final product look its best. Class 4 will be a workshop for attendees to get help with their own Finale conundrums. Participants are encouraged to bring their computers with any version of Finale to follow along. 
Online Format: 
Webinar 
Suggested Online Equipment: 
Access to Finale. 

Finding the Music on the Page presented by Bill Mathis 

The ink on the page isn’t music, but a road map to making music. Here are some ways for directors and ringers to see the bigger picture before getting to the specifics, then figuring out the best way to approach helping the ensemble learn it. 
Online Format: 
Webinar 
Suggested Online Equipment: 
None 

First Look: How to Introduce New Music presented by Stevie Berryman 

Everyone knows the importance of first impressions. Learn ways to introduce new music to your choir that will help them learn the music before even touching a bell. Class will cover sightreading strategies, your musical “handshake,” and ways to read through music together  without bells (or even over Zoom). 
Online Format: 
Webinar 
Suggested Online Equipment: 
None 

Grant Writing for Handbell Ensembles presented by Derek Nance 

Foundations and corporate giving programs have at their disposal large sums of money to fund non-profit organizations. Learn how to find grants and prepare grant paperwork to supplement your organization’s budget and take your fundraising strategy to a new level. 
Online Format: 
Webinar 
Suggested Online Equipment: 
None 

Growing & Sustaining Your Church Program – Through All of the Ups and Downs
presented by 
Sandy Mullaney 

Are you looking for ways to expand your church handbell program beyond one choir? Have you experienced strong seasons, followed by some very lean, low-attendance times? Would you like a broad range of strategies for recruiting, retention and growth? As we address these topics, our focus will be on creating personalized plans for our own churches that are practical, flexible and realistic. Join us to find out what REALLY works to develop and sustain a healthy multi-age church handbell program, despite the inevitable ups and downs. 
Online Format: 
Webinar 
Suggested Online Equipment: 
None 

Handbell 101: Ringing Articulations presented by Hyosang Park 

There are so many handbell techniques. Some are stopped tones and some are resonating tones.  These techniques are very basic yet very important. It is crucial to build on a solid foundation. 
Online Format:
Webinar
Suggested Online Equipment: 
4 bells and 4 chimes 

Have You Read that Meter Lately? presented by Michael Joy, Sandra Eithun 

Take the time to learn about meter. No meter is too scary for Mike and Sandy. They will help to alleviate the mystery and the fear and develop a new sense of confidence when facing a piece of music that uses simple, compound, mixed or irregular (the scary ones!) meter. Breaking any subject down to its basics and rebuilding it slowly with practice will give you a sound foundation. We will dissect, feel, practice, and perform various examples from handbell repertoire that use these unusual meters.  Don’t you think it’s time to remove your fear about meter? Only time will tell… 
Online Format: 
Webinar 
Suggested Online Equipment: 
None 

Healthy Habits for our Golden Years presented by Roxanne B. Golden 

Exercises, techniques and time to evaluate how we teach and lead ringers who are above 50 (and sometimes over 40) This class will also address how we as conductors can guard against injuries. 
Online Format: 
Webinar 
Suggested Online Equipment:
Two Tennis Balls

How am I Supposed to Ring THAT? presented by Michael J. Glasgow 

This class addresses creative “outside the box” solutions to common ringing challenges in beginning-level to mid-level choirs (mostly chromatics, but also some discussion on multiple mallets, etc.) using “standard” Allured-method assignments. Weaving, Four-In-Hand Ringing, Bell Displacement, Bell Reassignments, Duplicate Bells, and “Neighbor Favors” are all discussed. 
Online Format: 
Webinar 
Suggested Online Equipment: 
None 

How Firm a Foundation presented by Michael Joy 

Many directors are “thrown into” a handbell job without understanding the basic foundational skills needed to build a successful program. This hands-on class will go into detail about the various skills needed to start a program or fill in the gaps of an existing program. Come and find new ways to help your ringers be successful. 
Online Format: 
Webinar 
Suggested Online Equipment: 
2 bells. 

How to Flirt presented by Stevie Berryman 

It’s about more than telling them to smile. Learning your music is just the first step in an engaging performance. Once you’ve learned the notes, there’s a non-verbal language you should master to captivate your audience. “All performance is flirtation.” 
Online Format: 
Webinar 
Suggested Online Equipment: 
None 

Intentional Networking presented by Stevie Berryman 

The most important things we bring home from seminar may be the new relationships we make. But relationship building is exponentially harder in a time of social isolation. In this class we will explore ways to reach out to other members of the handbell community, to support each other in making beautiful music. 
Online Format: 
Webinar 
Suggested Online Equipment: 
None 

Keeping Up Handbell Skills:  Bells Not Necessary presented by Brian Seemann Nick Hanson 

Let’s be honest, handbells ain’t happening right now in the traditional, full-ensemble, prepare-for-worship-or-performance kind of way. But that doesn’t mean you can’t grow as a musician during this time, even without access to handbells. Correctly-executed motion is necessary to ring a handbell, and precise timing is necessary to ring the handbell on beat. However, handbells themselves are NOT necessary to develop these fundamentals. This class will explore ways to keep ringing skills sharp, as well as how to practice at home with handbell music
Online Format: 
Webinar 
Suggested Online Equipment: 
None 

Love it or Weave It presented by Lois Reese 

Your director will love you, if you can make those handbell changes smoothly with weaving.  It is the most useful for battery ringers and for small ensemble and solo ringing. 
Online Format: 
Webinar 
Suggested Online Equipment: 
4 consecutive bells. 

Mallet Technique presented by Marie Clyatt-Larson 

Handbells are percussive instruments, so we should think like percussionists and use proper mallet technique that is ergonomic and produces the best, most musical tone. We start by building good habits with fundamentals of technique: proper grip, creating an effective fulcrum, using gravity as leverage, proper preparatory and rebound gestures, and more. Mallet technique is a fundamental skill that is often lacking, even in intermediate/advanced groups. Every ringer will learn something new in this class. 
Online Format: 
Webinar 
Suggested Online Equipment: 
2-4 Bells of different sizes, 2-4 pairs of mallets of different sizes (to correspond with bells). 

Mark Your Score! presented by Beth Ann Edwards 

You marked your score last week in rehearsal. It made sense then, and now it doesn’t. Maybe you switched assignments and cannot interpret the markings in your new score. Maybe you assume you will remember what the director is asking for and not mark your score at all. A well-marked score assists your music-making. This class walks you through setting up a systematic, consistent score-marking system for handbell music. Learn about basic needs for score-marking, and customize them for your choir. Then practice marking a score with your fellow classmates. 
Online Format: 
Meeting 
Suggested Online Equipment: 
None 

Our Church Handbell Choir Has an Outside Gig! presented by Beth Ann Edwards 

Your church handbell choir just received an invitation to perform a concert. Are you concert-ready? This round-table discussion explores how to transition from a Sunday worship service to a concert setting. Participants are invited to submit questions before or during the Seminar and discussion will include music selection, objective analysis of your choir’s abilities and interest, and methods for preparing a church handbell choir to perform in a concert setting. Oh – and what should we wear? 
Online Format: 
Meeting 
Suggested Online Equipment: 
None 

Past the Parentheses and Beyond the Brackets presented by Michael J. Glasgow 

A lecture-style class designed to show the music theory behind why different octave complements must omit (or should not omit!) certain notes.  Topics will include bass line continuity and inversion, alternate melodies, engraving challenges in publishing, options for doublings, and why certain keys seem to “work” better for the instrument.  A terrific start to understanding the construction of a piece as a whole, and the logic behind [all] (of that) {<stuff>} we sometimes omit! 
Online Format: 
Webinar 
Suggested Online Equipment: 
None 

Ring, Knock, Swoop, Pivot – Treble Techniques for 2 bells/1 hand presented by Danny Lyons 

“A participation class on the practical ringing of two bells in one hand for the group ringer in one position.” This is a “nuts & bolts” class about the predominant two ways of doubling up – Shelley and ring/knock 4-in-hand. We’ll discuss the fundamentals of assembling pairs of bells, damping, and when to use which technique, as well as use exercises to improve facility. As time allows, we’ll discuss making maps and notes, gloves/bandaging/clanging charges, and getting multiple bells to the table and back. Participants will have complete class notes and exercises to take home. 
Online Format: 
Webinar 
Suggested Online Equipment: 
3 sets of two bells in octaves (C6/C7, D6/D7, etc). Nothing below C6, if possible. 

Ringing Deeply: Leading Ringers to Explore Spirituality presented by Brian Childers 

This class will speak to the importance of embracing and developing spirituality within the church handbell choir. Topics covered will include developing a devotional life, how to engage ringers in spiritual discussions and incorporating spirituality in rehearsals and worship and prayer. 
Online Format: 
Webinar 
Suggested Online Equipment: 
None 

Ringing Through the Church Year presented by Brian Childers 

The AGEHR catalogue is packed full of repertoire standards and also has some hidden gems. Join HMA Music Advisor Brian Childers for a quick glance through some of the top sellers for HMA and take a stroll through suggested repertoire for the Christian Year.  We will investigate methods of repertoire selection. Who knows, you could walk away from this session with music planned for the entire liturgical year! 
Online Format: 
Webinar 
Suggested Online Equipment: 
None 

Roundtable: Creative Concert Concepts presented by KC Congdon 

Why was KC Congdon asked to host this show?  Because the common response from her church congregation is “We can NOT wait until the bells perform next as we want to see what other crazy things you will be doing in the service.”  (They are not “crazy”, they are “creative”!)  Come share what you’ve done or just to listen to what others have done that has worked not. 
Online Format: 
Meeting 
Suggested Online Equipment: 
None 

Roundtable: Returning to Ringing, Safely

Join your fellow handbell musicians to discuss ways that we can start rehearsing,  performing, and worshiping with bells while staying safe and healthy. This is a collaborative discussion to find solutions together.
Online Format: 
Meeting 
Suggested Online Equipment: 
None 

Roundtable: Sparkle or Splat? presented by Christine Anderson 

What makes or breaks a solo performance? How can you be assured of a flawless, musical presentation? What does success look like? Round-table discussion. 
Online Format: 
Meeting 
Suggested Online Equipment: 
G4-C7 Bells 

Sibelius For Handbells presented by Mitchell Eithun 

Have a musical idea to write down? Want to get started in composition? Need a quick hymn accompaniment? Come learn the basics of Sibelius, a popular music notation program.  Together we will create a basic score for handbells, place notes on the score and add technique symbols. A special emphasis will be given to exploring handbell-specific tools. This class is an ideal introduction for composers, educators and musicians who want to learn music engraving software. 
Online Format: 
Meeting 
Suggested Online Equipment: 
Access to Sibelius 

Sing-A-Long with Henry:  Fun Ways to Engage your Children’s bell group via Zoom
presented by 
Brian Childers 

During this time of Sheltering-in-Place, many of us have been searching for ways to connect and engage ringers from our at-home bunkers. This session will share ideas to connect with your children’s bell groups and keep them engaged and excited about ringing handbells until we can be together in person again. 
Online Format: 
Webinar 
Suggested Online Equipment: 
None 

Take It To The Streets! 4-in-hand ensembles on the move presented by Christine Anderson 

With 4 or 5 bells in hand, no tables, this ensemble ringing is perfectly portable and easy to go anywhere. Learn techniques and repertoire along with ideas for ringing anywhere at any time, including on the streets in Mexico! 
Online Format: 
Meeting 
Suggested Online Equipment: 
G4-C7 Bells. 

The Business Behind the Music presented by Sharon Schmidt 

Join us for a meeting format discussion of the day-to-day operations of community handbell ensembles.  Our focus will be on the systems, programs and practices that create and sustain a viable business.  Bring your concerns and successes to share. 
Online Format: 
Meeting 
Suggested Online Equipment: 
None 

Tips for Rehearsal Leadership presented by Bill Mathis 

What goes into making the best use of the precious minutes of rehearsal time we have? We can help people be the best ringers possible and build the team into something unforgettable. Here are suggestions for new and experienced directors. 
Online Format: 
Webinar 
Suggested Online Equipment: 
None 

Tricks of the Treble Trade presented by Michèle Sharik 

With small bells come great responsibility — treble ringers are often responsible for many bells at a time! Learn how to use weaving and four-in-hand to wend your way through the tumult of tiny bells, plus how to safely execute articulations with full hands. You’ll be in “bell hog heaven”! 
Online Format: 
Webinar 
Suggested Online Equipment: 
4 small-medium bells/chimes. 

West African Latin Rhythms presented by Lois Reese 

Join the circle as we play, dance, and sing to West African and Latin rhythms. What are the authentic African and Latin instruments that are suggested for accompaniment in handbell pieces and how can we create ensembles to go with them. Personal instruments are welcome, but not necessary.  
Online Format: 
Webinar 
Suggested Online Equipment: 
A drum and any small instruments that may be on hand. 

On-Site Only Handbell Labs  

At the event site in Orlando, we will have time each day when handbells, handchimes and other equipment will be available for on-site participants to try out and practice the techniques and concepts presented in classes at the event. Moderators will be on hand to assist. 

On-Site Only Daily Reading Sessions 

Each day will begin with casual reading sessions for on-site participants to read through music provided by our handbell music publishers. 

The Handbell Industry Council (HIC) coordinates vendor exhibits and HIC SHOWCASES that are available during the National Seminar. This year, we are pleased to have HIC members with us in the form of virtual booths. We encourage you to attend the HIC SHOWCASES – presentations and reading sessions by HIC members featuring their publications, products, and services.

Handbell Industry Council Showcases

New Music Resources for Ringing from Alfred Handbell

Company: Alfred Handbell/Jubilate Music Group Presenters: Sondra Tucker

Alfred Handbell has resources to keep you ringing. See new music and learn about options to make music during the pandemic!

New Music from Beckenhorst

Company: Beckenhorst  Presenters: Jason Krug

An opportunity to view the newest releases from Beckenhorst.

No Shared Bells – Solo and Small Ensemble

Company: Cantabile-Genesis Press Presenters: Mary Liao

Mary Liao will demonstrate how to make a rehearsal video to practice at home and how to train new ringers.  She will demonstrate advanced 4-in-hand skills and creative use of mix of bells and chimes as well as present repertoire for each season.

New Choristers Guild Music for Church, School, and Community

Company: Choristers Guild Presenters: Kathy Lowrie and Friends

Please join us to see and hear from some of your favorites CG composers and experience their music.

Exciting New Music for Handbell Musicians ~ June 2020

Company: From the Top Publications Presenters: Jason Krug

From the Top Music new releases will be presented in video format with Jason Krug moderating the presentation. Bring your pencil and notepad to jot down your thoughts as well as title, catalog number for ordering – and enjoy seeing/hearing the music in its entirety.

New for 2020

Company: Jeffers Handbell Supply Presenters: Bill Ingrim/Kevin McChesney

Exploring what’s new for 2020.

Doubling Down with C2 – B2 Choirchimes – A Guide for Ringers, Directors & Composers

Company: Malmark, Inc. Presenters: Kathy Ebling Shaw

If you own or hope to own an extended range of Choirchimes, this class is for you! Ensure the life of your instruments by learning more about the science behind their design and use. This session will demonstrate the proper way to ring low chimes as well as incorporate them into a score. Composers are encouraged to attend to learn more about writing for these instruments.

ringTrue Music

Company: ringTrue Handbell Music Presenters: Kathleen Wissinger

Creative, flexible and well-written music from ringTrue is presented in a new format! Kath Wissinger, respected teacher/composer/director, offers a sampling of releases from ringTrue music’s 8 categories in a narrated tour. Nine weeks of teaching on-line handbell classes have prepared her for this endeavor. You will most likely be able to ring along with many of the pieces, so having your favorite bell position available (plus mallets and singing stick) will be handy. A live Zoom-type conference for questions and feedback will follow if all goes well.

There’s Always Hope

Company: Hope Publishing Presenters: Brenda Austin, KC Congdon

Come enjoy new offerings from Hope Publishing. In-person attendees will ring through the pieces, and the virtual audience will be able to view the music, make comments and chat about the repertoire.

Which Mallets Should I Use?

Company: Schulmerich Bells Presenters: Greig Ashurst

So many musicians grab any mallet for any piece of music. In addition to producing a sound on a bell, mallets are used to achieve different articulations, colors, characters, and+H17 dynamics. Selecting the correct mallet for the correct piece is only the first step in making great music with mallets.

Wind down after a day of learning and join us for some fun in our evening, online game sessions. Grab some snacks and beverages for this virtual social time with fellow attendees and our entertaining game hosts.

Crimes Against Handbells presented by Stevie & Paul Berryman  

One of our daily virtual game night options. Join handbell friends from around the world in fun, social games. Whether you’re a contestant or an audience member, you’ll have a great time! Hosts Stevie and Paul Berryman will lead a fun game of Crimes Against Handbells. Join as a player or just enjoy the action from the audience. Online Format: Meeting Online Equipment: None 

Jackbox Games presented by Matthew Compton  

One of our daily virtual game night options. Join handbell friends from around the world in fun, social games. Whether you’re a contestant or an audience member, you’ll have a great time! Jack Box Games allow you to join the play from your mobile phone or tablet while you watch the game board on the shared screen. The games will change each night, choosing from the many options offered by Jack Box. If you don’t make it in as a player, you can still influence the game as a member of the audience. Online Format: Webinar Online Equipment: 2nd device with internet access – phone, tablet, etc. 

Who Wants to Be A Millionaire presented by Mitchell Eithun  

One of our daily virtual game night options. Join handbell friends from around the world in fun, social games. Whether you’re a contestant or an audience member, you’ll have a great time!  

How well do you know handbell music, techniques and puns? Test your handbell knowledge by trying out for Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, a game show experience in which you can phone-a-friend and ask the virtual audience. Contestants will be chosen from the audience. Online Format: Meeting Online Equipment: None 

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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.

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In-Person Portion of National Seminar Cancelled Due to Resurgence of COVID-19 Cases

Due to last week’s resurgence of COVID-19 cases throughout Florida, Handbell Musicians of America has cancelled all onsite activities for the annual National Seminar previously scheduled for Orlando. The safety of Seminar participants is – and always has been – the organization’s top priority. So, while event organizers, volunteers, faculty, and staff would love to see everyone in person, that is simply not a safe option. 

HMA is still holding its FIRST-EVER Virtual National Seminar on July 16-19, 2020. It will be a new and different experience, but certainly a fun and educational one that puts no one at risk. This robust socially-distanced seminar includes all the classes you expect from HMA events plus new offerings like: 

  • Incorporating 12-bell music and other small-ensemble options
  • Twenty virtual HIC booths with options to meet live with company representatives
  • Keeping up your skills at home, without bells
  • Planning for a safe return to in-person ringing
  • Creating your own virtual ensemble

Beyond this engaging and informative curriculum, the virtual seminar also includes online game nights and nightly concerts, to help participants socialize with other musicians from around the world.

Even though the in-person National Seminar is cancelled, there is still so much value being shared.

Achieving Artistic Arpeggios

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