July 18-20

Distinctly Teen is designed for individual young ringers (8th–12th grade) who wish to stretch their ringing skills and challenge their musicianship.

Distinctly Teen

Distinctly Teen is designed for individual young ringers (8th–12th grade) who wish to stretch their ringing skills and challenge their musicianship.

Distinctly Teen is designed for individual young ringers (8th-12th grade) who wish to stretch their ringing skills and challenge their musicianship. Participants will spend 2 ½ days working on intermediate to advanced repertoire and developing skills in handbell technique and general musicianship under the leadership of Greig Ashurst. The event schedule will combine dedicated rehearsal time for Distinctly Teen with the opportunity to attend classes offered as part of the Handbell Musicians of America National Seminar. Plus, attendees who register by March 15 will get to help choose a pop tune that will be specially arranged for the Distinctly Teen ensemble by arranger Nick Hanson.

The event culminates with a final public performance with the National Seminar All-Star Ensemble on Saturday, July 20.

About Greig Ashurst

For nearly twenty-five years, Greig Ashurst has developed an impressive conducting and teaching career in many facets of music, technology, and educational philosophy across the United States. A native of Lafayette, LA, he served as a music educator in public and private schools and universities in Louisiana, North Carolina, and Texas. Mr. Ashurst is Director of Bands and Director of Technology at Cathedral-Carmel School where he was last year’s “Teacher of the Year.”; an honor for which he was selected twice previously at North Vermilion High School in 2009 and CW Stanford Middle School in Hillsborough, NC in 2003. Additionally, he serves as the Instrumental and Youth Music Director and staff arranger at Asbury United Methodist Church of Lafayette, LA.

Mr. Ashurst has had an illustrious career teaching, conducting, and presenting clinics, workshops, and keynote addresses throughout the United States. His most recent and handbell related engagements include teaching at Handbell Musicians Seminars in Dallas, TX, Rochester, NY, and Anaheim, CA. He has been performing and teaching at local, area, and national handbell events for nearly 30 years, performing at numerous national handbell seminars was even part of a world-renowned quartet that was the feature ensemble at the 1996 International Handbell Symposium opening ceremonies. As a music education and technology consultant, Mr. Ashurst has designed and implemented numerous products for the music and music education market, including a lines of professional performance mallets for handbells and other percussion instruments.


Each registrant is responsible for purchasing the following music:

  • Del Cinco” by Brenda Austin, Beckenhorst BEHB606
  • “Milele” by Jason Krug, Red River RRBL5087
  • “Sway” by Pablo Beltran Ruiz, arr. Sandy Eithun, Hope Publishing HP2597

Participants who register by March 15 will vote on one of the following to be arranged for the event by Nick Hanson

  • “High Hopes,” Panic! At the Disco
  • “Thank U, Next,” Ariana Grande (clean version)
  • “This Feeling,” The Chainsmokers, ft. Kelsea Ballerini

National Seminar Classes

Your registration includes the opportunity to attend classes offered at National Seminar. During the registration process, you will be asked to pre-register for the classes you want to take. You will be able to attend five class sessions – 7, 8, 11, 12, 15, and 16.

For a complete list of class descriptions, visit this page.

Event Schedule

You must pre-register for any class sessions. To help you plan your personal Distinctly Teen experience and to aid in the registration process, download the Distinctly Teen Personal Event Planner.

Please see the General Event Schedule for the complete lineup of activities


Registration fee is $125 and includes:

  • All scheduled event activities
  • Event T-Shirt
  • Virginia Bronze Concert
  • Timbré Concert
  • Rezound! Handbell Ensemble Concert
  • Strikepoint & Bells of the Lakes Concert
  • Dinner on Thursday and Friday

How to Register

  1. Login to your Handbell Musicians of America account.  If you need login assistance, contact viverson@handbellmusicians.org.
  2. After logging in, follow the registration link on your login welcome page for Distinctly Teen.
  3. Follow the prompts to complete and pay for your registration.


All event activities will take place at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch.

Experience a welcoming, contemporary environment with seamless travel amenities at the newly renovated Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch. The hotel is located in the heart of downtown St. Louis near the iconic Gateway Arch grounds and scenic riverfront. Take a tour of the Anheuser Busch Brewery or catch a Cardinals game at Busch Stadium. When you are there, you can connect, dine, celebrate or do nothing at all.

Featured hotel amenities and services include a business center, gift shops, free internet access, concierge services, on-site laundry, fitness center, on-site restaurant, and room service.

Special Rates and Registration Information

Go to the Lodging and Transportation page for rates and reservation information.

Hotel Surcharge

To ensure that we are able to meet the room block required by the Hyatt Regency, registrants who opt for alternate lodging are required to pay an additional surcharge of $150.00. This surcharge does not apply to registrants with a home address within a 60-mile driving radius of the event site. Lodging requirements will be confirmed using a rooming list of reservations provided by the Hyatt Regency.

Deb Heine Scholarship for Young Ringers

The Deb Heine Scholarship for Young Ringers provides assistance to qualified individuals for participation in Handbell Musicians of America’s national events. In 2019, two scholarships will be made available for attendees of the Handbell Musicians of America Distinctly Teen.

Scholarship Includes:

  • Full registration
  • Shared occupancy of a double hotel room July 18, 19, and 20, 2019, at the event hotel
  • Up to three hundred dollars ($300.00) to be reimbursed for travel expenses

Applicant Criteria:

  • Applicants must be full members of Handbell Musicians of America, affiliated with a recognized member organization, or participants in a group directed by a full Guild member
  • Applicants must be young ringers — under the age of 20 at the time the event occurs
  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need
  • Applicants must describe desire to attend and goals to be realized by participating in Distinctly Teen and how knowledge gained there will be shared
  • Applicants must include a statement of support from a Guild member

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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.