July 13-16

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.  PLUS: Perform at Disneyland!


Registration is now full for this event.  We are accepting names for a waiting list.  Simply follow the steps for registration to add your name.

Participants will spend three days working on intermediate to advanced repertoire and developing skills in handbell technique and general musicianship under the leadership of Hart Morris. 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 April 7 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 at Disneyland® at 10:45 AM on Sunday, July 16. A massed group of National Seminar attendees will join the Distinctly Teen Choir on the final song of the concert.


Each registrant is responsible for purchasing the music listed below:

  • “The Lion King”, John/ Rice/ McChesney, Jeffers JHS9143
  • “Prisms,” Payn, Peal Publishing, PPCHB010
  • “Te Recuerdo” (I remember You)”, GIA G906
  • “Cheap Thrills,” Sia, arranged by Nick Hanson

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 six class sessions – 7, 8, 11, 12, 14, and 15. A list of classes available during these sessions can be found in the daily schedules for National Seminar. available from the links on the right. 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 complete lineup of activities


Registration fee is $195 and includes:

  • Handbell Musicians of America Spectacular at Disneyland® and 1-day admission to the park, including transportation from the hotel to Disneyland®
  • Concert Bells of Concordia University Concert
  • Crown City Ringers Concert
  • Velocity Concert
  • All Star Concert
  • Bells of Temple Square Concert
  • Dinner on Thursday and Friday
  • Event T-Shirt

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 except the Disneyland concert will take place at the Hyatt Regency Orange County.

Conveniently located near Anaheim, this hotel in Orange County is a spectacular resort destination for families, business travelers, and vacationers. Kick back and relax in spacious rooms and suites featuring flat-screen TVs and modern decor. Savor Italian cuisine at TusCA Restaurant or enjoy a local microbrew at OC Brewhouse.

Guests enjoy perks like the Disneyland® Resort shuttle service. Just a short drive away, Orange County beaches, shopping outlets and attractions offer endless vacation fun. Unwind after a day of sightseeing or theme park adventure at our two outdoor heated pools or rejuvenate in the whirlpool. Pick up a basketball game on the sports court or get reenergized in the StayFit™ Gym.

Special Rates for Distinctly Teen

Single/Double Standard $149/night plus tax (17%)
Additional Guests (3 or 4 per room) $25 each night

To receive the group rate, make your reservations by following this link https://aws.passkey.com/go/Handbell2017
You may also call 1-888-421-1442 and ask for rooms in the Handbell Musicians of America block.
To ensure the event rate, please make your reservations before June 16, 2017.

All rates include in-room internet access.  Rates will be offered 3 days before and 3 days after the event dates, based on availability.

Hotel Surcharge

To ensure that we are able to meet the room block required by the Hyatt Regency Orange County, 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.


Here is your chance to perform in the most magical place on earth, Disneyland®. (Included with Distinctly Teen registration)

News & Announcements

Registration for those who pre-registered will open February 1.

General Registration for Nat'l Seminar, Master Class, and Distinctly Teen will open February 15.

Event Schedules

General Event Schedule Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

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.