National Seminar Scholarships

Deadline for all scholarship applications is APRIL 15, 2020.

Recipients notified via e-mail by May 1, 2020.

W.D. McKeehan Scholarship

The W. D. McKeehan Scholarship provides assistance to qualified individuals for participation in the Handbell Musicians of America National Seminar. In 2020 two scholarships will be made available for event attendees.

Scholarship Includes:

  • Full registration
  • Shared occupancy of a double hotel room July 16, 17, 18, 19, and 20, 2020, at the event hotel
  • Up to three hundred dollars ($300.00) to be reimbursed for travel expenses
  • A Handbell Musicians of America mentor during the event to assist in participation and achievement of goals

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 demonstrate financial need
  • Applicants must describe desire to attend and goals to be realized by participating in the National Seminar and how knowledge gained there will be shared
  • Applicants must include a statement of support from a Guild member

Apply for McKeehanScholarship


 

D. Linda McKechnie Scholarship

The D. Linda McKechnie Scholarship provides assistance to qualified individuals working with special needs groups for the Handbell Musicians of America National Seminar. In 2020, one scholarship will be made available for event attendees.

Scholarship Includes:

  • Full registration for the event
  • A Handbell Musicians of America mentor during the event to assist in participation and achievement of goals

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 actively working with special needs in an educational setting
  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need
  • Applicants must describe desire to attend and goals to be realized by participating in the National Seminar and how knowledge gained there will be shared
  • Applicants must include a statement of support from a Guild member

Apply for McKechnie Scholarship


Anonymous Education Fund Scholarship

The Anonymous Education Fund Scholarship provides assistance to qualified individuals for participation in the Handbell Musicians of America National Seminar. In 2020, one scholarship will be made available for event attendees.

Scholarship Includes:

  • Full registration for the event

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 describe desire to attend and goals to be realized by participating in the National Seminar and how knowledge gained there will be shared
  • Applicants must include a statement of support from a Guild member

Apply for Anonymous Ed Scholarship


Scholarships Available from Your Area

Many of our Areas offer scholarships to attend national events. Visit your Area website to learn about opportunities they offer. Area websites can be found here.

 

Scholarship for Distinctly Teen

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 2020, 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, 2020, 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

News & Announcements

Event Schedules

General Event Schedule
Daily Class 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.

DOWNLOAD PERSONAL EVENT PLANNER


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.

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