July 13-16

Individual conducting students will work one-on-one with master conductor, Dr. William Payn and accomplished composer Sondra Tucker will work with aspiring and seasoned composers.

Master Class

This event gives experienced conductors the opportunity to further perfect their skills through one-on-one training with Dr. William Payn.

Thirteen individual conducting students will work one-on-one with master conductor, Dr. William Payn. Each will be assigned one piece to learn and conduct under Dr. Payn’s tutelage. Participating conducting students will form the choir that each will lead. The event concludes with a final showcase concert where each student will conduct their piece for an audience.

Not quite ready to step to the podium? Then participate as a Ringer-Observer. You will ring for the student conductors and watch Dr. Payn work first hand.

Master Class Registration

Registration for Master Class will Open February 18

An application is required before acceptance to the event. The application requires candidates to provide a link to a video of them conducting. The video should show a full body view (head to toe) of the applicant facing the camera while conducting two selections of contrasting styles. NOTE: In light of the current COVID-19 situation, you may conduct a recording of a piece or submit a previously submitted application video. The application will also request information about each candidate’s music education and handbell experience. Ringer-Observers do not need to apply. A completed registration for the event is your confirmation. Registration Fees Conductors  $495 (limited to 13, pre-application required) Ringer/Observer  $375 Fees include lunch on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

Register for both National Seminar and Master Class and receive a 10% discount on your Master Class registration. Complete your National Seminar registration first to receive the discount for Master Class. Application and registration materials will be available February 15. Registration Steps:

  1. Login to your Handbell Musicians of America Member Account
  2. Conducting applicants:
    • From the login welcome screen, follow the link to the Conducting Application.
    • Answer all the questions on the application.
    • Include a link to a RECENT (made within the past 6 months) video on YouTube of you conducting two pieces of contrasting styles. The camera taking the video should be placed above and behind the ringing choir so that it captures a full-body view of the conductor facing the camera. Load the video to YouTube as “unlisted” and provide the link in the space indicated on the application form. Videos not following these requirements could result in your application being disqualified from consideration.
    • Note: You cannot save and return to the application, so please have the video uploaded and link available BEFORE you begin the application.
    • Submit the completed application by 5:00 PM Eastern on April 3, 2020.
    • After the deadline, all applications will be reviewed and successful candidates will be selected based on the merit of their application and video submission.
    • Those selected will be provided with the link to register for the event as a conductor.
    • CONDUCTING CANDIDATES SHOULD NOT REGISTER FOR THE EVENT BEFORE THEY ARE OFFICIALLY ACCEPTED.
  3. Ringer/Observers  follow the registration link on the login welcome screen to complete and pay for your registration.

Register for both National Seminar and Master Class and receive a 10% discount on your Master Class registration. Complete your National Seminar registration first to receive the discount for Master Class.

Cancellation Policy

Refunds will be made for registration cancellations received in writing or by e-mail until June 15, 2020, less a $150 administrative fee per registrant. Cancellations made after June 15 for any reason (including medical issues, family emergencies, etc.) are not refundable.

This event gives composers the opportunity to hone their skills through one-on-one training with accomplished composer and arranger Sondra Tucker.

Up to six composers will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with Sondra Tucker to hone their skills in composing and arranging. Students will have access to keyboards and ample time to work on compositions. There will also be opportunities for group discussion and collaboration.

Master Class Registration

Registration will be on a first-come-first-served basis. Each registrant will be asked to provide basic information about their background in composing and arranging and should have at least one composition/arrangement in process when arriving at the event. Registration Fees Composition — $495 Fees include lunch on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Register for both National Seminar and Master Class and receive a 10% discount on your Master Class registration. Complete your National Seminar registration first to receive the discount for Master Class. Application and registration materials will be available February 17.

Event Schedule

See the General Event Schedule

 

Cancellation Policy

Refunds will be made for registration cancellations received in writing or by e-mail until June 15, 2020, less a $150 administrative fee per registrant. Cancellations made after June 15 for any reason (including medical issues, family emergencies, etc.) are not refundable.

Dr. Payn is incredible at meeting directors of all levels where they are and moving them forward. I found that even attending this event as a ringer, I gained incredible insight into individual requirements for conducting that I might not have realized were needed. Amazingly, while I arrived terrified, I left more aware of my strengths and weaknesses and more excited to work toward improvement.

P.L. Grove

In 2014, I attended the HMA Master Class on Handbell Arranging and Composition with Sondra Tucker. That weekend changed my life. During those four days, I learned from Sondra and my classmates and was able to hear my compositions played. I experienced revelation after revelation. I don’t think I would have written music professionally had it not been for HMA, Sondra Tucker, and the Master Class on Composition.

Brenda Austin

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.

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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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