July 14-17

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

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. 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  $400

Fees include lunch on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday.

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, 2018.
    • 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.

Event Schedule

See the General Event Schedule

Lodging

All event activities will take place at DeVos Place Convention Center and the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The two venues are connected via a skywalk.

The Amway Grand Plaza, considered the finest hotel in West Michigan, sits snuggled in downtown Grand Rapids  surrounded by art museums, stunning architecture, a lively music, sports, and theater scene and arguably some of the best restaurants and the very best breweries in the entire country. Not to mention the incredible scene surrounding you before you even walk out of our doors.

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 Amway Grand Plaza, 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 Amway Grand Plaza.

Cancellation Policy

Refunds will be made for Master Class registration cancellations received in writing or by email until June 15, 2018, 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 Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday.

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.

Event Schedule

See the General Event Schedule

Lodging

All event activities will take place at DeVos Place Convention Center and the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The two venues are connected via a skywalk.

The Amway Grand Plaza, considered the finest hotel in West Michigan, sits snuggled in downtown Grand Rapids  surrounded by art museums, stunning architecture, a lively music, sports, and theater scene and arguably some of the best restaurants and the very best breweries in the entire country. Not to mention the incredible scene surrounding you before you even walk out of our doors.

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 Amway Grand Plaza, 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 Amway Grand Plaza.

Cancellation Policy

Refunds will be made for National Seminar registration cancellations received in writing or by email until June 15, 2018, 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

Master Class in Conducting applications are due by APRIL 3

Scholarship applications are due by APRIL 15

National Seminar Early-bird registration deadline is MAY 15.
Register now to save $55 on full registration.

Daily Registration options are now available.

Event Schedules

General Event Schedule
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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.

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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.