Join us in “The Valley of the Sun”

Master Classes July 10-13
National Seminar July 13-17
and Distinctly Teen July 15-17

What is National Seminar?

At National Seminar, you will have the chance to participate in educational and engaging classes; enjoy performances by some of our best choirs, ensembles, and soloists; browse and shop through exhibit booths from handbell publishers, retailers, manufacturers, and more.

National Seminar provides a unique opportunity to meet and network with fellow handbell musicians and develop life-long friendships with those that share your enthusiasm and passion for our art.

Classes & Tracks

Classes at National Seminar cover all aspects of handbell musicianship, whether you are a ringer, director, educator, etc.

Distinctly Teen

July 15-17
For individual ringers in grades 8-12 who wish to stretch their ringing skills and musicianship.

Master Classes

July 10-13
One-on-one instruction in a master class setting with Dr. William Payn in conducting, and Sondra Tucker in composition.


Daily lunch and evening performances by some of the finest handbell musicians around.

Handbell Commons Exhibits

Visit companies, organizations, and individuals that support handbell musicians in our all-new Handbell Commons area

Event Venue

Phoenix/Glendale Renaissance Hotel and Spa • Glendale, AZ

Silent Auction

You can help HMA even more and help provide more fun to National Seminar with a donation to the silent auction. GO HERE for details and to submit items.

Exhibit Opportunities for Vendors

To learn more about exhibiting at National Seminar, visit our HANDBELL COMMONS page.

Become a Sponsor

You can help National Seminar be the very best it can be. GO HERE to find out how you can sponsor our flagship at any level.


Registration details can be found HERE.

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.


Policy Regarding the Use of Tablets to Hold Music

Handbell Musicians of America recognizes that many musicians are using tablet computers instead of traditional music stands to hold music and that some among our membership would like to use this option when participating in ringing and performance activities at national events. This practice is not directly addressed in copyright law nor has there been enough case law to establish a standard practice for this activity.

We support and encourage the development of new technologies, techniques, and innovations that will continue to help us achieve our mission of furthering the art of handbell and handchime ringing. At the same time, we have a fiduciary responsibility to uphold the copyright laws of the United States. To that end, we have consulted with music publishers and copyright attorneys to develop the following policy regarding the use of tablets at our events.

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.

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