July 15-17

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.

Participants will spend 2 ½ days working on intermediate to advanced repertoire and developing skills in handbell technique and general musicianship under the leadership of Barb Walsh. The event schedule will combine dedicated rehearsal and class time for Distinctly Teen with the opportunity to attend classes offered as part of the Handbell Musicians of America National Seminar.

About the Director

Barb Walsh has been the Northern Nevada/Eastern Sierra Regional Coordinator for Handbell Musicians of America since 1993, and was a public school music teacher in the Reno/Sparks, Nevada, area for 33 years, receiving Educator of the Year Award from the Nevada Music Educators Association in 2014. She has developed handbell programs ranging from elementary school children to the adult community group, Tintabulations, known for their high energy, innovation, and musicianship.

When not teaching, directing or ringing, Barb plays flute/piccolo in local orchestras and shares backcountry adventures with her husband, dog and horses.


Each registrant is responsible for purchasing the following music:

  • Bound for South Australia – traditional sea shanty, arr.  Alex Guebert, Distributed by The Golden Dance, http://www.HandbellMusic.com.
  • Gaudeamus, Arnold B. Sherman, Agape Music, #1764
  •  I Wonder as I Wander, Brian Childers, GIA Music, #G-9450
  • Participants who register before April 15 will also get to vote for one of the following pop tunes to be arranged for the event by Nick Hanson.
  • The pop tune options will include:
    • Blinding Lights – The Weeknd
    • What Makes You Beautiful – One Direction **Selected Pop tune**
    • Levitating – Dua Lipa
    • Take You Dancing – Jason Derulo


Registration fee is $125 and includes:

  • All scheduled event activities
  • Event T-Shirt
  • Sonos Concert
  • Danny Lyons Concert
  • Agape Ringers Concert
  • Lunch Thursday, Dinner on Thursday and Friday


Distinctly Teen Schedule
Date/Time Activity Event Location
Thursday, July 15      
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Distinctly Teen Check-in, Welcome, and Lunch DT Cira B
10:15 AM – 10:30 AM Break NS  
12:00 PM – 4:30 PM Distinctly Teen Rehearsal & Teen Only Class Sessions DT Solana HI
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM Distinctly Teen Dinner DT Solana HI
5:30 PM – 6:45 PM Concert – Sonos DT/NS Solana E
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM Distinctly Teen Rehearsal DT Solana HI
Friday, July 16      
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Distinctly Teen Rehearsal DT Solana HI
1:00 PM – 1:30 PM Concert – Danny Lyons NS/DT Solana E
1:45 PM – 3:00 PM Session 11 NS/DT All Breakouts
3:00 PM – 3:15 PM Break NS/DT  
3:15 PM – 4:30 PM Session 12 NS/DT All Breakouts
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM Happy Hour in Handbell Commons NS Event Center
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Distinctly Teen Dinner DT Solana HI
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM Distinctly Teen Rehearsal DT Solana HI
8:00 PM – 9:15 PM Concert – Agape Ringers NS/DT Solana E
Saturday, July 17      
8:00 AM – 10:15 AM All Star/DT Dress Rehearsal NS/DT Solana E
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM All Star/ Distinctly Teen Concert NS/DT Solana E


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 2021, 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 15 and 16, 2021, 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


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

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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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