July 10-13

Master Class

Conducting Application period is now closed.

Scroll down for the link to register as a Ringer/ Observer.

 

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 students will conduct their pieces 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 firsthand. ringer/observers do not need to apply. A completed registration for the event is your confirmation.

Conductor Application

An application is required for all conducting candidates before acceptance to the event. Note: For this year ONLY and due to the additional challenges presented by COVID restrictions, we are removing the video requirement for conducting applicants. The application will also request information about each candidate’s music education and handbell experience. No advance application is required for Ringer/Observers.

  1. Conducting applicants Follow the link below
  2.  Please note the following:
  • Answer all the questions on the application.
  • Note: For this year ONLY and due to the additional challenges presented by COVID restrictions, we are removing the video requirement for conducting applicants
  • Submit the completed application by 5:00 PM Eastern on April 30, 2021.
  • After the deadline, all applications will be reviewed and successful candidates will be selected based on the merit of their application.
  • 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.

Conducting Application period is now closed

Registration Fees

Conductors – $495
Ringer/Observer – $375

Registrations for Ringer/Observer must be submitted by June 1, 2021 in order to allow adequate time to assign ringing positions and for attendees to learn the music.

Registration includes all course materials (except sheet music) and lunch on July 10, 11, and 12. Register for National Seminar also, and receive a 10% discount on Master Class registration. You must register for National Seminar before your register for Master Class for the discount to apply. Discounts cannot be applied after registration is completed. Complete your National Seminar registration first to receive the discount for Master Class.

Ringer/Observer Registration

 

Cancellation Policy

Refunds will be made for registration cancellations received in writing or by e-mail until June 15, 2021, 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.

Composer Registration

Registration will be on a first-come-first-served basis. Registrants 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.

Register Here

Registration Fees

Composers – $495

Registration includes all course materials and lunch on July 10, 11, and 12. Register for National Seminar also, and receive a 10% discount on Master Class registration. You must register for National Seminar before your register for Master Class for the discount to apply. Discounts cannot be applied after registration is completed.

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, 2021, less a $150 administrative fee per registrant. Cancellations made after June 15 for any reason (including medical issues, family emergencies, etc.) are not refundable.

Master Class Schedule
       
Date/Time Activity Event Location
Saturday, July 10      
9:00 AM – 9:30 AM Master Class Check-in/Registration MC Cira A
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM Opening Remarks/Introductions MC Cira A
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM Conducting/Composing Breakouts MC Cira A & C
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch – Provided MC Cira B
1:30 PM – 6:30 PM Conducting/Composing Breakouts MC Cira A & C
6:30 PM Dinner on your own    
       
Sunday, July 11      
8:30 AM – 12:30 PM Conducting/Composing Breakouts MC Cira A & C
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch – Provided MC Cira B
1:30 PM –  6:30 PM Conducting/Composing Breakouts MC Cira A & C
6:30 PM Dinner on your own – Free evening MC  
       
Monday , July 12      
8:30 AM – 12:30 PM Conducting/Composing Breakouts MC Cira A & C
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch – Provided MC Cira B
1:30 PM – 6:30 PM Conducting/Composing Breakouts MC Cira A & C
6:30 PM Dinner on your own – Free evening MC  
       
Tuesday July 13      
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Master Class Showcase prep MC Cira A & C
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Master Class Showcase MC Cira A
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Master Class Final Review MC Cira A & C

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

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.

DOWNLOAD PERSONAL EVENT 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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