Handbell Commons and Exhibiting Partners
When not in class sessions, Handbell Commons will be THE place to be. In addition to being home to our fabulous exhibiting partner area, Handbell Commons will be the hub of all social activities during the event.
Shopping • Annual Silent Auction • Daily Happy Hours • Welcome Reception
Daily grab-n-go breakfast and lunch options
Hangout Areas • Community Plaza
Pop-Up Prize Drawings during the posted shopping times
Exhibiting Partner Options
One of the great things about National Seminar is the opportunity to spend time in Handbell Commons with our Exhibiting Partners who are there to showcase their businesses and services.
Handbell Commons will be located on the 1st floor, next to the entrance and registration tables, and classes, performances, and other activities will all be in close proximity and fully accessible. Grab-and-Go breakfasts and lunches will be located within Handbell Commons, and there will be places to stay and socialize while getting meals. Daily Happy Hours will be in Handbell Commons, too.
The prices for Handbell Commons at the 2023 National Seminar are:
$325 for HMA Business Members
$450 for non-members
- 10 ft x 10 ft booth w/table, 2 chairs & trash can
- 1/8 page ad in Overtones magazine
- Name sign
- Wireless internet access
- Access to standard electrical outlet
- Admission to all Seminar concerts
- 31 total open hours/13 hours unopposed
Deluxe Booth – Only One Space Left
$375 for HMA Business Members
$550 for non-members
- All Standard Booth amenities listed above and 75-minute Showcase in dedicated room during Seminar class sessions
Additional Booth: $300 for HMA Business Members; $350 for non-members
Additional Power: $25 for 20 amp outlet; $50 for 100 amp outlet
*Not yet a Business Member? Join today!
For questions regarding exhibiting in the Handbell Commons, contact Jennifer Vangolen at email@example.com.
The Community Plaza will be an open space within the normal exhibit area of Handbell Commons. This space will allow individual members to promote a product, event, or service. It also provides handbell ensembles with a space to share information about their programs, sell merchandise such as CDs and DVDs, and recruit members.
Consider these ideas of how you might take advantage of this opportunity
- Crafters and hobbyists showcase your work
- HMA Areas: promote the events and services available to your members
- Ensembles and soloists: sell your CDs and DVDs and recruit members
- Handbell coaches and clinicians: share information about the services you offer
- Entrepreneurs: market your products and ideas
- One 6’ skirted table with two chairs in an open courtyard setting
- Limit one table per person/organization
Terms and Conditions
- You should plan to have your table staffed anytime the Handbell Commons is open and no other event activities are scheduled.
- The number of tables in the Community Plaza is limited, so be sure to apply early.
- Tables will not have access to power and the display area is limited to the tabletop and directly behind the table.
- All Community Plaza applications will be reviewed by and are subject to the approval of the planning committee. Activities, products, and services in the Community Plaza cannot conflict with the goals and mission of HMA or negatively impact other aspects of the event.
- Event registration is not required; table registration allows for two representatives to access Handbell Commons only. Access to classes and concerts is not included.
Questions should be directed to Jennifer Vangolen, Vendor Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Exhibiting Partners
Come to Handbell Commons to visit these outstanding Exhibiting Partners with more to come!
Choristers Guild, Inc.
From the Top Music
Grassy Meadow Music
The Great Christmas Ring
Heitz Handbells and Music LLC
Jeffers Handbell Supply
Schulmerich Bells, LLC
Third Bell on the Right
Truly Horrible Things
We encourage you to attend these Exhibiting Partner Showcases, which include presentations and reading sessions.
Explore the Versatility of Cymbells
Robert Lamb, Hyosang Park (Malmark Bellcraftsmen)
Join us as we demonstrate the many uses of CymBells. As a solo instrument or a supplement to choral and instrumental music, you’ll find these instruments perfect for the music classroom, music ministry, or community ensemble. Musicians of all ages will find success with their use. Don’t miss a beat – soloists can refine their technique and muscle-memory by taking advantage of the consistency of the securely mounted-system that allows for precise and artistic ringing. A variety of musical examples will be demonstrated to showcase the boundless uses of CymBells which are available in a three-octave range.
See It ~ Ring It ~ Love It!
Hart Morris (From the Top Music)
A variety of secular and sacred new releases – as well as a couple of treasures from the past – by talented handbell composers.
New from Beckenhorst Press
Jason Krug (Beckenhorst Press)
Come ring through some of the newest releases from the Beckenhorst Press catalog!
The Great Christmas Ring – A Mammoth Good Time
Neesa Hart (The Great Christmas Ring)
The Great Christmas Ring puts the “Fun” in fundraising. You get to play bells in lots of large, public spaces. You don’t need tables or pads. All you need is 2 bells per ringer. It is an easy way to get your bells out from behind the walls and share your joy of ringing with your community – and make a little money, too. We will show you how to make this ideal event a reality in your town. Great for churches, schools, and community ensembles.
AGEHR Sure-Fire Winners
Brian Childers (AGEHR Publishing)
Check out all the promotions from AGEHR Publishing for 2023. This reading session showcases 12 select titles offered in HMA’s E-Notes in 2023. These curated titles feature a variety of difficulty levels, as well as church and community repertoire. Showcase attendees will receive their own packet of all 12 titles to take home. For a sneak preview of the year’s music, including composer insights, check out E-notes January-June 2023 or find our AGEHR playlist on the HMA YouTube channel!
Thomas Jeffers (Jeffers Handbell Supply)
A showcase of the newest releases from Jeffers Publications.
New Music from Alfred Handbell!
Sondra Tucker (Alfred Handbell)
Join Editor Sondra Tucker to ring through new and best-selling music for full choir and 12-bell ensemble.
Choristers Guild Music for Ensembles Great and Small
Kathy Lowrie (Choristers Guild)
Please join us to explore a variety of recent releases from Choristers Guild. The showcase will include music for both large and small ensembles. It will also feature compatible editions playable by 2, 3, 4 or 5 octaves. Be inspired by amazing composers as you ring their music!
New Music from Grassy Meadow Music!
Jason Krug (Grassy Meadow Music)
Come ring some of the newest titles from Grassy Meadow Music! Whether handbell solo, 8-bell or 12-bell ensemble, or full choir, there’s something for all handbell musicians!
Pop Tunes for Handbells
Nick Hanson (8-Bit Handbell Publishing)
Looking to add some modern flair to your performances? 8-Bit Handbell Publishing specializes in pop/rock music to give ensembles and audiences that special flavor!
Sample the Sounds of Schulmerich
Bethan Neely & Greig Ashurst (Schulmerich Bells, LLC)
In this interactive showcase we will explore the different tone colors of Schulmerich handbells, MelodyChimes®, and Silver Melody Bells™. We will ring through musical examples and experiment with using different instruments, articulations, and mallet choices to enhance the character of the music.
Solos, Bell Trees, Quartets, and More!
Karen Van Wert, Nikki Evans, Linda Krantz, Karen Van Wert, Robert Lamb, Michèle Sharik, Kath Wissinger (Heitz Handbells)
Listen to and peruse new music published for solos, duets, and other small ensembles.
There’s Always Hope
Brenda Austin (Hope Publishing)
Join Hope Editor Brenda Austin and read through what’s new with Hope Publishing. Featuring cameo appearances from some of today’s best and brightest composers.