Registration

Full event registration includes the Welcome Reception, Gala Banquet, Farewell Reception, all concerts, classes and tracks, downloadable class notes, access to Handbell Commons, and a registrant packet with all associated materials.

Virtual Event Registration includes live stream access to all concerts, up to 24 virtual classes, and downloadable class notes.

General Registration

General registration is now open

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Daily Registration

 

Wednesday Only Thursday Only Friday Only Saturday Only

 

Registration Cost
  Before June 1 After June 1
Full Event Registration* $395 $450
Virtual Event Registration** $195 $250
Daily Event Registration*** $125 $150

*For those who pre-registered last summer, the registration fee is locked in at $350.  To take advantage of the special offer, you need to complete your registration by May 1, 2021.

**For those who pre-registered last summer, the virtual registration fee is locked in at $175. To take advantage of the special offer, you need to complete your registration by May 1, 2021.

***Meals not included with daily registrations

If you wish to purchase additional tickets to the Gala Banquet or any of the concerts for family & friends, or if you are a daily registrant on Friday and wish to attend the Gala Banquet, the following options are available during the on-line registration process:

  • Gala Banquet – Cost per ticket is $80.00
  • Concerts – Cost per concert ticket is $10.00 for most concerts (also available at the door)
Event Cancellation Policy
In-Person Event Registrants: Refunds will be made for registration cancellations received in writing or by email 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.
Virtual Event Registrants: Refunds will be made for registration cancellations received in writing or by email until June 15, 2021, less a $75 administrative fee per registrant. Cancellations made after June 15 for any reason (including medical issues, family emergencies, etc.) are not refundable.
 
Special Notes

Recording the sounds, or sounds and images, of the musical performances is not permitted. Any such recording is in violation of the Copyright Act (17 U.S.C. §1101).

Handbell Musicians of America makes every effort to check the accuracy of educational training offered for this event; however, no guarantee is extended as to any errors or omissions.

The views expressed by the event clinicians may but do not necessarily reflect the views held by Handbell Musicians of America, its members, Areas, officials, or employees.

Conducting 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 in advance.

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Registration Fees

Conductors – $495
Ringer/Observer – $375

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.

At that time:

  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, 2021.
    • 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.

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.

Composition Master Class 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 for Master Class

Registration Fees

Composers – $495

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.

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.

Distinctly Teen Registration

Register for Distinctly Teen

Registration fee is $125 and includes:

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

 

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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