National Events

National Seminar

St. Louis, MO – July 16 – 20, 2019

  • National Seminar 2020 – July 16-20, Orlando, Florida
  • National Seminar 2021 – July 13-17, Phoenix, Arizona
  • International Symposium & Associated Events 2022 – July 30-August 6, Nashville, Tennessee

Distinctly Teen

DISTINCTLY TEEN is designed for individual young musicians (8th-12th grade) who wish to stretch their ringing skills and challenge their musicianship. Participants will spend 2½ days working on intermediate to advanced repertoire and developing skills in handbell technique and general musicianship under the leadership of of an experienced director of youth musicians.  The event schedule will combine dedicated rehearsal time for Distinctly Teen with the opportunity to attend classes offered as part of the Handbell Musicians of America National Seminar.

St. Louis, MO – July 18 – 20, 2019, Greig Ashurst Conducting

What is Reaching for Bronze?

REACHING FOR BRONZE is a new event for the intermediate handbell musician who aspires to become a bronze-level ringer.

Have you wanted to apply for Distinctly Bronze but worry you are not yet at the skill level to be accepted?  Then this is the event for you.  Scheduled concurrently with Distinctly Bronze East, this event will give participants the opportunity to learn three pieces from the DB East rep list under the direction of master teacher and conductor Monica McGowan and perform them with the DB musicians on their final concert. In addition, the Reaching for Bronze choirs will prepare and perform two pieces of their own.

During the event, instruction will be offered in building skills in treble, bass and battery techniques, as well as improving all aspects of musicianship.

New Bern, NC – Feb 28 – Mar 1, 2020, Monica McGowan Conducting

Distinctly Bronze

DISTINCTLY BRONZE is our premier performance event for advanced handbell musicians. Held twice a year, once on the east coast and once on the west, musicians are assigned a part to work on ahead of time, then spend four days with a seasoned conductor to prepare advanced literature for a public performance.

Upcoming Events:

East 2020

Distinctly Bronze East 2020 with Stephanie Rhoades – February 27-March 1, New Bern, North Carolina

West 2020

Distinctly Bronze West 2020 with David Weck – November 5-8, Portland, Oregon

Area 10 was well represented at Distinctly Bronze West 2019