• Bronze Track in Charleston – Application Available Now!

    Those who wish to participate in the Bronze Track at the Charleston Festival can download an application here. Participants in this track will ring with their choir during massed rehearsals and on the concert, but will spend the rest of their time in Bronze rehearsal and will perform two selections on the final concert. The […]

  • Registration is Open for Spring 2018 Festivals

    In Spring 2018, join ringers from around Area 5 for a weekend of handbell music, education, fellowship and fun! Registration is now open! Choose from one of two festivals, or we’d love to see you at both! April 13-14, 2018 Charleston Civic Center Charleston, West Virginia Guest conductor: Brenda E. Austin Visit the official event […]

  • Letter from the Chair

    Greetings members of Area 5! I am so pleased to be once again acting as the Chair for our five-state area! I know of so many wonderful programs and musicians in Area 5 and I am certain that we will help create more over the next two years. I would like to thank my predecessor, […]

  • Brenda E. Austin: Reflecting on the Associate Conductor Program

    Brenda E. Austin was Area 5’s Associate Conductor for 2017 and worked with clinician David Weck at the Spring Festivals in Covington, Kentucky and Lansing, Michigan. She recently had this to say about her experience: “The Area 5 Associate Conductor program was an incredible experience for me. Most everything I have learned about handbells has […]

  • HMA Member Benefit: Virtual Bell Academy

    The Virtual Bell Academy is one of the newest benefits offered by the Handbell Musicians of America! As your Membership Chair and as a director, I have checked out this opportunity and have already participated in three of the workshops, which were so beneficial for both the director and the ringer. There are several more […]

  • HMA Membership – What a Bargain!

    Does your church or organization have a group membership in Handbell Musicians of America (HMA)? If so, your ringers may join HMA for only $10 a year. Yes, that’s right – just $10! When they create their own personal profile they will have access to online membership benefits including the digital version of Overtones and […]