• 2019 Associate Conductor: Patty Saunders

    We’re excited to announce that Ms. Patty Saunders will be our Associate Conductor at our upcoming Dayton, OH festival! Ms. Saunders will share the podium with our guest conductor, Mr. Lee Afdahl. Patty Saunders serves as the Music Director for the Alluring Community Handbell Ensemble of Lexington, Kentucky. In addition to planning and rehearsing this […]

  • Register Now for the Spring Festival in Dayton, Ohio

    Registration is ongoing for the 2019 Spring Festival in Dayton, Ohio. Head over to the event page for more information and the link to register. The event schedule and repertoire are also available!

  • Save the Dates in 2020 & 2021!

    We have exciting events already scheduled for 2020 and 2021, including a return to Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan. Visit Area 5 Events and get those dates on your calendar. Our 2020 Spring Festival, “Bluegrass, Bourbon and Bells!”, will be March 6-7 in Louisville, Kentucky at the Downtown Marriott with guest conductor Michael J. […]

  • 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, […]

  • 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 […]