Events in Area 5

As a service to our members, Handbell Musicians of America offers a wide variety of events on a national, regional and local level – festivals, seminars, master classes, etc. National events are planned and presented by the HMA National Office. Regional and local events are planned and presented by Areas & Sub-Areas, or by a member or member organization of Handbell Musicians of America.

For more information and application forms to host your own event please visit the National website.

Be sure to check our Fall Workshops, and take a look at our concert calendar to find other events and performances in your area.

July 2021

HMA National Seminar

National Seminar provides a unique opportunity to meet and network with fellow handbell musicians and develop life-long friendships with those that share your enthusiasm and passion for our art. Participate in educational and engaging classes; enjoy performances by some of our best choirs, ensembles, and soloists; browse and shop through exhibit booths from handbell publishers, retailers, manufacturers, and more. Registration opens February 15.

Master Classes July 10-13, 2021
National Seminar July 13-17, 2021
Distinctly Teen July 15-17, 2021
Glendale-Phoenix, AZ

Visit Handbell Musicians of America for more information.

October 2021

Movin’, Groovin’, and Improvin’ Your Technique

Trechniques for treble / battery / bass as well as intentional movement for expression.

October 24, 2021
Portage United Church of Christ
2731 W. Milham Ave
Portage, MI 49024
Clinicians: Martha Matthews and Kalamazoo Ringers

Visit kalamazooringers.org for more information, or contact info@kalamazooringers.org or silverandbronze@msn.com.

January 2022

Indiana All-State Handbell Choir

Indiana All-State Handbell Choir is getting ready to hold auditions for the IMEA event in January, 2022.

  • The audition window is September 1st through October 6th
  • Auditions are due by Wednesday October 6th
  • The All-State Handbell Choir is open to any current 9th-12th grade student in the state of Indiana. He/She should be actively participating in some sort of handbell choir, whether through a school, church, or community ensemble.
  • Students must be nominated by his/her handbell director. The director does NOT need to be a member of IMEA.
  • An online nomination form must be completed for each student. In addition, video-recorded audition exercises will accompany the form.

Information, including the audition exercises, can be found on our website: https://www.imeamusic.org/all-state-handbell-choir

Questions can be directed to Andrew Robinson, All-State Handbell Choir Chair, at arvoicestudio@gmail.com

March 2022

Area 5 Spring Festival

March 18-19, 2022
Renaissance Cleveland Hotel
Cleveland, Ohio
Guest Conductor: Alex Guebert
Opening Concert: The Raleigh Ringers

Visit the official event page here.

April 2022

Area 5 Spring Festival

April 28-30, 2022
Grand Hotel
Mackinac Island, Michigan
Guest Conductor: Fred Gramann
Opening Concert: Quadrants

Visit the official event page here.

March 2023

Area 5 Spring Festival

March 17-18, 2023
Century Center South Bend
Sound Bend, Indiana
Guest Conductor: Stephanie Rhoades
Opening Concert: TBA