Greetings friends,

These uncertain times have been difficult for all our members. However, they have also encouraged creativity, leading us all to try new things and find new ways to connect, hold rehearsals, perform, and communicate with our fellow handbell musicians. With many events and performances cancelled or postponed, we have struggled with how best to proceed with plans for National Seminar and the associated events, Master Class and Distinctly Teen.

Our goal has always been to protect the health and safety of our members while continuing to offer high-quality events and resources to the handbell community. We also must balance that goal with our responsibility to protect Handbell Musicians of America from adverse legal action and financial penalties for not fulfilling contractual obligations. We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we work to develop the best response to these challenges.

HMA has been working with the hotel to mutually agree upon contractual obligations. We are actively redesigning the event, thus allowing us to avoid significant cash penalties while keeping our members’ health and safety a priority. And, this new offering will be flexible and agile enough to change, if the situation requires that.

We are very close to a resolution and will announce our event plans on June 1.

We thank you for your continued support and look forward to the day when we can meet again in person and make music together.

We remain united in our musical art.

The National Seminar Planning Committee

Jennifer Cauhorn
Gary Bynum
KC Congdon
Brian Parrott
Wendy Ransom
Margi Zearley

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