AGEHR Grant Fund at Work
One youth and one senior program benefit from AGEHR Grant Fund in 2018

Thanks to the generosity of donors to the AGEHR Grant Fund, we are able to award money to worthy handbell and handchime programs to encourage and support creative projects. This year, grants were awarded to Seabrook Village Retirement Community and Franklin County Public Schools in New Jersey. Read on for a glimpse into how your [...]

 

Communion Medley
A quartet featuring

 

He Is Born Processional
A holiday processional

 

National Seminar 2018 Photos
More Photos from National Seminar

 

Ringers Reunite
Bucknell University’s Rooke Chapel Ringers come together for a reunion concert at National Seminar

Mention college handbell programs, and a few of the more well-known ones immediately come to mind—including the Rooke Chapel Ringers of Bucknell University in Lewisberg, Pennsylvania. Founded over 30 years ago by famed conductor and composer Dr. William Payn, the Rooke Chapel Ringers has attracted fine musicians from around the country and is responsible for [...]

 

“…but now I’m found”
Many ringers are as steady and reliable as the familiar text of “Amazing Grace” but sometimes ringers have to geographically relocate. If a ringer moves into your city, can they find your group?

Many ringers are as steady and reliable as the familiar text of “Amazing Grace” but sometimes ringers have to geographically relocate. If a ringer moves into your city, can they find your group?

 

Finding the Perfect Event Venue
I’m often asked how I choose the cities and venues for National Seminar and why it has never been in (insert your favorite city here). There are numerous factors we must consider when selecting a venue for this event. Many apply to other events as well, but Seminar has some unique needs that are not [...]

I’m often asked how I choose the cities and venues for National Seminar and why it has never been in (insert your favorite city here). There are numerous factors we must consider when selecting a venue for this event. Many apply to other events as well, but Seminar has some unique needs that are not [...]

 

Handbell Geeks: Be Proud and Offend!
Now before you get all defensive over the use of the word “geek,” let’s define it, shall we? And I choose to use THIS definition: A knowledgeable and obsessive enthusiast. Or when used as a verb: Be or become extremely excited or enthusiastic about a subject, typically one of a specialist or minority interest.

Now before you get all defensive over the use of the word “geek,” let’s define it, shall we? And I choose to use THIS definition: A knowledgeable and obsessive enthusiast. Or when used as a verb: Be or become extremely excited or enthusiastic about a subject, typically one of a specialist or minority interest.

 

For Just 2.7 Cents per Day
We at handbell musicians of america always encourage you to share your copy of Overtones with them. But did you know that they can get a sub-membership that will give them full access to our ever-growing and valuable collection of online resources.

We at handbell musicians of america always encourage you to share your copy of Overtones with them. But did you know that they can get a sub-membership that will give them full access to our ever-growing and valuable collection of online resources.

 

Organists and Alcohol
Or Church Musicians and Alcohol

Editor’s Note: This article is reprinted with permission from the The Organist, the journal of the American Guild of Organists, and the author. A longer version originally appeared in a the journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians (AAM). While it specifically references organists, the information can just as well regard any church musician.

 

No Failure to Communicate
Moving information to and within handbell groups

As community and church groups evolve and membership turns over, many of us have more mixed generations than ever before. As a result, we’ve seen great variations in responsiveness to e-mails; some folks read and respond to e-mail; others ignore or set aside messages; others read the subject line or only part of a message. [...]

 

Dueling Bells
A Pacific Northwest Collaboration

It started with a conversation Matthew Compton and Jennifer Vangolen had during a rehearsal break at Distinctly Bronze West. “So how is the Alex Guebert piece that won the Bells of the Sound composition contest?” asked Matt. “It’s good and really challenging – but we’re having trouble building a concert around it,” replied Jennifer. “Do [...]

 

Feature

AGEHR Grant Fund at Work
One youth and one senior program benefit from AGEHR Grant Fund in 2018


Tips & Tools

Communion Medley
A quartet featuring


Tips & Tools

He Is Born Processional
A holiday processional


Online Exclusive

National Seminar 2018 Photos
More Photos from National Seminar


Feature

Ringers Reunite
Bucknell University’s Rooke Chapel Ringers come together for a reunion concert at National Seminar


Membership Matters

“…but now I’m found”
Many ringers are as steady and reliable as the familiar text of “Amazing Grace” but sometimes ringers have to geographically relocate. If a ringer moves into your city, can they find your group?


Executive Notes

Finding the Perfect Event Venue
I’m often asked how I choose the cities and venues for National Seminar and why it has never been in (insert your favorite city here). There are numerous factors we must consider when selecting a venue for this event. Many apply to other events as well, but Seminar has some unique needs that are not [...]


From the President's Pen

Handbell Geeks: Be Proud and Offend!
Now before you get all defensive over the use of the word “geek,” let’s define it, shall we? And I choose to use THIS definition: A knowledgeable and obsessive enthusiast. Or when used as a verb: Be or become extremely excited or enthusiastic about a subject, typically one of a specialist or minority interest.


Chiming In

For Just 2.7 Cents per Day
We at handbell musicians of america always encourage you to share your copy of Overtones with them. But did you know that they can get a sub-membership that will give them full access to our ever-growing and valuable collection of online resources.


Handbells in Worship

Organists and Alcohol
Or Church Musicians and Alcohol


Handbell Musicians Roundtable

No Failure to Communicate
Moving information to and within handbell groups


Community Connections

Dueling Bells
A Pacific Northwest Collaboration