Welcome to Area 8

Serving Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska.

2020 Area 8 Festival June 18-20

Mark your calendar for the 2020 Area 8 Handbell Festival!

Quavers Newsletter

Quavers is Area 8’s bi-monthly newsletter filled with information, suggestions, advertising, and contact information. 

Calendar of Events

Area 8 will list on the website and in its email blasts concerts and events that have been submitted by HMA members. Click here to submit information for a calendar listing.

To be listed on the Area 8 calendar, an event (e.g. festival, conference, or directors seminar) must be sponsored or endorsed by www.HandbellMusicians.org. Concerts do not require HMA sponsorship or endorsement to be included on the Area 8 calendar.

The process for receiving Endorsed or Sponsored status is simple, and HMA provides valuable support and marketing assistance for these events. For more information, please click here.

Handchime Loan Program

The responsibilities of Area 8 will include providing a 3 octave set of handchimes for one semester (approx. 4 months) with teaching materials, a support network and/or mentor.

Dear Area 8 Members,

The Executive Committee, Board, and Festival Planning Committee are excited to see that you share our optimism about the Area 8 Festival “More Than Meets the Eye” on June 18, 19, 20. Super Early Bird registration numbers are looking very good.

While we are, at this time, planning to hold the event as scheduled, we are aware that unforeseeable circumstances based on the effects of COVID 19 might cause us to alter our plans. The national HMA board encourages us to continue to follow the policies and mandates of our own state and local governments. I have been in contact with the Sheraton Overland Park. The staff assures me that they will stay in close contact with us if our plans need to change, based on their ability to host the event or due to directives from local and/or state governments.

Please check the Area 8 website for further updates, and please contact me if you have questions or concerns. Wash your hands (and gloves), and keep studying your music. I look forward to seeing you in June!

Beth Ann Edwards, Chair
Area 8 Handbell Musicians of America

We’re glad you found the Area 8 online home for Handbell Musicians of America. We are a five-state region of an international organization of handbell ringers, directors, composers, clinicians, and innovators.  Area 8 contains Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska, and is home to some of the world’s great handbell musicians, ensembles, conductors, teachers, and composers.

There are several things that make our area awesome:

√Our Handchime Loan Program here.

√Our State Chapters
Illinois, IowaKansas, Missouri, Nebraska.

√Our Newsletter, Quavers, here.

√Our People here.

√Sign Up for Our Email News Blasts here.

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Our 2019 Distinctly Bronze West Representatives from Area 8.