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 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.

Quavers Newsletter

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

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.

Would you like to advertise in Quavers? Click here for more information and the form.


Fourth Friday at 7pm Central Time

Gather with handbell musicians to chat, learn, and ring on the fourth Friday night of the month in a virtual format alternating between Sampler Nights and In-Depth Seminars. Sampler Nights are based on speed dating and these 90-minute sessions will offer short introductions to a variety of topics. Sampler Nights are free. In-Depth Seminars Focus on one handbell topic for a one-hour session, and there is a small fee.

Registration is now open for:

  • June 25th In-Depth Session: 
    • Developing a Healthy Ringing Gesture, led by Michèle Sharik
    • Pedagogical Music with Kath Wissinger
  • July 23rd Sampler Session: TBA

Michèle Sharik is the Handbell Techniques Master Teacher for the HMA Certification Program.  In this session, she’ll lead you to a healthy, relaxed ringing gesture.    In the 2nd part of the session, Kath Wissinger will review music for teaching handbells. Sampler sessions are free, In-Depth Sessions are $10/person for members.

TECHNOLOGY:  Sessions are pre-recorded and are available on YouTube, which you can access from a smart TV, computer, tablet or phone.  You’ll be able to use the chat feature on YouTube during the premiere.  In addition, there will be an optional virtual meeting after the presentation where you can interact with other registrants.

Links will be sent out 2-3 days prior to the session to the email address you provide at registration. 

You can still get the links for the sessions listed below by going here.