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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

School Handchime Loan Program Click here to learn how you could have chimes in your classroom!

Quavers Newsletter

Quavers is Area 8’s quarterly 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.

Ringer Spotlight 
by Beth Ann Edwards

Do you know, or know of, a ringer that deserves a moment in the spotlight? Maybe it’s your ringing neighbor or a ringer you have admired from afar at a festival or workshop. Maybe it’s YOU! Yes, you can nominate yourself. It’s time to let our lights shine here on the pages of the Area 8 Quavers. We’ve made a list of questions that can help start the conversation, and left some room for unique comments from the spotlighted ringer.

To nominate a ringer: direct them to the Area 8 Quavers webpage, and click on the link for Ringer Spotlight.

To access the form directly: click here.
Answer the questions and send a photo by the Quavers deadlines (the 10th of January, April, July, and October). If you have questions, please contact Beth Ann Edwards, Quavers Editor.