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:

  • April 23rd In-Depth Session: Solo & Ensemble Skills for These Times
  • May 28th Sampler Session

The April Session will cover 4-in-hand, weaving, and working with selections for 6, 8, or 12 bells.  Past-chair Beth Ann Edwards presents the 4-in-hand session, and Kristin Paul Diaz, a founding member of The Agape Ringers, will have you weaving in no time!  finally, you’ll see examples of how to utilize those skills for your ensemble. 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 going to the registration form.

  • January 22nd Sampler Session
  • February 26th In-Depth Session Mark Your Score with Beth Ann Edwards
  • March 26th Sampler Session

The topics for the January Sampler Session were:

    • Technique Tip – Malleting
    • Top Sellers from Choristers Guild
    • Director Tip – Solving that Problem Measure
    • How to Reach Out to Other Ringers & Directors
    • What’s Honorary Life? Who are the Honorary Life members of A8?
    • Instant Success – Using Processionals to Hook New Ringers
    • Preview of the February 26th In-Depth Seminar, Mark Your Music

Our February seminar was Mark Your Music, led by Beth Ann Edwards.

Do you spend more time interpreting your markings than reading the music? Yes, you marked your score last week. It made sense at that time, and now it doesn’t. Or maybe you switched assignments and cannot interpret the markings in your new score. Or maybe you assume you will remember what the director is asking for and not mark your score at all. A well-marked score assists your music-making. This class walks you through setting up a concise, consistent score-marking system for handbell music. Learn about basic needs for score-marking, and customize them for you and your choir. This method will assist ringers in music interpretation, preparation, solid music-reading, and more.

The topics for the March Sampler Session were:

  • Using Acapella to create a virtual ensemble video
  • What’s the Area 8 Chime Loan Program?
  • Music from Agape/Hope Publishing introduced by Brenda Austin (pt 1)
  • Bell Trees for Beginners
  • Professor Bell and Clapper on thumb damping and ring touch
    Music from Agape/Hope Publishing introduced by Brenda Austin (pt 2)
  • Preview of April In-Depth Session: Solo & Ensemble Skills for These Times
  • What Happens at National Seminar? Observations from Seminar first timers

What topics would you like to see included in either format?
Email your suggestions to events coordinator.