Handbell Musicians of America Area 1

When and Where and Who

Saturday, October 13:
St Joseph Church, Bristol, CT
     Clinician:  Jean Degan
St Luke’s Episcopal, E.Greenwich, RI
      CANCELLED due to small registration. You could attend Gales Ferry workshop on Oct. 20.

Saturday, October 20:
St David’s Episcopal, Gales Ferry CT
     Clinician:  Jane Nolan
Faith Lutheran Church, Andover, MA
     Clinician: Sue Chamberlin

Saturday, October 27:
Spring Glen Church, Hamden, CT
     Clinician:  Jane Nolan
First Parish Church, Augusta, ME
     Clinicians: Sue Evans & Amy Rollins

Saturday, November 3:
Foreside Community, Falmouth, ME
     Clinician:  Sue Chamberlin
South Congregational, Concord, NH
     Clinician:  Carlene Ruesenberg

All dates - 8:30 AM check-in
Workshop 9:00 AM-12:00 PM 

Register now for a Skill Building Workshop by clicking on the name of the church in the list above.


Sue Chamberlin 
Handbell Musicians of America, Area 1 

Free Skill Building Workshops  - Fall 2018

Multiple sessions in October & November:  choose a date that works for you!
Sessions throughout New England:  less travel!
Emphasis on skills needed for FC 2019 Massed Music

What You'll Learn:

  • How to identify and mark necessary changes of bells, techniques, dynamics, etc., within the workshop music
  • How to properly execute the various techniques required in the music, and how to move from executing those techniques in isolation to successfully preparing for and playing them within the music
  • How to put it all together and, by the conclusion of the workshop, play the music from beginning to end at a moderate skill level

Music for Workshop:

The music for this workshop is the Massed Ringing repertoire for Area 1 Festival/Conference 2019.  You will get the most out of this workshop if you purchase your music ahead of time and look at it before you come to the workshop.  Note: some of this music has been used previously at Area 1 events, and you may already have it in your bell choir library.

If you do not bring your own music to the workshop, we will have music available for you to use, but you might need to share with your neighbor and you will not be able to write on it unless you choose to purchase the music that day.


  • Make me an Instrument of Thy Peace (Kevin McChesney) MJHS9296 (handbells) MJHS92926B (Instrument parts) MJHS9296FS (Full Score) Jeffers Publishing
  • Allegro Spiritoso (Greg Underwood) MAG23028 (2-3 octaves) MAG35261 (3-5 octaves) AGEHR Publishing
  • Inception (Jason Krug) MLC202021L (2-3 octaves) MLC202020L (3-5 octaves) Lorenz Publishing
  • Festive Intrada (Sondra Tucker) MGIG6179 (handbells) MGIG6179INST (instruments) GIA Publishing

Workshop Fee:

Free for members of Handbell Musicians of America

Non-Members: $95  includes a one year membership in Handbell Musicians of America, and allows you to register your whole choir for this one fee.

Even though the Fall Skill Building Workshops are free for members, it is still important for you to register for the workshop that you plan to attend.  We need to know how many people are coming so that we can be sure to have enough bells for everyone.  You do not need to bring bells unless we contact you and ask you to bring bells and/or foam.