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Online Registration Now Open

Online registration is now open for National Seminar 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. GO HERE to view registration options.

Play the National Anthem at a Cincinnati Reds game

We will be organizing a record-breaking ensemble to play the National Anthem at a Cincinnati Reds game. Options are available for both ringers who wish to ring in the ensemble and those who just wish to attend the game. GO HERE for more information.


Distinctly Teen - July 19-21, 2012


Distinctly Teen 2011After overwhelming success in 2011, Distinctly Teen is back again. This event is designed for individual young ringers (8th-12th grade) who wish to stretch their ringing skills and challenge their musicianship. Participants will spend 2 ½ days working on intermediate to advanced repertoire and developing skills in handbell technique and general musicianship under the leadership of Carlos Avila.


The event schedule will combine dedicated rehearsal time for Distinctly Teen with the opportunity to attend classes offered as part of the Handbell Musicians of America National Seminar. Each attendee will audition on arrival for ringing placement in the youth all-star choir that will perform with the National Seminar All-Star choirs for a Saturday afternoon concert for both events.



Event registration is $125 for Handbell Musicians of America members and $185 for non-members.



Note: This link is for Distinctly Teen registration ONLY
Please go to the main Registration Page for Seminar Registration



Registration includes:

  • All scheduled event activities
  • Opportunity to attend two class sessions with National Seminar attendees.
  • Pizza Party
  • Bob Jones Academy, Academy Vibrations Concert
  • Arsis Handbell Ensemble Concert
  • Event T-Shirt
  • Opportunity to attend Cincinnati Reds Game and perform in the National Anthem Ensemble with National Seminar attendees. Additional cost - DETAILS AVAILABLE HERE
  • Optional lunch and Handbell Theater Concert.  Additional cost - DETAILS AVAILABLE HERE
  • Optional Closing Banquet and Post Concert Dessert Reception. Additional cost - DETAILS AVAILABLE HERE



  • AVE MARIA – Franz Biebl, arr. Cathy Moklebust
    Choristers Guild, CGB309, Level 3

  • JUBILATE – Arnold B. Sherman
    Hope Publishing Co, HP1727, Level 4

  • GUAZÁBARA – E. Bayoán Rios-Escribano
    From the Top Music #20262, Level 4

  • A WALK IN THE PARK – Karen Lakey Buckwalter
    Beckenhorst Press HB250, Level 5



Cancellation/Refund Policy

Refunds will be made for National Seminar registration cancellations received in writing or by email until June 15, 2012, less a $50 administrative fee per registrant. Cancellations made after June 15 for any reason (including medical issues, family emergencies, etc.) are not refundable.



Medical Release Form

All Distinctly Teen attendees will be required to fill out and bring to the event a medical release form, which can be downloaded from HERE.

Special Notes

  • Applicants should be in the school range of having completed 7th grade up through 12th grade.

  • All attendees under the age of 18 will be required to have a chaperone traveling with them. 

  • Handbell Musicians of America will take no responsibility for attendees’ actions/activity/safety when they are not in rehearsal or class session. 

  • Each attendee is expected to purchase music for the event at an estimated cost of $16-$20.  A repertoire list of four selections will be provided soon.

  • Recording the sounds, or sounds and images, of the musical performances is not permitted. Any such recording is in violation of the Copyright Act (17 U.S.C. §1101).

  • Handbell Musicians of America makes every effort to check the accuracy of educational training offered for this event; however, no guarantee is extended as to any errors or omissions.

  • The views expressed by the event clinicians may but do not necessarily reflect the views held by the Guild, its members, Areas, officials, or employees.


Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza – See Lodging information HERE.


Basic Event Schedule


Thursday, July 19

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Registration & Check-In – Junior Ballroom Lobby – Level 3

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Placement Auditions – Room 252

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Rehearsal – Room 252

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Bob Jones Academy Concert - TBD

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Pizza Party – Room 232

7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Rehearsal – Room 252



Friday, July 20

8:00 AM – 10:15 AM

Rehearsal – Room 252

10:30 AM – 11:45 AM

Class Session (See National Seminar Schedule for options)

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Lunch Optional and Concert – Junior Ballroom Lobby

2:00 PM – 3:45 PM

Rehearsal – Room 252

4:00 PM – 5:15 PM

Class Session – National Anthem Rehearsal (See National Seminar Schedule for options)

5:30 PM ….

Reds Game – Great American Ball Park  - Tickets must be purchased in advance to attend



Saturday, July 21

9:00 AM – 11:45 AM

Rehearsal – Room 252

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM

Lunch on your own

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Concert Dress Rehearsal w/ All-Stars – West Lobby – Level 2

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

Distinctly Teen & National Seminar All-Stars Concert – West Lobby – Level 2

4:00: PM – 5:15 PM

Class Session (see National Seminar Schedule for options)

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Final Banquet (optional) with National Seminar – Junior Ballroom – Level 3

8:15 PM – 9:30 PM

Final Concert – Arsis Handbell Ensemble – Junior Ballroom – Level 3

9:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Dessert Reception (optional) – Junior Ballroom Lobby – Level 3




Scholarship for Distinctly Teen 2012


Deb Heine Scholarship for Young Ringers

The Deb Heine Scholarship for Young Ringers provides assistance to qualified individuals for participation in Handbell Musicians of America’s national events. In 2012, two scholarships will be made available for attendees of the Handbell Musicians of America Distinctly Teen.


Scholarship application process has closed for this year's Distinctly Teen. Scholarship recipients will be announced soon.