• Call to Action! Area 1 Seeks Communications Director

    The Area 1 Board would like to announce the posting of the job description of the Area 1 Communications Director position. This volunteer will be empowered to rethink the way we communicate with our members and lead a team to revitalize our communication mediums. That last part is important: this person will not be alone […]

  • December Fundamental Tone Available now!

    See the latest fundamental tone for notes from our area chair, state chairs, Chime Loan Chair, and the Klapper Kafe.

  • Spotlight on Chime In! Music With a Mission

    Chime In! Music With a Mission, directed by Rick Wood, was recently featured by WTNH News Channel 8.  The story can also be found on their website here: http://wtnh.com/2017/12/01/cruisin-connecticut-chime-in-bell-choir-christmas-in-bethlehem-ct/ I’ll reprint the text below, for historical purposes.  If anyone has a link to a video, I can post that here as well.  Email webmaster.area1@handbellmusicians.org BETHLEHEM, […]

  • Spotlight on “Back To Bells”

    This Spotlight article is written by Steve Mazeau after he attended a 2017 Back to Bells event.  Area 1 Back To Bells workshops are sponsored by the national Handbell Musicians of America, but draws from the experience and leadership of the members of Area 1. The goal of these workshops is to get bells out […]

  • Spotlight on Mary McCleary

    With sadness, the handbell world says our goodbye and godspeed to Mary McCleary, who passed away on October 15, 2017. She was a prolific composer, director, organist, and friend to many of the ringers in the Handbell Musicians of America. Mary G. McCleary was the Chairman of Area I of the New England Guild of […]

  • Spotlight on The Connecticut Ringers

    September 20 was Connecticut Day at the Big E in Springfield. A group of handbell musicians under the direction of Samanatha Beschta practiced all summer and performed in the CT Pavillion. Thanks for representing Connecticut at this Big Event, Samantha, and all your ringers! Here’s the writeup from last year’s event.    

  • FREE! Fall Skill Building Workshops!

    FREE Fall Skill Building Workshops — Scheduled throughout Area 1 — sign up for one near you! NEW THIS YEAR! REGISTRATION IS FREE FOR MEMBERS and THEIR RINGERS! Bring your whole choir, or come on your own to brush up on or learn new skills, including four-in-hand, music reading, weaving and more! Great for beginners […]