Area 1 was well represented at the latest Handbell Musicians of America National Seminar 2018 from July 17-21 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.




Back row, L-R: Peter Stickney (ME), Lisa Arnold (MA), Chuck Arnold (MA), Carlene Ruesenberg (NH), Sue Wilber (CT), Patti Beckwith (VT), Mya Dundzilla (ME) Front row, L-R: Cheryl Harger (CT), Suzanne Neafus (CT), Karen Leonard (MA), Susan Schultz (MA), Ruth Marquette (VT), Amy Rollins (ME). Not pictured: Griff Gall (MA), Sue Lee (MA), Cathy Marker (NH), Kim Strepka (VT), Joy Toll-Chandler (MA)


Many downtown storefronts had welcome signs for the Handbell Musicians of America


Carlene Ruesenberg, Cathy Marker and Sue Lee feeling welcomed at the DeVos Place convention center

The magnificent Fountain Street Church, where the Chancel Bells from Downers Grove, IL performed.

Karen Van Wert (Area 7 chair) leading a class on teaching techniques. Here she is demonstrating a way to teach a choir how to pass a bell by passing up and down the line.

Jessica Lok and Christine Chan from “Bellprints HK” at the Schulmerich Showcase. Bellprints – HK is a quartet of 4 ladies from Hong Kong.

Susan and Sue took time to catch up with long-time friend Linda Krantz.