Handbell Musicians of Canada is a national organization that fosters the art of handbell ringing across the country. How do we do this? By hosting festivals and learning events, presenting concerts and performances, awarding scholarships and bursaries, supporting the development of composers, conductors and clinicians, and by creating a network through which musicians from all over Canada can collaborate, learn, and grow with each other!
L’association nationale “Handbell Musicians of Canada" promeut et encourage les clochettes à travers le Canada. Et comment? En organisant des événements musicaux et pédagogiques, en donnant des spectacles, en décernant des bourses, en appuyant le développement des compositeurs, des chefs d’orchestre et des animateurs, tout en créant un réseau pour que tous les musiciens canadiens puissent collaborer et s’enrichir mutuellement!
Please feel free to send us your inquiries in English or French. We would be pleased to respond in the language of your choice.
Veuillez nous contacter avec vos questions en anglais ou en français. Cela nous ferait un plaisir de vous répondre dans la langue de votre choix.
Musings From the Board
Each month we’ll be featuring a few words from one of our board members so you can get to know your national representatives. Check back each month to meet us all! See the full musings on our HMC Board page.
HMC “Heightening the Curve” Membership CampaignsLate in summer 2020, a membership drive campaign was launched when the new Handbell Musicians of Canada website went live. With national wide efforts to “flatten the COVID curve”, the HMC Website Committee decided to go the other way by “heightening the HMC membership curve” with the hashtag #100bylabourday. Canadian handbell musicians were invited to become the 100th member to join by Labour Day 2020.
Our winner was Cathy Larson from Fort McMurray, AB and she received a special edition HMC mask. Cathy is one of our greatest handbell cheerleaders in Northern Alberta and has even founded a teachers’ handbell ensemble along with her numerous school groups. She most recently served as VP for ALGEHR (Alberta Guild of English Handbell Ringers) and is a long-time member of ALGEHR’s Board of Directors.
Delighted with the enthusiastic response from all the new members, the Website Committee decided to continue with the hype and the excitement of the HMC inaugural Board Elections to offer another contest. This time the goal was to reach 150 members by Voting Week in mid-October.
And we did! Our 150th member was 16-year-old student Lucas Bridge from Edmonton, AB who has probably been ringing for most of his young life as his mother, Tammy-Jo Mortensen, was Music Director at Robertson-Wesley United Church until 2019. Lucas is also a very talented fiddler and has studied with none other than Donnell Leahy (of the famous fiddling family and husband of Natalie McMaster) and others during his family visits to NS.