Sondra K. Tucker is Editor for Alfred Handbell, a division of Jubilate Music Group. She is active in the Handbell Musicians of America and the Handbell Industry Council. Sondra is a composer, conductor and clinician, and is an accomplished organist and flutist. Her published works include music for choir, organ, and instrumental ensembles in addition to handbells. She lives in Houston, Texas.
Resources for Ringing Compiled by Sondra K. Tucker
Note from the compiler: Since new music is being published all the time, it is impossible to keep a list of titles that would be both current and not too unwieldy. The Handbell Industry Council recommends you research the following publishers and retailers for music that fits your personal needs, and consult denominational and government agencies for guidance to safely gathering in your part of the country. Links to music associations, social media groups, denominational sites and governmental agencies are active at the time this document was assembled, but no guarantee is made that these links will stay the same indefinitely.
World Health Organization
Public advice, guidance, rolling updates, mythbusters and more.
Centers for Disease Control
How to protect yourself, what to do if you are sick, symptoms, travel, tools for operating during COVID-19, and more.
Every state has a COVID update on their landing page. You can access your state government’s web site by entering [StateName].gov. These pages will give you more localized information about the pandemic and any laws, orders, and declarations that affect residents.
PROFESSIONAL MUSICAL ORGANIZATIONS
Handbell Musicians of America
American Guild of Organists
American Choral Directors Association
Presbyterian Association of Musicians
>Church Music and COVID-19: A Response from PAM
Association of Anglican Musicians
Fellowship of United Methodist in Music and Worship Arts
>Pandemic Response Worship Resources
National Association of Pastoral Musicians
>Resources in Light of COVID-19
Association of Lutheran Church Musicians
Worship streaming webinar:
Fellowship of American Baptist Musicians
The Southern Baptist Church Music Conference
> MCMC & COVID-19
HANDBELLS ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Most, if not all, companies, organizations and groups have a presence on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Facebook is listed because of the greater interaction that platform offers:
Handbell Musicians of America:
Each official Area of HMA has a Facebook page also.
Handbell-L on Facebook:
Handbell Sheet Music:
Handbell Industry Council:
PUBLISHERS AND RETAILERS OF HANDBELL MUSIC
With links where applicable to solo, ensemble, and less-than-a-full-choir music
Search by bestsellers, A-Z, or octaves
> Less than a full choir, or solos/ensembles
>Ring >8 Bell, 12 Bell, 16 Bell, Small Ensemble
>store >handbell. Select Ring More with Less, Twelve Bell, or Solo
>Music & Worship > Music >Handbell Music
>Resources >Instrumental >Handbell
Searchable by octaves and difficulty level
Searchable by several categories
>Departments >Handbell >Solos & Ensembles
Link to newest releases and Levels. (Digital solos and ensembles available in the near future. Check the web site.)
Jeffers Handbell Supply:
> Music Search Assistant check any category that applies.
Also, >Sheet Music >What’s New for the latest releases including solo and ensemble
Jeffers distributes these lines, which are good resources for solo and ensemble music: Put the company code in the search bar at handbellworld and that catalog will come up:
CAN Enterprises (chimesoloist.com) CE
Casa Publications CS
Robert Groth (Ring-Along books) GR
High Meadow Music Publishing HM
James Kimball JK
Jeffers Publishing JH
National Music Company NM
Red River Music RR
Tree-O Publishing (Barb Brocker/belltrees) TO
>Instrumental >Handbell Choir
STEP (The Solo to Ensemble Project)