The American Guild of English Handbell Ringers, Inc., is dedicated to advancing the musical art of handbell/hanchime ringing through education, community and communication.

Who We Are

Established in 1954, the AGEHR grew out of the previously established New England Guild of English Handbell Ringers. It’s primary objectives are to educate, promote the exchange of ideas relating to handbell and handchime ringing, and sponsor educational activities. AGEHR’s membership of approximately 7,000 includes mostly directors of handbell or handchime choirs. The Guild is divided into 12 two- to five-state areas, which are further divided into individual state and district units. Members of the AGEHR seek to carry out the motto, “Uniting People through a Musical Art.”

History of The Guild

Find out more here.

National Office

The national office is still located in Dayton and employs a full-time executive director and a regular administrative staff.

The AGEHR Today

Exciting things are happening here at The Guild. Part of the New Initiatives Campaign will be the transformation of our current website to our new identity, The Handbell Musicians of America (or The Guild for short). While the change is taking place, you may periodically notice the use of the new name and/or logo throughout the site or you may notice some parts of the site not working as expected from time to time.

  1. I’m the rector at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Bellville, Texas. The church has a three octave set of unused Schulmerich handbells that we would like to sell in the Houston end of the state (if possible). Is there a way to place an advertisement or notification to that effect through your organization?

    • Hi David! Not at the moment, as we’re still working out an advertising/classifieds section of the website. However, we can put you in contact with Ruth Seiwell, our Treasurer (treasurer@area9.handbellmusicians.org), and Sondra Tucker, our Education Chair (education@area9.handbellmusicians.org), both from the Houston area, who have great networking advantage in the area!

  2. Thanks very much! I’ll follow up with Ruth and Sondra first thing in the morning.

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