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           The Twelfth Tone E-newsletter
AGEHR Area XII Newsletter
October 2009
In This Issue
2010: A New Bell Odyssey
Area XII Board
Bell Loan Program
Concerts at a Glance
Future Ringer???
Handbell Cruise to Alaska
Job Opportunities
Message from the Chair
Carol's Reverberations
Area XII New Members
Hope Un. Choir Performs in Beau Monde Float
Handchimes and Home School Students!
Distinctly Bronze West
Bay Area
LA Metro
National News
Calendar of Events
2010: A New Handbell Odyssey
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 June 17-20, 2010.  

Dr. Wm. Payn
Deborah Rice
Micael Glasgow
Michele Sharik

UC Davis Campus

Tracks Offered:
Church Music
Tools of the Trade
Mass Attack

Visit the Area XII website for further information. 
Click Here Online Registration will be available soon.
Area XII Board
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Chair............ P.L. Grove
Past Chair.....William Kyle
Chair Elect..... Rima Greer
Treasurer.........Don Rossi
Secretary..... Linda Krantz

Appointed Officers:

Communication.Carol Smith
Webmaster........Mel Tully
Events .........William Kyle
Education.....Tess Houston
Historian....Diane Levorsen

Regional Coordinators:

NorCal....... Nancy Schmitt
Bay Area......Beckie Wiley
CenCal.......Shirley Werner
LAMetro.......Debbie Shaw
SoCal............Ruth O'Neil
Nevada......Barbara Walsh
Hawaii....... Karen Carlisle

Local Liaisons:

Nevada.........Dixie Bailey

Our National

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AGEHR website
Area XII Bell
Loan  Program
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Teachers, would you like the use of a 3 octave set of handbells or chimes to add a new dimension and interest to your music class?  Area XII encourages schools and other educational institutions (both public and private) to develop educational programs using handbells and handchimes. To support the development of such programs Area XII has  2 sets of 3 octaves  of handbells and 3 sets of 3 octaves of  handchimes for loan. Deadlines for applications is 5/31 for the Fall Semester and 10/30 for Spring Semester.To learn more about the responsibilities and procedures for participating in this program Click Here
Upcoming Concerts at a Glance:

Please check Calendar of Events for all the details.

Bay Area

November 7, 2009
5 p.m.
Methodist Mass Ring
Oakland, CA

December 11, 2009
7:30 p.m.
Bay Bells
Palo Alto, CA

December 13, 2009
4:30 p.m.
Bay Bells
Dublin, CA

NorCal Area

October 31,2009
4:30 p.m.
Redding Handbell Festival
Redding, CA

CenCal Area

October 3, 2009
3 p.m.
Workshop Open Rehearsal
Paso Robles, CA

SoCal Area

October 17, 2009
3:30 p.m.
Read & Ring Workshop
San Diego, CA

LA Metro Area

October 18, 2009
4:00 p.m.
Pacific Handbell Ensemble
Long Beach, CA

November 1, 2009
4 p.m.
Bellfest at Master's College
Newhall, CA

December 13, 2009
3 p.m.
Linda Krantz, soloist
Inglewood, CA 


October 17, 2009
2:00 p.m.
Workshop Concert
Carson City, NV

January 9, 2010
7:00 p.m.
Las Vegas 12th Night
Las Vegas, NV

Future Ringer???
 McKenzie 1

"What am I suppose to do with this!?"

McKenzie 2

"Is this how you hold it?"

McKenzie ringing

"Wow, I'm pretty good!"
Quick Links...

AGEHR Website

Handbell Cruise to Alaska
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Bells of the Cascade invite you on a ringing vacation on an Alaska Inside Passage Cruise July 31-Aug.7, 2010. This 7 day cruise aboard the Holland American features guest clinician, Dr. Wm. Payn. In addition to the handbell workshop, a multitude of eperiences await you.  Departure will be from Vancouver, British Columbia and includes port stops in Juneau, Skagway, and Ketchikan.  To book contact Azumano Travel American Express, Vancouver, WA 800-888-7025. For further information Click Here
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Job Opportunities

Handbell Director

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church (Menlo Park) is seeking a handbell director to begin in January 2010.  The Trinity Ringers are an inter-generational group that rehearses every Wednesday evening and plays in church once per calendar month.(dates are already set Jan.-June), plus some out-reach activities and festivals.  The church owns 5 oct. of Malmark handbells and 4 oct. of Malmark handchimes.  For more information, or to apply for the position, please contact  Music Director, Michael Taylor, at
or the church office at 650-326-2083

Handbell Director

Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church is seeking a handbell director to begin in January 2010.  The Choir of Bells is an inter-
generational group that rehearses every Tuesday evening and plays in church once per calendar month.(dates already set for Jan.- June), plus some out-reach activities and festivals.  The church owns 5 oct. of Schulmerich handbells and 5 oct. of Malmark handchimes.  For more information, or to apply for the position, please contact the church office at 408-739-1892
Join Our Mailing List

   Feedback on our first issue of The Twelfth Tone Enewsletter was very positive.  Thanks for responding and letting us know you appreciate our efforts to bring you the latest handbell news for Area XII.  In this issue you will find  a heartwarming and inspiring story about The Hope University Handbell Choir , a feature article about the HOPE Dickens home schooled Handchime Choir,   two new job opportunities, and your latest regional news on workshops and concerts in your areas.

    As you plan your holiday season, please remember to send  your concert dates to me at so your fellow handbell friends can come out and support you. 

Carol Smith
Director of Communications
A Message from the Chair 
Pam Grove
I'm in full recovery mode from last weekend's Area XII Board meeting. I call it "recovery," because our Board meetings are an intense two days of non-stop planning and discussion about upcoming events and the ever-present "to do" list. This meeting had an added focus on our new Web site and Twelfth Tone E-newsletter, not to mention a lot of planning for our conference next summer in Davis. Our hope is that you will begin to utilize and appreciate the new electronic focus in our communications with the membership. Oh, and don't forget online registration for the Davis conference will also be available soon.
While these meetings are focused on the work, it is also nice to get together as a Board twice a year and just catch up with each other's lives. Sometimes there is not a lot of time for personal interaction, but at least we get to check in on all the handbell happenings in this big region we call Area XII. Over the past two years, I feel as though I have really gotten to know the regional coordinators, appointed directors and elected officers who represent you on the Area XII Board. With all of our various backgrounds, ideas and opinions, we are quite diverse, and it's that diversity that creates the best representation of you, the members. As we go forward into this next year, it is our goal to continue to create that diversity that meets the needs of individuals who come to the handbell table. There is no better place that you can see that diversity reflected than in the new structure of the 2010 conference. In 2010, it really will be a New Bell Odyssey for handbells in Area XII - if you haven't yet had the chance, I invite you to head to the Web site and check it out.
P.L. Grove
Area XII Chair
Carol's Reverberations......

Carol performingPolishing parties across Area XII, helped get the  Fall ringing season back into full swing.  Rehearsals have resumed, preparation for upcoming workshops and festivals have started, and plans for attending 2010: Handbell Odyssey have begun.  Another exciting year of ringing lies ahead, and I hope your choir will participate in some of the wonderful opportunities your Regional Coordinators have planned for your areas.  What a great way to hone your skills, improve your choir's level of ringing, and enjoy some great camaraderie with those who share your passion for handbells.

On a somber note, the handbell world is mourning the loss of David Davidson, master conductor and clinician of both handbells and choral music,  who lost his valiant  battle with cancer on Sept. 5, 2009.  David touched a lot of lives with his special musical gifts.  His passion for musical excellence and the art of ringing inspired many of us.  I was privileged to work under David's baton four times and most recently  this summer at the National Seminar.  Each time he shared his philosophy  about music making.  He said," Music needs to be compelling and if we just do our thing on stage and it doesn't affect anyone sitting in the audience then we've failed. "  David's legacy of engaging the listener raised the art of ringing to a new level.    His impact on the musical world will be felt for decades as those who studied under David in turn mentor and inspire future musicians. I hope you will visit  AGEHR's  special Remembrance of David on their website, which can be viewed by clicking here. AGEHR

AreaXII Bd. MtgThis past weekend the Area XII Board met in Oakland planning  future ringing events for the members of Area XII all the way into 2016! Excitement is already building for the 2012 Conference which will be held at Disneyland.    Pictured at left is Linda Krantz, Secretary, Nancy Schmitt, NorCal RC, Debbie Shaw, LA Metro RC, and Karen Carlisle, HI RC.   The Board members are to be commended for the many VOLUNTEER hours they donate to see that Area XII has workshops that provideArea XII Bd. Mtg. 2 learning opportunities, "cutting edge" conferences, and communications to keep you informed. 

Happy Ringing!
Area XII Welcomes 4 New  Members to AGEHR
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Please welcome the following new and renewing members to AGEHR Area XII. 

Lisa Arnold -----   Campbell, CA
Don Rossi--------   Cupertino, CA
Jason Knox------    Mission Viejo, CA
                                   Don Ostermann-    Pasadena, CA

Hope University Choir Performs in Beau Monde Float

 Hope University Choir 1Those of you who attended the Riverside Conference in 2007, were moved by one of the Spotlight Concerts given by the Hope University Handbell Choir from Orange County.    Hope University is the country's  first institution to offer a  fine arts program for adults with developmental disabilities. Their present  enrollment is  68 men and women. Recently  the university  was the recipient of a prestigious $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts so they could put on an original performance and sound art piece titled, "Beau Monde Float" which means "Beautiful World" in French. Every student, including the handbell choir, participated in this intriguing production on Sept. 19, 2009 at the Plummer Auditorium in Fullerton. In addition to the handbell choir,   dancers,  singers, and their art work of papier mache figures and knitted and crocheted costumes and props were featured.  For example a giant crocheted cycloptopus (a mythical one-eyed octopus) with tentacles  dangled from the stage. 
Hope University Choir RehearsingPictured on the left is the bell choir and  dancers with their papier mache animal figures rehearsing for the production.  Congratulations to these students for their very inspiring performance. 
The above two pictures by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register.

                              Hope Un. Production
Pictured  above is a scene from the performance .  Please note the elaborate knitted scarfs, vests, and papier mached figures all created by these talented  students. 
Handchimes and Home School Students!
                                                 By Dellene Harned
                             Hope Dickens Chime Choir

The Dickens Handchime Choir,
pictured above is composed of home school students (3rd- 12th grades) from the HOPE Christian Academy in Garden Grove, CA.  Dressed in early Victorian attire and presenting a variety of Christmas music, this group delights all those who see and hear their handchime performances!

Hope Chimers (2)This group has performed at many venues during the four years of their existence: Sunday morning worship services for local churches, the City of La Mirada Christmas event, the Long Beach Christmas Pageant, the Temecula Riverside County Republican Federated Women's Christmas luncheon, the Crystal Cathedral Sunday evening service and the Disneyland Community Arts Showcase!
( The Community Arts Showcase at Disneyland is an auditioned event for local performing groups.)  It is very competitive, as those who are chosen get to perform inside the park, and then get free admission! The Dickens Handchime Choir has been chosen for three years in a row!

Auditions for this performing group are held each year in August, following a three day "Music Camp" where handchimes are introduced to interested home school students.  A regular  Friday music rehearsal schedule of 75 minutes begins in Sept. for the coming school year, as a part of a larger music program involving over 60 students in choirs and other music related activities.

Founder and director, Dellene Harned, was originally a pianoLow DIng Zone Logo teacher and children's choir helper at her church. She formed her own children's choir when one of her daughters was home schooled - so that her daughter, Allison, could continue to participate in musical performances.  Allison became her mother's assistant and taught the first class of handchimes.  (Allison has gone on to graduate from Cal State Fullerton and is now a high school choir teacher at a local Christian High School... and her students use handchimes, also!)  From this initial adventure, 11 years ago, has come a weekly music school for other home schooled students.  Classes have included music appreciation, pre-school music, reader's theater, composer classes, beginning handchime classs, music theory classes, honor choirs, and a patriotic performing group for girls.  Mrs. Harned arranges much of her music, based on the handchimes that are available: such as, "Carol of the Bells" arranged in f minor, because the group owns a F3 chimes.

The Dickens Handchime Choir is available for performances in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas of Sourthern CA during the month of December.  There is no fee or charge for a performance.. but the group gladly acccepts donations, used for handchime repairs and new music. 
Jason Wells to Direct Distinctly Bronze West

DBW2010The AGEHR National Office announced that conductor Jason Wells has been named Music Director of the Distinctly Bronze advanced ringer performance event beginning with the Distinctly Bronze West in Bremerton, Washington, February 25-28, 2010.  Jason succeeds David Davidson who recently lost his battle with cancer.  Jason, who was David's choice for his replacement,  will bring youth and energy to the event yet still uphold the musical integrity this event has achieved.  Jason shared that he was humbled to be selected by David for this position and has pledged to honor David's legacy.  AGEHR has the utmost confidence in Jason's ability to meet and exceed that challenge and is excited about the dynamic he will bring to the Distinctly Bronze podium. 

Registration forms are now available for Distinctly Bronze West,   This fun and intense mass  ringing event,  designed for  advanced ringers  offers a unique opportunity  to ring on the largest set of handbells.    For more information
Click Here
NorCal - Nancy Schmitt Regional Coordinator
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   Hello Fellow Ringers and Directors,

Fall is in the air up here in the North State and bell choir rehearsals have resumed.  In Redding the Carillons Handbell Choir and Simpson University Handbell Choir are looking forward to hosting the second annual Redding Handbell Festival on October 31.  i guarantee that whoever comes to this festival will have a "spooktacular" time!  In fact one couple from Fesno will be coming to the festival to celebrate their wedding anniversary which happens to be on Halloween.  Besides the massed ringing under the direction of Michele Sharik, there will be an opportunity to attend classes led by clinicians, Larry Sue, Mary Balkow, Lois Nichols, Neil Gertner, and Jackie Feeser.  It is not too late to register and the registration form is on the NorCal sight of the website. 


To view Nancy's webpage Click Here          

 Redding Handbell Festival

Excitement is beginning to build as ringers in the Redding area begin preparing their music for the Redding Handbell Festival on Oct. 31, 2009.   This festival, hosted by The Carillons Handbell Choir and the Simpson University Handbell Choir, will be held at the Simpson University Heritage Life Center, 2211 College View Drive, Redding, CA. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.,opening bell is at 9:45 a.m.  and the event culminates in a concert  at 4:30 p.m. which is open to the public.   Guest conductor will be Michele Sharik, a member of Sonos and an outstanding handbell soloist from the Bay Area.  Class clinicians will be Mary Balkow, Larry Sue, Neil Gertner, Lois Nichols, and Jackie Feeser.   Partial choirs and individuals are welcome.  Cost is $25 per person which includes a light breakfast and lunch.  Purchase your own music.  For repertoire, registration forms,  and further information click here

Bay Area- Beckie Wiley Regional Coordinator 
Canterbury 6th grade team              
Greetings to all S.F.Bay Area Handbell Ringers!

I just received my music for the 2010 Handbell Odyssey Ringers conference at UC Davis!!  The mass ringing track-"Mass Attack" - will be awesome under the direction of not one, but three internationally known directors- Dr. William A. Payn, Deborah S. Rice, and Michael Glasgow.  It is so cool to ring a song directed by its composer!  Start making plans now to attend this incredible conference June 17-20, 2010!  For more info, check out the website.

My job as a Regional Coordinator is to help you plan and publicize your handbell events and concerts.  Please contact me for assistance.


                                Methodist Mass Ring

African Handbell PrintMethodist handbell choirs are invited to participate in the 6th Annual Methodist Mass Ring on Nov. 7, 2009 at Lake Merritt UMC, 1330 Lakeshore Ave., Oakland.  Under the direction of Dorothy Straks, the rehearsals will begin at 10 a.m. with a potluck lunch at 12:30 p.m. The public is invited to a closing concert at 5 p.m. which will feature the mass ringing numbers as well as solo numbers performed by individual choirs/soloists.   Registration before Oct. 9 is $10 per ringer or $75 per choir.  After Oct. 9 registration is $12 per ringer or $90 per choir.  For further information contact Bruce Pettit at

Bay Area Spring Ring & Intense Ring

March 12 & 13, 2010
Valley Church- Cupertino, CA
Monica McGowan, Clinician

Monica McGowan Monica McGowan, artistic director of Twin City Bronze and a premier bass bell ringer, will bring her background of education, teaching and extensive training and experience in handbells to the conducting podium at this years Bay Area Spring Ring.  Her Scandinavian humor, wonderful conducting skills, and expertise in bass bell ringing will make this an event you won't want to miss.  Other clinicians include Ruben Mendoza, Michele Sharik, Dave Ruder, and Dian Ruder. Registration forms in addition to  more information on the schedule, repertoire, and classes can be found by Clicking Here

or by going to the following website.

Bay Area School Handbell Festival

April 15, 2010
All Saints Catholic School
Hayward, CA

Dave Ruder, Mass Conductor
Steven J. Meyer, Host
For more information contact:

Upcoming Concerts:

Methodist Mass Ring- Lake Merritt UMC, 1330 Lakeshore Ave, Oakland, CA.  Saturday Nov. 7, 2009  5 p.m.

Bay Bells in Concert,  Grace Lutheran Church, 3149 Waverly St., Palo Alto, CA  Friday Dec. 11, 2009. 7:30 p.m.

Bay Bells in Concert, Shannon Community Center, 11600 Shannon Ave, Dublin, CA  Sunday Dec. 13, 2009, 4:30 p.m.

CenCal - Shirley Werner Regional Coordinator
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Not having to do a newsletter anymore made me almost forget to submit something to Carol for the new Twelfth Tone Enewsletter.  How did you like the new means of communication?  I thought Carol did an excellent job.  If you have input, positive or negative, let us know so collectively we can strive to make it an excellent way  of communicating with all of Area XII.  You all are still involved, as we need the news of your events in order to share with the handbell world.

No doubt this newsletter will reach you before October 3rd, which will be the Central Valley/Coast Fall Workshop.  So far it's looking like we'll have a large group of ringers.  I remember when we were lucky to get 20 ringers and this one looks like it will be close to 50, which is exciting. If you missed out this year, let us know so you can get a personal contact next year.

If any of you have holiday concerts in the works and want free advertising, let me know and it will be in this section of The Twelfth Tone.  Get your information to me by the 25th of the month, so I can get it to Carol or you can contact Carol directly.

Remember April 17th is the 10th  Annual Central Coast Spring Ring.  "Favorites of the Past" is the theme, as the music we're ringing is exactly that, favorites of these past nine years.  Plans are well underway for this event.

Have a great October and enjoy all those little ghosts and goblins that will be coming to your door on Halloween.

To view Shirley's webpage
Click Here

Fall Handbell Workshop

October 3, 2009
Downbeat 9 a.m.
Plymouth Congregational Church
1301 Oak
Paso Robles, CA

Do you need help with rhythms, weaving, damping, bass bells, 4-H, or other techniques?  If so this workshop, designed for beginners and intermediates, is the perfect place to hone your skills. Clinicians will be Barbara Walsh from Nevada and Tessique Houston from Concord.  Cost is $22.50 a person. Open rehearsal 3 p.m. For more information and registration form           or contact Shirley at

Opus Jump-start Workshop/Reading Session

October 17, 2009
9:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

Trinity United Presbyterian Church
1600 Carver Road
Modesto, CA 95350

Opus has a new multipurpose building which is a great space for a handbell workshop and they're anxious to break it in! This event is intended to help "jump-start" your bell ringing program as you begin your Fall season.  This partial day event is for handbell choirs and individual ringers alike.  Under the direction of Opus' Artistic Director, Richard J. Colla, two handbell arrnagements with optional chimes have been selected for the workshop ringing and technique building.  Breakout sessions to learn and/or polish your skills will also be offered, including handbell maintenance for both Malmark and Schulmerich handbells, led by Mel Tully.
West coast Handbell Supply will be there with their handbell supplies, goodies, and music for the reading session.
Click Here for details and registration form.  Registrar: Stephen Reddy

2010 Spring Ring

April 17, 2010
Elks Lodge
Atascadero, CA

Another event for Cencal ringers to put on their calendars is the 10th Annual Central Spring Ring .  Nancy Jessup will be the mass conductor of "Favorites from the Past".

LA Metro - Debbie Shaw Regional Coordinator
Canterbury 6th grade teamHello Everyone!
The calendar may say it is now Fall but it sure has been Indian Summer here!  I hope this finds everyone keeping cool and busy with their bell choirs and music rehearsals.  I am excited to be attending Distinctly Bronze East next weekend in New Bern, North Carolina.  I always look forward to meeting new people and renewing friendships, in addition to the "rush" of preparing the 13 titles for the final Concert.  This year we will be under the batons of William Griffin and David Weck. 
I also am thrilled to report that the 2012 Area XII Ringers Conference will be here in our LA Metro Region!  It will be a fun-filled event at the Disneyland Hotel.  Be sure to read your Twelfth Tone E-Newsletter for all the details as they become available. 
Don't forget to keep sending in your news and events so they can be included here. 

To view Debbie's webpage Click Here
                                   Free Open Fall Ring

October 3, 2009

                                     8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.
                                Grace Presbyterian Church
                                     3955 Studebaker Road
                                     Long Beach, CA 90808

Cost: Free- Advance reservation required

Contact: Stan DeWitt

BELLFEST 2009 at the Master's College:
with Christine Anderson
Sunday, November 1, 2009

2:00 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Masters College
21726 Placerita Canyon Rd.
Newhall, CA 91321
Cost: $50 per ensemble, $25 per soloist
4:00 p.m. Concert
This  event is for choirs and soloists.  Set up will be from 2-3 p.m.  3:00-3:30p.m.  will be massed rehearsal followed by a concert at 4:00 p.m. Christine Anderson will be the guest conductor and will present a mini-concert.  Each choir may perform up to 8 minutes of "solo music"  and ring  the mass choir  piece which is Adeste Fideles, arr. Cynthia Dobrinski  MHP1434 Handbells, MHP1449 Full Score organ/handbells, MHP1595  brass, MHP1449T percussion. 

For more information contact: Claire Blackwell at 800-568-6248 ext. 3182

Advancing to Bronze Workshop

Here is the perfect opportunity to advance your skills to a bronze level with this two day event beginning Friday March 12 from  7 p.m.- 10 p.m.  and continuing March 13, 2010  from 8:00-9:30 a.m. under the leadership of Larry Sue.  Los Altos UMC, 5950 E. Willow St., Long Beach, CA will be the host of this event.  Cost is $20 per registrant.  Contact Debbie Shaw at

LA Metro Spring Ring

Saturday March 13, 2010
9:30 a.m.
Clinician:  Larry Sue
Registration: $20 per registrant
Los Altos UMC
5950 E. Willow St.
Long Beach, CA.
Click Here
for more information

Upcoming Concerts:
Pacific Handbell Ensemble in Concert.  California Heights UMC, 3759 Orange Ave, Long Beach, CA.  Sunday, October 18, 2009  4:00pm

Bellfest 2009 at the Master's College, 21726 Placerita Canyon Rd., Newhall, CA  Sunday Nov. 1, 2009  4 p.m. 

     Linda Krantz ringing
   Rejoice!  A Christmas Celebration!

   Come join Linda Krantz in a solo concert   celebrating the Christmas Season.

Date: Sunday December 13, 2009
                               Time: 3 p.m.
                            Location: First Presbyterian Church
                               100 N. Hillcrest
                              Inglewood, CA 90301
SoCal - Ruth O'Neil Regional Coordinator
Ruth O'Neil    

   To view Ruth's webpage Click Here
    Read and Ring Workshop

October 17, 2009
Deadline for Registration Oct. 9, 2009

This workshop is designed for Level I & II choirs who find Spring Ring music too difficult.  Come and enjoy a day of ringing music which requires no advance preparation. Joanne Hammond, director, will help bring your skill level to new heights.  This is your opportunity to learn strategies for making bell changes, playing accidentals, achieving musicality and accuracy. Registration is  $65  per choir. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. and the event concludes with a concert at 3:30 pm.   St. Mark's UMC, 35022 Clairemont Dr., San Diego, CA. 
For further information Click Here
 contact Ruth O'Neil at

Southern CA Spring Ring

March 13, 2010
 Faith Lutheran Church
Vista, CA
Clinician: Donavon Gray
from Azusa Pacific University

Donavon Gray of Azusa Pacific University will be our clinician, along with members of his handbell ensemble.  I say "along with" because we're using a different format this time having a Division A and a Division B.  Division A will be Level 1 and 2. Division B will be level 3 and 4. With the success of our SCHMEE event this year, we wanted to provide another challenge, but also to provide for those bell choirs not ready to ring that level of music. We will be divided most of the day with Azusa Pacific ringers helping with small groups on specific techniques. We will come together at the end of the day for a great multilevel concert in which Azusa Pacific will participate. 

Repertoire List-

Level A      A Grand Celebration                        Level 2   AG35271
                  Gift of Love                                               Agape 1419

Level A & B
                 Because He Lives                                         Agape 2472

Level B    An American Spiritual                          Level 3  AG37007
               Staccato Giocoso                                  Level 3    CGB538
               Capriccio                                              Level 4    CGB517

SOCAL Choirs Invited to Ring at San Diego Zoo

Only a few dates remain available to participate in San Diego Zoo's new festival called "Jungle Bells."  Southern CA handbell choirs are invited to ring three times each evening at 5:00, 6:00, and 7:00 p.m. from December 10- January 2 except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years Eve.  Free  tickets, meals, and etc. are offered as well as a $100 donation to your organization.   If you are interested in participating contact Ruth at

To view Concert Schedule of Jungle Bells Click Here

Nevada- Barbara Walsh Regional Coordinator
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5th Annual Las Vegas Ringers Workshop

October 9 & 10, 2009
Friday 10/09 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday 10/10  9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Doug Benton, Clinician

First Presbyterian Church
1515 W. Charleston Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89102

Registration: $30
Early Bird $25 before September 24, 2009
For registration form
Click Here
Contact: Dixie Bailey at

Northern Nevada Ringers Workshop

October 17, 2009
9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Concert 2:00 p.m
Tessique Houston, Clinician
First Presbyterian Church, Family Life Center
315 W. Musser St.
Carson City, NV

Cost: $20 per person (includes 2 pieces of music)
$30 after Oct. 10, 2009
Registration forms

Las Vegas Twelfth Night
Please note change of dates and times for this event!
January 8-9, 2010
Clinician: Tim Waugh
Fri. 4 - 7 p.m. setup/registration
Rehearsal 7- 9 p.m.
Saturday rehearsal 8:30-4:15
Concert 7 p.m.
Place: South Point Hotel Convention Center
Cost: $20 per person

Contact: Dixie Bailey at

Hawaii - Karen Carlisle Regional Coordinator
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Sponsored by Harris UMC

Saturday October 17, 2009
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Miyama Hall,
Harris United Methodist Church
20 S. Vineyard Blvd.
Honolulu, HI

                                   Karen Carlisle, Setsuko Hird, Young Pak
                                      Cost:   FREE!

This workshop is designed for ringers, ringers-to-be, directors, directors-to-be, as well as for the curious and inquiring.  There will be classes on bell history, change ringing, coordination skill development, basic ringing and techniques, advanced and new techniques and reading sessions divided into 3 groups by levels.  For more information and registration forms  contact Young Pak at 753-7751 or email at

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For those advanced and enthusiastic ringers, the second  Distinctly Bronze West will be held February 25-28, 2010 at the Kitsap Center in Bremerton, WA This prestgious event, under the direction of Jason Wells, gives ringers an opportunity to work on high level musicianship and performance.  First time attendees are required to fill out some extra forms and submit them before being accepted into the event. For more information on registration Click Here

RingEr-Notes Grand Prize Winners Announced

For the past several months the National Office has held a RingEr-Notes contest to promote more involvement by ringers in the national organization.  The grand prize winners have been announced.  St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Oregon, Shosh Meyer, director won the Malmark Handchime Set.  The First United Presbyterian Church, Idaho, Phyllis Tincher, director, won the equivalent value in equipment from Schulmerich Bells. 
Congratulations to Pam Davis and John Delong, Area XII ringers who won "goodie bags" this month.

Handbells Are For Everyone

How to teach non music readers and special needs communities.

January 29-30, 2010

The Brookwood Community
Brookshire Texas

Clinicians: Cathy Taylor, Sue Graves, Joyce Klinck, and Linda McKechnie. 
Click Here for further information.

14th International Handbell Symposium

Low DIng Zone Logo"Echoes for Peace" is the theme of the 14th International Symposium which will be held August 3-7, 2010 in Osaka, Japan.  This bi-annual ringing event will be held at the Grand Cube Osaka International Convention Center and will feature mass ringing, workshops,  cultural classes, excursions and sightseeing, international solo concerts, and a final massed concert.  They are expecting 1500 ringers- 1000 from Japan and 500 from the other guilds.  As with past Symposiums, AGEHR participation will be limited to a quota that is assigned by the International Handbell Commitee.  Members who are interested in attending should send an email to Vickie Iverson ( with the following information: your name, member number, total attending from your choir or an indication that you are attending as an orphan ringer, choir name, email address and phone number.  For more information Click Here

Pinnacle 2010

Pinnacle LogoPinnacle is about reaching the pinnacle of our art.  National has announced performance and teaching opportunities at this event July 18 - 21, 2010 in Nashville, TN  for those who are approaching that pinnacle.  Groups, soloist, and small ensembles can audition to perform in mini concerts.  There will be two to three 30-40 min. concerts presented by handbell choirs and 15 to 20 min. performances by soloist and small ensembles. In addition clinicians who  have taught skill developments and  artistic improvement can send in their resume for consideration.  For more details
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Calendar of Events - October - January

Oct. 3, 2009 8:30a.m.-3:30 p.m. Free Open Fall Ring, Grace First Presbyterian Church, 3955 Studebaker Rd, Long Beach, CA 90808. Cost free. Advanced reservations required.  Contact: Stan DeWitt at

Oct. 3, 2009  9:00 a.m.
Central Coast Handbell Workshop.  Plymouth Congregational Church, Paso Robles, CA.  Barbara Walsh, from Reno, NV, and Tessique Houston from Walnut Creek, will be the clinicians. Open rehearsal  concert at 3 p.m.   Contact Shirley Werner at

Oct. 8-11, 2009, Distinctly Bronze, New Bern, N.C.  Contact AGEHR

Oct. 9-10, 2009 Friday 7:00 p.m.- 10 p.m.  Saturday 9 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. The Annual Las Vegas Ringers Workshop. Doug Benton, clinician. Cost: $30. First Presbyterian Church, 1515 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV.  Contact Dixie Bailey at

Oct. 17, 2009  9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Nevada Ringers Workshop.  Tessique Houston, Clinician. First Presbyterian Church, Family Life Center, 315 W. Musser St., Carson City, NV. Concert 2:00 p.m.  Contact Barbara Walsh at

Oct. 17, 2009  9:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.  Opus Jump-start Workshop/Reading Session. Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 1600 Carver Road, Modesto, CA Contact:

Oct 17, 2009  9:00 a.m. Read and Ring, St. Marks UMC, 3502 Clairmont Dr., San Diego, CA The cost is $65 for an entire bell choir with deadline for registration Oct. 9.  Joann Hammond, Clinician.  Contact Ruth O'Neil
Oct 18, 2009 4:00pm  Pacific Handbell Ensemble in Concert. California Heights UMC, 3759 Orange Ave, Long Beach, CA.  Freewill Offering.  Child-Care Provided.  For more information go to or call 562-595-1996. 

Oct. 31, 2009  8:30 a.m. - 5:30p.m. Redding Handbell Festival, Simpson University Heritage Life Center, 2211 College View Drive, Redding, CA.  Michele Sharik conductor.  Cost $25 per ringer.  Contact Nancy Schmitt at

November 1, 2009  2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Bellfest 2009 at the Master's College.  Master's College, 21726 Placerita Canyon Rd., Newhall, CA 91321.  Mass Ring (one number) and solo choirs.  Christine Anderson, director.  Registration $50 per choir/ $25 per soloist. Contact: Claire Blackwell at

November 7, 2009  10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.  Methodist Mass Ring.  Lake Merrit UMC, 1330 Lakeshore Ave., Oakland, CA
Concert 5:00 p.m. Contact

December 11, 2009  7:30 p.m. Handbell Ventures presents Bay Bells in "Light a Candle". Grace Lutheran Church, 3149 Waverley St., Palo Alto, CA Contact:

December 13, 2009  4:30 p.m.  Handbell Ventures presents Bay Bells in "Light a Candle".  Grace Lutheran Church, 3149 Waverley St., Palo Alto, CA  Contact:

Dec. 13, 2009  3:00 p.m. Linda Krantz, solo artist, in concert.  First Presbterian Church, 100 N Hillcrest Blvd. Inglewood, CA 90301 Contact Linda at

January 8-9, 2010 4:00p.m Fri.-9 p.m., 8:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Sat.  Las Vegas Twelfth Night, South Point Hotel Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV  Concert 7:00 p.m.  Contact:

To view all the events on the calendar for Area XII Click Here