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           The Twelfth Tone E-newsletter
AGEHR Area XII Newsletter
November 2009
In This Issue
2010: A New Bell Odyssey
Area XII Board
Bell Loan Program
Concerts at a Glance
Handbell Cruise to Alaska
Job Opportunities
Performing Opportunity
Velocity Toffee is Back!
Opus Workshop Reflection
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.  

On Line Registration
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Dr. Wm. Payn
Deborah Rice
Micael Glasgow
Michele Sharik

UC Davis Campus

Tracks Offered:
Church Music
Tools of the Trade
Mass Attack

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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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

November 15, 2007
7:00 p.m.
Saratoga Immanuel Handbell Choir
Saratoga, CA

December 5, 2009
1:00 p.m.
SFSU Handbell Choir
Redwood City, CA

December 6, 2009
6:30 p.m.
SFSU Handbell Choir
Presidio of San Francisco

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

December 12, 2009
7:30 p.m.
Bay Bells
San Jose, CA

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

December 14, 2009
7:00  & 8:00 p.m.
SFSU Handbell Choir
Oakland, CA

December 16, 2009
6:00 p.m.
Rhythm Ringers
Brentwood, CA

December 24, 2009
2,4, 6 p.m.
Rhythm Ringers
Brentwood, CA

January 3, 2010
Sonos Twelfth Night Concert
4:00 p.m.
Lafayette, CA

January 10, 2010
Saint Andrew's 12th Night
Handbell Festival Concert
5:30 p.m.
Saratoga, CA

January 29, 2010
7:30 p.m.
Clayton, CA

January 31, 2010
4:00 p.m.
Walnut Creek, CA

NorCal Area

November 28, 2009
12-3:00 p.m.
Country Christmas Fair
Nevada City, CA

December 5, 2009
1-4:00 p.m.
Lucas winery,
Lodi, CA

December 11, 2009
7:30 p.m.
Sacramento, CA

December 19, 2009
12 - 1:00 p.m.
Capitol Rotunda
Sacramento, CA

CenCal Area

November 1, 2009
Opus in St. James Concert Series of Sonora
3:00 p.m.
Columbia, CA

November 6, 2009
Opus-Modesto Jr. College
7:30 p.m.
Modesto, CA

December 19, 2009
7:00 p.m.
Sutter Creek, CA

December 20, 2009
Opus-Manteca Kindred Arts Association
3:00 p.m.
Manteca, CA

December 22, 2009
Opus w/Modesto Symphony Orchestra
8:00 p.m.
Modesto, CA

SoCal Area

LA Metro Area

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

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

December 19, 2009
7:00 p.m.
Concordia Alumni Handbell Ensemble in Concert
Irvine, CA


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

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 a vibrant and experienced  inter-generational group that rehearses every Wednesday evening (though Thursdays are also a possibility) and plays in church once per calendar month, plus some out-reach activities and festivals.  The church owns 5 oct. of Malmark handbells and 4 oct. of Malmark handchimes. An interim position is also a possibility.  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
Performing Opportunity

The City of Industry, which is near Los Angeles off freeway 5, is looking for a handbell choir to perform  20 minutes of Christmas music at a corporate party on December 17, 2009 at 9:00 a.m.   If interested please contact Linda Krantz at
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Sample Ad 2 ON LINE REGISTRATION is NOW AVAILABLE on the Area XII website for 2010: A New Handbell Odyssey!  Register now to assure a space in the tracks of your choice. Just click on the 2010 logo on the left for the link to registration.

To Conference or Not to Conference ???
                                                       By Rima Greer

Rima GreerWe're all inundated with Stuff every day.  Go here, do this, buy that, send a letter to save the freckled anteaters.  I'm sure all the info about the upcoming Area XII Conference has gotten lost on some of your desks, or buried in your spam folder, and I'm sure some of you may even let it languish there.  I'm writing to ask you to take a second look. 
     There are all sorts of reasons to go to an AGEHR Conference, and not all of them are obvious. Some of them are downright cosmic. 
     My mom tells me that I am who I am because she once walked a different route to the library.  In walking down a different street, she ran into an old acquaintance who persuaded her to move from one college to another.  In geology class at this new college, she met my dad.  If she had not taken a new route to the library that day, she would never have met my dad.
    Attending the Area XII Conference in Davis could very well be one of those defining moments for many of you.  If I had never gone to the conference in Long Beach way back in 1980s, I know for certain that my life would be less interesting.  That conference was a huge influence on the direction that Campanile chose to take throughout our 20 years of touring.  Likewise, Campanoid Roger had a long discussion at that same conference with someone named Jim Meredith, who was wondering how hard it would be to start a community group.  I wonder if Sonos would exist if Roger had not been so encouraging ...and then there are countless ripples beyond that.  How many people have been inspired by members of both groups or  have been in both groups over the years, and taken that experience elsewhere in their lives and influenced hundreds of people who never even heard of handbells?
     But that's all abaout ringing.  What about the other stuff?  I have made lifelong friends of people I've met at  conferences and workshops.  One friend married a guy she met at a handbell workshop I was teaching at in Kansas.  At AGEHR events I've taught people to spin fiber into yarn, and learned how to play Boggle. At an AGEHR conference I learned how to play the cup game which I taught to my sister-in-law's daughter, who taught it to her whole middle school.  And who knows what that may lead to!  Some kid I've never met may get into drums and become an international rockstar, all because I went to a handbell conference!
     We all get so trapped sometimes in our  routines.  It's really important to go out in the world and do something different: to meet new people, make new connections, have adventures, learn new things.  And where better than Area XII conference?!? At Davis, you'll meet people with whom you already have something in common.  And in the scheme of things, it's way cheaper than a trip to the Mall of America or Nairobi.  Not to mention you don't need snow tires or malaria pills.  Just your gloves and a smile.
     So, go ahead, click on the link, and sign up for the Area XII conference in Davis.  Nobody EVER said, "Gee, I wish I hadn't gone to that handbell festival." But a bunch of people each year are always sorry they didn't.  Don't be sorry.  Come join us, have a blast, and change your life!

Rima Greer
Chair Elect

Sample Ad 2 ON LINE REGISTRATION is NOW AVAILABLE on the Area XII website for 2010: A New Handbell Odyssey!  Register now to assure a space in the tracks of your choice. Just click on the 2010 logo on the left for the link to registration.
A Message from the Chair 
Pam Grove
I have to say that I went into the fall with a bit of a heavy heart. There's so much to be done to continue revamping our communication devices in Area XII; we're at the start of a conference year and there is a lot of work to be done in preparation; we're also in an election year, so we'll be looking to all of you to see who might be willing to serve; and there is still residual work left over from our last Board meeting. Whew! It feels overwhelming at times.
    And then I went to Distinctly Bronze and just rang. There's something so cathartic and wonderful about forgetting everything that's weighing you down and simply playing handbells - making music. Okay, truth be told I was a bit of a sourpuss when I got there. I wasn't looking forward to participating in the event without David Davidson. His passing has left all of us filled with grief and sadness over an incredibly music-filled life that's gone too soon.
    But something happened once I was there. I was reminded in so many ways of why I continue to play handbells. It was the friendly faces that greeted me when I arrived. It was meeting new people and having that instant connection through the bells - even though we come from different places, different countries, even. It was knowing that this has got to be the only instrument where you can play alongside of composers like Valerie Stephenson and Michael Glasgow, not to mention past AGEHR president Debbie Rice. It was the warmth and genuine humility with which both Bill Griffin and David Weck conducted us - almost as though they felt unworthy to even attempt to fill Maestro Davidson's shoes, but were thrilled to try and honored to make music with us.
    I am constantly reminded of the saying, "Music soothes the savage beast." When I find myself down or discouraged, the best thing I can do is ring. During these tough times that seem to get tougher every day, I encourage you to take time out and just ring. Even if you're the director, make time to feed your soul through music. There are many opportunities over the coming year to uplift your spirits with handbells: Distinctly Bronze West, the Area XII Conference in Davis, or perhaps a local event. Don't let those moments when your heart gets heavy control you - energize and motivate yourself to continue to be, and be better. Take a moment and Just Ring.
P.L. Grove
Area XII Chair
Carol's Reverberations......

Carol performingNovember has arrived, along with some badly needed rain, and as we put away the pumpkins, ghosts and goblins, we now look forward to Thanksgiving and the Christmas Season. The well attended Fall  workshops  across Area XII in October have honed everyone's skills  and  prepared ringers  for the task of preparing their holiday music. Dixie Bailey, Area XII Liaison in Las Vegas reports  that the 5th Annual Las Vegas workshop on Oct. 9-10 had ringers from five different churches participating.   Their clinician, Doug Benton, proved it's true  that "if you count it, you will get it!"  Hawaii reported a record attendance of 61 ringers at their workshop.  Thanks to Joanne Hammond the Read and Ring Workshop in San Diego was a stimulating  day.  Reports on all the workshops can be found in the Area Sections along with pictures captured by our roving photographers.

As Thanksgiving approaches, it's a time to reflect on our many blessings.  The Golden Hills Community Handbell Choir of Brentwood, CA are especially thankful this year for a special blessing they just received this month - a 5 octave set of handbells thanks to the determination of their director, Laquetta Franz. Laquetta's  journey to  find a set of bells  began back in March of 2008  when she made a phone call to me, the Bay Area Regional Coordinator at the time, to inquire if I knew of a two octave set of bells for sale.  Her choir was using borrowed bells and they longed for a set of their own.  Unfortunately I had no leads on a set of bells, however, Laquetta was new at directing and had lots of questions, so I suggested she and some of her ringers attend the Bay Area Spring Ring and take classes.  One of the first persons to  introduce themselves to me at the Spring Ring was Laquetta.  I had never met a more enthusiastic and eager to learn director.  By the end of the day she was determined to join AGEHR and had left with an application for the Patty Marquart Scholarship  to the National Seminar in Tucson this past summer.  If you will recall Laquetta was the winner of that scholarship and she was thrilled beyond words to have another learning opportunity to improve her skills.  By some fate, Laquetta's two roommates in Tucson were Nancy Hascall and Kathy Wissinger, two well known handbell composers.  How lucky could she get!! As the saying goes "God works in mysterious ways" and Laquetta shares with you (below)the continuation of this amazing chain of events that has brought excitement and joy to the handbell ministry of her church. 

Happy Thanksgiving!
My Incredible Journey...
                                           By Laquetta Franz
Laquetta and friendWhen was the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone to aim for something new and unfamiliar to you?  You didn't have a plan and you couldn't see the end results.  Timing is everything but it begins with taking that first step.  As musicians, we tend to think creatively but often times, practicality holds us back. At least it does for me.  In July, I was privileged to attend the AGEHR National conference on the Area XII Patty Marquart Scholarship.  At the same time, I was hoping to meet someone who was or knew someone who was selling some used bells.  Two octaves would be enough for our church, and Malmark bells would be perfect. By the fourth day of the conference, I was convinced that there were no bells to be had.  But little did I know that by midnight that night, with brain overload from all the workshops I had attended, one of my roommates, whom I had "met" on the internet, mentioned an email she'd received recently about a set of bells for sale.  The rest is history.  Without any money and without any idea if my church would even support a handbell purchase, I took the first step.  I prayed.  Then I made an offer to the seller for a five octave set of Malmark bells.  To my surprise, the very next day, I received a check from a donor which would cover about 1/3 of the cost of the bells.  I Sample Ad 2then wrote and submitted a proposal to my church requesting their approval for the purchase and included a variety of fundraising ideas.  After sitting on "pins and needles" for two weeks, I received a call that my request was approved!! Well...with one exception.  No fundraising was needed.  The church would pay the balance.  Not only that, but four weeks later, when a friend and I drove 600 miles to claim our 'boxes of gold", the seller gifted us with six custom-made handbell tables with foam, music stands and table coverings!  If you'd told me three months ago, that our church would own a gorgeous, five octave set of Malmark bells and all the accessories needed, I would have laughed.  But one thing is for sure.  I chose to step out of my comfort zone..without a plan.  Were there hurdles?  You bet.  More than I can list here.  But God had a plan and a purpose.  he is the source of our creativity.  Step out of your comfort zone and see what can happen.

Below the Golden Hills Community Choir rehearse on their new bells!
                                                 Golden Hills Bell Choir

Area XII Welcomes 3 New  Members to AGEHR
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Please welcome the following new members to AGEHR Area XII. 

Sunghee Kim           Los Angeles, CA
Gayla Lonebery       Riverside, CA
Elaine Heidtbrink    San Diego, CA

Area XII Represented at Distinctly Bronze East
                                              By Debbie Shaw
Sample Ad 2 Distinctly Bronze East 2009 was held Oct. 8-11th in New Bern, North Carolina, which is a beautiful historic city located at the junction of the Trent and Neuse Rivers.   P.L. Grove, Micki Mennet-Martin, Michele Sharik, and myself represented Area XII.  The 11th annual DB East event began on Thursday with a welcome from DB Chair Karen Leonard and AGEHR Executive Director Jenny Cauhorn.  Directors William Griffin and David Weck were introduced and we quickly began our 24 hours of rehearsal.  It was a bittersweet day as we renewed friendships and shared our grief over the loss of our beloved founding director, David Davidson, who passed away on September 5th.  We concluded our rehearsals on Thursday with a beautiful, private presentation of William Payn's "Bread of Angels", which we dedicated to David Davidson.  This was one of the most moving experiences of my life.  We indeed "changed the molecules of the room" with our playing, something David has inspired us to do each and every time we play.

Thursday evening closed with a memorial service for David Davidson.  Words of Remembrance were shared by Jenny Cauhorn, David Weck, and John Knott; all handbell ringers who were also personal friends of David.  A service for David would not be complete without plenty of beautiful music!  An invitation was sent to all the DB registrants to ring at the memorial and nearly half, 50 or so ringers accepted the invitation.  This group rang H. Dean Wagner's "Fantasy on Kingsfold,"  Cathy Moklebust's "Meditation on Beautiful Savior",  two new pieces written by Carol Lynn Mizell in memory of David, and  congregational singing.  The service was a moving tribute to David.  Many thanks go to Carol Lynn Mizell for planning it.

David Weck and Bill Griffin expertly guided us through the twist and turns of our thirteen pieces.  They did an amazing job with leading the challenging repertoire with only 5 weeks of preparation.  The repertoire ranged from the ethereal beauty of Michael Glasgow's "Lux Aeterna" to the fast, rhythmical challenges of Michael Keller's
" From Darkness, Light", two William Payn pieces added to the mix, along with "Bugler's Holiday" and "Holiday for Strings" for some fun.

One of the highlights of the weekend, for me, was rooming with one of the William Griffin Scholarship winners.  Veronica Rolon is a lovely young lady who traveled from Puerto Rico to join us for the weekend.  She attends the University of Puerto Rico, has 15 years ringing experience, and rings with Vivace, an advanced young adult handbell ensemble. 

Saturday afternoon saw the arrival of AGEHR President, John Pfeiffer, and new DB Director, Jason Wells.  Both John and Jason spoke to us briefly about the future of handbells and Jason shared his vision for Distinctly Bronze.  Jason will assume the DB podium in February at Distinctly Bronze West in Bremerton, Washington. The weekend drew to a close with the final concert on Sunday afternoon.  It is an exciting time when we all put on our "concert" polo shirts and gather for the concert. The city of New Bern always turns out a nice audience for us.  I am looking forward to returning to New Bern next October and helping them celebrate the city's tri-centennial!
                                                      Debbie Shaw
Area XII Bell/Chime Loan Program Experience Shared

Stratford School Classroom 
One of the outreach programs offered by Area XII is the Bell/Chime  Loan Program which encourages schools and educational institutions  to develop musical programs which include handbells.  Area XII presently owns two 3 octave sets of handbells and three 3 octave sets of handchimes.  During the Winter semester of 2009 one set of our handbells were on loan to Stratford Middle School, a private school in San Jose. Kendra Scott, the music teacher, shared that she started the 2008/2009 school year with nine intrepid members of the Choir Club.  They were allStratford School Choir sixth graders,just starting in the wide world of middle school.  In October she introduced them to handbells using Whitechapel bells that Kendra had inherited from her great-grandmother.  They had fun playing a few simple Christmas carols for the Winter Concert. 

Stratford Sch. 2 boysKendra was hoping for a more permanent, less fragile set of bells to use, so she was grateful to have the opportunity to borrow the Area XII set of Malmarks starting in January 2009.  At that time, she also acquired some foam and tables, since the choir had graduated beyond playing only one bell each. Then more and more ringers started trickling in , and by the end of the year the choir was up to thirteen ringers.  This year she has a mix of sixth and seventh graders. 

The children enjoy ringing because of all the different techniques involved.  They are particularly fond of mallets.  They also enjoy the team work and cameraderie of making music together.

Stratford School 2 childrenAt the Spring Concert in May they played a variety of music. Kendra also borrowed a big Eb3 chime for one song.  During the concert she shared some handbell history with the audience.  Most of them had never heard of handbells before.  After the concert, the students had fun showing their parents the bells and how to ring. 

If your school would like to take advantage of this opportunity to borrow a set of bells or chimes for their music program, please contact Tessique Houston, Bells in Education Director, at

Kendra, the music director at Stratford Middle School, is presently aSample Ad 2 member of Low Ding Zone and Bay Bells.  She is carrying on the family tradition of ringing.  Her Gt. Greatgrandmother first purchased a diatonic octave (C5-C6) of Whitechapels  back in 1938 and over the years added a few bells.  Kendra's great aunt completed the two octaves in the 80tys.  One of the highlights of her Gt. Grandmother's choir, The Bellringers of Cape Ann, was ringing for the lighting of the White House Christmas Tree for Pres. Eisenhower. Kendra started ringing in middle school and continued on through college.  Her personal mission is to expand handbells' association beyond church and Christmastime to the general school and public community.                       
Velocity Toffee is Back! 

Velocity's annual fundraiser once again offers you the chance to purchase a homemade stocking stuffer for the holidays AND support handbells at the same time.  If you've ever had it, you'll be glad to know it's back for another holiday season.  If you've never tried it, you simply must!

Velocity's traditional English toffee is homemade from butter, sugar, walnuts and Guittard semisweet chocolate.  The toffee comes vacuum sealed in a 1 lb. pop-top can with a resealable lid for the price of $20 per can.

Velocity is currently taking advance orders through their Web site at All online orders are secure through the use of PayPal, and Velocity is once again offering its holiday bundle of $5 off the purchase of a Vintage and Vogue CD with the purchase of a can of toffee.  And since Velocity is 501c3 non-profit organization, a full $14 of your toffee purchase is tax deductible.

So click on over to the Velocity Web site and try a can - or six!- today. ( go ahead and keep saying you're buying those six cans for "friends".  We won't tell.)

NOTE: This product contains walnuts- do not eat if you are allergic to walnuts!

Thank you in advance for your support of Velocity in the art of making music with handbells.
Sample Ad 2Opus Jump-Start Workshop Reflection
                                         by Lisa Traughber 
Opus Workshop 1Our annual Jump-Start Workshop and Reading Session held on October 17 was a musical success!  45 ringers came from Ceres, Hilmar, Merced, Modesto, Salida, Turlock, UC Davis, and Waterford. The mass ringing session, directed by Richard Colla, was a time to woodshed and polish the musicianship skills of each ringer.  Ringers learned quickly, the directing style and the importance of "watching the director," in a larger group setting.  The music making was off to a great ring!
       Mel and Gail Tully brought their WestCoast Handbell Supply store with music and gifts, so all had plenty of time to shop throughout the day.
       The break-out sessions, as we call them, included bell basics,Richard Colla bass bell moves, 4-in-hand highway, tone chime techniques and handbell maintenance.  Each offered a one hour period giving folks time to switch to a second focus or shop more!  Techniques in each of these sessions were introduced, experienced, learned, reviewed and challenged in some fashion so each ringer could give and take; honing their skills while contributing to the entire ensemble.  It was evident by their enthusiasm when they returned to the second half of the massed ring to share the two numbers as one!
      Ending the massed ring, Opus shared a few numbers from their upcoming concert season and soon to be released Christmas CD.  The overwhelming support was gracious as "encore" was expressed for one more!  The group dynamic was the "jump-start adrenaline" Opus needed to ring from their hearts.
Opus Workshop 2      The final portion for the day was a reading session provided and conducted by Mel Tully.  15 pieces in all ranging from Level 1 to 3+ were a great way to experience and make music as well as purchase a favorite for your music library.
      Yes, all of this was accomplished in just a half a day and by 2:00 p.m. folks were helping to strike the equipment and load up for home.  We trust each, who came, met someone new, touched base with an old friend, experienced and/or learned a new technique, were inspired to raise the bar of musicianship and just plain had fun!
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
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NorCal - Nancy Schmitt Regional Coordinator
 Canterbury 6th grade team                                   
   Hello Fellow Ringers and Directors,

Handbell Festivals: why do we go to bell festivals?  Basically we go for fun and education.  It is an awesome experience to ring mass numbers with hundreds of other ringers under the baton of professional directors.  There are classes to take.  Also, we go for the camaraderie.  What better fellowship is there than spending enjoyable hours with other people who love handbells?

By the time you read this the second annunal Redding Handbell Festival will have taken place on Halloween!! Approximately 80 ringers participated from as far away as Portland, Oregon to those of us right here in Redding, CA.  Michele Sharik was our guest conductor.  She was so encouraging and supportive to those beginning choirs as well as a a little more demanding to the more experienced ringers.  The festival concert was opened with a change ring using bell plates, crafted by Neil Gertner.  The audience enjoyed the massed ringing as well as the solo choirs, soloists, a duet and a quartet.

On Sunday Michele Sharik played at St. James Lutheran Church and First Presbyterian Church in Redding.

With shorter and cooler days I am sure most bell choirs are thinking about christmas and are pulling out that wonderful Christmas music and starting preparations for their December outings.

Happy Ringing!


Upcoming Concerts:

November 28, 2009  12-3 p.m.  Riverbells, Country Christmas Fair, Nevada City, CA

December 5, 2009   1-4:00 p.m.  Riverbells. Lucas Winery, Lodi, CA

December 11, 2009  7:30 p.m.  Riverbells. Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Sacramento, CA

December 19, 2009  12 - 1:00 p.m.  Riverbells. Capitol Rotunda, Sacramento, CA.

To view Nancy's webpage Click Here          

Bay Area- Beckie Wiley Regional Coordinator 
Canterbury 6th grade team              
Greetings to all S.F.Bay Area Handbell Ringers!
As you prepare to perform at holiday concerts and special events, be sure to take time to also attend handbell concerts in the SF Bay Area!  Next Sat. Nov. 7 is the 6th Annual United Methodist Festival at Lake Merritt UMC.  Ringers from the Northern CA and Northern Nevada UMC conference are invited to mass rehearsals during the day, followed by a concert at 5:00 p.m.  As of this writing, 56 ringers are registered to participate.  Contact Bruce Pettit, chairman of the UM Bell Festival Committee, if you wish to participate.

Under the direction of Dorothy Straks, selections for this concert feature bell-ringing techniques, including the "singing bell" in Arnold Sherman's "How Can I Keep From Singing".  This is an awesome arrangement thta I first heard at National Seminar in Dallas in 2007!  I can't wait to perform it! In addition to the mass ring pieces, there will be solo group performances and individual solo performances.  The concert is free and fun for all ages.  See below for address to Lake Merritt UMC in Oakland.
A joyful ringer,


               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

Twelfth Night at St. Andrew's

January 10, 2010
3:00 p.m - 7:00 p.m.
Larry Sue, Clinician
Cost: $5.00 per person

Your handbell ensemble is invited to the first "Twelfth Night at Saint Andrew's" at Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church ,13601 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA Under the direction of Larry Sue, you'll ring one massed piece: "O Come, All Ye Faithful" which is included in your registration.  For the concert, which will begin at 5:30 p.m., each choir will bring an Advent/Christmas piece to share as part of the concert.  After the concert, everyone is invited to stay for a potluck dinner.  For more information and registration forms Click Here

Bay Area Spring Ring & Intense Ring

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

Spring Ring Update

The Bay Area Spring Ring features many handbell workshops in addition to the massed ringing and concert opportunities.  These classes have proven attractive to many, even some who are not participating in the massed ringing of the Spring Ring.  Yes, there is more to do than just ring, althought that's tons of fun!

Experimenting with new, creative ideas for a handbell gathering has also been a delightful feature of the S.R. The Intense Ring for advanced ringers, this year on March 12th, was begun three years ago and demonstrated a fun success.

Three brand-new additions to this year's program should provide lots of excitement!

  • Ruben Mendoza, a premier solo ringer, will play a special noontime concert in the worship center.  He's a fabulous, smooth and immensely expressive ringer.  Registrants AND friends are invited to this special treat.
  • Wil Mandac, who has been our Spring Ring photographer for a number of years and created some beautiful pictures, will offer a workshop that should inspire many budding photographers to get out their camera for some creative ideas on taking pictures of bells and ringers.  Bring your camera.
  • Finally, we are setting up a R/D(Ringer/Director Store.  Those with extra music they would like to sell at garage sale prices, composers who have music to sell, and those with handbell/music related items such as mugs, quilts, pot holders, jewelry, art work, CD's etc. are invited to bring them for display and to sell.
 Click here for the list of classes, repertoire, clinician bios, and registration forms .
or  go 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 Holiday Concerts: Click Here

CenCal - Shirley Werner Regional Coordinator
African Handbell PrintGreetings from Central Valley,

The Fall Workshop is now an event of the past, and it was a great day and a successful happening.  We had 50 registrants and for 15 ringers this was their first time attending. 
Everyone loved our clinicians, Barbara Walsh and Tessique Houston, and we hope they will return another time. 

Bell technique classes which covered weaving, ringing correctly, damping, bass bells, 4-H, and rhythm helped us improve our skills.  Attendees had requested more rhythm instruction so we worked on a past Spring Ring favorite which will be used again Low DIng Zone Logoat our 2010 Spring Ring, "Cantad al Senor" by Hart Morris.  We sightread and worked on "Andante Maestoso" by Kevin McChesney which sounded beautiful by the end of the day.  Mel Tully led the ringers in a reading session which attendees indicated they would like more of in the future. 

Barb & Mel Fall WorkshopAt left Barbara Walsh, our clinician, and MelTess at Fall Workshop Tully, Reading Session leader and owner of West Coast Handbells Store, take a moment to pose for our photographer. Tessique Houston, our other clinician, pictured at right  explains suspended malleting of bells.

Everyone enjoyed the day and is looking forward to the next event, which is to be a Reading Session followed by a bell/chime maintenance class.  This event is being planned for February 2010, but is in the beginning planning stages, so look for more on this in the near future.

April 17, 2010 will be the Spring Ring.  See the calendared event listed below with information.

Redeemers Parade floatAmong the entries in the 36th annual Colony Days parade and celebration, held in Atascadero, CA on October 17th, was the Redeemer Ringers handbell choir pictured on the left.  Not only was this their first time entering the parade, but they ended up winning second place in the non-commericial float entries.  Way to go, Redeemer! (Picture of float thanks to Atascadero News)

If your choir would like to host a workshop or reading session and want some help and guidance, I'm here for you.  If you are planning an event and want some free publicity, let me know.  I can help spread the word.

Thanksgiving blessings to all of you.
Happy Ringing,

To view Shirley's webpage
Click Here

Bakersfield Spring Ring

March 20, 2010

St. John's Lutheran Church
Clinicians: Bill and Lee Waggener
Contact: Dianne Bryant at

2010 Spring Ring

April 17, 2010
Elks Lodge
Atascadero, CA

 "Favorites from the Past".

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Nancy Jessup, Clinician

Repertoire List- Click Here

Details are being worked out, but if you have an interest in attending contact me and I'll add you to the list.  Space will be limited.  For more information or questions, contact me at

LA Metro - Debbie Shaw Regional Coordinator
Canterbury 6th grade teamHello Everyone!
Can it be November already?  At last, there is a chill in the air that helps me turn my thoughts towards the upcoming holidays. I am sure many of you are counting the number of rehearsals that remain before we need our holiday music ready to share!  I know I am!
    Good News!  I have finally finished the information and registration forms for our 2010 LA Metro Spring Ring and Advancing to Bronze Workshop.  You can find this info on our new website.  Go to the LA Metro section and follow the links. In the next few weeks the LA Metro AGEHR Members will receive the information in the mail, so please keep a look out for it.  If you don't receive yours and can't find it on the website, please let me know and I can e-mail it out to you.
     Also, I have had a great request from one of our members.  Can we start a sub-list?  We all have had the experience of needing to find someone to fill a spot at our bell tables.  I think this is a great tool to make available.  BUT, I will need YOUR help to make it happen.  Are you an experienced ringer who would love to help out another bell group in their time of need?  How about refining your sight-reading skills?  Do you like to meet new people and make new friends?  Do you like to perform?  If you said YES to any of these questions (or know someone who would) please drop me an e-mail at and ask me to add your name to our new Sub-list.  Please include any and all contact information needed to reach you and where you live.  Also, let me if you are willing to drive a distance to help out.  (We all know how BIG the LA area is!) You never know but by creating this list the person you help out just might be yourself!  I will maintain the list and will release your contact info only if someone is looking for a sub.  If you prefer I act as the contact please let me know that too!
     I am eagerly awaiting your concert announcements so we can include them here and on the website.  Please let us know what you are planning and we will share the news. 

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  Click Here for more Information
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:
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

Concordia Alumni Handbell Ensemble Christmas Concert, Saturday, December 19, 2009 - 7:00 p.m. CU Center for Worship and the Performing Arts on the campus of Concordia University, Irvine. 1530 Concordia, Irvine, CA 92612 . This will be  Concordia Alumni Handbell Ensemble's first annual Christmas concert featuring such favorites as "White Christmas" and "Do You Hear What I Hear?"  Come for an uplifting performance to set you in the mood for Christmas.  Free will offering. Contact: Katie Bennett at
SoCal - Ruth O'Neil Regional Coordinator
Ruth O'Neil   
Greetings Socal Ringers!

Southern California ringers were treated to a Read and Ring workshop under the direction of Joanne Hammond on Saturday, Oct. 17, at St. Mark's United Methodist Church in San Diego.  With Joanne's witty and superb guidance, Level I and II ringers learned the basics of proper techniques while sight reading four pieces of music.  Everyone was elated by the turnout for the event and was amazed at the growth in skills in the short period of time.  Our sincere appreciation goes to Joanne for her patient and valuable instruction.
Joanne Hammond
Joanne Hammond is pictured at left leading the workshop. 

Seven eager ringers below are engrossed in sight reading one of our four pieces.              

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  To view Ruth's webpage Click Here

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.

For repertoire list and registration form Click Here

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
African Handbell Print Dixie Bailey, Area XII Nevada liaison, reports the 5th Annual Las Vegas Ringers Workshop held on Oct. 8 was excellent.  Clinician Doug Benton, whose humor and positive approach inspired the ringers, proved one can ring correctly if they only COUNT! Attending the workshop were ringers from  First Christian Church, Green Valley Presbyterian Church, Mt. View Presbyterian Church, Faith Lutheran High School, Lamb of God Lutheran Church and First Presbyterian Church.  Repertoire worked on during the day were selections from the music that will be performed at the Las Vegas Twelfth Night on Jan. 8 and 9. 

On the Northern side of Nevada sixty ringers gathered for the annual Ringers' Workshop in Carson City on Oct. 17th.  Clinician, Tessique Houston, stretched and inspired the ringers, and at the end of the day everyone left with a new enthusiasm for the year ahead.

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: $24 per person early bird, $29 after Nov. 15.

Information on the hotel, schedule, and registration form
available by Clicking Here

Contact: Dixie Bailey at

Hawaii - Karen Carlisle Regional Coordinator
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The Hawaiian ringing year got off to an exciting  start with 61 ringers, from fifteen different churches and schools, participating in  the fall workshop on October 17 at the Harris UMC in Honolulu. In the first session attendees were given a little bell history about the early tower bell ringers and change ringing.  Bell trees were demonstrated by Becky Kanetani (pictured on the right)  who amazed and inspired Becky Kanetani Hawaii everyone with the bell tree solo, "Tis a Gift to Be Simple".  Young Pak, pictured on the left,  Young Pak Workshopled the group in coordination skills and demonstrated the technique of weaving. 

The second session provided an opportunity for the ringers to sharpen their basic skills and techniques.  Over on the right I'm  pictured  demonstrating  correctKaren Carlisle Workshop damping.  Everyone found refreshing their  skills on the basics  very helpful. 

During the 3rd session, the group was divided into 5 choirs by level, each led by a conductor.  Below Setsuko Hird directs one of the choirs.  Everyone appreciated the opportunity to meet other ringers on the island and to learn more Sample Ad 2about the art of ringing. 

I personally enjoyed getting to meet some of you. Unfortunately I couldn't get to all of you and would love the opportunity to get to know you better.  Thank you, Young, for doing such a great job of hosting and organizing this event. We would like to see more of this on Oahu and would also like to extend out to the outer islands. 

I know there are many directors new to handbells and I would  like to start a monthly gathering to teach the techniques of handbells: beginning and advanced, if there is enough interest.  For those of you with little ringing experience, it is hard for you to teach others how to ring if you are not comfortable ringing yourself.  Depending on your needs these monthly gatherings could be a one time experience or go for a few months or work into a monthly coffee/talking and ringing experience. I just want you to know I am here to help and everyone is invited. I know our schedules are busy but we could take a Friday evening or Sat morning/afternoon to spend the time together and go at the pace you need.

Upcoming Event: May 8, 2010.  P.L. Grove, Chair of AGEHR Area XII, is coming to Hawaii to lead us in an all day Aloha Ring.  This will be much different event than our Fall workshop. Mark your calendars now! 

I'd like to share with all of Area XII what our choirs are doing here in Hawaii.  Email me with places your bell choirs will be performing so they can be placed on the Area XII calendar.  Outer islands we want to include you too!  I know the holidays are going to be full of handbells this year, join in.

Please feel free to email me at  for help.


Fall Workshop Pictures can be viewed by Clicking Here

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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

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
Click Here

Calendar of Events - November - February

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

November 15, 2009  7:00 p.m. Saratoga Immanuel Lutheran Church Handbell Choir,  14103 Saratoga Ave,
Saratoga, CA

November 28, 2009  12- 3:00 p.m. Riverbells. Country Christmas Fair, Nevada City, CA.

November 28, 2009  Marching Handbell Choir, Lights on Celebration Parade, Hollister, CA

December 5, 2009, 1-4p.m. Riverbells.  Lucas Winery,
18196 North Davis Road,  Lodi, CA.

December 5, 2009  1:00 p.m. SFSU Handbell Choir in concert. San Maeo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City, CA. Contact: Carolyn Harnly at

December 6, 2009  6:30 p.m. SFSU Handbell Choir. Interfaith Center, Main Chapel, Main Post Chapel, Bldg. 130, Fisher Loop, Presidio of San Francisco. Free will offering.
For directions Click Here

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 11, 2009  7:30 p.m.  Riverbells in Concert. Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 2620 Capitol Ave., Sacramento, CA  Contact:

December 12, 2009  7:30 p.m.  Bay Bells in Concert.
Congregational Church of San Jose, 1980 Hamilton and Leigh, San Jose, CA. $15 General Admission, $10 Seniors/Students.

December 13, 2009  4:30 p.m.  Handbell Ventures presents Bay Bells in "Light a Candle".  Shannon Community Center, 11600 Shannon Ave., Dublin, CA

December 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

December 14, 2009  7:00 & 8:00 p.m. SFSU Handbell Choir. Visitors  Center, Temple Hill, 4770 Lincoln Ave., Oakland.Free.

December 16, 2009  6:00 p.m.  Rhythm Ringers Ensemble performing with Celebration Singers at Golden Hills Community Church, Brentwood, CA Free

December 19, 2009 7:00 p.m. Concordia Alumni Handbell Ensemble Christmas Concert. CU Center for Worship and the Performing Arts, 1530 Concordia, Irvine, CA. Free will offering. Contact:  Katie Bennett at

December 19, 2007  12- 1:00 p.m.  Riverbells. Capitol Rotunda, Sacramento, CA

December 24, 2009  2, 4, 6 p.m. Rhythm Ringers Ensemble performing with Celebration Singers at Golden Hills Community Church, 2401 Shady Willow Lane,  Brentwood, CA  Free.

January 3, 2010  4:00 p.m. Sonos in Twelfth Night Concert, Sour Savior's Lutheran Church, 1035 Carol Lane, Lafayette, CA 94549.  Free admission/offering taken. Contact Martin Morely 925.283.3722X222 or

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:

January 10, 2010  3:00p.m.- 7:00 p.m.  Twelfth Night at Saint Andrew's Handbell Festival.  Concert at 5:30 p.m.  Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church, 13601 Saratoga Ave. Saratoga, CA Clinician, Larry Sue. For more information contact: Larry Sue

January 29, 2010  7:30 p.m. Tapestry in Concert, Clayton Valley Presbyterian Church, 1578 Kirker Pass Rd., Clayton, CA  Free will offering.

January 31, 2010  4:00 p.m.  Tapestry in Concert, Walnut Creek UMC, 1543 Sunnyvale Ave., Walnut Creek, CA Free will offering. 

February 25-28, 2010 Distinctly Bronze West with Jason Wells conducting. Bremerton, WA.  For more information contact AGEHR

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