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           The Twelfth Tone E-newsletter
AGEHR Area XII Newsletter
January 2010
In This Issue
2010: A New Bell Odyssey
Area XII Board
Bell Loan Program
Handbell Resources
Tour of Japan
Concerts at a Glance
Message from the Chair
Carol's Reverberations
Registration for 2010 A New Handbell Odyssey
Audition Process for Odyssey Ensemble Announced
Call for Performance Choirs
Nominations Open for 2010 Area XII Election
Area XII New Members
Choirs Across Area XII Brighten the Holiday Season
San Diego Harmony Ringers to Hold Auditions
Distinctly Bronze West
Bay Area
LA Metro
National News
Calendar of Events
Advertising Rates
2010: A New
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 June 17-20, 2010.  

On Line Registration
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Dr. Wm. Payn
Deborah Rice
Michael 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

Handbell Resources

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P.O. Box 4361
Visalia, CA

Tokyo, Kyoto, Nagasaki, and Osaka
Pagoda Shrine
Prior to the International Handbell Symposium

Tour Dates:July 27 - Aug. 2

Symposium Dates Aug.3 - 7

What images come to mind when you think about Japan?  Energetic cities with tech-savvy residents, cutting-edge architecture, cosmopolitan shopping districts, or quiet neighborhoods graced by kimono-clad geisha and ancient temples?  High speed bullet trains zipping across the country or mist shourded hills and gardens filled with bonsai?  You will experience all of this and more when you discover the wonders of Japan on this very special tour with Roy Blomquist, an English speaking tour guide and Keith Cole from Witte Travel. 

Cost: $5,399

Tour includes round trip air transportation from S.F. Airport to Tokyo and from Osaka back to S.F.

For futher details contact Keith Cole at
Upcoming Concerts at a Glance:

Please check Calendar of Events for all the details.

Bay Area

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

CenCal Area

March 20, 2010
4:00 p.m.
Bakersfield Spring Ring Concert
Bakersfield, CA


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

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for further details.

Happy New Year
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New Year greeting   It was another joyous Christmas Season for handbell choirs throughout Area XII.  Now it's time to refocus and prepare music for Spring Rings, Spring Concerts, and the 2010 Handbell Odyssey in Davis.  Repertoire for Spring Rings, the Area XII Conference, and information on how to audition for the advanced Odyssey Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Wm. Payn, can be found in this issue. There are many  exciting things planned to spark even more interest and enthusiasm in your  choir so please take advantage of them.  The early bird deadline for 2010 Handbell Odyssey, Feb. 15, 2010, is fast approaching so register soon to assure the track of your choice.

May 2010 be another memorable year of ringing for each of you!

Carol Smith
Director of Communication
A Message from the Chair 
Pam Grove
Well, I don't know about you, but I'm excited for this upcoming year in handbells! Don't get me wrong, now - I really don't want to mess with your "Holiday Handbell High," but the best part of ringing, to me, is having the opportunity to attend events where there are others who share my passion for handbells. 
I just got back from a holiday tour of Japan with Sonos, and yes, it's nice to play in front of an audience who really appreciates music, in general, and how complex it is to play handbells specifically. And yes, it's nice to have someone schlep all of our stuff from place to place so we don't have to. And yes, it's VERY nice to have audience members and fans ask for your autograph and say you are very pretty and look like a porcelain doll (that was a new one!).
But I'm even MORE excited about seeing all of you at the ringing tables. I'll be at the 18th Annual Las Vegas Twelfth Night next weekend, with Tim Waugh as clinician, and it's my very first Las Vegas Twelfth Night, so I can't wait! Janet Ty tells me there are over 160 ringers registered, and I'm hoping to get to meet some of you there. For those of you in the Bay Area who might feel left out, no worries. Larry Sue is putting on the first ever Bay Area Twelfth Night workshop at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Saratoga. So you'll get your chance. 
And for the rest of you, the year is going to be full, full, FULL of events for you to attend. The Spring Rings and workshops abound in March and April, and this year there will even be a workshop in Hawaii. I'll be there - Aloha!
All of this gets topped off with our 2010: A New Handbell Odyssey conference in June, where we have a full plate of incredible clinicians in the form of Michael Glasgow, Dr. William Payn, Debbie Rice, and Michele Sharik. There are ringing tracks, a performance track, church music, directing, all kinds of opportunities during the three day ring-fest. 
So you have no excuse! Get out there and meet others who are just as crazy as you are about the handbell art form. Yup, it's going to be a great year of ringing in Area XII, and I can't wait.

P.L. Grove
Carol's Reverberations......

Barb Walsh HeadshotPealing bells could be heard announcing the arrival of 2010! Happy New Year to each of you.  2010 promises to be another year filled with exciting ringing opportunities, unique handbell conferences, and outstanding  concerts.  As we regroup after the busy holiday season, I hope you will take advantage of the Spring Rings, workshops/reading sessions, and conference your Area XII board has been organizing for you. 

As we all know, the handbell community is a close knit and generous group of individuals.  Over the holidays, the Pleasanton Handbell Choir from the Church of Latter Day Saints, Livermore, experienced first hand the support of the handbell community.  Just days before they were scheduled to perform for a special Interfaith Service and several other engagements, Becki Becki AdamsAdams, member of the choir and owner of their handbells,(pictured on the left) discovered four cases of her Malmark handbells, (G3-B4) and (G#6-G7), had been stolen from her car, which was parked in her driveway.  Her worst nightmare had been realized and she began to dispare over how she was going to have to disappoint so many people who were looking forward to hearing the choir and counting on them to participate in their Christmas  services. The Pleasanton Handbell Ensemble may have been silenced this Christmas Season if Lois and Dave Kail, in the true spirit of Christmas, hadn't offered them, without hesitation,  the use of their 4 oct. set of handbells. Needless Pleasanton Bell Choirto say this choir, pictured on the left, performed with extra joy and thanksgiving that they were able to fulfil their ringing engagements.  This story would have an even happier ending if their stolen bells could be found.  We ask that the handbell community be aware these bells may show up on EBay or Craig's list one of these days.  
(Pictures by Doug Duran, Contra Costa Times)

In last month's enewsletter in the article about Sonos' new DVD, "Ringing Up" I had a link to view "To a Hummingbird"  which was a clip from the new video.  Unfortunately Impact Media removed the video by the time the e-newsletter went to press.  However, the video can now be viewed on You Tube  if you Click Here 

In addition the DVD can now be purchased from Amazon by Clicking Here
I apologize for any inconvenience this caused you. 

Happy New Year,

Registration for 2010 New Handbell Odyssey

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. Early Bird discount ends Feb. 15, 2010!

Audition Process for Odyssey Ensemble Announced

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Applications are now being accepted for individuals wanting to ring with the Odyssey Ensemble at Area XII's 2010 Davis Conference. Ringers in this ensemble should be advanced ringers with good command of handbell technique, experience ringing complex and difficult literature, and possess the ability to play the instrument with a significant level of musical expression. This year, a select group will spend a day rehearsing up to six pieces of music under the direction of Dr. William Payn and will perform for the Friday evening concert at the conference.
Ringers wishing to participate in this group should register for the rest of the conference, but NOT register for the Odyssey Ensemble. You will be instructed how to sign up for the Odyssey Ensemble Track once you have been notified of your successful completion of the audition process.

Deadline for submission of audition materials for consideration is March 1, 2010. All materials should be mailed to:

P.L. Grove
AGEHR Area XII Chair
5665 Leona Street
Oakland, CA  94605

Auditionees will be adjudicated by an impartial panel outside of Area XII and then ratified by the Odyssey Ensemble director and the Area XII Board. Ringers will be notified of the final selection by April 1, 2010.

For complete information on the audition process Click Here.

Please contact P.L. Grove, Area XII Chair via e-mail ( or phone (510.336.9418), if you have questions about the auditions.

Davis Showcase Choir Performance Opportunity 
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The 2010 Area XII conference in Davis is right around the corner, and there are many opportunities at the event, including performance.

Area XII is now accepting applications from handbell groups wishing to perform the Saturday night showcase concert at the conference. Any group affiliated with an Area XII member is welcome to apply.

To be considered for the concert spot, send an e-mail to indicating your interest to perform a concert.  Groups will be selected by a panel based on the following criteria:
  • Unique and interesting repertoire
  • Exceptional performance ability
  • Technical ability
  • Musicality
While a DVD of your group's performance is not required, it is strongly recommended in order to give the panel a better sense of your group's capabilities. If a DVD is not available, a CD must be submitted. Once your initial e-mail indicating interest is received, you will receive a reply e-mail telling you how to submit your recorded materials.

Deadline for applicants for the Saturday night showcase concert slot is February 15, 2010.  The panel intends to finalize its decision by March 1, 2010.

Soloists and small ensembles are also encouraged to apply. Now is your chance to show off your group!  Don't miss out on this unique and exciting performance opportunity.
Nominations Open for 2010 Area XII Election
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The nominating committee is now taking nominations for persons to be considered as candidates for AGEHR Area XII Chair-Elect, Treasurer and Secretary. Elections will be held by ballot in 2010, and two nominees will be selected as candidates for each office.
SUBMITTING NOMINATIONS:  Those wishing to submit a name (including your own) into nomination should: 
  • contact the person to ensure his/her willingness to serve
  • provide a letter of qualifications from the potential candidate
Nominations must be accompanied by a statement/letter of qualifications by the potential candidate. This statement may be used for the candidate's ballot profile. Letters may be submitted via pdf or via regular US mail to the chair of the nominating committee.
POTENTIAL CANDIDATES: The Area XII Board is a diversified and inclusive group of individuals who share an interest in our instrument, but without gender or ethnic restrictions. To continue this focus for future Boards, the Nominating Committee will concentrate on candidates with one or more of the following qualifications:
  • Historic experience with AGEHR
  • Music and handbell experience as a director, ringer, music educator, church musician, or involvement with community or special needs handbell choirs
  • Business experience in finance, accounting, policy governance, marketing, law, human resources, or fundraising
  • Strategic planning with not-for-profit organizations
  • Current AGEHR membership
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to attend 2 or 3 meetings per year, each meeting lasting 2 days
  • Time, willingness and demonstrated ability to do the job 
Area XII Welcomes 4 New  Members to AGEHR
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Please welcome the following new members to AGEHR Area XII. 

Julie Vaquilar- San Francisco, CA
Wendy Ciaramitaro- Concord, CA
                                   Susan Ciaramitaro- Concord, CA
                                   Hawaii Baptist Academy- Honolulu, Hawaii
Choirs Across Area XII Brighten the Holiday Season
                                                               by Carol Smith
Every Christmas excitement is generated by the custom of giving and receiving gifts.  As I watched my two grandsons this Christmas, they could hardly contain themselves as they anticipated Santa's visit.  Every Christmas since childhood, the giving of gifts has become the most important and meaningful part of the holiday.  These gifts come in all different kinds of packages and some aren't even wrapped. 

Many handbell choirs throughout Area XII gave the gift of their bell ringing throughout the holiday season that brought smiles to all who heard them.  Sharing your musical talents on the bells can be one of the most rewarding gifts you can give.  The sounds of the bells fascinate young children and they evoke joyous feelings in those who are lonely, in nursing homes, and hospitals.  Granted taking your music to nursing homes, concert venues, and church services requires much packing and unpacking of bells- setting up and tearing down, however, the expression of gratitude and appreciation from the person in the nursing home or patient in the hospital as the bells peal out makes all the effort of the ringers and directors worth it.

Every year I enjoy taking my solo bell ministry to nursing homes and this year I included a rehabilitation center.  A young man, who is a paraplegic as the result of a motor cycle accident, was in my audience and once I began to ring - he joyously sang every carol with me.  He indicated he was once a drummer and he was thrilled when my husband joined me on the drums.  Another lady who was bedridden had the time of her life directing each piece I rang.  It was probably one of the most difficult venues I've ever rung, but the appreciation in their eyes was the best gift I received this Christmas. 

Contra Costa Country Club PartyHarmony Handbell Ringers and Rhythm Ringers from Golden Hills Community Church in Brentwood, pictured around the Christmas Tree,brought joy with their music  to 40 low income preschool children  at the Contra Costa Country Club  Christmas Party.  Interacting with the children and watching Santa fly in on his Sleigh with a gift for each child was an experience they will long remember.   The Harmony Ringers also provided carols at Quail Lodge,Quail Lodge Rhythm R. a retirement community.(Pictured on the right.) This quartet also Silent Auctioned themselves at a fundraiser for Options for Women.  The lucky bidder had them perform for a private party on Dec. 19.

 The highlight of the Christmas Season for both these choirs was participating in their church production of The Voice of Voice of ChristmasChristmas which was attended by 6,000 people.  Dressed in their Victorian attire, they can be seen ringing in this event.  To view more pictures by this active choir click here

Attendees of the San Diego Zoo, during the month of Dec.,were greeted by carols rung by eighteen different choirs during the zoo's Jungle Bell event.     One of the choirs that participated was Exultation Exhultation at SD ZooHandbell Ensemble pictured on the left.  As you can see Kristin Reksc, Alison Yoho, Beth Mays, Shannon Shaw and Debbie Shaw, have drawn a large crowd  of fascinated listeners. Between numbers they kept busy answering questions about the bells. They all agreed it was a greatExultation at SD Zoo 1 and fabulous experience.

 Sonos took their talents all the way to Japan for the holidays.  Over a two week period they gave concerts in fantastic concert halls throughout Japan.    The Japanese always enjoy coming up after the concerts and taking a closer look at the bells
Pictures of their tour can be viewed by clicking here

The Redding United Methodist Handbell Choir, pictured on the left,  Redding Methodist Choirpresented a special holiday concert for their congregation as a thank you for their gift of handbells. 

These are just a few of the choirs that gave their gift of music over the holidays and shared their pictures with me.  I know there are many others who did likewise.  All of you, who shared your music,  are to be commended for making the holiday season a happy and meaningful one for others. 

San Diego Harmony Ringers to Hold Auditions 
San Diego Harmony Ringers Audtions- January 19 & 26, 2010

Formed in 1999 San Diego Harmony Ringers is an advanced community handbell ensemble based in the greater San Diego Area.  From a variety of backgrounds and experience, members join together to ring with passion, beauty of expression and a joy in sharing music with those who listen.  The vision of SDHR is to bring the art and enjoyment of handbell music to the community through excellence in performance and musicianship.

San Diego Harmny Ringers perform a wide range of sacred and secular music rated at AGEHR Levels 3-6 on five octaves of Schulmerich handbells, three octaves of Malmark choirchimes and a partial octave of Malmark bass-choirchimes.  Weekly rehearsals are Tuesdays from 7:00-9:30 p.m. in the College Area of San Diego, with 15-25 performances in public and private venues throughout the year, the busiest time being between Thanksgiving and New Year.  Prospective ringers must be able to make the commitment to attend rehearsals and performances as is expected in an advanced musical ensemble.

Auditions consist of a 15 minute individual session focusing on reading, rhythm, and technique, and a group session examing blend, dynamics and musicality.  All membership positions are auditioned annually, with successful candidates determined by the Artistic Director.  For further information or to arrange an audition appointment, please contact the SDHR Events Coordinator by email at or by calling 619-888-6970.

Jason Wells to Direct Distinctly Bronze West

DBW2010The AGEHR National Office announced that only 15 slots remain for Distinctly Bronze West with conductor Jason Wells. This prestigious event is held in  Bremerton, Washington, February 25-28, 2010.  If you are a ringer that loves the thrill of performance, that is willing to be pushed beyond your comfort zone, they'd love for you to apply for those remaining spots. Registration forms are available on the AGEHR website. Click Here
NorCal - Nancy Schmitt, Regional Coordinator
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  Happy New Year Ringers and Directors,

December kept us all busy ringing bells for community events, church, holiday parties, parades, and school programs. The Redding Adventist Academy bell choir marched in Redding's Lighted Christmas Parade on December 5.  Simpson University Handbell Choir performed on December 6 at the University's holiday program.  The Carillons Handbell Choir performed for 400 people at Rep.Women, Carillon Chorthe Redding Republican Women's Christmas Tea held at the Redding Convention Center.  The Redding Rotary Club was treated to a bell program by four of the Carillons who did change ringing and then the Rotarians were given an opportunity to play a Chrismtas carol usingRotariansCarillon handbells.  Then on December 13 the First United Methodist Bell Choir presented a church service concert for the members of their Shannon Parksoloistcongregation as a thank you for helping them purchase bells last April.Pictured on the left, Shannon Parks, a member of the First United Methodist Choir performs a solo at the concert.

I know there were many other bell choirs playing for their church's Christmas Eve services.  So now, North State bell directors, I would very much like to hear from you in 2010 letting me know what your bell choir is doing.  Also, if you want your event mentioned in the e-news, please let me kow that, too.  Mary Balkow and Mel Tully will have a workshop/reading session on Feb. 5-6.  Details are below.

I look forward to serving you in 2010! The rest is up to you so please e-mail me with your group's ringing engagements!


Workshop/Reading Session

Feb.5, 2010- 6:30 p.m.- 9 p.m.
Feb. 6, 2010- 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Northminster Presbyterian Church
3235 Pope Ave
Sacramento, CA
Hosts: Mary Balkow and Mel Tully

The Friday night session is for choir/band directors who have been ambushed into taking on a bell choir.  Saturday's session will be a reading/techniques workshop for all ringers and directors.
Contact: Mary Balkow at


Bay Area- Beckie Wiley, Regional Coordinator 
Canterbury 6th grade team              

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 Flexibility

    The Bay Area Spring Ring (and Intense Ring), March 12-13, offers an opportunity for individuals, small groups, or full ensembles to have a fun time ringing and taking great classes.
    One can attend by themselves, ring the mass music under a superb director, Monica McGowan, take classes from skilled clinicians and enjoy the socializing that comes from mixing with bell ringers from throughout the area.  There is great flexibility.
Sometimes two or three from a bell choir attend; often full groups of ten or more.  Since there are many classes from which to choose, there is the flexiblity of selecting from a great variety of classes designed to meet many needs and desires.  When groups of 12 register together, the individual price of $18 drops to approximately $14!  All this, plus there is an opportunity to hear a fantastic solo ringer, Ruben Mendoza, in concert, plus other excellent groups in the final closing extravaganza.  Everyone gets to ring in the massed concert.
    Futher flexibility is offered in determining what music one wishes to ring in the final concert.  there are four chosen pieces, and many groups/individuals will play all four.  Some may find one or more of the pieces too difficult for their skills, and that is okay.  We'd rather have you play something well than "mangle" it with lots of wrong notes. (So would the director!)
    Check the areaxii website and see what its all about. Your early registration will help us prepare well for your participation, and give us flexibility...... Dave Ruder.

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  Concerts: Click Here

CenCal - Shirley Werner, Regional Coordinator
African Handbell PrintHappy New Year, 2010!

I think we are  all breathing a sigh of relief that our holiday concerts are a memory of the past.  I'm sure many choirs did some kind of concert ringing, even if it was on a small scale.  I know the three events my choir did were enjoyed by all who shared our music. It's too bad there are so few days in December and so much to try to accomplish.

Have you made your New Year resolutions? My resolution is to live, laugh, love, be happy, strive to stay healthy and ring bells as often as possible!

 Many of you are starting rehearsals on your Spring Ring music and possibly making plans to attend the Davis Conference and other conferences throughout Area XII during the year. Be sure and check all the happenings in Area XII- I know there's something for everyone, even if you can only participate in one event.

Central Valley ringers, be sure to send me your event happenings, so I can share your venues with everyone in Area XII.

Please check out the details below for the Reading Session on Feb. 27, Bakersfield Spring Ring, March 20, 2010, and the Central Coast Spring Ring, April 17, 2010.

Happy Ringing,

Reading Session-February 27, 2010

Trinity Lutheran Church
940 Creston Rd.
Paso Robles, CA
Mel Tully, Clinician
Time: set-up & refreshments 8:30 a.m.
Downbeat: 9a.m.-12 noon
Lunch:(Bring your own lunch) Light snacks & drink provided
Bell/Chime Maintenance Class-1 p.m. (For those interested)
End of Day should be between 2:00 & 2:30 P.M.

COST: $5.00 per ringer

Checks can be made out to Shirley Werner in the amount of $5.00 and mailed to 1913 Bella Vista Ct., Paso Robles, CA 93446.

Some of you may be asked to bring your bells, chimes, mallets, and pads, and your music binders & risers (if wanted). This will be determined after Feb. 1.


Bakersfield Spring Ring

March 20, 2010
8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.  4:00 p.m. Concert
St. John's Lutheran Church
4500 Buena Vista Rd.
Bakersfield, CA
Cost: $20 per ringer/includes lunch & raffle
Clinicians: Bill and Lee Waggener

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Repertoire List and Registration form
Click Here
Contact: Dianne Bryant at

2010 Central Coast Spring Ring

April 17, 2010
Elks Lodge
Atascadero, CA

 "Favorites from the Past".

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Nancy Jessup, Clinician

Repertoire List- Click Here

Registration is $20 per ringer and the deadline is March 31, 2010.
It will be a bring your own lunch, however, snacks & drinks will be provided.  Space will be limited, but a waiting list will be made & acted upon after March 31st.  All will be asked to bring your tables, pads, bells, chimes, mallets, music books, risers, gloves & anything else you need.  All music must be
originals and each choir is welcome to do a solo at the concert.
  For more information or questions, contact me at

LA Metro - Debbie Shaw, Regional Coordinator
Canterbury 6th grade team
Happy New Year everyone!
It is hard to believe the busy holiday season is drawing to a close.  It has been a great time of sharing our bells with people far and wide.  I was thrilled to have the opportunity to take my small handbell ensemble, Exultation! to ring at the San Diego Zoo. It was a wonderful time and a great opportunity to let many people experience handbells for the first time!  I especially want to thank Ruth O'Neil, our So Cal Regional Coordinator, for all her work in making the San Diego Zoo event a wonderful experience. Her preparations made this a pleasant and "easy" concert.  Thank You, Ruth!
Now we turn our focus to the Spring and all that comes with that.  Please remember our LA Metro Spring Ring and you need to turn in your registration form.  We are adding classes this year and I should be able to announce those soon.   
Don't forget to let me know what your choirs are doing and if I can be of any assistance.

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: Click Here

SoCal - Ruth O'Neil, Regional Coordinator
Ruth O'Neil    Happy New Year from sunny southern California!  I've been humming, "The weather outside is frightful...let it snow, let it snow, let it snow."  But I have a feeling the composer didn't live here.  Rather, "the sun is shining, the grass is green, the orange and the palm trees sway...."  Having visited the midwest recently, I'll settle for the latter.

     All reports from the Jungle Bell event at the San Diego Zoo were very positive (except for the couple which got rained out, unfortunately!) The Zoo personnel were extremely helpful and generous. The atmosphere was relaxed and festive.  Ringers and audience alike had a great time.  Many thanks to all who participated.

     Now is the time to focus on our Spring Ring as well as the Festival at Davis.  Both are marvelous opportunities for growth and enrichment at every level.  Don't delay in ordering your music or in registering for either or both.


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

Nevada- Barbara Walsh, Regional Coordinator
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               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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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! 

Fall Workshop Pictures can be viewed by Clicking Here

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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. 
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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 - January - February

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

January 8-9, 2010  Fri.4:00p.m.-9 p.m., Sat.  8:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m.   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 5, 2010 6:30-9:00 p.m
February 6, 2010 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.  Friday night session for new  handbell directors.  Saturday  reading/techniques workshop.  Morthminster Presbyterian Church,  3235 Pope Ave, Sacramento, CA.  Hosts: Mary Balkow and Mel Tully.

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

February 27, 2010, 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Reading Session, Trinity Lutheran Church, Paso Robles, CA.   Cost: $5 per ringer,  Bell/Chime Maintenance class offered.Contact Shirley Werner at

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