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           The Twelfth Tone E-newsletter
AGEHR Area XII Newsletter
April 2010
In This Issue
2010: A New Bell Odyssey
Problems with Registration?
Area XII Board
Bell Loan Program
Handbell Resources
Composition Contest
Upcoming Concerts
Message from the Chair
Carol's Reverberations
Top 10 Reasons to Go To Davis
Registration for 2010 A New Handbell Odyssey
Jim Scott Memorial Scholarship
Update on Odyssey Tracks
Have you met Martalina?
Nominations Open for 2010 Area XII Election
Area XII New Members
Redlands University to Offer Handbell Major
AreaXII Represented at DBW
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

Problems with
12th Night Reno
Kathy Arnold is the Registrar for 2010: A New Handbell Odyssey- June 17-20, 2010 at Davis. 

If you are having technical problems with the online registration system, your first call should be to Acteva.  If you are not able to resolve your issue with Acteva, please email Kathy at:
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.........Michele Sharik
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

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Composition Contest
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Greater Houston Handbell Association Feb Fest Composition Contest
One award of $1000
Submissions  due June 1, 2010
All participants will be notified by August 1, 2010 of the winning composition.
The winning composition will be performed at FEB FEST in Houston, TX on February 26, 2011.
For full contest rules, please email Debbie Busch at:
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Upcoming Concerts at a Glance:

Please check Calendar of Events for full details.

Bay Area

April 17, 2010
7:30 p.m.
Michele Sharik in Concert
Menlo Park, CA

April 30, 2010
7:00 p.m.
SFSU Handbell Choir in Concert
Half Moon Bay, CA

May 21, 2010
8 p.m.
Tapestry in Concert
Concord, CA

May 23, 2010
4 p.m.
Tapestry in Concert
Walnut Creek, CA

May 26, 2010
7:30 p.m.
Tapestry in Concert
Livermore, CA

June 5, 2010
Tapestry in Concert
Pacific Grove, CA

June 5, 2010
3 & 7 p.m.
Bay Bells
Mountain View, CA

June 6, 2010
Tapestry in Concert

NorCal  Area

Cencal Area

April 17, 2010
3:30 p.m.
Central Coast Spring Ring Concert
Atascadero, CA
April 25, 2010
3:00 p.m.
 Wesley Bronze Ringers
concert: Candlelight and Bells
Wesley United Methodist Church, Fresno, CA

May 2, 2010
6:00 p.m.
Handbell choirs of The First
Christian Reformed Church of Visalia in concert
Viisalia, CA

LA Metro Area

April 25, 2010
3:00 p.m.
Concordia Alumni Handbell Spring Concert
Irvine, CA
May 2, 2010
4:00 p.m.
Cathedral Bells in Concert
St. John's Lutheran Church
Orange, CA

SoCal Area


April 24, 2010
2:00 p.m.
Sierra Spring Ring Concert
Reno, NV

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  Happy Easter and welcome to the April issue of The Twelfth Tone E-newsletter. Spring Rings were the highlight of this past month and reports on these events can be found in the Regional Sections.  Only 71 days until our conference in Davis!  Please check the latest updates, Top 10 Reasons you should go to Davis,  and if you haven't registered click on the registration link below. If your funds are low see if you qualify for the Jim Scott Memorial Scholarship offered for the  Davis Conference.   Many choirs are preparing special music for Easter and Spring Concerts. The calendar is brimming with  concert listings during the next few months.  Please check them out!

Carol Smith
Director of Communication
A Message from the Chair 
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Well, I missed seeing my Bay Area "ringer" friends at the Spring Ring this year in Cupertino. The good news is that I had a great time making new friends and saying hello to some old ones in Southern California at their Spring Ring. (Hey! That's #2 in the Top Ten List below!)
This marked the final Southern California event coordinated by Ruth O'Neil, your outgoing SoCal Regional Coordinator, and I just had to be there to personally thank her for her work over the past few years. Putting on an event for a hundred or more ringers is no small feat, and Ruth had things humming along, as usual (I still have fond memories of the cake at lunch - yum!). I reconnected with Donavon Gray and got to see the Azusa Pacific Ringers play again (they were teaching the classes; it's been a while since they've been north), and I reconnected and talked with several others of you during the day. I was even drafted to ring for the final concert! Ruth says she's going to be happy to return to "just ringing" for a change - I have to say I know exactly what she means. Meanwhile, Northern California's loss is SoCal's gain in the form of Michele Sharik, and she joins this month as your new Regional Coordinator. Southern California, you are in good hands.
Speaking of "just ringing," I envy all of you who can take advantage of our conference this summer. As a Board member, I'm a planner this time around, so I don't get to sit at the feet of Michele Sharik, Michael Glasgow, Debbie Rice or the incredible Bill Payn. I don't get to play in the final concert at the Mass Attack. And I wasn't able to audition for the Odyssey Ensemble or apply for a scholarship. You all sure are enjoy your luck! If you haven't registered yet, what are you waiting for?!!!
By the way, even if I'm not ringing in Davis, I'll be there, and, as always, I look forward to seeing you behind the tables.
P.L. Grove
Area XII Chair
Carol's Reverberations......

Barb Walsh HeadshotDear Handbell Friends,

Wow, Spring has arrived! Colorful wildflowers dot the hillsides, trees are in full bloom, the creeks are babbling a song as the winter run offs cascade over the rocks, and the birds are singing, unfolding their wings, and diving high in the sky.  That intangible feeling of anticipation and excitement that accompanies spring was certainly present this past month at the four Area XII Spring Rings in Cupertino, Bakersfield, Long Beach, and Vista. Record attendance at each of the events brought the total participants to over 500 ringers! Many were first time registrants which infused new energy and enthusiasm into the events. 
Another 150 ringers are registered to attend the NV and Central Coast Spring Ring this month.    The Area XII Board thanks all the hosts, workers, and Regional Coordinators whose hard work made these events so successful.  A special thanks to all the participants who came so well prepared and helped make it  a fun day.  Reports on the individual Spring Rings can be found in the Regional Section.

Last month it was brought to my attention that some of your e-newsletters were not formatted correctly (especially aol customers) when you received them.  Another indicated they could only print one page.  At the top of each newsletter you will find a statement that says: Having trouble reading this email? Click Here.  If you click there, it brings the e-newsletter up as a web page which permits easier reading and  printing of the entire newsletter. 

The Area XII Board will be meeting this month, (April 16 & 17th) to finalize plans for the Davis Conference.  If you have any concerns, or questions, please bring them to the attention of your Regional Coordinator. 

Happy Easter!

Special Announcement: It is reported a pawn shop in Whittier, CA has a set of Malmark bells.  A detective is trying to determine if they are stolen bells.  If you know of anyone who has had their bells stolen please have them call Mary Hanson at 562-889-8151.

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In the tradition of David Letterman, here are your "top ten" list of reasons why you and your friends should definitely be a part of 2010: A New Handbell Odyssey this summer:

#10:  Hello! There's even a scholarship! (see below)

     #9:  UC Davis is just hour from wine country (depending on how fast you drive and how decent a wine you require).

     #8:  It's the only place you can get four directors for the price of one (and one of them is Master Conductor Dr. William Payn).

     #7:  Sunday morning worship service with Christine Anderson.

      #6:  The Odyssey Ensemble conference choir is performing on Friday night.

      #5:  Opus Handbell Ensemble is performing on Saturday night.

      #4:  Being there is the best way to find out who is giving other performances.

      #3:  There are luxurious accommodations and fine dining (Hey - by University standards, this is NOT hyperbole!)

       #2:  This is your biennial chance to see old friends and make new friends. (And the campus is big enough to avoid people not classified as friends...okay, just kidding! We all know that handbell ringers love EVERYONE!)

       And the #1 Reason Is:  Aw, c'mon! You can go to Disneyland next year (and the year after that) - it will still be there.


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. The Early Bird discount ended Feb. 15, 2010, however you can still get a $20 discount if you take all three tracks. 

Scholarships Offered for Davis Conference

Sample Ad 2 If you think you can't afford to attend 2010: A New Handbell Odyssey and be part of an exciting new way of experiencing a handbell conference, think again.
Every two years Area XII offers scholarships to two Area XII members to assist them with the cost of attending the Area XII conference. The Jim Scott Memorial Scholarship fund assists one ringer and one director who demonstrate financial need by covering their registration, room fees (at double occupancy), and any meals that are included in the registration packet.
It is especially fitting that the funds be awarded this year. Jim Scott was instrumental in scheduling the Area XII conference at the UC Davis campus the first time it was held there in 1984. We hope to award two scholarships in his memory when we return there this summer.
Applications are being accepted now through May 1st, so don't delay! If you or someone you know is interested, send in your application today.
To find out more information on qualifying for the Jim Scott Memorial Scholarship and to download an application, click here.
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2010 Handbell Odyssey offers unique day long Tracks with outstanding clinicians.  Friday's Tracks include Church Music with Deborah Rice, Performance with Dr. William Payn, and All-Ring with Michael Glasgow.  Saturday: Directors with Dr. William Payn, Basics with Michele Sharik, Tools of the Trade with Michael Glasgow, and All- Ring with Deborah Rice.  Sunday: the Mass Attack.  The schedule for these track sessions along with details of topics covered in each track are now available on the Area XII Web site by Clicking Here. Check back periodically, as the Web site will be updated with the latest information.
Have you met Martalina?
                                         by Julie Vaquilar
MartalinaGreetings, Bellringers!

I'm Martalina, one of two Area XII mascots made by Norma Rose.  I attended my first conference in Visalia where I "cased out" Area XII.  The following conference, I was placed up for adoption at the Silent Auction which was the beginning of great handbell adventures for me.   It's that time again when my brother, Bronzer, and I will be placed up for adoption and auctioned off at the Area XII Conference: 2010 A New Handbell Odyssey in Davis.  Ringers bid to be our host families for two years with the proceeds going to the Area XII Bells in Education fund to help purchase the missing bells in the set being donated to Area XII by the Marching Handbell Choir. 

I've spent a terrific two years in the SF Bay Area with my host ringer, Julie Vaquilar.  I created loads of scrapbook memories tagging along with Low Ding Zone, the SFSU Handbell Choir, and the Marching Handbell Choir at their concerts and parades. I set sail on the Bells of the Cascades Cruise X to the Caribbean, stayed in a Tuscan Villa with Bay Bells in Italy, visited North Carolina forJulie and Martalina the Capitol Area Handbell Festival, and most recently, traveled to Bremerton, Washington, for Distinctly Bronze West. Pictured on the right Julie and I take  a much needed break at DBW!  It was exciting to meet and have my picture taken with notable conductors such as Bill Payn, Dave Harris, David Weck, Monica McGowan, and Jason Wells. 

Along the way, I expanded my handbell knowledge to include bass bell technique, but only in theory! I'm still quite attached to my little bell and I'm quite proud to wear my very own Low Ding Zone shirt.  It was a real treat to don a cap and gown at the SF State International Business graduation ceremony.

I've had a great time and I'm looking forward to even more handbell adventures.  Please consider bidding on me to become my next host ringer  or simply stop by the Silent Auction tables to say "Hi". 

See you in Davis!

Note from Julie: Martalina has been a wonderful guest.  She never complains, travels well, and is always ready to take on any handbell experience. She was a good sport about having to stare at bass bells a lot these past two years, but probably wouldn't mind getting back to working on her four-in-hand technique. Martalina is highly adaptable and enthusiastic.  Please adopt!

This year, Norma Rose will once again spearhead the Silent Auction, and your donations are needed to complete the Marching Handbell Choir's donated bell sets! Don't wait until June, or even May to locate something special to donate. Donation forms can be downloaded from the Area XII Web site and should be mailed to Norma as soon as possible.
To find out more about the Silent Auctionclick here.
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 1 New  Member to AGEHR
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Please welcome the following new members to AGEHR Area XII. 

Ascensio Lutheran Church, San Diego
Malou Rogers, director

Redlands University to Offer Handbell Major.
                                                             by Beth Mays

It's ringing in Redlands!  The University of Redlands has joined the world of bronze this year by expanding its renowned music program to include handbells. As part of the Bachelor of Arts in Music program, Beth Mays has been accepted as an Applied Handbell student under the instruction of new adjunct faculty member Boude Moore.  Boude Moore is the Music Director at Prince of Peace Episcopal Church in Woodland Hills, and well known for his handbell group, Alchemy.

Beth is extremely excited and honored to be accepted at this fine school.  "They've given me the opportunity to grow as a musician and gain all the skills I need to become a professional performer.  Also, I'm very grateful that they're offering this program that demonstrates that handbells truly are a valid instrument worthy of study."

This coming fall, the University of Redlands will also expand to include a handbell choir as part of the chamber ensemble program.  This ensemble will be under the advising and direction of Dr. Jean-Sebastion Vallee.  Beth Mays has been asked to come teach ringing techniques. "I believe there are quite a lot of opportunities available for this choir, " Dr. Vallee has commented.  For more information about the music program at Redlands and upcoming performances, please visit:

Area XII Represented at Distinctly Bronze West
                                                           By Debbie Shaw
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 On Feb. 25, 2010 fourteen Californians traveled to Bremerton, WA for the 2nd Annual Distinctly Bronze West Event.  This event is for advanced level handbell musicians who want the opportunity to work together on challenging repertoire and present a high quality performance.  The 2010 DBW was a milestone event with the passing of the baton to our new Maestro, Jason Wells.  Jason brought his trademark energy and passion to the podium in beautiful Bremerton.  The 90+ musicians from12th Night Reno across the U.S., Canada, and Hong Kong worked for 3 1/2 days on 11 demanding pieces and presented a final concert on Sunday afternoon.  The high point of the event was the recording of a CD during the concert.
     Beth Mays, of Redlands, was attending her second DBW event and said, "I felt Jason did a great job working with us.  I liked the challenge of memorizing "Fancye" (by Tim Waugh). It is always good seeing old friends and spending time with them."  I agree with Beth that the friendships you make at DB are special and the hard work is rewarded when you rise to the challenge of playing such demanding repertoire in a beautifully musical manner.
     Attending your first DB is always a special experience.  When Julie Vaquilar, of San Francisco, was asked how she felt about being accepted into this prestigious auditioned event she said, "I'm thinking it might be similar to the first time I waited to ride the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror in Walt Disney World.  Everyone came out of the ride saying it's a lot of fun.  The outside of the place looks somewhat classy, but I could hear screams coming from the inside of the tower."  Indeed, it is somewhat scary when you realize that you are expected to learn such challenging music as Level 6, "Tempest" by Kevin McChesney and a transcription of Khachaturian's "Waltz from The Masquerade Suite."  We also had the honor of playing the World Premiere of "Let All Things Now Living" arranged by Area XII's own Larry Sue. This level 5+ piece was challenging to learn but very fun to play.  It is loaded with many rhythms in 11/8 and we definitely grew as musicians playing this piece. 
     Barbara Meinke, of Lake Elsinore said, "As a first-timer, I was excited to be participating in such a high caliber ensemble and I was not disappointed in the experience! Ringing in Distinctly Bronze gave me the technical and musical challenges I was hoping for and Jason Wells brought out the best of both in all of us.  I particularly enjoyed tackling the complicated rhythms and exchanging problem solving ideas with the other ringers.  I would do it all again, and I hope to in October on the east coast!"
     The next DB event will be the 12th annual DBE held from Oct. 7-10, 2010 in the beautiful and historic New Bern, NC. The dates for the next DBW have not been announced yet. Watch for the announcement on the AGEHR website.

The above two pictures by Malia Johnson, Woodinville, WA

More photos from DBW can be viewed by Clicking Here

NorCal - Nancy Schmitt, Regional Coordinator
 Canterbury 6th grade teamDear Fellow Ringers and Directors,

Happy Spring Ringing to you all!  People in Redding were treated to an early or a late Christmas concert by Kathie Fink and her accompanist, Linda Maloney.  It was truly inspirational watching Kathie perform and listening to Linda narrate to give the songs more meaning.  Our thanks to Kathie and Linda for spreading the art of handbell ringing here in Redding.

On the first Sunday of March my bell choir, the Carillons, provided an emotional Lenten worship experience at St. James Lutheran and First Presbyterian Churches.  To begin the servie we stood in a cross formation in the sanctuary and played "Amazing Grace" by memory with a violinist, Tricia Ferguson, accompanying us on the first verse.  Then as we walked back to our bell tables Tricia Shannon & aTriciaplayed anaother verse alone.  This was then followed by the Trinity chimes.  Later in the service we rang Cynthia Dobrinski's "What Wondrous Love Is This" accompanied by Tricia Ferguson, violin, and Shannon Park on double bass.  They are pictured on the right. 

If you are looking for a fall ring to take part in then come to Redding for the Third Annual Redding Handbell Festival with Larry Sue as guest conductor.  It will be held at Simpson University October 23, 2010 with an advanced ring the night before.  For more information  check out the Norcal Area X
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Bay Area- Beckie Wiley, Regional Coordinator 
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The 2010 Spring Ring in Cupertino on March 12-13 was awesome! Some participants even stated, "This was the best Spring Ring ever!" Many factors contributed to this being the best ever: incredible leadership by Monica McGowan, the lunch time solo concert by Ruben Mendoza, exciting and stimulating classes offered by many talented clinicians, the 240 ringers who participated with enthusiasm, the evening concert featuring mass ringers, well prepared individual ensembles, and the detailed planning by organizer, Dave Ruder.
     Guest director and clinician, Monica McGowan who is pictured on the right with Dave Ruder, is the artistic director of Twin Cities Bronze, a premiere ensemble from DaveRuder & MonicaMinneapolis-St. Paul, MN.  This ensemble has the distinguished honor of performing at Pinnacle, an AGEHR National event in Nashville, TN this summer. Monica challenged Intense Ringer participants to play more than just the notes.  "Ring musically as one instrument."  Her amicable personality and sense of humor made five hours of rehearsal together an amazing experience.
     For the first time at Spring Ring, a concert was performed at lunchtime.  Soloist Ruben Mendoza dazzled the audience, ringing six selections with incredible ease and artistry.  "Plink, Plank, Plunk", arranged by our own Carol Smith and Jane Patty, displayed Ruben's dexterity and precision, as the entire piece was rung with mallets. A rousing standing ovation expressed appreciation for Ruben's talent and performance.  Ruben is the handbell director at Lafayette/Orinda Presbyterian Church and performs with SONOS Handbell Ensemble.
     Michele Sharik's "Basics Revisited" class was so popular that the classroom was jammed elbow to elbow with more than 70 participants.  Other inspirational classes included Conducting Tips, Change Ringing, Solo Ringing, Bass Bells, Articulations, Handchimes, and Moari Sticks.
     The evening concert presented a wide variety of music by mass ringers, Intense Ringers, ensembles, a trio and another impressive solo by Ruben.  As Bay Bells prepared to  perform, "Yellow Bird"  arr. by Gail Downey, Monica borrowed a big yellow stuffed bird from a young girl in the audience and placed the bird on the Bay Bell's table. The look of surprise on the Bay Bells' faces was priceless.  The little girl was quite relieved to have her bird returned after the song. "For the Beauty of the Earth" arr. by J.D. Frizzel provided an exhilarating close to the concert. Wil Mandac, our official photographer, did a fantastic job of capturing the happenings with his photos which can be viewed by
Clicking Here
Check them out!

Hope to see all of you at next year's Spring Ring on March 25-26, 2011.  Michael Glasgow will be the director and Michele Sharik will perform a solo concert during lunch time. Mark your calendars now!

Happy Spring and Easter!

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
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     The days, weeks & months are flying by and I feel like I'm always trying to catch up on whatever!
     Today, March 20th, was the 7th Annual Bakersfield Spring Ring, under the direction of Bill & Lee Waggener.  It was great seeing Bill & Lee and catching up on what is continuing to keep them busy.  I was able to take one of the classes offered and to enjoy sitting and listening to the rehearsals that lead to the concert at the end of the day, not to mention a little visiting with ringers I haven't seen in awhile.
   12th Night RenoApproximately 98 ringers (including directors) were in attendance - their largest group to date.  A large audience attended the concert and enjoyed all of it.  Many were fascinated hearing the 'singing' bells; some sitting close by asked," what were they doing with those sticks!"  The two solo numbers, performed by Linda Krantz, were most enjoyable, as well.  Linda rang those bells with such grace and eloquence and a smile on her face.  She did share with a few of us that she never makes a face if she happens to make a mistake!
     Dianne Bryant did a great job organizing this event and we know one person doesn't make these events happen.  So a huge thank you to all who worked and participated in whatever way to make this event a success.
     Looking forward to the success of our 10th Annual Spring Ring, here on the Central Coast.  As of this writing, numbers are down, so we'll see how all this plays out. We're looking forward to having Nancy, as our Clinician and just the camaraderie of ringing with our 'ringing family' will be fun.
     As of this writing, it looks like we'll have room for another choir or two for the April 17th Spring Ring; so if you're interested, give me a call or send an email and we'll see how things are at the end of March.  I doubt I'll know in time to put anything in the newsletter, we'll have to wait & see.
     I had the opportunity to attend the Soundwave concert at the Methodist Church in San Luis Obispo a couple weeks ago and it was awesome.  The speed at which they rang those bells on several selections was beyond me, and they didn't have to have their eyes glued on the music.  Oh, to be younger!  Those that didn't attend missed a great concert.  It was nice seeing many bell ringers from the area.
    Due to medical emergencies, the Wesley Bronze Ringers had to cancel their Christmas concert last December.  Mark your calendars for April 25th, and attend their Candlelight and Bell Concert, at Wesley United Methodist Church in Fresno.  This concert will include some Christmas music and selections from this past Bakersfield Spring Ring and more.  Soloist, Joyce Lilyquist will perform two solo, as well.  See details listed below for more information.
    Please remember to send me information on your bell event(s), so it can be published in the 12th Tone and perhaps increase attendance.  Also, the Area XII Board will be meeting mid April, so if you have any questions, concerns you would like addressed, send me an email and I will see it gets to the right person. 
Happy Ringing

2010 Central Coast Spring Ring

April 17, 2010
Elks Lodge
1516 El Camino Real
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 which will be at 3:30 p.m.
  For more information or questions, contact me at

Candlelight and Bells Concert will be performed by the Wesley Bronze Ringers on Sunday, April 25, 2010, at 3:00 p.m.  This will be held at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 1343 E. Barstow Avenue, Fresno, CA. 
Contact John Jones at

Upcoming Concert- The First Christian Reformed Church of Visalia, 1030 S. Linwood Ave, Visalia invite everyone to their Handbells in Concert and Worship, Sunday May 2, 2010 at 6:00 p.m.  Contact Joan Natoli at

LA Metro - Debbie Shaw, Regional Coordinator
Canterbury 6th grade team
Happy Spring Everyone!

April is here and we are in the midst of Holy Week and Easter and that brings many handbell performances. That also means that Spring Concerts can not be far behind. With so much music to prepare and perform it is nice to discover easier ways to stay in touch.  I have recently started a Facebook Group page for the LA Metro Region.  If you are on Facebook then you can become a fan of our group: Los Angeles Metro Region - AGEHR Area XII.  I will post announcements and other things from time to time.  You can post items that are relevant to handbells in our region.  We can network by asking for subs and offering to help.  We can get to know each other and build a stronger handbell community here in the Greater LA area.


The LA Metro Spring Ring was a nice success. Over 100 ringers attended the LA Metro Spring Ring. The addition of classes to the schedule was well received and we will keep classes for future Spring Rings.  If you would like to see more pictures from our Spring Ring, I have posted many of the pictures I took on our new Facebook Group.  Even if you are not on Facebook you can click this link and look at the pictures.  A special thank you goes to Larry Sue,  our teachers, and our host choir for making the day fun.


We are working on getting the LA Fall Ringer's Workshop scheduled and I have begun work on next year's Spring Ring.  We have had an idea to make the Fall Workshop easier to attend. To make this happen I need some help from you!  I am looking for places to host these events.  I would like to see Fall Workshops in several areas in September and October.  If you can host 2-5 choirs in you church or school please let me know! I am willing to help you learn how to host an event.  I would especially like to see an event in areas that haven't had one in a long time, such as in Ventura, South Orange County, and Santa Clarita Valley.  Please let know if this idea appeals to you.   The LA Metro Spring Ring has grown larger than most church facilities can manage.  This is a great problem to have.  Do you have a LARGE space at your church or school?  A gym or large activities center is what we are looking for.  I would really like to know about your space and if you are interested in having a bunch of great handbell people come to your place for an event.


The Area XII Board is meeting this month on April 16 & 17.  Please let me know if there is anything you would like me to bring to the board.   Don't forget to send me your Concert announcements and let me know if I can help you with your handbell needs.   Read below about a great concert coming up on May 2nd in Orange. I have personally  attended this concert for the last several years and am never disappointed.  Cathedral Bells is one of very few advanced level handbell groups in the greater Los Angeles area.  This concert is worth the drive!  I hope to see you there!


The Cathedral Bells concert is right around the corner (May 2nd, 4:00 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, 185 South Center St. Orange 92866).   This lively, dedicated group of musicians, drawn from a radius of fifty miles and gathering weekly to rehearse, uses six plus octaves of bells and five and a half octaves of handchimes.  Ramona Miller is the Director of Cathedral Bells and she tells me, "The program for our concert is wonderfully varied.   Highlights:  classical (music of Handel, adapted for harp and bells, and of Bach);   original compositions for handbells, including  a return of "Horizons", composed by Dr. William Payn for Cathedral Bells, on the fifth anniversary of its premiere performance;   some "fun" secular music of the 40"s and 50"s;   a handbell solo and duet, and more!    Cathedral Bells often incorporates additional musical and percussive instruments into its music.   This concert will be no exception.    There is no charge - free will offering only.   Child care is available."


Upcoming Concerts: Click Here

                SoCal - Michele Sharik, Regional Coordinator
Michele Sharik

Hi there, Southern California!

I am very excited to be your new Regional Coordinator and am looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible!

A little bit about myself:  I am a recent transplant to San Marcos, in the North County San Diego.  I grew up in Ohio, and moved to the SF Bay Area in 2002 to ring with Sonos. (Yes, I still ring with Sonos, and fly up to Oakland twice a month for rehearsals.)  I am also a soloist and a director and a teacher and... basically anything to do with handbells!  In addition to being a full-time handbell musician, I am also a full-time student, majoring in Visual and Performing Arts at CSU San Marcos.

As Regional Coordinator, I want to make myself as available as possible to all of you to help you promote your events and to really reap the benefits of your AGEHR membership.  Watch for more news regarding exciting upcoming events in our Region.

Let's work together to promote the joy of handbells in SoCal!

Best wishes
Michele Sharik

Nevada- Barbara Walsh, Regional Coordinator
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We are excited to announce that the Annual Las Vegas 12th Night Handbell Festival will again be at the South Point Hotel and our clinician will be Tim Waugh.  HOWEVER THERE IS ONE MINOR DETAIL: the festival will be the 3rd weekend in January..Martin Luther King holiday.. SATURDAY and SUNDAY January 15 and 16, 2011.  Hotel accommodations will again be available for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday @ $85 per room, single or double occupancy.  Watch for more details later.  Contact Dixie Bailey, the registrar, if you have further questions.

I hope to see many of you  at our 8th Annual Sierra Spring Ring on April 24th.  It's not too late to register so come join the fun with vivacious Tessique Houston, our clinician.


8th Annual Sierra Spring Ring 2010

April 24, 2010

South Reno United Methodist Church
200 DeSpain
Reno,NV 89511

Tessique Houston, Clinician

David Weck 09

Cost: $7.00 per ringer

Click Here for Schedule, Registration form, and Repertoire List

Hawaii - Karen Carlisle Regional Coordinator
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Aloha Hawaii ringers!
I am sorry to report that we have had to postpone our Aloha Ring originally planned for May 8 due to the loss of our venue. But we're hard at work rescheduling the event for next year, and we have some excellent possibilities for a location. So stay tuned for more information on Hawaii happenings.
2009 Fall Workshop Pictures can be viewed by Clicking Here
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14th International Handbell Symposium

Low DIng Zone Logo  Handbell Ringers of Japan are still accepting applications for the 14th International Symposium in Osaka, Japan August 3-7, 2010.  However, the last day to register is today, April 1 so get your registration and deposit in today.  Forevent details and registration forms  Click Here

Pinnacle 2010

Pinnacle Logo"Pinnacle", AGEHR's signature event for performing handbell ensembles, ringers, and directors, will be held July 18- July 21, 2010 in Nashville, TN  Headline concerts will be given by Sonos, Raleigh Ringers, Vivace,(Puerto Rico) and Agape Ringers.  For those whose passion is ringing, you can register to ring in one of the all star choirs under the direction of the following conductors, William Griffin, Hart Morris, William Payn, and Arnold Sherman.
Jason Wells will lead an Art of Performance Track which will focus on presenting an engaging, visual performance.  The goal of this event is to help each attendee to reach their personal best.  For more information Click Here

Calendar of Events  - April-May-June

April 17, 2010, 7:30 p.m. Michele Sharik, handbell soloist, in Concert.  St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2650 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, CA. Tickets $25/$18  Contact:

April 17, 2010, 3:30 p.m.  Central Coast Spring Ring Concert. Elks Lodge, 1516 El Camino Real,  Atascadero, CA. Free.

April 24, 2010, 2 p.m.  Sierra Spring Ring Concert. South Reno United Methodist Church, Reno NV.  Contact:

April 25, 2010, 3:00 p.m.  Concordia Alumni Handbell Ensemble Spring Concert. Concordia University Center, 1530 Concordia West, Irvine, CA   Free will offering
April 25, 2010, 3:00 p.m. Wesley Bronze Ringers. Wesley United Methodist Church, 1343 E. Barstow Avenue, Fresno, CA.  Candlelight and Bells Concert
 Contact John Jones
April 30, 2010,  7:00 p.m.
  SFSU Handbell Choir in Concert. Half Moon Bay Public Library, 620 Carreas, Half Moon Bay, CA  Free.  Guest artists: Suzanne Bates, Charlotte O'Brien(flute and percussion), the Coastside Chorale, and Bells of Joy from Community UMC of Half Moon Bay.

May 2, 2010, 6:00 p.m.  Handbells in Concert and Worship, First Christian Reformed Church, 1030 S. Linwood Ave, Visalia, CA  Contact: Joan Natoli

May 16, 2010,  4:00 p.m.  The 32 Annual Walnut Creek Handbell Concertd, titled "Just for the Fun of It".  Walnut Creek UMC, 1543 Sunnyvale Ave, Walnut Creek, CA
Free.  Contact:

May 21, 2010  8:00 p.m.  Tapestry (Canto Bello Handbell Ensemble and Heartsong, women's vocal chorale)  present "Shall We Dance". St. Bonaventure Catholic Church, 5562 Clayton Road, Concord, CA  Free will offering. Contact:

May 23, 2010 4:00 p.m.  Tapestry presents "Shall We Dance".  Walnut Creek UMC, 1543 Sunnyvale Ave, Walnut Creek, CA Free will offering.

May 26, 2010 7:30 p.m.  Tapestry presents "Shall We Dance" at Asbury UMC, 4743 East Ave, Livermore, CA
Free will offering.  Contact:

June 5, 2010  Tapestry in concert.  St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 12th and Central, Pacific Grove, CA  Free will offering. Contact:

June 5, 2010  3 & 7 p.m. Bay Bells present Clapper Critters. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, Mountain View, CA. Tickets: $10, $5 kids 12 and under

June 6, 2010  Tapestry in Concert.  Church of the Wayfarer, Lincoln St. at 7th Ave, Carmel-by-the-Sea.  Free will offering.

June 17-20, 2010  Area XII Conference, 2010: A New Handbell Odyssey, Davis University, Davis, CA

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