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AGEHR Area XII Newsletter
May 2010
In This Issue
2010: A New Bell Odyssey
Problems with Registration?
Bay Area Intense Ring Featured in Overtones
Handbell Resources
Area XII Board
Bell Loan Program
Upcoming Concerts
Message from the Chair
Carol's Reverberations
Performance Opportunities at Handbell Odyssey
Registration for 2010 A New Handbell Odyssey
Jim Scott Memorial Scholarship
Update on Odyssey Tracks
Area XII Elections
Area XII New Members
A Special Invitation
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
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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:
Bay Area Intense Ring Featured in May/June Overtones
Intense Ring
Area XII is definitely a leader in innovative events for ringers.  Dave Ruder, who for 25+ years has hosted the Bay Area Spring Rings, is one of those creative individuals who thinks "outside the box".  In 2006 Dave gathered his courage, stepped ON the box, and organized his dream of a "Mini" Distinctly Bronze at the Bay Area Spring Ring.  Over 35 advanced ringers participated and Jason Wells, the first director, truly lit a "fire" of enthusiasm for this event with his energy and passion for the art.  The Intense Ring has continued to be offered at the last four Spring Rings under the batons of David Weck, Doug Benton, and Monica McGowan.

In the May/June issue of Overtones, Dave shares how this event evolved and was organized. The article is embellished with fantastic pictures captured by Wil Mandac. If you've participated in this event, you just might see a picture of yourself in this article. Please don't miss this outstanding article which truly brings pride to Area XII.

Rima Greer, our new incoming Chair this fall, has also been a featured writer for Overtones with an article titled "burn the BOX" Rima's creativity truly shines through in her solutions
to solving problems in your bell ringing life. In the January issue she challenges you to Think Backwards. In the latest issue she discusses lessons learned from a ringer's worst nightmare. Be sure and check them out- they will give you insight into the exciting two years Area XII has to look forward to under her leadership.

Handbell Resources

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Visalia, CA
Job Opportunity

Handbell Director Position

Los Altos United Methodist Church
5950 E. Willow St.
Long Beach, CA 90815

Church is seeking a qualified handbell director for its 3 younger bell choirs,
Rainbow Ringers- beginning children's choir
Jubilee Ringers- next step up
Heavenly Ding Dongs- Mostly high school age ringers

Rehearsals are currently back to back on Monday afternoons, 3:30 - 5:45 inclusive.

This 9 month per year position begins September 2010.
(Mid-Sept. through mid-June)
Pay: $5,000 per 9 mo. period.

Contact Mary Breuer, Director of Music
Attention Orphan Ringers Attending Davis

Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church has openings for orphan ringers participating in the Mass Attack at 2010 Handbell Odyssey.  If you are interested in ringing with them, please contact Ruben Mendoza 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

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 full details.

Bay Area

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

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

May 23, 2010
6:00 p.m.
SFSU Handbell Choir
San Francisco, CA

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

June 5, 2010
7:00 p.m.
Tapestry in Concert
Pacific Grove, CA

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

June 6, 2010
12 noon
Tapestry in Concert

June 13, 2010
4 p.m.
Sonos Gala Celebration
Alameda, CA

July 10, 2010
4 p.m.
Sonos in Concert
Lafayette, CA

NorCal  Area

May 3, 2010
7:00 p.m.
Concordia University Handbell Ensemble
Redding, CA

June 21, 2010
7:00 p.m.
Redding, CA

June 27, 2010
7:00 p.m.
Bel Tempo
Sacramento, CA

Cencal Area

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

LA Metro Area

May 2, 2010
4:00 p.m.
Cathedral Bells in Concert
St. John's Lutheran Church
Orange, CA

Click Here
for further details

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Excitement is building as the Area XII Board works out the final details for 2010 Handbell Odyssey, which is now only 48 days away! Our conference registrar is out of town until May 9th, so our registration deadline for the $20 multi- track discount and final payment has been extended to May 9, 2010!  New information regarding each track is now up on the Area XII website so check out the topics that will be covered and who your breakout clinicians will be. 

The Area XII calendar is brimming  with Spring Concerts so please go support your fellow handbell ringers.

Carol Smith
Director of Communication
A Message from the Chair 
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As I thought of what message to send to you all this month, I pondered the various topics I could cover.
I could talk about the Board meeting held just a few weeks ago and our wonderful tour of the UC Davis campus. But, oh - that's covered in Carol's column.
Okay, then, I could mention the fact that there are a few performance spots that your group could take advantage of during the Friday and Saturday recitals at the conference. But there's a column for that, too.
I could mention the scholarship opportunities that you could still take advantage of, or remind you all that we have yet another fabulous Silent Auction this year at the conference. There's a really great reason to donate to the auction, since the Marching Handbell Choir is giving their bells to Area XII, and we need to help fill in those sets for use in our future educational outreach program. Oh, and I could also mention once again that the Marching Handbell Choir will be giving its final performance at the final concert on Sunday at the conference. But I think all of that's already been mentioned before.
I know! We have an exciting new way to vote in the Area XII elections for chair, treasurer and secretary. I can tell you about that! Oh, but I see that Rima's article below is all about that.
Perhaps I could tell you that the deadline for final payments and the $20 multi-track discount has been extended until May 9? Right. Already mentioned at the beginning of this enewsletter.
So I guess all that's left to say is that it's NOT TOO LATE! It's not too late to join us in Davis for a wonderful weekend with our four incredible clinicians (Michael Glasgow, Debbie Rice, Michele Sharik, and Dr. William Payn); great track session topics (click here for the updated Web information); amazing concerts (Opus Handbell Ensemble, the Odyssey Ensemble and the Marching Handbell Choir); special music at the Sunday morning chapel (with Christine Anderson); MORE special music at the daily recitals on Friday and Saturday; the Silent Auction; Area XII elections; vendors; good food; seeing old friends and making new ones; and ringing, ringing, ringing.
Yup, there sure are a lot of reasons to be a part of the New Handbell Odyssey this June. 
Did I mention it's NOT TOO LATE??!!
P.L. Grove
Area XII Chair
Carol's  Reverberations.....
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Dear Handbell Friends,

What an exciting summer lies ahead for us in AGEHR!   Opportunities abound for travel, education, and performance. There are three exceptional events -one offered by Area XII and two by our National organization which you can take advantage of. 

 This past weekend I had the privilege of touring the beautiful campus of  UC Davis where Area XII's 2010: A New Handbell Odyssey will be held June 17-20th. The Area XII  Board held their annual Spring Meeting in Davis so we could see first hand the facilities this University has to offer.

Freeborn Hall will be the perfect setting for the Mass attack, All Ring Track and Recitals. 
Kearney Hall
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The mass ringing floor is surrounded by seating for 500 and a large stage.Kearney Hall, pictured on the left, is a new modern dorm that will provide housing for those requesting double occupancy. You will dine for breakfast and dinner in Tercero Dining Commons which will provide a culinary experience you won't forget. My initial reaction to the dining hall was "Wow"! A new system of food preparation stations creates an approach dubbed "destination dining." You can choose a burger from the Tomato Street Grill, a Mongolian BBQ style dish from Pacific Fusion, or select a dish from the Bistro, or Soup and salad bar, and top it off with a decadent dessert from the dessert bar. Each will be served by the chef who just prepared your food. To view sample menus Click HereThe Science Lecture Hall seating will give everyone a perfect view of the two Spotlight Concerts. 

What a "mountain top experience" this conference will be for those who attend. It's a great opportunity for you to feed your passion and to learn at the hands of four masters of our art.

Once you've attended Davis in June you can shuffle off to Nashville in July for Pinnacle where you will experience outstanding concerts by those choirs and soloist who have reached the Pinnacle of their art. Both Sonos and Velocity, Area XII's finest, were selected to give Showcase Concerts.  You can audition to ring under the leadership of Hart Morris, William Griffin, Arnold Sherman, Dr. Wm. Payn, or Jason Wells. Classes of every type and description will be offered. Today, May 1, is the last day for the early bird registration for this event. 

Following Pinnacle one can fly to Japan for the International Symposium where choirs from all over the world come for mass ringing, classes, and for cultural exchange. There is still room for registrants at all three of these events and  more details can be found below.

Many decisions on whether to attend an event are based on the cost rather than the cost benefit. Consider what an event can offer you for continuing education, networking, and increasing your knowledge and experience. You will find that the incredible benefits you will receive are worth the investment.

Whether you attend Handbell Odyssey, Pinnacle, or the International Symposium, you are in for a very special and unique experience. I will look forward to seeing some of you at Davis and Nashville!

Happy Ringing!
Performance Opportunities at Handbell Odyssey
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One of the highlights of handbell conferences are the outstanding concerts.  In addition to the Showcase concerts, Handbell Odyssey will offer two recitals on Friday and Saturday at 4:30 p.m. following the Track sessions.  These recitals provide an opportunity for registrants to share their talents and gain valuable performing experience before their peers.  We welcome choirs, small ensembles and soloist to participate in these recitals.  Space is limited so it will be on a first come basis.  Selections performed must be 4 minutes or less.  If you or your choir are interested please contact Carol Smith at
Registration for 2010 New Handbell Odyssey

Sample Ad 2  REGISTRATION deadline to receive the $20 discount on three tracks is now May 9, 2010.  For those who have registered, May 9 is also the date for final payments.  Click on the logo on the left to go to registration.

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.
2010 LogoInformation on Odyssey Tracks
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.
Area XII Elections
by Rima Greer
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Greetings from your Chair Elect!

As I've been looking forward to serving you all as your chair later this year, I started making lists of what I could do to make a difference to you personally and for our organization.  Here's my first crazy idea, and funny enough, the Board agreed and passed as a new procedure.  But first, a little background...

I remember very clearly that, during the first 5 years or so of being an AGEHR member, I would get my ballot in the mail to vote for Area leadership.  I really had no idea who those folks were, and no idea for whom to vote.  I either didn't vote, or asked someone else for their opinion and blindly followed it.  After going to festivals and meeting tons of people, I finally had my own opinions and was able to vote my own conscience.  But that only works for people you already know.  What about candidates you have, for whatever reason, never met?

After thinking about it, it seemed kind of nuts to vote BEFORE a conference, when a conference is the perfect opportunity to get to know the folks who are asking to be your next leaders! Of course, this makes for administrative difficulties, especially if you also want to announce the election results at that same conference.

After spending much time tussling over the details, your Board has instituted a plan that we think will work for everyone.  As you read the details below, please understand the benefits we had in mind for you.
  1. You get to speak with the candidates before you vote!
  2. The opportunity to get to know your prospective leaders is an additional incentive to get folks to our area conference, which is good for EVERYONE!
  3. Expanded opportunities to become more actively and intimately involved in our guild - YOUR guild!
We sincerely hope that you will all take full advantage of these new procedures.  Get to Davis.  Meet your candidates.  Have fun.  Learn stuff.  ENGAGE!

New voting procedures in a nutshell:
  • You will receive a ballot by mail
  • You may mail in your ballot OR
  • You may bring your ballot to conference and vote there, after you've had a chance to speak to your candidates.
  • Yes, there's help for those of you who will - for what ever reason- lose your ballot.   However, it may involve giving blood or your first born, so don't lose it.
  • We have instituted procedures by which we can verify that no-one votes twice, and that nobody knows the identity of the voter except the outside consultant who will tabulate the ballots.  Your vote and your privacy will be protected.
  • Election results will be announced on the final day of the conference.
If you really want to read the complete, crushingly dull details, email me and I'll send 'em to you.

Area XII Welcomes 4 New  Members to AGEHR
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Please welcome the following new members to AGEHR Area XII. 

Angelica Eclar, San Diego

Oakhurst Lutheran Church, Oakhurst, CA - David Sabastian, Director

Presbyterian Church of San Martin, San Martin, CA - Melissa Williams, Director

Moorpark Presbyterian Church, Moorpark, CA - Karen Konjoyan, Director
A Special Invitation ...... from Sonos
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 Sonos Handbell Ensemble

20/20 Vision-Ringing on the Edge

Celebrating the past, looking to the future!

Gala Celebration

Sunday, June 13, 2010, 4 p.m.
Auctions by the Bay Theater
2700 Saratoga Street, Alameda, CA

Sonos celebrates its 20th Anniversary with a Gala/DVD Release Party you don't want to miss!  Join us for the World Premiere of the Sonos documentary "Ringing Down".

  • DVD Release of "Ringing Down'
  • Live performance
  • Get up close and personal with Sonos
  • Raffle
  • Food and Wine
Free admission/RSVP 510-531-4780

Sonos Handbell Ensemble Pinnacle Preview

Special 20th Anniversary Concert on Saturday July 10, 4 p.m.

Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church
49 Knox Dr.
Lafayette, CA

FREE Concert, no reservations required!
NorCal - Nancy Schmitt, Regional Coordinator
 Canterbury 6th grade teamDear Fellow Ringers and Directors,

Spring is in the air and along with it comes Spring Rings and concerts.  The Concordia University Handbell Ensemble will be in Redding on Monday May 3 to perform their "Re-Creation Spring Tour Concert" at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2440 Hilltop Drive at 7:00 p.m.  This will be a free concert that should be enjoyable and spiritually uplifting for the entire family.

Tintabulations directed by Barb Walsh, will come to Redding on June 21 to begin their Northern California tour.  This energetic group will lead a Youth Handbell Camp from 1- 3p.m. followed by an adult handbell workshop from 4-5:30 p.m. and culminates with a concert at 7:00 p.m.  All of this happens at St. James Lutheran Church, 2500 Shasta View Drive.  For more information or if you would like Tintabulations to come to your town to hold a workshop or concert please contact Barb Walsh, Nevada Regional Coordinator or myself.

On June 27 Bel Tempo, directed by Mary Balkow, will give a benefit concert for Parkside Community Church at 7:00 p.m. Their concert will be held at that church which is located at 5700 South Land Park Drive in Sacramento.  The proceeds from the concert will be used for the building fund of the church.

If you are looking for a fall ring then the Redding Handbell Festival is for you.  It will be held Oct 23 at Simpson University Heritage Life Center in Redding.  We will be adding an advanced ring to this event which will begin on Friday, Oct. 22.  Larry Sue will be the director.  Clinicians will be P.L. Grove, Larry Sue, Lois Nichols, Barb Walsh, and Barbara Brocker.  Please refer to the Area XII website for more information and to register.

Bay Area- Beckie Wiley, Regional Coordinator 
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The S.F. Bay Area School Handbell Festival was the highlight of April for school youth choirs.  Dave Ruder gave the following report on this wonderful event.

The annual Bay Area School Handbell Festival took place in the beautiful All Saints Church located on the All Saints School site in Hayward on April 15th.  Normally the event takes place in the school gymnasium, but was forced to move due to the renovation of that facility.  It turned out to be a fortuitous relocation.
     Under the direction of Dave Ruder, the founder of the school bell event in the '80s, the 130 school-aged ringers rang in a facility that literally "rang" back at them with its terrific acoustics and gorgeous setting.  Event planner, Dian Ruder, and host, Steve Meyer, were very pleased that this change proved extremely satisfying. 
     Several accommodations were made to facilitate the move to the church.  Dave stood on a pew, often times straddling two pews in the middle of the ringers who surrounded him on the altar/platform and in the aisles.  The very large audience of family members and the well-behaved student audience of All Saints were located in either the middle of the ringers, or just behind a single row of ringers in the pews for the final concert.
     This all-school day event began at 9 a.m. with rehearsals and included time for bell Olympic games and competitions between schools and various teams.  These games and the lunch break took place outside on the a beautiful day.  Winners were announced and presented with prizes during a break at the dress rehearsal.
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   The final concert included pieces played by both Division A and B ringers, solo school ensembles and massed ringing by all.  It was fast moving with some well-played solo pieces by all of the schools as well as excellent massed ringing.  The ringers were well prepared by their directors.
     The organizers and school directors are to be congratulated and thanked for preparing and presenting such a wonderful opportunity for young ringers to grow as handbell musicians and hear and meet other ringers of their own age in such a lovely setting and event.  We look forward to next year's event with great anticipation.

Upcoming  Concerts: Click Here
CenCal - Shirley Werner, Regional Coordinator
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 Dear Directors, Ringers and all Handbell Friends:
First off, I'd like to share April 17th, the day of the Central Coast Spring Ring - the 10th Annual!.  We were blessed with 69 ringers and we had a great day learning and sharing from and with Nancy Jessup. 
"Favorites from the Past" was the theme this year, as ringers voted on their favorite pieces of music from the last nine years and also their favorite clinician .
We were blessed to have some of the members of the Atascadero United Methodist Church Chancel Choir present to accompany the bells in "Breathe".  Such a great addition; "Cantad al Senor", we had the pleasure of the added Guitar, Percussion, & flutist to make this piece so exciting.  Felt like you wanted to dance in the isles.  "Celtic Farewell" invites a C instrument in this piece and we were so thrilled to have a cellist accompany this piece.
All the solos that choirs wishing to perform were excellent and varied.  Then asked on the Feedback sheets which was your favorite solo, most of the responses was "Beach Spring Stomp" that was performed by the Grande Ringers of Arroyo Grande, Leonard Lutz, Director.
In all it was a great day and comments made was that this was the best concert ever.  So another thank you to all the guest musicians that made this possible.  A great 10th Annual Spring Ring and we're all looking forward to next year.
Now to share some bittersweet information with all of you.  I have found it necessary to resign my position as the Central California Regional Coordinator as of June 30th.
I have had the pleasure of being on the Board, in this appointed position, for the past six years and it has been such a great experience.  It has been exciting, rewarding and educational to be involved with so many talented people in the planning and decision making of Area XII events and conferences.  I certainly encourage any of you, who would like to be involved to run for an office or to let it be known you'd like to be considered for an appointed position.
It's quite an eye opener to learn what takes place behind the scenes to make these events happen for all of you every year.  My regret is that I couldn't be more involved, but I feel I did the best I could, where I could and when I could.
I certainly hope there is someone out there who would be willing to replace me, so if you're contacted by the Board, I pray you'll say "yes".  The rewards will be so gratifying and you'll have a great time.
I'll treasure the friendships made with all the members of the Board and those I've met and interacted with at various events.
I feel it's time for someone else to step forward and be creative with new ideas and approaches and offer your talents, not only to the Board, but also to the Central California ringers.  It has been so gratifying to see the growth that has evolved these past years, even before I was a member of the Board.
Thank you for all your support these past six years.  The compliments received on the newsletters always encouraged me, and the support of those attending the Spring Rings, and other workshops, especially on the Central Coast always kept me encouraged and wanting and hoping to do more.  I will say, you don't have to be a Regional Coordinator to coordinate a Spring Ring or other bell event and I pray health will be in my favor, so I can be supportive and help as I can to promote more handbell events in this area.
If anyone out there would like to step up to the plate, please contact me by email, and I'll be happy to tell you what the position involves and will be happy to recommend you to the Board.
Summer is approaching and many bell choirs will be on summer break and will resume rehearsals in the Fall.  Because I will be out of State from May 22nd to June 25th, the June article will be short. 
 Again, thank you one and all, God bless and continued......
Happy Ringing

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

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
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Hi everybody!  April was a very busy month in Southern California with lots of exciting handbell happenings.

The San Diego Harmony Ringers invited me to one of their rehearsals (while my school was on Spring Break) and it happened to be their first time playing their brand new 5 octave set of Schulmerich bells!  You can view pictures of the bells and members of the SDHR here

Then on April 13, the Grossmont Symphony Orchestra from El Cajon ( included handbells and handchimes when they performed Berlioz's famous "Symphony Fastastique."  Roy Attridge ( a member of the San Diego Harmony Ringers) taught the other members of the percussion section how to ring the bells and chimes.  I've asked Roy to write up a short article about his experience, but meanwhile if you're on Facebook, you can see pictures here:!/album.php?aid=2047409&id=1607591031

Speaking of Facebook, Southern CA has our own page!  Check us out and become a "fan". Click here

On April 23rd, Beth Mays completed her first semester at University of Redlands as a Handbell Major.  Yes, that's right; you can major in handbells at Redlands!  Beth is studying with teacher, Boude Moore from the LA Metro Region as well as taking classes in Music History and Theory amongst other things.  She is very excited to be finished with her finals and is now on a well-deserved vacation. I've asked her to write an article about her experiences this semester, too, so look for that in the next month's eNews!

Saturday April 24th saw me zooming up to Riverside for the "Ring Out California!" handbell festival hosted by Desert Bells International from Scottsdale, AZ ( in Area XI). More than 40 youth and over 20 adults enjoyed a full day of working with clinician, Kay Cook.  At the end of the day, they treated their appreciative audience to a concert, which included three numbers by the LA Metro Region's indefatigable chime soloist Betty Price.  I was honored to be able to ring with the Scottsdale Handbell Ensemble for their solo number, too!

Finally, we have some sad news in Southern CA.  Priscilla Aftreth, leader of the Aftreth Family Norwegian Handbell Ringers, passed away on April 6 in a San Diego hospital at the age of 95. SignOn San Diego has a very nice article online about Priscilla and the Aftreth Ringers which you can read here  San Diego Harmony Ringers member Patty Blake remembers, "I did not know Phyllis personally but my husband and I heard the Aftreth Family Ringers years ago at a Sunday School party.  We were acquainted with Priscilla's daughter, Miriam.  This was before I was involved with bells myself.  The Aftreths were wonderful, as I recall.  It was so beautiful to see and hear a family making music together." Rest in peace, Phyllis!

That's it for the month.  If you know of any handbell events or exciting handbell news, please drop me a line at
and let me know!
My best,
Nevada- Barbara Walsh, Regional Coordinator
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The 8th Annual Sierra Spring Ring on April 24 brought a record number of choirs to the South Reno United Methodist Church.  Under the baton of Tessique Houston, the ringers put the polishing touches on four mass selections which they shared with an appreciative audience at the conclusion of the day.


Las Vegas 12th Night Handbell Festival
January 15 & 16, 2011

South Point Hotel, Las Vegas

Clinician, Tim Waugh
Contact: Dixie Bailey, registrar
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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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
Tim Waugh Seeks Sponsors to Bring Vivace to Pinnacle
Pinnacle LogoClinician/director Tim Waugh is seeking assistance from all handbell enthusiasts to help bring a special group of ringers from Puerto Rico to the United States this summer. If you've been following the National Pinnacle event, you no doubt know that the group selected to play the Monday night Headliner concert is an exceptional group of young ringers from Puerto Rico. In this tough economy - and with costs constantly rising - the group could use some help raising the nearly $10,000 needed to fly them to Nashville. If you or someone you know is interested in helping to bring this amazing group to perform at Pinnacle this summer, please click here for information on how to donate to this worthy cause.
Calendar of Events  May-June

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 3, 2010, 7:00 p.m. Concordia University Handbell Ensemble- Spring Tour Concert. Trinity Lutheran Church, 2440 Hilltop Drive, Redding, CA

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

May 16, 2010, 3:00 p.m.  San Diego Harmony Ringers in Concert, Blessed Sacrament Church, 4540 El Cerrito Drive, San Diego, CA.

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 23, 2010  6:00 p.m. SFSU Handbell Choir presents joint concert with Temple Hill Choir, an auditioned vocal choir based in Oakland. Interfaith Center, Main Post Chapel Bldg. 130, Fisher Loop, Presidio of San Francisco. Freewill 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  7:00 p.m. 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 12 noon.  Tapestry in Concert. Church of the Wayfarer, Lincoln St. at 7th Ave, Carmel-by-the-Sea. Free will offering.

June 13, 2010, 4 p.m.  Sonos Gala Celebration of their DVD release, "Ringing Down".  Auctions by the Bay Theater, 2700 Saratoga Street, Alameda, CA FREE admission/ RSVP 510-531-4780.

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

June 21, 2010  7:00 p.m.Tintabulations in Concert. St. James Lutheran Church, 2500 Shasta View Drive, Redding, CA

June 27, 2010, 7:00 p.m. Bel Tempo benefit concert for Parkside Community Church, 5700 South Land Park Drive, Sacramento, CA. Free will offering.

July 10, 2010 4 p.m.  Sonos Pinnacle Preview. Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church, Lafayette, CA FREE. 

To view all the events on the calendar for Area XII Click Here
Advertising Rates for 2010 Publishing Year

The  Twelfth Tone E-newsletter is published the first of each month, except July, by Area XII of the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers.  AGEHR is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the musical art of handbell ringing through education, community, and communication.  The editor of this publication reserves the right to reject or modify copy.

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