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           The Twelfth Tone E-newsletter
AGEHR Area XII Newsletter
June 2010
In This Issue
2010: A New Bell Odyssey
Problems with Registration?
Marching Handbell Choir
Handbell Resources
Bell Loan Program
Area XII Board
Upcoming Concerts
The Stages of Becoming a Good Bell Ringer
Message from the Chair
Carol's Reverberations
Conference Updates
Jim Scott Scholarship Winner Announced
Update on Odyssey Tracks
Area XII Elections
Area XII New Members
A Special Invitation from Sonos
LA Metro
Bay Area
National News
Tim Waugh Seeks Sponsors to Bring Vivace to Pinnacle
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:
Marching Handbell Choir
Appears in Final Parade
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On Saturday May 8, 2010 the Marching Handbell Choir participated in its final parade, the Dixon May Fair Parade and took first place in the Musical Unit- Open (i.e. the non-school musical units) category.
The Dixon May Fair Parade is the "longest running State affiliated Parade and Fair in California" which made it a logical choice to be their final parade. They were the 117th unit of 130 units which made the wait to step off quite long, but the weather was beautiful and a sad, but lovely time was had by all.  After the parade, they rang at the Cherry Street Residence, which is a home caring for those with Alzheimer's.
The Marching Handbell Choir will make its final appearance at 2010: A New Handbell Odyssey on June 20, 2010 in the closing concert. 

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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
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

Upcoming Concerts at a Glance:

Please check Calendar of Events for full details.

Bay Area
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 6, 2010
Bells Angels
Saratoga, CA

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

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

NorCal  Area

June 18, 2010
7:30 p.m.
Odyssey Handbell Ensemble
UC Davis, Davis, CA

June 19, 2010
7:30 p.m.
Opus Handbell Ensemble
UC Davis, Davis, CA

June 20, 2010
3:30 p.m.
Closing Concert of 2010 A New Handbell Odyssey
Freeborn Hall
UC Davis, Davis, CA

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

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

LA Metro

June 6, 2010
9 a.m.
Las Vegas Academy of the Performing Arts Handbell Choir in worship service
Granada Hills, CA

July 24, 2010
5 p.m.
University Baptist Church Bell Choir from Minneapolis, MN.
Granada Hills, CA

Socal Area

June 15, 2010
7:30 p.m.
Wesley Bell Ringers from Salt Lake City
Temecula, CA


June 13, 2010
5:00 p.m.
Honolulu Handbell Ensemble
Honolulu, Hawaii

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for further details

The Stages of Becoming a
Good Bell Ringer

1. Wants fewer bells as he/she feels incompetent/shy

2.  Wants just what he/she has- feels he/she has mastery over his/her assignment and why tempt fate with more?

3.  Wants more bells in order to feel challenged.

4.  (Bell Hog- Level 1)   Wants all the bells even though he/she can't quite handle them all.

5.  (Bell Hog- Level 2) Wants all the bells, but actually can handle them.

6. (Bell Hog- Level 3) Wants all the bells, but gives a few up to further the "music" of the piece (i.e., can play them all, but honestly admits it does sound a tad better if they are split up and so gives away what absolutely must be given away)

7. (Musician - Level 1) understands innately what the "best" assignment is to produce the most musical result, regardless of how many bells he/she ends up with.

8.  (Musician - Level 2)  Divines assignments by ESP and levitates bells into hands via telekinesis.  Broadcasts music directly from brain waves to audience.

9.  Gives up completely and becomes the director.

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    In just 17 days, ringers from all over Area XII will be converging on the UC Davis campus for  one of the most exciting Area XII Conferences, 2010 A New Handbell Odyssey.  Registration will remain open until June 7th for those wishing university housing and registration for commuters through June 16th, so there is still an opportunity for you to take advantage of this cutting edge experience.  Registrants be sure and read the article, Conference Updates, for important last minute information. For those who will not be attending, please consider attending one of the Showcase Concerts. Details are given in this same article. 

    The Area XII Board  has announced its slate of candidates for Chair Elect, Treasurer, and Secretary  below.  Those readers who are members of AGEHR, please exercise your privilege to vote for our future leadership.  Exciting concerts are taking place in each area including an opportunity to preview the Sonos Pinnacle 2010 concert. 

See you in Davis!

Carol Smith
Director of Communication
A Message from the Chair 
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As we head into the summer, I have to say that I'm thrilled to be a part of this "New Handbell Odyssey" we're entering. There are exciting changes ahead in Area XII, and I'm sure that for some change will be great and for others change will be difficult.

But one thing I've learned is that change is always necessary, and at no time in history have we needed it more than now. With fewer ringers at the handbell table and fewer people involved in music in general, we need to find new and innovative ways to get people involved in making music with our instrument.

So I welcome the changes:

  • The new track format of the 2010: A New Handbell Odyssey conference at Davis has already been lauded as an more affordable opportunity for some and a means to "do exactly what I want" at the conference for others.
  • Our new elections process will allow AGEHR members to vote directly at the conference, providing the possibility of a greater return on ballots and possible interaction with the candidates themselves. (For more information on the upcoming election, click here.)
  • As we say goodbye to the Marching Handbell Choir, we can take heart that the change will create more opportunities for school programs to use their bells as an introduction to music.
  • As we say goodbye also to Carol, Shirley and Ruth this year, we can be grateful for all that they have contributed to this organization, assisting in regional coordination of events and keeping the membership in the loop about what's going on.
  • We can also be grateful that although a major change has occurred in planning the Pinnacle event, the National office has managed to secure a new venue and the event will go on.
  • And we will say hello to a new Area XII Board at the end of this summer as we continue our legacy as one of the Guild's most forward-thinking regions.
Yes, change can sometimes be challenging. But when we embrace the challenge, we can learn from the past and look forward to an exciting new future!

P.L. Grove
Area XII Chair
Carol's  Reverberations.....
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Dear Handbell Friends,

It's time to say... "So long!"

Over the past six years, it has been my privilege and honor to serve on the Area XII Board, first as the Bay Area Regional Coordinator and this past year as Director of Communications.  It's been fun spreading news about handbell events, building general excitement for our art, and helping plan exhilarating conferences and workshops for all of you.  Working under visionary leaders of the handbell community such as Dave Ruder, William Kyle, and P.L. Grove has been an experience that has permitted me to grow and stretch my creative writing and organizational skills.The rewards have been immeasurable.

As part of my responsibilities, I shared my thoughts on handbell events through this column, Carol's Reverberations. Writing this column and editing the newsletters was challenging at times.  I drew from a basketful of ideas which made some columns come easily while others were a struggle.  I have to admit this is the hardest one to write.

With a sad heart, I regret I must announce  that  I will be resigning as Director of Communications at the end of my term in August.   It's time to say, "So long.." as the flags are flashing RED! I feel it is time to step down and let the board be infused with younger blood which will bring new energy and enthusiasm and permit others to have the opportunity to serve on the board.  It's been quite a ride, and I will miss being a part of your future, a future I see limited only by whatever limits apply to the imaginations of the leaders that carry on.

During my six year tenure, I've seen many changes and growth in Area XII, particularly in how we communicate with our members.  The Twelfth Tone, which was edited and published quarterly by Bill Waggener and sent by US postal service was eventually replaced by the regional electronic e-newsletters, which helped save cost.  This past year I was appointed Director of Communication with the responsibility of designing and developing the Twelfth Tone E-Newsletter which would provide more uniform communication throughout Area XII. It has been exciting and gratifying to see the newsletter evolve and to receive your emails of appreciation for the new format and the timely communication it provides.  However, this publication would not have been possible without dedicated board members and some of you who contributed area reports, special articles, and kept the communication lines open between all regions of Area XII. 

One of the most treasured rewards of serving you has been the wonderful friendships I've made both on the board and throughout Area XII.  The handbell community is truly special!  You're kind and compassionate, friendly and so enthusiastic.  I will miss that interaction with all of you, however you will continue to see me behind the bell tables!  Rima Greer, our incoming Chair, will be announcing my replacement at the beginning of her term.  I'm confident your new editor will bring a fresh new  style to the e-newsletter and  will continue to keep you up to date on all the happenings in Area XII.  Under Rima Greer's leadership, I can guarantee, that your fine Area Board will continue to grow and be a strong, positive musical force in the art of handbell ringing. 

Happy Ringing!
2010 LogoConference  Updates!
Only 17 days until 2010 New Handbell Odyssey!  Here are just a few important reminders.

DEADLINE for registering for housing and ordering a lunch is
JUNE 7th.  We'd like to make commuting registrants aware that there will not be enough time to go off campus for lunch so you may want to consider ordering our box lunch.

Commuters can register for Tracks up until June 16th.  Note that on-campus lunch and housing will not be available after June 7th.

Silent Auction- needs your donations!  The Marching Handbell Choir will be donating bells to the Area XII handbell/handchime loan program and proceeds from our Silent Auction this year will help purchase bells to complete these bell sets. So registrants get your creative ideas flowing as we need items donated to make this Silent Auction a success. Even if you are NOT a registrant, you can still donate to the Silent Auction and support bells in schools! There is no requirement for donated items to be handbell related. Knit a scarf, make a gift basket, bake a goodie!  Because Area XII is 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, donations are deductible for IRS purposes.  If you have any questions, please contact Norma Rose, Silent Auction Coordinator at 408-356-6156 Ext. 54 or  You can download a donation form Here

Showcase Concerts and Closing Concert are open to the public!

Friday June 18, 2010  7:30 the Science Lecture Hall the auditioned Odyssey Handbell Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Wm. Payn, will amaze you with demanding repertoire. 

Saturday June 19, 2010, 7:30 p.m. in the Science Lecture Hall Opus Handbell Ensemble, a community choir from Modesto, CA will be the featured guests.

Sunday June 20, 2010, 3:30 p.m. in Freeborn Hall the closing mass concert opened by the Marching Handbell Choir. 

A special Welcome Packet email will be going out to registrants on June 7th with last minute details.  Parking and  unloading instructions will be included so WATCH for THIS IMPORTANT EMAIL!

2010 LogoJim Scott Scholarship Winner Announced

Diana Farias

Congratulations  to Diana Farias, director of St. Margaret Mary Children's  handbell choir in Oakland, CA, the recipient of the 2010 Jim Scott Scholarship to 2010: A New Handbell Odyssey.  Diana holds an M.M. in Opera Performance from Temple University in Philadephia, PA and a B.A. in Vocal Performance from CSU Stanislaus in Turlock, CA where her introduction to English Handbells took place in 1984.  She completed a handbell class taught by Dr. Scoville, Music Director of the Stockton Cathedral, Stockton, CA.  Diana enjoyed the handbells so much that in 1989 she invited the Stockton Cathedral Handbell Choir to perform at her wedding.

In 2008 Diana purchased a 2 octave set of children's handbells and began a children's handbell choir with two students. Over the past two years it has grown to eight students with weekly rehearsals and regular performances at Christmas, Easter and other special church occasions.

Using the KidzRing Series, Diana has taught the boys and girls to read hymns beginning with only a simple melody line and progressing to hymns with harmony, chords,and rolled chords.
Because the children would like to ring more than one or two bells and more than 2 octaves, Diana has applied for the Area XII Handbell Loan program.

In addition to directing the handbell choir, Diana is a private music teacher and freelance Arts and Religion Writer.  
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 Election- Candidates Announced
For those of you who are voting members of AGEHR, Area XII will be holding their elections of new officers this month. The slate of officers is as follows:

Chair Elect:  Joe Rodriguez
                    Laurie Sanders

Treasurer:  Kathy Arnold
                 Don Rossi

Secretary:  Susan Coddington-Allen
                  Kathie Mackie

Please look for your ballot to arrive in the mail this week. Support your favorite candidates by returning your ballot by the deadline.
Area XII Welcomes 5 New  Members to AGEHR
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Please welcome the following new members to AGEHR Area XII.

West Covina United Methodist Church
                   Carolyn Arndt, director
                                   West Covina, CA

St. Margaret Mary Church
                     Diane Farias, director    Concord, CA

Chinese Grace Bible Church
                      Joanna Lee, director    Sacramento, CA

Judy Aprile,  Modesto, CA

First Congregational
                       Ulrike Edge, Director  Ramona, CA


A Special Invitation ...... from Sonos

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Join us for our 20th Anniversary Film Screening Gala
Sunday, June 13, 4:00 p.m.
Auctions by the Bay Theater
2700 Saratoga St., Alameda, CA
(for directions please
Screening of a new movie with Sonos: Ringing Down: Bells and Their Stories.
Live performance, raffle, food and wine
FREE Admission but reservations requested. RSVP at 510-531-4780

20th Anniversary Concert: Ringing on the Edge
Saturday, July 10, 4:00 p.m.
Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church
4 Knox Dr.
Lafayette, CA
FREE, no reservation required

Sonos performs a preview of their opening Pinnacle 2010 concert in Nashville's Grand Old Opry.
Works include: Toccata in G by Bach, Bachianas No. 5 by Villa-Lobos, Rondo alla Turca by Mozart, Blue Danube Waltz by Strauss and two groundbreaking works by Sonos's Artistic Director, James Meredith, Smirti, with San Francisco Opera cellist Emil Miland and Sonics, a work influenced by taiko drumming, minimalism and twelve-tone techniques.

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SoCal - Michele Sharik, Regional Coordinator
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Hi everybody! The May flowers were blooming while May bells were ringing left and right down here in Southern California. What an exciting month we've had!  Here are some highlights:

The weekend of May 1st, the San Diego Harmony Ringers (
spent some time in the recording studio with Cappella Gloriana, San Diego's premier a cappella ensemble( recording the "West Coast Works" of Stephen Sturk under the composer's baton.  SDHR Patty Blake says, "I really enjoyed working with such talented musicians.  It was an honor to be asked.  And Stephen Sturk's music is gorgeous.  Looking forward to this CD, and to performing with them in October!"

On Monday, May 10th, I played the handbell solo, "Be Still My Soul" (by Area XII's own Christine Anderson, published by Hope) with piano accompanist Tomoyo Perdew at Cal State San Marcos' annual Vocal Ensemble Solo Performances concert.  This was the first time many in the 100+ audience had ever heard handbells, though some of my classmates did tell me that they remember playing handbells as a child at school or in church, so I hope they will also remember what fun bells are and will find a choir to play in soon.

On Sunday, May 16th, I had the pleasure of attending two concerts by Southern California groups.  The San Diego Harmony Ringers played an afternoon concert for the inaugural season of the Accord Concert Series at Blessed Sacrament Church in San Diego and they did a great job. That same afternoon, the Pacific Beach Presbyterian Crusader Bells played a joint concert with the Mira Costa College Chorale at the First Presbyterian Church in Oceanside, and both groups were fabulous.

Looking ahead to next month, on Tuesday, June 15th, the Wesley Bell Ringers, a youth handbell group from Salt Lake City, will be giving a concert at 7:30 the Temecula UMC, 42690 Margarita Road. According to their website ("the Wesley Bell Ringers formed in 1963 when nine bored teenagers sold sandwiches for six months and made enough money to buy twenty-five handbells...[and become]the first handbell choir in Utah. Fast forward 45 years and over 400 high school aged students have played in the choir which has expanded to 10 octaves of bells, and two octaves each of hand chimes, cup bells, silver melody bells, a carillon and a boom-a-gong." This summer their tour brings them our way, so let's be sure to turn out and support this dynamic youth group!

And speaking of Temecula, mark your calendars now for next year's Southern California Spring Ring, which will be held Saturday, April 9, 2011. at Hope Lutheran Church in Temecula. Our massed conductor will be Christine Anderson.  She's best known as a soloist, but let me tell you, she is an incredible massed conductor, too!  We'll have classes and reading sessions for ringers and directors taught by Joe Rodriguez (director of the San Diego Harmony Ringers), Roy Attridge (member of SDHR), and yours truly.  We'll also have "Bronze Vision" on Friday night April 8.  Stay tuned for more information about this exciting event.

I have updated the Southern California page at the Area XII website.  Upcoming events will be added there as soon as I have the information about them.  In addition to updating the "Upcoming Events" section, I've added a new "Featured Articles" section - which features articles written by SoCAl members about their bell ringing experiences.  If you've got an idea for a featured article, please let me know!  Meanwhile check out the page by Clicking Here

And... (drumroll, please).. our first Featured Article is:
Bells and Berlioz- Roy Attridge from the San Diego Harmony Ringers describes his experience ringing Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique with the Grossmont Symphony Orchestra. Click Here to Read

That's it for this month.  If you know of any handbell events or exciting handbell news, please drop me a line at

My best,

LA Metro - Debbie Shaw, Regional Coordinator
Canterbury 6th grade teamHello Everyone!
June has arrived and I am wondering where has the time gone!  My church is preparing for our annual music appreciation service this month. This service gives the congregation the opportunity to see all of our music groups present music in a single service.  It is wonderful to be part of a church that appreciates their volunteer musicians this way. I hope that many of you have this opportunity! 
      I have exciting news!  The LA Metro Fall Ringer's Workshop will return this year.  A new date, a new venue and a class or two!   Mark you calendars now for Saturday, October 2 for the "almost" annual Fall Workshop.  This event will be held at Glendale First UMC, 134 N. Kenwood St., Glendale.  Our own Donovan Gray will be our clinician for the day.  Much thanks go out to Pearl Marshall for all her hard work in getting this event back on our LA Metro Calendar.  Repertoire and Registration announcements will be be available by August 1st.  You do not need to rehearse this music beforehand, Donovan will take us through sight-reading and into rehearsal.  Just order your music and bring your choir!
     In addition I'm happy to announce  the LA Metro 2011 Spring Ring will be March 19, 2011 at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana.  Michele Sharik will be our clinician.    We have some exciting plans in store for the Spring Ring so watch for more details soon!
      I am looking forward to seeing everyone at the 2010 - A New Handbell Odyssey in a few weeks.  I am coordinating the Mass Ringing activities in Freeborn Hall.  I hope you will take the time to stop by and say Hi!  If you aren't going to Freeborn for an All-Ring or the Mass Attack, I may see you at meal time in Tercero Dining Commons or at the Showcase Concerts in Science Hall.  I really do look forward to chatting with you at Davis!  It is a great time to put names and faces together.  There are so many exciting new things happening at Davis, Area XII is on the cutting edge with this event.  The best news is there is STILL TIME TO REGISTER!  Those of us coming from the LA area will likely need housing so you need to register by June 7th to get a room and all the great classes.
     Check out the concerts in the left margin of this newsletter, or click the link below.  We have a couple of concerts coming up!  It is great that we have groups that want to play here in LA and even better that we have churches that are willing to host them!  Hopefully, you can make room in your busy schedules and come out to these concerts.
As always, I am here to help!  See you in Davis!
Upcoming Concerts: Click Here
CenCal - Shirley Werner, Regional Coordinator
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Hello All:
Happy June - I presume some choirs and groups have already started your summer breaks; if not, I'm sure June will be the final concerts, etc and it won't be long before we'll all be having bell ringing withdrawals!
We left California for Georgia on May 22nd.  Will be attending our grandson's high school graduation and his brother's 5th grade graduation from grammar school to Jr. High.  Oh my stars! How many kinds of graduations are there?!  After a few days, we head to Florida, spending some time in Orlando and then to Ft. Lauderdale to see our eldest son & grandson. 
I've told all of you that as of June 30th, I have resigned my position as Regional Coordinator for Area XII and I'm hoping that someone out there in Central Cal will step up to the plate and offer your services.  It will be a great opportunity and experience.  Let me know and I will submit your name to the Board.  This is an appointed position.
Speaking of positions, this is an election year for Area XII officers.  These positions include Chair Elect, Secretary & Treasurer.  Note that this year you can wait and submit your ballot while at the Conference. If you can't make the conference, then return it by mail as usual.  Your vote is important, so don't forget!

Those of you who will be attending the conference in Davis, I know you'll have a great time and a great learning and ringing experience with the group of fabulous clinicians leading this event. 
If there are any bell happenings in your area over the summer months, by chance, let me know all the information and I will see that it gets printed in this column. 
Happy Ringing,
Bay Area- Beckie Wiley, Regional Coordinator 
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The month of May featured many spring concerts throughout the SF Bay Area. 

At the Walnut Creek UMC, Jane Patty directed her 32nd Annual Spring Concert themed "Just For the Fun of It!"  Selections included "A Walk in the Park", "Arky, Arky, with a fun narration about Noah, "How Can I Keep From Singing," and a Dixieland swing arrangement of "What a Friend I Have in Jesus", featuring clarinet and tuba solos.  In the middle of this jazzy rendition, the audience erupted in spontaneous applause!  Soloist Carol Smith performed "New York, New York" and a clever arrangement of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" that incorporated a spirited narration of Casey at the Bat and an umpire in full regalia calling balls and strikes.  As a participant in this concert, I can truly attest that is was great fun for ringers and the audience alike.  Jane Patty deserves a standing ovation for her dedicated leadership and countless contributions to the bell community.  She just completed her 35th year of directing.  Thank you, Jane!

Tapestry is a combined performance ensemble from Clayton that weaves two groups together- Canto Bello Handbell Ensemble and Heartsong, a women's vocal chorale.  Under the directions of Cindy Krausgrill, Tapestry is currently on tour, performing their concert "Shall We Dance?" in Concord, Walnut Creek, Livermore and Pacific Grove and Carmel on June 5 and 6.  This classy and energetic program entertained the audience with "Turkey in the Straw," "Rock Around the Clock," and everyone's favorite, the "Can Can". Ringers wore fishnet stockings on their forearms, with miniature black satin skirts lined with colorful tulle petticoats just below their elbows.  Lifting their arms high above their heads while ringing presented an awesome visual of Can Can dancers.  Carol Smith amazed the audience with her fluid execution of ringing six-in-hand during "Lord of the Dance".  Congratulations, Carol, for mastering this difficult technique!

Since touring Sarajevo, Bosnia in 2003, Tapestry has donated all of the free will offerings taken at their concerts to a charitable organization.  The recipient of this year's concert tour is FESCO- Family Emergency Shelter Coalition.  What a great  tradition! 
Dave Ruder was also busy attending concerts and he shares the following reviews of two concerts he enjoyed.

San Francisco State University bell ensemble gave a fun and educational concert in Half Moon Bay early in May.  The HMB Library was an excellent venue for Caroline Harnly, who is the director of both  the SFSU team and fledgling UMC church choir.  The university ensemble is made up of mostly staff members at the school.  They played a wide variety of pieces which were designed to appeal to the mostly non-ringer audience which crowded into the library. Caroline provided a succinct and interesting dialogue between pieces. The church team played a piece on its own and joined the university team for a combined number. In addition, Caroline asked the local community choral ensemble to join them on the final two pieces.  It was a delightful evening in HMB for a wonderful relaxing time of fun music.

It is apparent that there will be no drop off in quality and interest in the Sunnyvale Presbyterian Choir of Bells program as Diane Tiller took over in the spring for former director, Michele Sharik, who left for San Diego in December.  Larry Sue did a fine job covering the several month interim between both directors.

With husband Jason Tiller handling M.C. duties, Diane and the Choir of Bells presented a well-prepared variety of bell music as a full team.  Various members of the choir presented solos and small ensemble pieces during the concert to round out the late May program.  With barely three months of rehearsal with the church team, Diane brazenly took on the challenges of a year-end program.  Congratulations!

There are still more exciting concerts on the schedule in June and July.  Be sure to attend Bay Bells on June 5 and the Sonos Pinnacle preview on July 10!

Happy Summer!
Upcoming  Concerts: Click Here
NorCal - Nancy Schmitt, Regional Coordinator
 Canterbury 6th grade teamDear Fellow Ringers and Directors,

Come celebrate the gift of music with Tintabulations, Northern Nevada's Premier Handbell Ensemble, on Monday, June 21 at St. James Lutheran Church, 2500 Shasta View Drive in Redding, CA.  Under the direction of Barb Walsh, these energetic ringers will kick off the day with a Youth Handbell Camp from 1-3 p.m.  Then at 4:00 p.m. they will conduct an adult bell workshop which will end at 5:30 p.m. The day culminates with a concert at 7:00 p.m. A free will offering will be taken at each of the three events.  For more information or if you would like Tintabulations to come to your town to hold a workshop or concert, please contact Barb Walsh at

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 for the concert will be used for the building fund of the church.

Mark your calendars now for the Redding Handbell Festival, Oct. 23, 2010 at Simpson University Heritage Life Center in Redding.  There will be a pre-festival workshop for this event on Sept. 11 starting at 10 a.m. at St. James Lutheran Church.  Larry Sue, guest conductor for the festival, will lead the workshop.  He will get the ringers started on the 4 massed numbers and work with the advanced ringers on their two numbers.  Class clinicians at the Redding Festival will be P.L. Grove (solo ringing), Larry Sue (bass bells), Lois Nichols (reading session), Barb Walsh (stopped sounds) and Barbara Brocker (bell trees).  For more information or to register please visit the Area XII website by Clicking Here

I hope to see many of you at the Davis Conference.  Please contact me if you would like your event mentioned in my regional report.  Until August, Happy Ringing!

Nevada- Barbara Walsh, Regional Coordinator
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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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Honolulu Handbell Ensemble in Concert
June 13, 2010
5:00 p.m.
United Church of Christ
467 N. Judd St.
Honolulu, Hawaii
2009 Fall Workshop Pictures can be viewed by Clicking Here
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Pinnacle 2010

Pinnacle LogoAGEHR announced that Pinacle 2010 has a new home in Nashville.  Thanks to the hardwork of the event planning committee, and the wonderful teams working at the Nashville Convention Center and our two new hotels, Pinnacle has successfully been relocated to the Sheraton Music City and the Marriott Nashville Airport.  Event activities will be divided between the two hotels.  Shuttles will be provided to move registrants quickly and easily between the two event sites.  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

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 6, 2010, 5 p.m.  Bells Angels in Concert, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 13601 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA
Free will offering.

June 6, 2010, 9 a.m. Las Vegas Academy of the Performing Arts Handbell Choir will be participating in the worship service. St. Stephens Lutheran Church, 15950 Chadworth St., Granada Hills, CA

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 13, 2010, 5:00 p.m.  Honolulu Handbell Ensemble in concert, United Church of Christ, 467 N. Judd St. Honolulu, Hawaii. Free. Contact

June 15, 2010, 7:30 p.m.  Wesley Bell Ringers from Salt Lake City, Temecula United Methodist Church, 42690 Margarita Road, Temecula, CA  More info: 951-676-1800 X 10.

June 17-20, 2010 Area XII Conference, 2010: A New Handbell Odyssey, UC Davis, Davis, CA Showcase Concert I, Friday June 18, 7:30 p.m. featuring the auditioned Odyssey Ensemble. Science Lecture Hall.   Showcase Concert II, Saturday June 19, 7:30 p.m. Opus Handbell Ensemble, Science Lecture Hall.  Closing Concert Sunday June 20, 3:30 p.m. Freeborn Hall.

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.

July 24, 2010  5 p.m.  University Baptist Church Bell Choir from Minneapolis, MN in Concert, St. Stephens Lutheran Church, 15950 Chadworth St., Granada Hills, CA 

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