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           The Twelfth Tone E-newsletter
AGEHR Area XII Newsletter
September 2010
In This Issue
Handbell Resources
Bell Loan Program
Area XII Board
Upcoming Concerts
Message from the Chair
New 2010-2012 Area XII Officers
LA Metro
Bay Area
National News
Calendar of Events
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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
Area XII Board
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Chair...............Rima Greer
Past Chair.........P.L. Grove
Chair Elect...Laurie Sanders
Treasurer.......Kathy Arnold

Appointed Officers:
Communication...P.L. Grove
Webmaster..........Mel Tully
Events............William Kyle
Education......Tess Houston
Historian....Diane Levorsen

Regional Coordinators:
NorCal........Nancy Schmitt
Bay Area.......Beckie Wiley
CenCal........Kathie Mackie
LAMetro........Debbie Shaw
SoCal..........Michele Sharik
Nevada.......Barbara Walsh
Hawaii.........Karen Carlisle

Local Liaisons:
Las Vegas.......Dixie Bailey
Upcoming Concerts at a Glance:

Please check Calendar of Events for full details.

Bay Area
September 25, 2010
7:00 p.m.
Michèle Sharik, soloist
Our Savior's Lutheran Church
1035 Carol Lane
Lafayette, CA

October 29, 2010
Time TBA
Bell Appeal Halloween Concert
San Francisco, CA
Southern California
October 3, 2010
5:30 p.m.
San Diego Harmony Ringers
St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral
Evensong ServiceFirst Baptist Church
Salinas, CA
Northern California
October 24, 2010
3:00 p.m.
Velocity Handbell Ensemble
First Presbyterian Church
2315 Placer Street
Redding, CA
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Summer is over, and with it also ends this year's Area XII Conference.
It saddens us to also say goodbye to Jake Malta, the founder of Malmark handbells (see National News below).
In addition we say goodbye to two more Board members as they rotate off the Board.
Amidst all the endings, there are also beginnings, and as you start a new year of ringing, use this newsletter to stay involved with others who enjoy the art of handbells.
A Message from the Chair 
Greetings from your new Area XII Chair!

I can't tell you how excited I am to be your new chair. These are exciting times for handbells in general. This summer many of you experienced our ground-breaking track system at our Area Conference in Davis. Several of you also attended Pinnacle in Nashville, where we all learned of our shiny new branding for the Guild as a whole. I'm very proud to be serving you, Area XII, of Handbell Musicians of America!

I'm also grateful for the wonderful work my fellow board members have done before me, and that includes delivering to you the absolute most fun of all possible Area Conferences in 2012! Yes, we're going to Disneyland! If you do nothing else with this newsletter, do this: Mark your calendar for June 28-July 1st of 2012. Not only will we bring you a fabulous handbell conference, but we'll deliver deep discounts at the newly remodeled Disneyland Hotel, and even deeper discounts on park tickets all the way through July 4th! Come yourself, bring your whole group....what the heck, bring your whole family. I can't imagine anything more fun than ringing at the Happiest Place on Earth.'s true...I'm just a little amped about this...can you blame me?

In the meantime, I want to let each of you know that I'm here, and I'm listening. I really want to hear what you have to say. Write me. Tell me about your ringing experience, and how we, your board, can better serve you.

To that end, I'm going to ask for two minutes of your time. Please take this brief survey and let us know what your decision making processes are with regard to our Area Conferences. There are only five questions, and it's completely anonymous. You'd really be helping us out. To take the survey, go to

Thanks a million! See you soon!


(Note: Rima can be reached at

Communiqué (From the Communications Director) 
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As your new Communications Director, I've got some pretty big shoes to fill. And I'll need your help to do it.
The main focus of this newsletter is to keep you informed of what's happening in the world of handbells. So if you are planning an event or a concert, or if you know of something handbell-related that's happening in your area, make sure I hear about it. Others want to know what's going on, too. Even if they don't live near you, sometimes ringers who are traveling want to know of bells playing in church or at a concert.
So please keep me informed so I can keep you all informed. Remember that the deadline for adding items to the monthly e-newsletter is the 25th of the month.
And check out the calendar to make sure you attend concerts happening in the Southern California, Northern California and Bay Area regions this fall. 

(Note: I can now be reached at

New 2010-2012 Area XII Officers
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In case you missed the announcement in last month's enews, Area XII's new Board members take office this month.
 The new chair-elect is Laurie Sanders, our new secretary is Sue Coddington-Allen, and the new treasurer is Kathy Arnold.
A big word of thanks to outgoing past chair William Kyle, secretary Linda Krantz and treasurer Don Rossi. Your work for the past two years supplied Area XII with accounting records, minutes, business cards, elections, and the composition contest, among many, many other things. Aside from their job duties listed in the bylaws and rules of procedure, there are many things Board members do that are not listed anywhere, but just need to get done. Area XII would not exist without your volunteer efforts, so THANK YOU for your service!
Reminder that the Board will meet on September 25, so please contact one of us if you have items you'd like to bring to our attention.
SoCal - Michèle Sharik, Regional Coordinator
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Hi, everybody!

It's September and for most of us that means it's "Back to Bell Choir" time (Hurray!) -- that time of year when Ringers are "chomping at the bit" to get back behind the table and Directors are working hard to pick music for this fall and looking ahead toward Christmas and beyond.  
Speaking of "beyond" -- I've asked you to mark your calendars for the Bronze Vision and Southern California Spring Ring events (April 8 & 9, 2011, respectively).  I will have repertoire and scheduling information for you by October 1st, so stay tuned for all the exciting things to come!

I wanted to mention that there was some weirdness with my email ( a month or so ago -- I guess it decided I didn't need to see all my emails or something -- but it seems to be all sorted out now.  However, if you sent something to me at that address and were expecting a reply that you never got, please try again.  I'd love to hear from you with questions or especially about upcoming handbell events, like this:

The San Diego Harmony Ringers will be playing for Evensong at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral in San Diego (2728 6th Avenue) at 5:30pm on Sunday, October 3rd.

Don't forget that you can also keep up with SoCal goings-on at our Facebook page.

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

My best,

Michèle :-)
LA Metro - Debbie Shaw, Regional Coordinator                 
 Canterbury 6th grade team

 Greetings Everyone!


September has arrived and school bells are ringing. So that means, to many of us, our handbells will be ringing again too.  Have you been singing Christmas carols already?  Sometimes I get funny looks from friends when then hear me humming Christmas songs in the summer.  But as musicians we know that all that wonderful Holiday music begins with careful the summer!  I have been busy like many of you selecting music and filling folders in preparation for rehearsals to being.


With all that music to prepare have your choirs gotten rusty over the summer?  Well, we have just the ticket to help get your choirs back up to speed!  Plan to join the fun at our LA Metro Fall Workshop on Saturday, Oct 2.  This day is planned to refocus on handbells by working on the skills we need for making great music.  We will have fun classes, and read through lots of music.  We will also be getting a head start on the music for our Spring Ring!  Best yet, you don't need to take precious rehearsal time to prepare, just sign up and bring your choir.  Music will be available for the reading sessions and you can buy any copies you want to take home, including the Spring Ring repertoire.  See below for all the important info about the Fall Workshop and visit the Area XII website for the details and forms.  We even have the repertoire list for the day on the website so you can see what we will be working on. 


Yes, we have the Spring Ring all scheduled.  I asked you to save the date of March 19, 2011 a while back.  Now I have more news to share.  Michele Sharik and I have been working together to bring you a new and exciting Spring Ring.  Along with the help of Scott Melvin at Mater Dei High School we will have a fun multi-level day of classes and rehearsals.  Best of all we hope that all the school choirs out there will take note that Mater Dei High School is hosting this event and Youth choirs are encouraged to attend. We have selected challenging repertoire for the Division B ringers of ALL ages.  To keep things fair and fun the Massed music will include one challenge that everyone may want to start on early!  We have heard your feedback and have worked out a schedule that you can adjust to your desires.  We are finalizing those details now and I should have that schedule for you in October.  I will post it on the Area XII Website as soon as it is final.


In closing, I would like to extend a big Thank You to all the 2008-2010 Board Members who are rotating off the Board.  It has been a pleasure getting to know you and working with you.  You will be missed.  But I am also excited to welcome our new Board Members as we begin our new terms.  Laurie, Sue, Kathy, and Kathie, I look forward to working with you, and welcome to the team!  Our next Board Meeting is September 25th. Please let us know if you have anything you want discussed at the meeting.   ... Don't for get to send me your announcements to share here, on the website, and on our Facebook page.



Heard on the handbell-L:  Glendale First UMC is looking for a couple of ringers for their Weslyans (more advanced) Bell Choir.  They rehearse on Mondays 7:30 - 9:00pm beginning on Sept 13th.  Contact: Scott Leggett
Fall Ringers Workshop
Saturday, October 2, 2010
 Donavon Gray, Clinician
Glendale First UMC
134 N. Kenwood Street
Glendale, CA 91206
 Classes, First-Time Ringers Track, Massed Ringing & Reading Sessions
Click Here for the Repertoire List

LA Metro 2011 Spring Ring
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Mater Dei High School, Santa Ana

Repertoire  for Massed Ring:
Faith                        by Paul McKlveen                Jeffers Handbell Supply
JHS9396                    Level 2+          3-5 octaves     (published 2006)
Beach Spring Stomp   by Jeffery Honoré                   Concordia Publishing
CO977133                  Level 3+          3-5 Octaves       (published 2005)
Division A
Because He Lives       Arr. Cynthia Dobrinski              Agape Hope Publishing
HP2472          Level 2+     3-5 octaves opt 3-5 oct Chimes    (published 2009)
Renewed Spirit         by Michael Mazzatenta               AGEHR Publishing
AG35292        Level 2+          3-6 octaves opt Chimes         (published 2010)
Division B
African Alleluia           by Cathy Moklebust                      AGEHR Publishing
CGB229          Level 4      3, 4, 5, or 6 Oct.opt Percussion           (pub. 2000)
Carillon Festiva           by Cathy Moklebust                          Choristers Guild
CGB656          Level 4       3, 4, 5, or 6 octaves                  (published 2010)
More details Next Month!
CenCal - Shirley Werner, Regional Coordinator
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Hello All!
September is now upon us and most of the bell choirs will soon be back in rehearsals, planning for Christmas rings, concerts followed by Easter and Spring Rings! Congratulations to the newly elected Area XII Board Members.  Chair-elect is Laurie Sanders, Secretary is Sue Coddington-Allen and Treasurer is Kathy Arnold.


Remember, the Board Members are there for YOU, so don't hesitate to share your thoughts, ideas or other issues where you might want their input.  You can contact them through your Regional Coordinator, or send emails directly. The Board will meet in September, so if you have something you want them to know about, or if you have a concern that you want to address, let me know and I will pass it on to the right person.


I am pleased to announce that Kathie Mackie from Merced will be replacing me as your Central California Regional Coordinator.

Kathleen (Kathie) Mackie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from California State University, Stanislaus, where she studied composition, voice, piano, organ, flute and clarinet, and a Master of Music degree in Composition from the San Francisco Conservatory of San Francisco.


Kathie's first exposure to music actually came in the womb.  Her father was a Country & Western musician, who often held jam sessions at home, and her mother decided to add the classics, so she played recordings for Kathie until her birth and beyond, in the hope that she, too, would be a musician.  At the tender age of nine, Kathie began playing her first instrument, the violin, in her school orchestra.  In her freshman year of high school, she added clarinet, band and choir to her musical endeavors.


Much later she began her composing career shortly after her introduction to handbells in 1983, when her very first composition won the 1984 AGEHR Area XII Composition Contest.  She went on to win three more Area XII Compositions Contests (1986, 1990, 2008), the Greater Dallas Handbell Association Composition Contest and the Livermore/Amador Symphony Orchestral Composition Competition, where her orchestra piece "A Journey of the Heart" was premiered.  Kathie's works have been performed in a variety of venues including Area XII Handbell Conferences, CMEA Conference, CSU Women's Council and at Composers Inc. Conferences.  In addition, Kathie also has a strong interest in musical theater and has had performances of her musical melodrama, "Blazing Guns" at the Merced Open Air Theater and Citrus Faire Theater, and her contemporary Opera, "A Carol At Christmas Tide" in Merced, California.She has also had a number of works published, including several handbell works, and her Symphonic Band piece, "Motivation," which premiered in May 2003, performed by the Pleasanton Community Concert Band, along with members of the 91st Division of the US Army Reserve Band.  She has received a number of commissions and was invited to serve as Honorary Chair for the Golden Gate Boys Choir's Old English Christmas Feast held at the Mark Hopkins Hotel in San Francisco.


Kathie has performed with many ensembles, and is currently a ringer in Opus Handbell Ensemble.  She has served as Director of Music in several churches over the years and has also taught instrumental music in both public and private schools.  She resides in Merced, California with her husband of 36 years and three cats.  She has three children and six grandchildren.  Kathie directs handbells for Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church (where she has also served as Choir Director and Organist) in Merced, and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Turlock, California.  In addition to her passion for handbells and music, Kathie is also addicted to plants and gardening!


Oh my!  I wasn't intending to print all of the above information, but then thought it was something to be shared to give you insight as to the talents and quality that many of your Area XII Board members bring to the table.  I know that you will give Kathie the same support you've given to me these past years.  Thank you once again.


Welcome, welcome, welcome, Kathie.  I know you'll be a great asset to Area XII.


Happy Ringing to all......



Bay Area- Beckie Wiley, Regional Coordinator 
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It's that time of year when the ringers in my choir and probably yours, too, gather for a bell polishing party. As a director, I am extremely grateful to have an equipment manager extraordinaire - the one and only Tom Petty. Many thanks for all you do, Tom!!
Remember to save September 25th so you can attend Michèle Sharik's inspiring solo concert in Lafayette at Our Savior's Lutheran Church at 7 p.m. Looking for something to rattle your bones? Be sure to attend the Bell Appeal concert at the "Haunted" church in San Francisco on October 29th at 7 p.m. (See the calendar for concert details.)
And all United Methodist Church handbell choirs are invited to a Methodist Mass Ring on November 6th at the Davis United Methodist Church. For more information, contact Bruce Petitt at
Attention all Facebook fans! Please join the AGEHR Area XII San Francisco Bay Area group on Facebook. Events and pictures can be posted and enjoyed by all at:
Be sure to contact me with information about your upcoming concerts and workshops.
Upcoming  Concerts: Click Here
NorCal - Nancy Schmitt, Regional Coordinator
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Dear Ringers and Directors,

Fall is right around the corner, the start of fall rehearsals are right around the corner, concerts are right around the corner, and yes, festivals are right around the corner. So if you are looking for a fall festival to jump start your new playing season, then please plan on attending the Redding Handbell Festival in Redding on October 22-23. The event will be held at Simpson University Heritage Life Center. We are adding a bronze choir this year called "Ringin' in the Red Zone." And, as always, there will be massed ringing, classes, and a finale concert open to the public. Larry Sue is the guest conductor for both the advanced choir and the festival choir. Larry is holding a pre-festival workshop on Sept. 11 at St. James Lutheran Church in Redding starting at 10 a.m. for the massed ringing music and 1-3 p.m. for the advanced music. This will be a great opportunity to meet the director, learn his style of directing, ask him questions, discover his goals for the festival, and have lots of fun! Class clinicians for the festival will be Larry (bass bells), Barbara Brocker (bell trees), Lois Nichols (reading session), Barb Walsh (stopped sounds), and PL Grove (beginning and intermediate solo ringing). Bell maintenance will be available on site. For registration forms click here and scroll down to Upcoming Events.


I am pleased to announce that Velocity Handbell Ensemble will be ringing at the Redding Handbell Festival Concert on October 23. Then on Sunday, October 24, Velocity will perform a concert at First Presbyterian Church, 2315 Placer Street, Redding, CA at 3:00 p.m. P.L. Grove, Joel Gingrich, Jeannine Schwartz, and Marquise Usher make up the quartet known for its innovative concept concerts.


The Carillons Handbell Choir will perform on November 21 at 3:00 p.m. at St. James Lutheran Church in Redding. This will be a benefit concert for the Castle Church of Wittenberg, Germany to help them start a bell choir.


Bronzer, the Area XII mascot, has a temporary home in Redding for the next two years. He is thrilled to return to the Redding area where it is sunny and warm, and there are lots of ringers to give him attention.


If you are hosting an event or performing, please send me the information so I can add it to the Northern California calendar. 




Nancy Schmitt


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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
And don't forget:
Northern Nevada Ringers Workshop
October 2nd
Sparks United Methodist Church, Sparks, Nevada
Clinician: Tessique Houston
Las Vegas Ringers' Workshop
October 1st and 2nd
First Presbyterian Church, Las Vegas, Nevada
Clinician: Larry Sue
See the calendar and the Area XII Web site for more details.
Hawaii - Karen Carlisle Regional Coordinator
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On Saturday, September 25, from 9 am to 2 pm, a fall workshop will once again be hosted by Young Pak at Harris United Methodist Church. Enjoy a day of ringing, fellowship and fun.
For more information, contact Young Pak at
NATIONAL NEWS:  Malmark Founder Dies
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AGEHR Honorary Life member and founder/president of Malmark, Inc. Jacob H. Malta passed away on Monday, August 9, 2010 at his home in New Britain, Pennsylvania at the age of 91.
A native of Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, Jake Malta founded Malmark, Inc., in Plumsteadville, Pennsylvania, in 1974. As president and chief engineer, he was responsible for designing the Malmark handbell in 1974, along with its further improvements and innovations throughout the years. He also designed the first American handchime in 1982.
While you may never have met him, the handbell world owes him a great debt and we mourn his passing and remember his great contributions to our art form.  
To view his online memorial, submit an online condolence or view a clip from his oral history, click here.
AGEHR Executive Director Jenny Cauhorn Blogs About International Symposium
African Handbell PrintMost of us were not able to attend the International Symposium held this year in Osaka, Japan. In fact, most of us have probably never attended any International Symposium.
But the World Wide Web can once again transport us across the globe in the form of a Blog provided by AGEHR Executive Director Jenny Cauhorn.
If you're not aware, the International Handbell Symposium is held on a biennial basis and rotates through each of the participating countries. This year a new country was added, making the total seven:
American Guild of English Handbell Ringers
Handbell Ringers of Japan
Handbell Ringers of Great Britian
Korean Handbell Association
Handbell Guilds of Canada
Handbell Society of Australasia
Handbell Association of Hong Kong
Since this year's event was held in Japan, the 2012 International Symposium will be held in Great Britain, so start saving your leftover lunch money.
And for those who want a taste of the Osaka event, you can read the full blog at
Calendar of Events  September-October

September 11, 2010, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Preseason Workshop, St. James Lutheran Church, 2500 Shasta View Drive, Redding, California. Contact: Nancy Schmitt at

September 25, 2010, 7 p.m. Michèle Sharik, handbell solo artist, in concert at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 1035 Carol Lane, Lafayette, California.

October 1-2, 2010, 7-9 p.m. and 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Las Vegas Ringers Workshop. Clinician: Larry Sue. Sparks United Methodist Church, 1231 Pyramid Way, Sparks, Nevada. Contact: Dixie Bailey at

October 2, 2010, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. L.A. Metro Fall Ringers Workshop. Clinician: Donavon Gray. First United Methodist Church, 134 N. Kenwood Street, Glendale, California. Contact: Debbie Shaw at

October 2, 2010, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Northern Nevada Ringers Workshop. Clinician: Tessique Houston. Sparks United Methodist Church, 1231 Pyramid Way, Sparks, Nevada. Contact: Barbara Walsh at
October 3, 2010, 5:30 p.m. San Diego Harmony Ringers play for Evensong at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral, 2728 - 6th Avenue, San Diego, California.

October 22-23, 2010, 6-9 p.m. and 8-9 a.m. "Ringing' in the Red Zone," bronze level ringing event. Conductor: Larry Sue. Simpson University Heritage Life Center, 2211 College View Drive, Redding, California. Contact: Nancy Schmitt at

October 23, 2010, 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Redding Handbell Festival. Conductor: Larry Sue. Simpson University Heritage Life Center, 2211 College View Drive, Redding, California. Contact: Nancy Schmitt at
October 24, 2010, 3:00 p.m. Velocity Handbell Ensemble performs its Rhythm and Bells concert at the First Presbyterian Church, 2315 Placer Street, Redding, California.
Contact: Nancy Schmitt at
October 29, 2010, Time TBA Bell Appeal in a Halloween Concert at "The Haunted Church," 1525 Waller Street, San Francisco, California. Freewill donation.
Contact: Susan Griffin at

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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P.L. Grove
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