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AGEHR Area XII Newsletter
October 2010
In This Issue
Handbell Resources
Bells for Sale
Bell Appeal Presents....
Bell Loan Program
Area XII Board
Upcoming Concerts
A Message From the Chair
Area XII Happenings
National News
Calendar of Events
Advertising Rates

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On Friday and Sunday of Halloween weekend, Bell Appeal will present a Halloween Concert at the "creepy church," 1525 Waller at Clayton in San Francisco, California.
Join us for Halloween music from Danse Macabre to Thriller (and maybe some Phantom of the Opera thrown in!). We're featuring guests Max Neid on drums, Alex Hay on violin, Gloria Soliz on bass, more flutes than should be legal, and plenty of spooky stuff.
The Friday night concert (October 29, 2010) starts at 7 p.m., and the Sunday concert (October 30, 2010) starts at 4:30 p.m. (so both little ones and big ones can go trick-or-treating at world famous Belvedere Street (which is right around the corner). If you don't know the Halloween history of Belvedere Street in San Francisco, Google it.
"We're creepy and we're kooky, mysterious and spooky, we're altogether ooky: The Bell Appeal Family!"
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Questions? Call Susan at 415.397.2600. Free will offering will be taken.
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.

Northern California

October 24, 2010
3:00 p.m.
Velocity Handbell Ensemble
First Presbyterian Church
2315 Placer Street
Redding, CA

Bay Area

October 29, 2010
7 p.m.
Bell Appeal Halloween Concert
The Haunted Church
1525 Waller Street
San Francisco, CA

October 30, 2010
4:30 p.m.
Bell Appeal Halloween Concert
The Haunted Church
1525 Waller Street
San Francisco, CA

LA Metro

November 14, 2010
4 p.m.
Pacific Bells in Concert
Los Altos UMC
5950 E. Willow Street
Long Beach, CA

Southern California

October 3, 2010
5:30 p.m.
San Diego Harmony Ringers
St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral
Evensong Service
2728 - 6th Avenue
San Diego, CA
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Fall is a time of both endings and beginnings. It's the end of summer, but the start of a new handbell season.

In the spirit of old and new, take out an "oldie but goodie" handbell piece in your repertoire. It doesn't always have to be "out with the old."

And make sure you play some of the great new music that's out there this year. Stay current and up-to-date with the latest trends and exciting new music.

Life is about endings and beginnings. May life continually be reflected through our music.

A Message from the Chair
Rima Greer


Wow, September blew by in a wink, didn't it? By now, most of us are back from our summer ringing hiatus (if we took one!) and into the swing again. And given that December is just a moment away, many of us are probably powering through rehearsals for our holiday concerts. Not to sound like the Grinch or anything, but it makes me sad that handbell artists, just like ballet companies, are stuck using the same old Christmas stuff to finance the rest of their year of making art!

So, with that in mind, as you're building your repertoire for December, let me challenge you to change it up just a little bit. Sure, people will go away disappointed if you don't play "Carol of the Bells," but that doesn't mean you can't throw in Vivaldi's "Winter" or some such seasonal tidbit that maybe isn't so quite on the "Rudolph's Red" Nose.

Let me also encourage all handbell artists out there not just to ring, but to get out and GO to handbell concerts this season. Remember, if YOU don't go see a handbell show, then who will??? It's up to each and every one of us to lead the way. Area XII in particular is packed with wonderful performing handbell groups. Get out and see a few. Take a non-ringing friend along. You'll be glad you did!

By the t
ime you read this your Board will have had a marathon meeting to work on programs and events for you. Stay tuned for news about what we're working on for you in the next 12th Tone. Oh, and from now on, your Board will be working EXTRA hard, meeting by (free) conference call once a month. If you have ideas or issues you'd like us to address, or if you would like to volunteer to work on one of our action committees, please drop me an email ( The more the merrier!

Finally, let me thank the
folks who took a few minutes to respond to our poll about our conference at Davis and the new track system. Your input is vital to help us better serve you!



Communiqué (From the Communications Director) 
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What a challenge we have communicating information in this day and age!

As a non-profit organization, we continually find ourselves struggling for funding. We look at ways to better serve our members with fewer resources. One of those ways has been the implementation of this enewsletter.

But let me ask you: do you read it? How much of it? Do you have a good sense of what is available to you from Area XII? Are you familiar with what's on the Web site currently? Would you know where to go to find information? Do you know who to ask?

As we continue to grow in an age where information is largely technologically driven, I would challenge you to educate yourself and your fellow ringers and directors about what's available. Sometimes perception is more daunting than reality.

Take the plunge and browse the Web site for information. Contact your Regional Coordinator and introduce yourself. Get involved! Communicate! Oh...and you could even tell us what we're doing great and what's still missing!

It's your organization - own it!
Area XII Board Holds Fall Meeting
Your Area XII Board held its fall meeting on Saturday, September 25th in Concord, California. Some of the discussion topics included maintenance and completion of the donated Marching Handbell Choir handbells, approval of the 2010-2011 budget, a look at the evaluations from the Davis conference and, of course, a lengthy discussion of the 2012 Conference to be held in Anaheim, California at the Disneyland Hotel. Minutes and budget information will be posted to the Area XII Web site in the future. The Board will hold regular phone meetings over the next several months.
SoCal - Michèle Sharik, Regional Coordinator

This month, the BIG NEWS is that all the information for the 2011 Spring Ring (and its companion event 2011 Bronze Vision) is now available online!  You'll find event schedules, repertoire, registration information, and class descriptions on the Area XII Southern California web page.

The weekend's events provide something for everyone! 

Want to ring advanced music in a non-massed setting? Want to ring easier and mid-level music in a massed setting?Want to do a leisurely half-day of nothing but ringing?
  • Massed ringing rehearsals start after lunch on Saturday!
Want to spend all day immersed in handbells?
  • Come early to the Spring Ring!  Classes start in the morning!
Come to both events to maximize your
handbell experience!

Bronze Vision (Friday evening, April 8, 2011) is for individual ringers who want to spend four and one-half hours of intense ringing -- something all you handbell addicts will love! -- under the baton of California's own Christine Anderson.  She will work to bring out all the music that's in these "meaty" pieces and in YOU, all the while keeping it lively and fun for everyone.  Expect to work hard, but expect to go home with a BIG SMILE on your face! 

Please note: The Bronze Vision event participants will present both of their pieces at the Spring Ring concert on Saturday at 6:00pm, so please plan to attend Saturday's event, too!
Spring Ring (Saturday, April 9, 2011) is for individuals OR groups and will feature two class sessions (morning & afternoon), plus two massed ringing rehearsals, PLUS a free mid-day mini-concert by Timbré, a new advanced small ensemble based in Southern California.  The day will culminate in a public concert at 6:00pm. 

Send in your registration forms now!

My best,

Michèle :-)

LA Metro - Debbie Shaw, Regional Coordinator
Debbie Shaw HeadshotGreetings Everyone!

Saturday, October 2 is our Fall Ringers Workshop.  I am looking forward to a fun and educational day.  Pearl Marshall had done a great job of coming up with some new classes and reading sessions.  Also, Mel and Gail Tully will be bringing West Coast Handbell Supply down for the day.  So, even if you can't come to the workshop, stop by and do a little shopping! Click here for the location. 


I have posted the Spring Ring information and a printable flyer up on the Area XII Website.  This event is planned for all-ages; Schools and Churches, just sign up for the division that is ringing the level of music that works with your group.  Take a minute to look over the new schedule for the day.  Now you can choose how long you want your day!  Click here to see the information. 


News - I received an e-mail from one of our members about a Christmas "gig" on December 12 in Camarillo.  The organization is looking for a 25-45 minute "show" by a "full" handbell choir, not an ensemble.  I can connect you to this member to get the contact information.  Her group is already booked that day in Orange County. 

I have one concert announcent.  Pacifiic Bells will present a concert on Nov. 14, at 4:00 pm, at Los Altos United Methodist Church in Long Beach.  Please remember to send in your concert announcemt so I can post them to the website and here in the e-news.


That is all the news for now.  I am off to New Bern, NC for Distinctly Bronze East next week.  Hope to see many of you on Saturday in Glendale!




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CenCal - Kathie Mackie, Regional Coordinator
Kathie MackieThe Bored, the Retired, and the Snuggly....

Surely the handbell world is as much a melting pot as the rest of society, and the reasons people join a handbell choir are equally varied.
But what is it that causes people to join a handbell choir? Is it because they have a friend in the bell choir? Or perhaps because they just have too much time on their hands? Are they looking for a challenge, or perhaps - like me - they simply fell in love with the sound of bells the first time they heard them. Or maybe they are bored or lonely and in need of new friends or something different to do. Perhaps they just want to go to Disneyland? I'm sure that all of these things are factors, but I suspect the single biggest reason they stay in the bell choir is because it is just plain fun!

Right now things are fairly quiet in Central California. But I'm sure everyone is hard at work learning new music and "shaking" off those cobwebs we all get when we put away our bells for the summer, and getting our fall calendars locked down. One of my own handbell choirs just played their first worship service this last week. It was a little scary to play after a long summer break with just two rehearsals, but we sure had fun doing it!

Reminder: if you have an event coming up, have questions or just need help, please contact me at


Bay Area - Beckie Wiley, Regional Coordinator
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Happy Autumn, Bay Area ringers!


This is my favorite time of the ringing season because I love all of the holiday music!! Scheduling several community events is a bit hectic - the Hope Hospice Lights of the Valley; opening night at Deacon Dave's when more than 325,000 lights are illuminated; a Victorian Yuletide celebration at the Buckley estate; and the Bankhead Theater before the Nutcracker. But in the end, it is very exhilarating to share our art with adults and children who have never heard or seen handbells.


Please remember to send me dates and venues of your workshops and performances!


Oh, and I'm going to Disneyland in 2012 - hope to see you there!!!

Blessings to you,



NorCal - Nancy Schmitt, Regional Coordinator
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Dear Ringers and Directors,

It is that time of year again. Choirs are back to their rehearsals, reading through lots of music, performing, and looking for festivals to attend. Look no further! The Redding Handbell Festival is right around the corner on October 22 and 23. It will be held at Simpson University Heritage Life Center in Redding, California, and the guest conductor will be Larry Sue. Larry was kind enough to come to Redding on September 11 to lead thirty-two ringers in a pre-festival workshop. We had a great time, and we're off to a great start on the massed numbers as well as the bronze pieces. We invite you all to come to the festival and participate in classes and massed ringing. This year we have added a bronze level choir, and we'd love to have more ringers participate. Also, individual choirs may play solo numbers at the final concert. Velocity Handbell Ensemble will be performing, as well as Barbara Brocker, bell tree soloist. So please check out the Area XII calendar for all of the information and to register for this outstanding Northern California event!

Speaking of events:
  • On Sunday, October 24 at First Presbyterian Church, 2315 Placer Street in Redding, Velocity Handbell Ensemble will perform their Rhythm and Bells concert at 3 p.m.
  • On Sunday, November 21, the Carillons Handbell Choir will perform A Musical Journey Around the World at St. James Lutheran Church, 2500 Shasta View Drive, Redding at 3 p.m. This will be a benefit concert to help the Castle Church of Wittenberg, Germany start a bell choir.
  • And on Saturday, November 27, RiverBells will perform at the Country Christmas Faire, 11228 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley from 1-3 p.m. A map for this location can be found at
If you have an event such as a workshop, concert, or festival coming up, please contact me so I can be sure to include it in the next enews.


Nancy Schmitt
Nevada - Barbara Walsh, Regional Coordinator
Barb Walsh HeadshotAs a reminder, there are two workshops in Nevada this month:

Northern Nevada Ringers Workshop
October 2nd
Sparks United Methodist Church
Sparks, Nevada
Clinician: Tess Houston

Las Vegas Ringers Workshop
October 1st and 2nd
First Presbyterian Church
Las Vegas, Nevada
Clinician: Larry Sue

And don't forget:
The  19th Annual 12th Night Handbell Festival
January 15 & 16, 2011
South Point Hotel
Las Vegas, Nevada
Clinician: Tim Waugh
Contact: Dixie Bailey, registrar

For more details, visit the Nevada section of the Area XII Web site or contact me at

Hawaii - Karen Carlisle Regional Coordinator
Karen Carlisle

Dan and I have been away from Hawaii for awhile welcoming our new daughter into the world. Kailee Madison Carlise, our new adopted daughter, was born on August 24th. She weighed 8 lbs 10 oz., and was 20-1/2 inches long. We have been getting to know each other, and as this newsletter reaches you, Dan and I and Kailee will be headed back home to Hawaii.

Meanwhile, while we were gone, the fall workshop organized by Young Pak was held once again at Harris United Methodist Church. While I couldn't be there, I understand there were about 40 in attendance, and things went well.

Stay tuned for more information as we continue to plan for an event in 2011.

NATIONAL NEWS: Area Leadership Training 

Each fall the National office invites area leaders to participate in a training. While these sessions are usually focused on a particular job - such as treasurer or events coordination - this year's sessions will likely focus on the new National initiatives. Area XII Chair Elect Laurie Sanders will be representing Area XII at the meeting, and we look forward to hearing how the National office will be moving forward with the new initiatives plan. Stay tuned.
Calendar of Events  October-November

October 1-2, 2010, 7-9 p.m. and 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Las Vegas Ringers Workshop. Clinician: Larry Sue. First Presbyterian Church, 1515 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, 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, 7:00 p.m. Bell Appeal in a Halloween Concert at "The Haunted Church," 1525 Waller Street, San Francisco, California. Freewill donation. Contact: Susan Griffin at

October 30, 2010, 4:30 p.m. Bell Appeal in a Halloween Concert at "The Haunted Church," 1525 Waller Street, San Francisco, California. Freewill donation. Contact: Susan Griffin at

November 6, 2010, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. The 7th Annual Methodist Mass Ring under the direction of Dorothy Straks, will be held at Davis United Methodist Church, 1620 Anderson Road, Davis, California. Registration before October 8 is $10/ringer and $75/choir. After October 8, registration is $12/ringer and $90/choir. Contact: Bruce Pettit at 


November 14, 2010, 4:00 p.m. Pacific Bells in concert at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 5950 E. Willow Street, Long Beach, California.

November 21, 2010, 3:00 p.m. The Carillons Handbell Choir performs A Musical Journey Around the World at St. James Lutheran Church, 2500 Shasta View Drive, Redding. This will be a benefit concert to help the Castle Church of Wittenberg, Germany start a bell choir. Contact: Nancy Schmitt at

November 27, 2010, 1:00-3:00 p.m. RiverBells will perform at the Country Faire, 11228 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley. A map for this location can be found

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