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AGEHR Area XII Newsletter
February 2011
In This Issue
Handbell Resources
West Coast Handbell Supply
Bell Trees and More
From the Top Music
Bell Loan Program
Area XII Board
Upcoming Concerts
A Message From the Chair
Area XII Happenings
National News
Calendar of Events
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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

February 6, 2011
4:00 p.m.
Bel Tempo
Davis Community Church
412 C Street
Davis, CA
San Francisco Bay Area

February 26, 2011
7:00 p.m.
Bay Area Handbell Festival
Final Concert

First Covenant Church
4000 Redwood Road

Oakland, CA

To view all the events on the Area XII calendar click here

Or go to the Areas portion of the web site (click on your state or area at top of home page) to see which concerts and events are happening near you.
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Ah Spring...oh, wait. It's only the first of February. But some days this west coast weather sure feels shorts worthy!


Isn't a good thing that ringing handbells is one activity that doesn't depend on the weather?


All you have to do is sign up and GO! Happy ringing - rain or shine.

A Message from the Chair
Rima Greer
Happy February everyone!

By now you're deep back into bells, prepping for your spring concert, Easter, Spring Rings and events, or all of the above! This is an exciting time to be part of the handbell community. We're moving forward on so many levels, with big progress at AGEHR National, progress in how we ring, and progress in how we're perceived by the rest of the world. What a fabulous time to be handbell artists!

But when I think about ringing, I always come to the realization that the very best part of handbells isn't bells - it's people!  You and your ringing friends, and all my ringing friends, and all their ringing friends are a giant brother/sisterhood that transcends culture, geography and languages in a very special way. I can say without hesitation that becoming a handbell artist has probably had as large an impact on my life as a whole as any other thing I have ever done. I'm sure many of you feel the same way.

And so I'm looking forward even more to the upcoming Area XII events, Spring Rings and concerts, and ahead to National in Minneapolis, and to next year in Disneyland. Because the only thing more fun than handbells is handbell PEOPLE.

Area XII Chair
Communiqué (From the Communications Director) 
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Now and then I like to sign up to play really, really hard music at a really, really fast pace (DB East, Italian Symphony, somewhere around a tempo of 175-180 -sheesh!).

Now and then I like to show up at the last minute and fill in as a substitute ringer for a neighboring church group that's playing Level 1 music. Soooooo relaxing....

Now and then I like to push with my quartet Velocity to play something like the Blue Danube Waltz with only four ringers - we're sweating by the time it's all over!

And now and then I like to ring next to the brand new ringer in my church's beginner group and help her count just so I can see the huge smile on her face when she gets every note perfectly for the first time.

The great thing about now and then is there is now AND then, and Area XII's got now and then opportunities, too.


  • There are lots of opportunities in February through May to ring at an Area XII event: from SoCal to the Bay Area to Reno - and even in Hawaii this year. You'll want to sign up NOW!
  • The deadline for the Area XII Composition Contest is coming soon - get your entries in NOW!
  • I just got my National ballot in the mail - I should send it in NOW (you, too....).
  • If you started saving today and put away only $1 a day (skip the latte at Starbuck's or eat in), by next February THEN you will have saved enough to register for the Area XII conference at Disneyland.
  • If you and your group attend an event this spring and everyone gets excited from seeing an incredible performance, THEN you can channel that enthusiasm to work on Level 3 (fill in your level here) music next year.
  • If you're paying attention to our online communications over the next year, THEN you might be lucky enough to win a prize....
Life is full, so enjoy - now AND then.

P.L. Grove
Communications Director
Area XII Composition Contest - Last Call!
The deadline for entries for Area XII's biennial composition contest is looming, and this is your last reminder to get your submission in!

Every other year, Area XII sponsors a contest to encourage composers to write new music for handbells and to create an exciting new piece for our next conference. As you probably know by now, in 2012 the Area XII conference will be at Disneyland, so any of you composers or budding composers out there are encouraged to be particularly creative with this one. The winner of this contest receives a cash award, and the selected piece will be performed at the next Area XII conference being held in June 2012 at Disneyland in Anaheim, California.


Reminder that all contest submissions must be postmarked by
February 26, 2011 and should be mailed to:
P.L. Grove
AGEHR Area XII Composition Contest
5665 Leona Street
Oakland, CA  94605

Electronic submissions and e-mails should be sent to

For full details of the 2011 Area XII composition contest, go to the Area XIi Web site.
SoCal - Michèle Sharik, Regional Coordinator

Hi, everybody!

Busy, busy, busy! Everybody is busy making beautiful music with handbells! But no matter how busy you are, you'll want to check out these links:


Upcoming Concerts:  Las Campanas (First UU of San Diego) with Swarmius ensemble and composer Joseph Waters to premier Dragon at the New West Electronic Arts & Music Organization Festival at San Diego State University, Saturday Feb 26!

Handbell Opportunities:  Ringers wanted at Clairemont Lutheran Church (Clairemont Mesa) and San Carlos UMC (San Diego).  Handbell Director wanted at Village Church (Rancho Santa Fe).

Upcoming Events:  Don't forget to register for 2011 Spring Ring and Bronze Vision!  The Early Bird discount expires March 1st!

Check out our Facebook page for the latest SoCal handbell information!

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My best,


LA Metro - Debbie Shaw, Regional Coordinator
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Just a quick reminder that the LA Metro Spring Ring is on Saturday, March 19, at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana. We are now taking registration for this all-day event featuring Michele Sharik as our clinician. You can order your music through West Coast Handbell Supply and start practicing now!

For all the details head on over to the LA Metro page of the web site. And make sure you check back in the next few days for more information on the classes!

See you there!




P.S.  Check out our LA Metro Facebook page!

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CenCal - Kathie Mackie, Regional Coordinator
Kathie MackieGreetings from Central California!

Well, I hope you've all recovered from the holidays and life has gotten back to normal in this new year. I know my handbell choirs are back in full swing now, preparing for our worship and concert ringing.
How many of you are bell maintenance challenged? Recently I was surprised to discover just how little I could remember of the bell maintenance class I took a couple of years ago, when my C7 ringer watched her clapper go flying off into the church pews one night at rehearsal! (Yes, our handbells certainly keep us hopping - in more ways than one!) Fortunately, I keep a copy of the maintenance manual with my music folder for emergencies. Even something as simple as a clapper can look very complicated if you're mechanically challenged. Now, I've only been with the group with the "flying clapper" for a few months, so it simply takes time to cover all that needs to be covered in our hour and a half rehearsal each week. But as a director, I do feel it's important to teach my ringers how to do some of the simple, basic maintenance on their bells. It's just crucial to maintaining the "health" of the bells by properly caring for them.

On another exciting note, our Central Coast Spring Ring information is now available, so be sure to check the Area XII web site for the details. If you've never attended a Spring Ring, then you're missing a great experience! Local one-day festivals, in my experience, are a bit more informal and relaxed, and there are generally not such large numbers of attendees as at Area and National Conferences. So if you're looking for a more intimate, hands-on experience with more personalized attention, please check it out. I find the Spring Ring to be a little more accessible (closer to home), but you have a unique opportunity to learn new things from a wide variety of clinicians. I hope you will be able to attend!

As always, happy ringing!

Kathie Mackie
SF Bay Area - Beckie Wiley, Regional Coordinator
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Former Area XII Chair Dave Ruder and his wife Dian recently spent several weeks in Morocco and Spain introducing hand chimes to approximately 200 children, ranging in age from 3 to 14. Each class session began with Dian playing a solo arrangement written by Dave. The children then had the opportunity to make music on an instrument they had never seen before. Dave commented, "The children were very enthusiastic and had a great time learning about music. They loved the hands-on experience!" The teaching sessions often closed with them ringing "Happy Birthday," while the children sang in Arabic, French and English.

Dave & Dian in Morocco


On a technical note, Dave and Dian used black, self-adhesive Armaflex insulation tape to prevent the chimes from clinking while Dian played four-in-hand. The tape - which is 1/8 of an inch thick and two inches wide - was cut to fit the handles and worked perfectly.


Thanks to Dave and Dian for being wonderful ambassadors of our musical art! Look for more pictures of Dave and Dian's adventures at the Spring Ring in Cupertino on March 25 and 26.


And don't forget to attend the Bay Area Handbell Festival in Oakland on Saturday, February 26. 


More information about these and other events can be found on the Area XII calendar and the SF Bay Area portion of the web site.


As you prepare for your spring concerts, don't forget to send me the details so I can fill in our web site calendar.


Blessings to you all, 



NorCal - Nancy Schmitt, Regional Coordinator
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I'm sure you all know the famous saying "good things come in small packages." Well, that is what the Carillons Handbell Choir experienced on December 19 at Hope Baptist Church in Redding. This very small church of only 40 members invited us to play a short concert for them, as they are interested in starting a bell choir. We received such a warm and enthusiastic reception from them. The children were very attentive and asked great questions. We especially liked the question from one little girl: "How does Jesus make the bells?" At the end of the concert, the children had the opportunity to come up and play a song on the bells. What a blessing that afternoon was for us.

Now for all of you parade and rodeo fans, there is a unique "western" opportunity coming up in Redding on May 21 at 10 a.m. The Redding Marching Handbell Band is in the planning stages for their first ever "march," and they are looking for 48 ringers. Here is your chance to re-live those high school/college marching band days by becoming a part of this group. Of course, you will probably want to stay on and attend the Redding Rodeo. So get out your cowboy or cowgirl hat and march to this e-mail address for registration forms, bell assignments, music and more information: Julie Hunziker at

And as always, check the Northern California web page for upcoming concerts and events in the area. We have the upcoming concert by Bel Tempo on February 6 and the RiverBells workshop in April. If your group is hosting an event or concert, don't forget to let me know so I can put it on the calendar.


Nancy Schmitt
Nevada - Barbara Walsh, Regional Coordinator
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To misquote Meredith Wilson's certain shy librarian, "There were bells in the hotel, but we never heard them ringing; no, we never heard them at all, 'til there was you." The 19th Annual Las Vegas Twelfth Night Handbell Festival Concert was a resounding success thanks to the excellent organizational abilities of Janet Ty and Dixie Bailey. Tim Waugh returned as the event's "music man," and through his extraordinary leadership and conducted, he coaxed several hundred ringers out of their comfort zone and into creating some great musical sounds. He made us believe that handbell music should be visual as well as auditory and, to continue the misquote, "There was music, and dancing, and laughter in the air..." It was an uplifting weekend - the kind that can change a ringer's approach to music!

Our next event is the Ninth Annual Sierra Spring Ring on April 9. Held in Reno, Nevada this year, the music for massed ringing is lovely, accessible and "ringer friendly." Tess Houston will once again be our clinician, and she is ready to help us turn separate notes into lyrical music. This event is known for its hospitable atmosphere that is ideal for learning.

Are you wishing for more of the wide open spaces that Nevada has to offer? Well maybe the First Annual Sierra Radical Ring is the right fit for you! Beginning Friday evening, April 8, and continuing amidst the Sierra Spring Ring on April 9, the Radial Ring features music that is a bit more of a challenge. We will color the air with our bells as we boldly tackle Level 4 music! Tess Houston will once again be our fearless leader, and Reno's own Tintabulations Handbell Ensemble will help facilitate the fun!

For more information and to download a registration form, visit the Nevada section of the Area XII Web site or contact me at

Barbara Walsh
Hawaii - Karen Carlisle Regional Coordinator
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Aloha all!

I am excited to report we have scheduled our Aloha Ring for Saturday, May 28, 2011 at Kailua Elementary School. This event is even more exciting because we have two talented clinicians coming from the mainland. Former Area XII chair P.L. Grove will be on hand to teach classes, and our guest conductor is none other than the incredible Tim Waugh! I am really hoping you can all attend and will spread the word to all the handbell choirs and ringers on the island. Registration information will be available soon, so watch the Hawaii web page of the Area XII web site for updates.
NATIONAL NEWS: National Elections and New Initiatives

The National office has announced the candidates for the 2011 elections of its board, and if you are a member of the Guild, you should have received your ballot in the latest issue of the Overtones. This election is significant since it will yield the board members for the newly named Handbell Musicians of America, who will play a major role in shaping the future of the organization as it moves forward with its new initiatives.

One of the new initiatives is a commitment to the use of technology to unite our membership, and as a means of underscoring that commitment, this year's candidates have submitted online video interviews. Please take advantage of the opportunity to read the candidates' statements and view their videos online to get a better sense of what they have to offer.

The list of candidates, along with their video interviews, can be found on the National Web site at All ballots are due to the National office by March 15, 2011, so don't delay.

Speaking of new initiatives, there are lots of things happening, and while most of them have been behind the scenes until now, you are probably beginning to see evidence of the work. One major change is the availability of online registration for the first time for the National Seminar taking place this summer in Minneapolis. If the idea of online registration scares you, don't let it get the best of you! There is now an online tutorial to assist members with the online registration process and renewing and updating your membership online, so make sure you check it out.
  • For information on this summers National Seminar in Minneapolis, click here.
  • And for the latest news on the Handbell Musicians of America new initiatives campaign, click here.

For more general information, visit the
Calendar of Events  February-March

February 6, 2011, 4 p.m. Bel Tempo in concert at Davis Community Church, 412 C Street, Davis, California. Contact Mary Balkow at
February 26, 2011. The 16th Bay Area Handbell Festival, First Covenant Church, 4000 Redwood Road, Oakland, California. Rehearsals and classes all beginning at 9 a.m; concert (open to the public) begins at 7 p.m. Directors P.L. Grove and Dolores Rhoads, with class clinicians William Kyle, Gretchen Rauch and Carol Smith. For more information contact P.L. Grove at or Dolores Rhoads at

March 24, 2011. Bay Area School Festival, All Saints Catholic Schoo, 22870 Second Street, Hayward, California. Kathleen Wissinger, clinician. For more information, contact Dian Ruder at
March 25-26, 2011. Bay Area Intense Ring and Spring Ring, Valley Church, 10885 N. Stelling Avenue, Cupertino, California. Michael Glasgow, conductor, with class clinicians Rima Greer, William Kyle, Dave and Dian Ruder, Michele Sharik, Larry Sue and Cheryl Baker Woldseth. Concert begins at 6:30 p.m. and is open to the public. For more information contact Dave Ruder at

March 26, 2011. Bakersfield Spring Ring, Bakersfield, California. For more information contact Dianne Bryant at


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

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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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