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           The Twelfth Tone E-newsletter
AGEHR Area XII Newsletter
March 2011
In This Issue
Handbell Resources
West Coast Handbell Supply
Bell Trees and More
From the Top Music
Director Wanted
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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From the Top Ad
Bell Appeal, a San Francisco-based handbell ensemble, is looking for a conductor starting May 1. We are a diverse ensemble of young and old that is sponsored by a church, but operates more like a community group. While we occasionally play at church (four-five times a year), but are more involved in our own themed concerts, attendance at mass rings and festivals, and paid gigs. We operate year-round and rehearse on Thursdays at 7:15 pm in San Francisco. Applicants are asked to submit a resume and attend an open rehearsal in April. Contact Susan Griffin at 415.397.2600 for more information.
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.

San Francisco Bay Area

March 26, 2011
6:30 p.m.
Bay Area Spring Ring
Final Concert
Valley Church
10885 N. Stelling Ave.
Cupertino, CA
Central California 

March 26, 2011
5:00 p.m.
Bakersfield Spring Ring
Final Concert

St. John's Lutheran Church
4500 Buena Vista Road

Bakersfield, CA


LA Metro


March 19, 2011
5:00 p.m.
L.A. Metro Spring Ring
Final Concert
Mater Dei High School
1202 W. Edinger Street
Santa Ana, CA


Southern California

March 5, 2011
7:00 p.m.
Adventures in Sacred Music
Christ Lutheran Church
4761 Cass Street
San Diego, CA


March 11, 2011
7:00 p.m.
SECC Handbell Festival
Final Concert
La Sierra University
Alumni Pavilion
400 Riverwalk Parkway
Riverside, CA

March 20, 2011
4:30 p.m.
Festival of Hymns
St. Mark's U.M.C.
3502 Clairemont Drive
San Diego, 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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There are so many Spring Rings and other events in the next few months, there is no excuse for not ringing to your heart's content.


Get your Spring Ring ON!

A Message from the Chair
Rima Greer
You wouldn't know it from the weather, but it's spring time. Time to figure out Easter, time to really crank your repertoire for spring concerts, and tome for Spring Rings!

As much as I'd love to go to every single one, rumor has it I still have another life, so I won't get to see all of you. But I'll be there in spirit with all of you, and bodily with some of you.
There's nothing like a handbell event to get your creative ideas flowing, so why not take a nice little notepad this time and jot down all those crazy ideas that hit you while you're at your spring event.
And why not share them here? In fact, I'd love to hear from you all! No kidding! Please let me know what epiphanies - large and small -  hit you at any March Spring Ring. And we will do the same for April (and May).
Above all, have a great time, both musically and socially. That's what we are all here for, after make some music and have some fun!


Area XII Chair

Communiqué (From the Communications Director) 
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I did a crazy thing. I signed up to organize, conduct and teach at the Bay Area Handbell Festival. Then I signed up my church choir to host the event at our church and play in it. Then I signed up my quartet to perform at the final concert, and I invited several of my friends to come and play, too.
Note to self: sign up for one thing, maybe two, at a time. Not four to six.
So as I am recuperating, I find myself in a little pain (YOU try conducting all day long and keeping a group of ringers together and see if your conducting arm isn't sore....) but in a lot of anticipation. Because if I had that much fun at an event where I was stressed out as an organizer, just THINK how much fun I'm going to have at the Cupertino Spring Ring. And at the Southern California Spring Ring. And just THINK how much fun YOU could be having at any one of the many other Spring Rings that are coming up.
Yeah, I did a crazy thing. But I had so much reward from the feeling that came from the ringers as we played Light of Peace, the deadpan look on Ruben Mendoza's face as he supplied the percussion parts for Syncopated Clock (as the audience was giggling away), and the spine tingling feeling as the organ, piano and massed bells all came together at the end of I Sing the Mighty Power.
Crazy has its rewards. What's that they say about pain and gain? Forget the pain part, just focus on the gain.  

P.L. Grove
Communications Director
Area XII Offers Scholarship for National Seminar
The Patty Marquart Scholarship assists one director in attending the AGEHR National Seminar, usually held each summer. The scholarship funds include registration fee and room at half the double occupancy rate, as well as any meals provided as part of the registration fee.

Applicants must:
  • Reside within Area XII (California, Nevada, Hawaii, or Guam)
  • Be attending his/her first National Seminar
  • Be a member or associated with an organizational membership of AGEHR
  • Currently be a director, or have contracted to be a handbell director within Area XII
Applications are accepted until May 1 prior to the next National Seminar. To be considered, download the application form, fill it out, and mail it to the current Area XII Past Chair (see address on application form).
If you or someone you know is interested in attending the National Seminar and is in need of funds, click here to find out more about the Patty Marquart Scholarship, or send an e-mail to
SoCal - Michèle Sharik, Regional Coordinator

Hi, everybody!

I've got good news and bad news

The good news is that our 2011 Spring Ring event scheduled for Saturday, April 9th is almost at capacity with over 150 ringers!  Space on the ringing floor is running out FAST, and is first-come, first-served, so if you want to participate in this amazing event, please send me your registrations right away.

The bad news is that March 1st was the Early Bird Discount deadline, so if you haven't already registered, you will need to pay the full amount. 

More good news is that the Bronze Vision sub-event scheduled for Friday, April 8th & Saturday, April 9th is completely full with 27 registrants, AND a waiting list. If you missed your chance to register for Bronze Vision, you may still come and observe the rehearsal, but please send me an email to let me know you plan to do that.

Don't forget to check out the Southern California page at the Area XII website for information about other upcoming events, concerts, and other handbell opportunities.

Finally, 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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Spring Greetings, Everyone!


March is here and Spring is "officially" just around the corner!  Have you registered for the LA Metro Spring Ring yet?  There are only 18 more days until the LA Metro Spring Ring.  There is still room for YOU!  The "Early Bird Discount" has expired but you can still register at full price.  Please let me know ASAP if you are planning to come so I can include you in the floor plan and classes.  All the info and registration forms are posted on the Area XII Website.  A quick email will let me know that you are sending me the paperwork.  Remember, new this year is a new schedule, 2 ringing levels and more break out sessions. 


I have just returned home from another fabulous Distinctly Bronze event - West in Bremerton, WA.  There were 14 of us from California!  I am still basking in the "afterglow" from the concert Sunday afternoon.  What a thrill it was to ring Rachmaninoff's "Prelude in C# minor" and Beethoven's "Joyful, Joyful".  The nerves of wondering if we can pull it together in 4 short days, and the adrenaline rush of playing amazing music is just a small piece of the DB experience. Our own Larry Sue had a piece selected for the DB Repertoire again this year.   There were a few videos posted on YouTube made during our rehearsals.  Just search Distinctly Bronze on YouTube and you can see what we do. 


On March 12 is our Semi-annual Area XII Board Meeting.  Please let me know if there is anything you would like me to bring to the meeting for discussion.


Please take a minute and check out the Area XII Calendar.  Concordia Irvine has several concerts coming up, and the Cathedral Bells will have their annual Handbell Concert on May 1st.  Cathedral Bells is one of very few 6 Octave choirs in our area playing advanced level music.  Their concerts never disappoint!


Hope to see you on March 19th!




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

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CenCal - Kathie Mackie, Regional Coordinator
Kathie MackieSpring is definitely in the air...or should I say "Spring Ring?"
This is my favorite time of year. I love watching everything "waking up" and coming "back to life" after a cold winter. Finally it is still daylight when I leave for bell rehearsals, and that always makes me feel brighter. To my mind, spring signals the bursting forth of life. That also means it's time for Spring Rings to burst forth, too, and I think that's exciting because my favorite thing in the whole world is ringing handbells!
So be sure to check this issue of our newsletter (see below) and the Area XII calendar for events, both in our area and elsewhere. First up this month in our region is the Bakersfield Spring Ring on March 26th. That's just a few weeks away so if you haven't already registered, don't delay. I'm planning to attend, so please stop by and say hello, and let's ring in spring together!

Happy Spring Ringing!

Kathie Mackie
SF Bay Area - Beckie Wiley, Regional Coordinator
Beckie Wiley

Last Saturday I thoroughly enjoyed attending the 16th Bay Area Handbell Festival at First Covenant Church in Oakland. Nearly 100 ringers from 15 ensembles attended this day-long festival that included stimulating classes, mass rehearsals and an awesome concert that featured special guest performances by soloist Kathie Fink, Velocity Handbell Ensemble, and soloist Ruben Mendoza. Kudos to P.L. Grove and Dolores Rhoads, who coordinated this event and served as its conductors. Next year's festival will be led by Arnold Sherman, known internationally as a clinician and handbell composer.


And if you missed the Bay Area Handbell Festival and are looking for a day-long workshop, there is still a bit of room at the Spring Ring for additional ringers or those who wish to attend some of the 12 classes. The Intense Ring is full, however, and a waiting list has been established.


Michael Glasgow is a delightful director and composer. Backed up by some terrific workshops with clinicians Rima Greer, William Kyle, Dian and David Ruder, Michele Sharik, Larry Sue and Cheryl Baker Woldseth, this promises to be a great learning and socially fun event for ringers from all over the Bay Area and beyond. And West Coast Handbell Supply will be bringing their store for music and other handbell needs. Displays, promotions and music exchanges are all a part of the action you won't want to miss!


Download forms and find further information about the Spring Ring at the Area Area XII web site or by clicking over to To register or get answers to your questions, contact registrar Carol Smith ( or event organizer David Ruder (


For more information about these and other Bay Area handbell events, check out the Area XII calendar or the SF Bay Area portion of the web site.


Happy Spring and Happy Ringing! 



NorCal - Nancy Schmitt, Regional Coordinator
Nancy Schmitt
Dear Handbell Musicians,
Ever get that urge to do something different - something totally outside of the box? Then come join the Far Northern Handbell Marching Team for a grand time on May 21st in Redding at the Redding Rodeo Parade. Bells will be ringnig as this group marches along playing some western songs. So put on your cowboy or cowgirl hat and march over to the following e-mail to sign up or get more information: Julie Hunziker,
The Carillons Handbell Choir and the Simpson University Handbell Choir will perform on Sunday, April 10. This will be a benefit concert for Castle Church of Wittenberg, Germany. The Carillons will travel to Wittenberg this summer to help Castle Church start a bell choir by leading three workshops, performing a concert, and playing for a church service. Carillons will also be presenting Castle Church with a gift of a two-octave set of Malmark bells and accompanying tables, pads, covers and mallets recently donated by Paradise Lutheran Church.

As always, please refer to the Northern California web page for upcoming events. And if you have an event that you would like posted on the Area XII calendar, please contact me. 

Nancy Schmitt
Nevada - Barbara Walsh, Regional Coordinator
Barb Walsh HeadshotIt's spring. The days are lengthening, the bulbs are sending up hopelessly optimistic shoots, and winter still has its icy talons deep in the landscape of northern Nevada. This is when handbell ringers are glad ours is an indoor sport! And yet, even with the hibernating qualities of winter outside, spring continues to advance, and the pressure mounts behind the multitude of music that comes with the season. Spring Rings, Radical or Intense Rings, spring concerts, it possible to get that much music polished in a few short weeks?
The answer comes when one looks at a bell practice. Shivering people arrive, greeting one another with happy exclamations. News is exchanged while tables and bells are arranged. Then practice begins, and an atmosphere of intense concentration emerges. Coats fly through the air as arms and wrists warm up. One hears cries of "Can we do measure 16 SLOWLY?" Rhythms bump, slow, hiccup, and graduall smooth into music. And 90 minutes later, one, two or three more pieces are at the "nearly ready" stage for whatever upcoming event is looming. One week at a time, as spring continues to push those idealistic green blades through the frozen ground, bell groups continue to forge through their music, hoping that by the time the flowers are blooming their music will be singing as well.
The next event in northern Nevada is:

Ninth Annual Sierra Spring Ring

April 9, 2011 - 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tess Houston, clinician

Cost: $7 per person
South Reno United Methodist Church
200 De Spain Lane
Reno, Nevada
Along with that event, will be the:
First Annual Sierra Radical Ring
April 8-9, 2011
7-9 p.m. Friday and 8-9:30 am and 12-12:30 pm Saturday
This is an opportunity to play advanced music with clinician Tess Houston and Tintabulations Handbell Ensemble. Location will be same as the Spring Ring, and cost is an additional $7 per person. Participants will perform at the Spring Ring final concert at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
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
Karen Carlisle
I have very sad news to report. The venue that was scheduled to host our Aloha Ring this May is no longer available. This means we will have to cancel our event unless we can find another location fairly quickly. The facility needs to be large enough to hold up to ten handbell choirs, and we would need to get confirmation in the next week or so to make this happen this year. If you or someone you know has a church or school that you think would work, please contact me this week.

Thanks to P.L. Grove and Tim Waugh for their willingness to teach at this event. If it doesn't work out for this year, we hope to find an appropriate event in the future and bring them over at another time.
NATIONAL NEWS:   Distinctly Bronze Goes West Again
For the second time, Distinctly Bronze - a national advanced ringing event - headed west to Bremerton, Washington this past weekend. Along the way, it picked up 14 Area XII ringers.
Area XII's own LA Metro Regional Coordinator Debbie Shaw, Southern California Regional Coordinator Michele Sharik, and Education Coordinator Tess Houston were among the notable attendees from California.
DB A12 Ringers  
 Also from Area XII were Barbara Meinke, Shannon Shaw, Beth Mays, Sandy Haynes, Linda Krantz (former Area XII secretary), Susanna and Wendy Ciaramitaro, Larry Sue (former Area XII membership coordinator), Julie Vaquilar, Matthew Meinke, and Jason Tiller.  
In addition to all the Area XII attendees, there were quite a number of college students, a few of who are pursuing music and even handbell degrees - always a Good Thing!
  DB College Ringers
Everyone seemed to have a great time under the direction of Jason Wells, and we look forward to hosting DB back on the west coast in the future. 


NATIONAL NEWS:   REMINDER! National Ballots Due

If you are a member of the Guild (Handbell Musicians of American), you received notice of national board elections in your January-February issue of the Overtones. The deadline for election submissions is coming up, so don't delay in filling out your ballot and sending it in to the National office.
This election is particularly 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.
For general information about National news, visit the
Calendar of Events  March-April

Saturday, March 5, 2011 7 pm. Adventures in Sacred Music (with the Mt. Olive Bell Choir, Gareth Guest-Clarinet, the Christ Lutheran Chancel Choir, and the Christ Lutheran Bell Choir). Christ Lutheran Church, 4761 Cass Street, San Diego, CA. For more information phone 858.483.2300 or e-mail

Friday, March 11, 2011 7 pm. SECC Handbell Festival Final Concert, La Sierra University, Alumni Pavilion, 500 Riverwalk Parkway, Riverside, CA. For more information phone 951.509.2313.


Saturday, March 19, 2011 LA Metro Spring Ring, Mater Dei High School, 1202 W. Edinger Street, Santa Ana, CA. Michele Sharik, conductor, with class clinicians Cindy Chaffee, Stan DeWitt, Ron Dotson & KatRyn Howell, Linda Krantz, Beth Mays, Barbara Meinke, Rudy Rodriguez and Mel Tully. Final concert begins at 5:00 pm and is open to the public. For more information contact Debbie Shaw at or visit the LA Metro web page.

Sunday, March 20, 2011 4:30 pm. Festival of Hymns, featuring St. Mark's Chancel Choir, brass and handbells, St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 3502 Clairemont Drive, San Diego, CA.

Thursday, March 24, 2011.
Bay Area School Festival, All Saints Catholic School, 22870 Second Street, Hayward, CA. 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, CA. Michael Glasgow, conductor, with class clinicians Rima Greer, William Kyle, Dave and Dian Ruder, Michele Sharik, Larry Sue and Cheryl Baker Woldseth. Final concert begins Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and is open to the public. For more information contact Dave Ruder at

Saturday, March 26, 2011. Bakersfield Spring Ring, St. John's Lutheran church, 4500 Buena Vista Road, Bakersfield, CA. Christine Anderson, conductor. Concert begins at 5 p.m. and is open to the public. registration deadline is March 2. For more information contact Dianne Bryant at 661.588.3254 or e-mail
Saturday, April 2, 2011, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. RiverBells Ringers' Workshop, with special guest Doug Benton. For more information, go to  
Sunday, April 3, 2011, 11 a.m.. RiverBells in worship with guest organist Doug Benton, Faith United Methodist Church, 3600 J Street, Sacramento, CA. For more information, go to

April 8-9, 2011. Southern California Bronze Vision and Spring Ring,
Hope Lutheran Church, 29141 Vallejo Ave, Temecula, CA. Christine Anderson, conductor with class clinicians Michele Sharik, Joe Rodriguez, Roy Attridge, and Gretchen Rauch. Final concert begins at 6:00 pm and is open to the public. For more information contact Michele Sharik at  
April 8-9, 2011. Sierra Spring Ring and Radical Ring, South Reno United Methodist Church, 200 De Spain Lane, Reno CA. Tess Houston, conductor. Final concert begins at 2:00 pm and is open to the public. For more information contact Barbara Walshk at  
Saturday, April 9, 2011, 3:45 p.m. Tintabulations concludes the Sierra Spring Ring with a special concert, South Reno United Methodist Church, 200 De Spain Lane, Reno, NV. For more information, contact Barbara Walsh at   

Saturday, April 9, 2011, 12:40 p.m. Timbre Ensemble performs during the lunch hour at the Southern Callifornia Spring Ring, Hope Lutheran church, 29141 Vallejo Avenue, Temecula, CA. For more information, e-mail   

Sunday, April 10, 2011, 2:30 p.m.. Velocity Handbell Ensemble performs its Rhythm and Bells concert, La Verne Church of the Brethren, 2425 "E" Street, La Verne, CA. A freewill offering will be taken. For more information go to   
Sunday, April 10, 2011, 3 p.m. Carillons and Simpson University Handbell Concert (a benefit for Castle Church of Wittenberg, Germany), St. James Lutheran Church, 2500 Shasta View Drive, Redding, CA. Admission is free, and a freewill offering will be taken. For more information, contact Nancy Schmitt at     


Saturday, April 30, 2011, 7 p.m. Tapestry in concert (featuring Canto Bello), Trilogy Vista Clubhouse, 1200 Clubhouse Drive, Rio Vista, CA. For more information, contact Carol Smith at     

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

Advertising Rates for the 2011 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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