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Handbell Musicians of America               Area 12 Newsletter
October 2011
In This Issue
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Bell Loan Program
Area 12 Board
Upcoming Concerts
A Message From the Chair
Area 12 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 12 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 12 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 12 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.......Julie Vaquilar
CenCal.............Lori Smith
LAMetro.......Pearl Marshall
SoCal..........Michele Sharik
Nevada.......Barbara Walsh
Hawaii.........Karen Carlisle

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

Please check the Calendar of Events below for full details.

Northern California

October 23, 2011
2 p.m.
Tintabulations in Concert
St. James Lutheran Church
2500 Shasta View Drive 
Redding, CA
To view all the events on the Area 12 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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This month marks the "official" change for our organization from the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers to the Handbell Musicians of America. While that won't mean a big difference in terms of our events over the next year, you will definitely begin to see some changes. Read on to find out more information about this exciting transformation! 
A Message from the Chair
 Rima Greer
It's October, and I have to say I'm thrilled with the proliferation of Halloween concerts I've been hearing about. Handbells REALLY aren't just for Christmas anymore!

Here at the Area 12 Board, we're doing our big gear-up for our 2012 conference at Disneyland. We will be meeting on October 8th to put the finishing touches on the Dland plans and should have registration rolling out very soon! We're also going to be welcoming our three new Regional Coordinators and addressing some of our local issues.

Which brings me to the pleasure of welcoming our latest Regional Coordinators: Lori Smith (Central California) and Julie Vaquilar (San Francisco Bay Area)! We will miss Kathie and Beckie, but they have been working with Lori and Julie to make this a smooth transition. We are always thrilled that folks volunteer their time to make the Guild everything it should be. Thanks Kathie and Beckie for your past service. And thanks Lori and Julie for stepping up into a leadership role. Without you, the wheels don't turn!

As for our Board meeting, please remember that this is YOUR Guild, and if there are any issues you'd like to see addressed, please email me at my very exciting new email address: chair@area12.handbellmusicians.org. How exciting is that??? Yes, as of October 1st, we are officially the Handbell Musicians of America! (Don't worry: all our old areaxii.org email and web addresses will continue to work for awhile, and we'll give you plenty of notice before they go away....)

Here's wishing all the Handbell Musicians out there a lovely October, and we look forward to seeing you at your Halloween, Thanksgiving and holiday concerts, 12th Night in Las Vegas, all your local Spring Rings, and - of course - Disneyland next summer!


Area XII Chair



Communiqué (From the Communications Director) 
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It's official! We're musicians! Ah, what's in a name....

While the name has officially changed, you will notice that some things in Area 12 have not. Don't be confused...we'll get there eventually. But there are many details still to be worked out, so for the time being you will see both old and new logos, as well as old and new email addresses in this publication and on our website. And that's okay: it gives us ALL time to settle in and get used to our new identity. Hmmm...kind of like that hyphen thing when you change your name after you get married, right? OK, well it's not quite the same....


I, for one, will fully embrace the new moniker of musician. How cool is that: actually calling ourselves what we have always been?


Let's not get too full of ourselves...we're still going to Disneyland next summer - you know, the place where everyone reverts back to childhood....


Speaking of that, we've got round three of our Treasure Hunt below, so make sure you take a guess. You never know if you'll be right when no one else is. And we're still looking for someone to beat Barbara Meinke's correct guess record of 15 minutes after the enews was sent!


And note below that we've extended the deadline for the showcase choir, so if you haven't put your submission in, there's still time. 


Also on the Disneyland conference front, in case you didn't notice last month, we've added more information to the main conference web page. Make sure you check back often since more detailed track descriptions are coming soon, as well as online registration.


Last month I said let's get back to ringing. This month, I suppose I should say "Let's make music, handbell musicians!"
P.L. Grove
Communications Director
October Treasure Hunt Clue


Congratulations to the September Treasure Hunt winner, Linda Krantz, who correctly guessed that Area 12 now has a PayPal button. For now, it lives at the bottom of the About Area 12 page at http://www.areaxii.org/AboutUs/AboutAreaXII. But we can put it anywhere we need it. It creates a much easier way for us to take donations from those who want to see our organization continue long into the future. So feel free to use it as often as you'd like!
But we digress...back to the Treasure Hunt! In case you still aren't aware, we're searching for hidden treasure on the Area 12 web site each month when your enewsletter is delivered to you. Each newsletter will contain a clue as to where on the Area 12 web site you can find something NEW. Use the clue to identify the new item. Be the first person to send an email with the correct answer and win the prize. For full details of the contest, eligibility requirements and a list of the prizes, go to the Contest Page on the Area 12 web site.  


Now, here's what you've been waiting for - the third clue: 

Three bears? Three pigs? No, not quite....

But three new characters have begun to write! 


The first eligible individual to send an email with the correct answer to info@areaxii.org wins this month's prize. Prize winners will be announced in the following month's enewsletter. All prize winners' contact information will be shared with the other winners to facilitate a potential prize exchange. 


Spread the word that we're on a treasure hunt....

Yo ho, Yo ho!


Disneyland Showcase Concert: Deadline Extended!


The deadline for applications from handbell groups wishing to perform at next summer's Area 12 conference has been extended to November 1st. 
For one more month, Area 12 is accepting applications from handbell groups wishing to perform a mini-concert on Friday, June 29, 2012, during the conference lunch hour. Any group affiliated with an Area 12 membership is welcome to apply.


To be considered for this concert slot, send an email to chair@areaxii.org indicating your interest to perform in the concert. Groups will be selected by a panel based on the following criteria:
  • Unique and appropriate repertoire
  • Exceptional performance ability
  • Technical ability
  • Musicality

A DVD of your group's performance is not required, but it is strongly recommended in order to give the panel a good sense of your choir's capabilities. (YouTube links may also be submitted.) In lieu of a video performance, a CD may be submitted. Once your initial email indicating your interest has been received, you will receive a response in order to coordinate submittal of your recorded materials.  


The new deadline for groups to apply for the Friday lunch concert spot is November 1, 2011. The panel intends to finalize its decision prior to the end of the year.

Applicants are especially encouraged to propose a repertoire in keeping with the conference location. Don't miss out on your chance to perform at the Happiest Place on Earth!

SoCal - Michèle Sharik, Regional Coordinator

Hello SoCal-ers!


Good news! Information about the 2012 Southern California Spring Ring is now available at the SoCal web page! I'll be sending out paper information packets soon, but if you like to be johnny-on-the-spot, feel free to print out the PDF that's on the web page and mail it in to me to reserve your floor space now. 


The holiday season is fast approaching, so please don't forget to send me your event information -- Christmas concerts, candle-lighting ceremonies, tree-lighting ceremonies, solstice celebrations, anything! I want to know about it so I can put it on the calendar. Help me help YOU bring in more people to hear the wonderful sound of handbells!


As always, watch our Facebook page for the latest SoCal handbell news.


Looking forward to hearing from all of you this fall!


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My best,

LA Metro - Pearl Marshall, Regional Coordinator
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Happy Fall Everyone!


I hope everyone's ringing year got off to a fabulous start! Our fall events are almost upon us.


There are still some spaces left for the Fall Ringers Workshop on October 15. With more time spent learning fewer pieces, we hope it will be an enjoyable, satisfying opportunity to brush up our ringing skills and connect with other ringers in the area. We are also pleased to add some new faces to our class staff roster. The Youth Festival on November 12 is right around the corner as well. There is still time to order and rehearse music and register for both the festival and Friday Night Bronze Challenge on November 11. Information and registration forms for both of these events are available on the LA Metro section of our website.


Spring Ring 2012 is tentatively set for March 24 with clinician Kath Wissinger! We are expecting a big turnout, so mark your calendars now and stay tuned for more information.


Both the Bells of Neighborhood at Neighborhood Church in Pasadena and the Carillon and Wesleyan Ringers of First United Methodist Church in Glendale are looking for more ringers. If you or someone you know might like to ring with these groups, plese let me know. 


The youth handbell choir from St. Matthew's UMC in Annandale, Virginia will be in town next June for the Disneyland Conference while on their choirs' 34th summer handbell tour. They are looking for a few concert venues while they are in town. If you are interested in hosting this exceptional group, please contact me and I will put you in touch with their director, Nancy Cappel. Learn more about the group at:



As always, let me know if your group needs ringers, is playing a concert or is having an event. We would love to help you get the word out. I am also interested in hearing your ideas and learning how I can best support you in your ringing.


Pearl Marshall


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CenCal - Kathie Mackie, Regional Coordinator
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Greetings Central California ringers!

I'm Lori Smith, your new Regional Coordinator. I discovered handbell ringing as a high schooler in my local church in Southern California. Subsequent moves and work schedules took me in and out of the handbell world for several years. The in between times were filled with participation in college choir, various church choirs, two additional church bell choirs, and ten years of International and Vintage Folk Dance. Upon relocating to Northern Calif (after two years in Brooklyn, New York), I sang with the Stockton Chorale. My passion for music is now fed by ringing with Opus Handbell Ensemble in Modesto. I am now able to participate in the wider world of handbells and I appreciate the opportunity to be your new Regional Coordinator for Central California.

Please make sure you send me information on your upcoming concerts, and let me know if you have any great ideas, needs or volunteer skills.

Lori Smith 

SF Bay Area - Julie Vaquilar, Regional Coordinator
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Hello Bay Area Ringers!


I am excited to be your new Bay Area Regional Coordinator. Many thanks to Beckie Wiley for her work in the past and for her help with forwarding me information during this transition.


As a brief introduction, I have been ringing in the Bay Area for almost 15 years with various groups. I currently ring with the SF State Handbell Choir and, until recently, I was also a member of Low Ding Zone, an all-bass ensemble.


Jumping into recent handbell news events:


The SF State Handbell Choir presented a joint concert with the Temple Hill Choir and Orchestra in Fremont on September 11. The event was a tenth anniversary memorial of 9/11 and included pieces such as Parting and Let There Be Peace On Earth. Parting is an original composition written in memory of the composer's father killed at the World Trade Center on 9/11. The memorial concert was well-received, much appreciated, and attended by close to 500 people.


Also in the news, KQED re-broadcast the program, "Ringing Up: Sonos Handbell Ensemble Concert" on September 21 and September 22, featuring music from Europe, Asia, and America. Details of the program can be found here: http://www.kqed.org/tv/programs/archive/index.jsp?pgmid=20210.


Here's a summary of upcoming events:


Sunday, January 8, 2012
Twelfth Night at Saint Andrew's
Saratoga, CA


Saturday, March 24, 2012
(Intense ring rehearsals begin Friday, March 23)  
Bay Area Spring Ring
Cupertino, CA
Preliminary details:


Be sure to send me your events so that I can post them in next month's newsletter.




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NorCal - Nancy Schmitt, Regional Coordinator
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You have all heard the expression: "It's a no-win situation." Then there is another expression you sometimes hear: "It's a win-win situation." The latter describes the Carillon Handbell Choir's experience this past summer when we traveled to Wittenberg, Germany to help a new bell choir get started at the Castle Church.


On Sunday, September 18, the Carillons traveled back to Paradise Lutheran Church to give the members a special thank you for donating their bells and equipment (which had been sitting in the closet for eight years) to Castle Church. We brought along a sheet cake, display boards, photo albums, and gave a short PowerPoint presentation so they could see and hear their donated bells being used by the new choir in Germany. Each member received a crocheted cross from the Carillons. The people were very thankful that we shared our experience with them. As one member said, "It was a win-win situation for everyone."


Fall is here, so why not get a fresh start to the season by taking part in the Redding Handbell Festival, October 21 (Red Zone) and October 22 at Simpson University in Redding, California? Our guest conductor will be Barbara Walsh from Reno, Nevada. Besides massed ringing and the Red Zone bronze choir, there will be classes in chimes, mallets, a reading session, rhythm games, and bottle band. Neil Gertner will be on hand to help with bell maintenance. Breakfast and lunch is included in the registration fee of $25.


Plan to stay overnight on Saturday and attend the Tintabulations Handbell Concert on Sunday, October 23 at 2 p.m. at St. James Lutheran Church in Redding. For more information please go to the Northern California portion of the web site or contact me at schmitt@awwwsome.com.



Nancy Schmitt
 Nevada - Barbara Walsh, Regional Coordinator
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Don't forget this fall and winter's big handbell events in Nevada: 

  • Saturday, October 1, 2011
    Fall Ringers' Workshop
    Reno, Nevada
    Clinician: Tess Houston
  • Friday-Saturday, October 7-8, 2011
    7th Annual Las Vegas Ringers' Workshop
    Las Vegas, Nevada
    Clinician: Nancy Jessup
  • Saturday-Sunday, January 14-15, 2012
    20th Annual Las Vegas 12th Night
    Las Vegas Nevada
    Clinician: David Weck

For more details on these upcoming events, check out the Nevada section of the Area 12 Web site or contact me directly. Oh, and don't forget to send me your concerts so we can advertise them on the web and in this newsletter.

Barbara Walsh

Hawaii - Karen Carlisle Regional Coordinator
Karen Carlisle

Here's a reminder that Christine Anderson is coming to Hawaii this month. Harris United Methodist Church is hosting a workshop with Christine, who will be focusing on improving technique and musicality.

During the day's events, Christine will incorporate weaving, passing of bells, and some 2-in-hand. She will also focus on how to make ringing more musical by finding the melody, phrasing and dynamics.


The workshop is on October 15, beginning at 1 pm at Harris United Methodist Church. Dinner will follow the workshop and then Christine will give a free solo concert.

While she is in Hawaii, Christine will also give several other performances at the following venues:

Oct. 9 - Central Union Church worship service, 8:30 AM

Oct. 15 - Concert after workshop, Harris UMC, 7 PM

Oct. 16 - Harris UMC worship service, 10:45 AM

Oct. 16 - Aiea UMC, 6 PM concert


And don't forget the Disneyland conference next summer, June 28 through July 1, 2012. Individuals and whole choirs are welcome, and registration will be opening soon.


NATIONAL NEWS: Guild Gets a New Name
Handbell Musicians of America
It was just one year ago that AGEHR president, John Pfeiffer, announced a bold new plan from the national board of directors. This New Initiatives Plan included three elements: (1) a technology update, (2) a new name for our organization, and (3) a plan for enhanced member benefits based on a member's area of interest. AGEHR members demonstrated their support for this plan through an overwhelming response to the fundraising campaign launched to help pay for these new initiatives.
Here we are, one year later, ushering in a major milestone in the New Initiatives campaign as our organization officially becomes the Handbell Musicians of America.
For more information about the New Initiatives campaign and our progress to date, check out the Handbell Musicians of America blog at http://handbellmusicians.blogspot.com/. If you haven't made a contribution, it's not too late to donate and show your support for handbells!
Calendar of Events  October-November


Saturday, October 1, 2011, 9 am-4 pm. Fall Ringers' Workshop, South Reno United Methodist Church, 200 De Spain Lane, Reno, Nevada. Clinician: Tessique Houston. For more information, contact Barbara Walsh at nevada@areaxii.org.

Friday-Saturday, October 7-8, 2011. Seventh Annual Las Vegas Ringers Workshop, First Presbyterian Church, 1515 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, Nevada. Clinician: Nancy Jessup. For more information, contact Dixie Bailey at dxbail@embarqmail.com.

Saturday, October 15, 2011. Fall Ringers' Workshop, First United Methodist Church, 145 North Kenwood Street, Glendale, California. Clinician: Barbara Meinke. For more information, contact Pearl Marshall at lametro@areaxii.org.

Friday, October 21, 2011, 6 pm. Ringin' in the Red Zone, Bronze Choir for Redding Handbell Festival, Simpson University, Heritage Life Center, 2211 College View, Redding. Clinician: Larry Sue. For more information, contact Nancy Schmitt at norcal@areaxii.org.

Saturday, October 22, 2011, 9:15 am-6 pm. Redding Handbell Festival, Simpson University, Heritage Life Center, 2211 College View, Redding, California. Final concert begins at 4:30 p.m. Clinician: Barbara Walsh. For more information, contact Nancy Schmitt at norcal@areaxii.org. 

Sunday, October 23, 2011, 2 pm. Tintabulations in concert, St. James Lutheran Church, 2500 Shasta View Drive, Redding, California. Admission is free; donations accepted. For more information, contact Nancy Schmitt at schmitt@awwwsome.com.  


Friday, November 11, 2011, 7-10 pm. Bronze Youth Challenge, First United Methodist Church, 134 North Kenwood Street, Glendale, California. Clinician: KatRyn Howell. Registration $10. For more information, contact Pearl Marshall at lametro@areaxii.org.


Saturday, November 12, 2011, 8 am-5 pm. Young Ringers' Handbell Festival, First United Methodist Church, 134 North Kenwood Street, Glendale, California. Clinician: KatRyn Howell. Registration $25 for HMA members/$30 for non-members. For more information, contact Pearl Marshall at lametro@areaxii.org.   

To view all the events on the Area 12 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 12 of the Handbell Musicians of America, also know as the Guild. The Guild 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.

Advertising Rates: 2011 Publishing Year

Two different types of ads are offered:

1.(a) An ad designed and formatted by you that is exactly 100 pixels X 300 pixels and sent in a jpeg or gif file. The ad will by hyperlinked to your website.

Cost:  $10 an issue    6 issues for  $54    11 issues for $94

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Cost:  $18 an issue    6 issues for $97  11 issues for $168

2.(a) A 1.5in. X 4in ad which can contain a picture or logo sent as a jpeg or gif file and will be hyperlinked to your website. You provide the text that will be formatted by the editor. 

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2.(b) A 1.5in. X 8 in. ad which contains a picture or logo sent as a jpeg or gif file and will be hyperlinked to your website.  You provide the text that will be formatted by the editor.

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Payment is due before publication.
DEADLINE is the 24th of the month

Please submit your ads to P.L. Grove, Communications Director via e-mail at info@areaxii.org.

Make checks payable to AGEHR Area 12
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Kathy Arnold, Treasurer
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