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Handbell Musicians of America               Area 12 Newsletter
January 2012
In This Issue
Handbell Resources
West Coast Handbell Supply
Heitz Handbells
Bells of the Cascades 2013 Cruise
Bell Appeal Conductor Wanted
Bell Loan Program
Area 12 Board
Upcoming Concerts
A Message From the Chair
Area 12 Happenings
National News
Calendar of Events
Advertising Rates

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Bell Appeal,

the Bay Area's rockin'est handbell ensemble,

is looking for a conductor

The group plays concerts, weddings, festivals and other engagements.


We're looking for:

  • Some experience in conducting (choral, instrumental or handbells)
  • A love for rock and popular music in addition to more traditional repertoire
  • Creativity in concert production
  • A sense of humor and fun
  • Ability to arrange/compose music and/or play another instrument is a plus (but not required)

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  • A small stipend per rehearsal/performance
  • A committed and experienced group of musicians
  • Occasional rehearsal snacks
  • A logistics organizer (it's not all on you!)


Rehearsals are Thursday evenings in San Francisco's Haight Ashbury district.


Contact Susan Griffin at 415-397-2600 for an audition, and check out www.bellappeal.org for more information.

Area 12 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 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. 


January 15, 2012
4 p.m.
Final Concert
20th Annual Las Vegas
Twelfth Night
South Point Hotel and
  Convention Center 
9777 Las Vegas Blvd. S
Las Vegas, NV

Northern California

January 28, 2012
4 p.m.
Final Concert
Redding Bronze
First Presbyterian Church
22315 Placer Street
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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Happy New Year! Your Area 12 Board wishes you all another great year of making music with handbells!
A Message from the Chair
 Rima Greer 

Happy New Year everyone!


I'm sure you all had a fabulous holiday season ringing like mad! It's great fun, but it's nice to have a rest too.


On the other hand, there's no rest for handbell artists! January is the time to plan for the year ahead. Do you have your Spring Ring music yet? Do you know what your spring concert will be?


And, of course, the most important question - are you ready to sign up for the Area 12 Conference of the Century at the Happiest Place on Earth??? Registration will soon be live, and tracks will fill up fast! So, don't delay!


We've expanded our track system so you can make your conference experience exactly what you want it to be. Please do let us know if you have any questions about how it works. Any of us, including our wonderful Registrar, Kathy Arnold, will be happy to help you.


As I always say, we may be all about handbells, but handbells are all about people! Get out there and commune with your fellow artists, including your Board members! We are all here to serve you! Write us, call us, come chat with us at events! If you want to find me in person, we can meet up at the Bay Area Spring Ring, Area 12 at Disneyland, or National in Cincinnati. Let's talk about how we can make your Guild serve you!


Wishing you all a wonderful, happy, healthy 2012 full of friends and bells...



Area XII Chair


Communiqué (From the Communications Director) 
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Okay, the Christmas crazies are over! Time to start organizing for 2012.


I hope you're making your Disney list - which tracks are for you? Registration is almost here, and you'll need to know what to sign up for. If you haven't already checked out the huge list of tracks, get started now.


The incredible Kathy Arnold is back as our registrar this year, and she's putting together a list of things you'll need before you register, as well as a list of Frequently Asked Questions. Watch the conference page for updates and all the latest information.


Six months to Disneyland and counting!

P.L. Grove
Communications Director

January Treasure Hunt Clue


Congratulations to the December Treasure Hunt winner, Sandy Haynes, who was the first person to send in the correct guess for the December clue: there is now a Track Description page linked to the Conference web site. While most of the track descriptions are currently listed there, make sure you check back for the final version before you register for the Disneyland conference.
And since Sandy's guess was within a mere 8 minutes after the newsletter went out, she now holds the title for the fastest correct guess! Congratulations, Sandy!
If you still haven't heard about the Area 12 Treasure Hunt, we've invited members to search for hidden treasure on the Area 12 web site each month through this enewsletter. 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.  


Here's the sixth Treasure Hunt clue: 

Don't get caught standing in a line up

Get online now and be first to sign up 


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!


Scholarships Available for Disneyland


If you think you can't afford to attend the Area 12 conference next summer at Disneyland, think again.  


Every two years Area 12 offers scholarships to two Area 12 members to assist them with the cost of attending the Area 12 conference. The Jim Scott Memorial Scholarship fund assists one ringer and one director who demonstrate financial need by covering their registration, room fees (at double occupancy), and any meals that are included in the registration packet.

Applications are being accepted now through April 15th, so don't delay! If you or someone you know is interested, send in your application today.
To find out more information on qualifying for the Jim Scott Memorial Scholarship and to download an application, click here, or contact the Area 12 past chair at pastchair@areaxii.org.


The Happiest Place on Earth could also be affordable!

SoCal - Michèle Sharik, Regional Coordinator

The 2012 Southern California Spring Ring is coming in April 2012. Information & registration packets are now available at the SoCal web page

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



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My best,
LA Metro - Pearl Marshall, Regional Coordinator
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I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday, filled with the music of the season.


Our Spring Ring 2012 flyer and registration form are ready and available on the LA Metro page of the Area12 website. With nationally recognized clinician and composer Kath Wissinger directing our massed pieces, the ringing space will fill up fast. You'll want to get your registration in as soon as possible since table space will be assigned according to registration postmarks.


We are also pleased to offer Burst of Bronze, a Friday night off-shoot of the Spring Ring. This is an opportunity for bronze-level ringers from across our region to gather and work together under Kath's baton. This group will rehearse Friday evening (March 23) at Mid-Cities Baptist Church, and present their repertoire at the Spring Ring Closing Concert on March 24. More information can be found on the Spring Ring flyer and Burst of Bronze registration form posted on the website.


Ringers Wanted: We still have several handbell choirs looking for ringers. Our webpage has information about the groups and locations, rehearsal and performance schedules, average ringing level, specific position openings, and contact information for each group. If you need ringers for your choir, even on a substitute basis, please contact me so we can post your request.


New Year's Resolution: CONCERT NOTICES

This is a plea for your concert information for this winter/spring season. Please resolve with me to make a greater effort to publicize handbell concerts and events in our region. I do get regular inquiries from potential audience members. It would be nice to point them to a nice long list of opportunities to see and hear handbell music.


Remember, I am here to help you in any way I can. Please don't hesitate to contact me. 


Pearl Marshall

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CenCal - Lori Smith, Regional Coordinator
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Happy New Year Everyone!


While there's not much going on in Central California, ALL of Area 12's ringers have this summer's big event to look forward to. Check out the new information online and register as soon as it's available.


JUNE 28-JULY 1, 2012


Registration begins soon!


If you have upoming events and concerts, remember to let me know so I can post them in this newsletter, on the main calendar, and on the Central California portion of the Area 12 website.

Lori Smith 

SF Bay Area - Julie Vaquilar, Regional Coordinator
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Happy New Year, Bay Area! Ready to ring in 2012? 

Check out the Area 12 events calendar and start making plans. Even if the rest of your choir can't go, it doesn't mean you have to be left out of the fun. Attend as an orphan ringer! You'll get to make new handbell acquaintances, broaden your handbell musical experience, and expose yourself to ringing under different conducting styles.


And at many festivals, choirs are looking to fill in positions for absent members. So far I've been welcomed as an orphan ringer in Raleigh, Topeka, Plymouth (Minnesota), Omaha, and at last year's Twelfth Night Festival in Las Vegas.

So if you're wondering about how to make 2012 a varied handbell experience, attend more festivals. And if your choir can't go, go as an orphan. If interested, ask the contacts listed for the various events. They'll give you an honest response.


Nothing ventured, nothing gained.




Julie Vaquilar



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NorCal - Nancy Schmitt, Regional Coordinator
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Happy New Year Handbell Musicians,


I am sure that all of us are celebrating the end of a busy holiday season full of concerts. Hopefully we all can take a breather before starting on our next venture.


Perhaps your handbell choir is already making some New Year resolutions such as playing more often, doing more outreach concerts, planning to attend at least one festival or workshop, planning to recruit new ringers, and definitely planning to attend the Area 12 Disneyland conference the end of June.


Northern California's new event coming up January 28 is Redding

Bronze and it will be held in Redding, California. The final concert is open to the public and is free. Please refer to the Area 12 calendar of events to find out what is happening around the northern part of the state.


Nancy Schmitt

 Nevada - Barbara Walsh, Regional Coordinator
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Happy New Year Nevada!


There are barely two weeks left before the 20th annual Las Vegas 12th Night. Don't miss this major anniversary of our big local event!




Saturday-Sunday, January 14-15, 2012 

20th Annual Las Vegas 12th Night
Southpoint Casino and Convention Center

Las Vegas Nevada
Clinician: David Weck


For more details on this and other events in Nevada, 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
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Hau'oli Makahiki Hou everyone.


As the new year is here many exciting things are on the horizon. DISNEYLAND!!!!!! Yeah!!!!!
Registration will open any day now for next summer's conference June 28 through July 1.


I am putting together a conference choir from Hawaii to travel to Disneyland. Individuals and full choirs welcome. If you need or want more information let me know. This will be a wonderful experience to both new and seasoned ringers. Come and join the fun.

Looking back at this past year, a lot has happened: 

  • the addition of my two new babies in the past year
  • building a new addition on our house including a handbell rehearsal room (the house is not finished yet, but we have a wonderful rehearsal room)
  • and our fall workshop with Christine Anderson complete with a few of her concerts

It has been a good year. We hope to keep these handbell experiences going. If you are interested in hosting a  handbell event here in Hawaii, let me know.

Karen Carlisle

National Ringing and Learning Opportunities 
Handbell Musicians of America


The Handbell Musicians of America event for advanced ringers is now accepting registration applications. The fourth west-coast version of Distinctly Bronze returns to Bremerton, Washington and the Kitsap Conference Center February 23-26, 2012. Find detailed event information and application procedures here.


The Handbell Musicians of America Master Series provides a unique opportunity for participants to develop their skills as a conductor, composer, director or ringer. Acquire personalized one-on-one instruction from our master clinicians during this 3-day event at the beautiful Hilton El Conquistador in Tucson, Arizona. You will gain hands-on experience in a nurturing and supportive environment. For more information about class requirements and the application process, check out the national web site.


And the 15th International Handbell Symposium is happening next summer in Liverpool. All the details and registration information can be found on the national web site.

Calendar of Events    January-February

Saturday-Sunday, January 14-15, 2012  20th Annual Las Vegas Twelfth Night Handbell Festival, Final Concert is 4 pm on Sunday, January 15, South Point Hotel and Convention Center, 9777 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, Nevada. Clinician:  David Weck. For information contact Janet Ty at jyty@aol.com or Dixie Bailey at dxbail@embarqmail.com.

Sunday, January 28, 2012  Redding Bronze Handbell Event, Final Concert at 4 pm, First Presbyterian Church, 22315 Placer Street, Redding, California. Concert is open and free to the public. For more information, contact Nancy Schmitt at schmitt@awwwsome.com.


Saturday, February 25, 2012 The 17th Bay Area Handbell Festival, First Covenant Church, 4000 Redwood Road, Oakland, California. Director: Arnold Sherman. Rehearsals and classes begin at 9 am; concert (open to the public) begins at 7 pm. For information, contact Dolores Rhoads at doloresrhoads@gmail.com.


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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