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Area 12 Newsletter
February 2012
In This Issue
Handbell Resources
West Coast Handbell Supply
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Bells of the Cascades 2013 Cruise
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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Area 12 Board
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Elected Officers:
Chair.........................Rima Greer
Past Chair...................P.L. Grove
Chair Elect.............Laurie Sanders
Treasurer.................Kathy Arnold
Secretary.......Sue Coddington-Allen

Appointed Officers:
Communication............P.L. Grove
Webmaster......................Mel Tully
Events........................William Kyle
Education...............Tess Houston

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
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Please check the Calendar of Events below for full details. 

orthern California

February 25, 2012
7 p.m.
Final Concert
Bay Area Handbell Festival
First Covenant Church
4000 Redwood Road
Oakland, CA  

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February is "unofficially" registration month for this summer's Area 12 conference at Disneyland. Make sure you register by February 15th to take advantage of the Early Bird discount!
A Message from the Chair
 Rima Greer 

Happy February everybody!

Got your music for spring ring? Check the calendar below, and no matter where you are in Area 12 there are fabulous events coming up! Of course, that includes our fabulous Area 12 conference at Disneyland this June.


I want to take a moment to let everyone know that you, the handbell artist, are not just a cog in a group. You are all individuals, and you are all welcome at Area 12 events! And no, you're not "orphans" either. For me, the term "orphans" conjures up thoughts of sad, downtrodden waifs with no family. No, you are proud handbell musicians, foraging out into the universe to make new friends and conquer new music.


This year's Area 12 Conference in particular is designed for you as an individual. Our track system allows you to customize your conference experience completely, so you get just the classes and activities you like.


Of course, if you're bringing your whole group with you, that's great too! You can certainly all be individuals together if you want to...wait! That sounds like a handbell choir.... 



Area XII Chair


Communiqué (From the Communications Director) 
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One of the first questions I received after sending the conference registration enewsletter a few weeks ago had to do with cost. I want to take a moment to put things into perspective (okay, yes, it's my perspective, but indulge me, please).


If you're like me, you remember the "good old days" when Area 12 conference fees were under $100. First of all, do you realize that was 30 years ago??! And what did we "get" for that $100? One conference conductor and several classes. Oh, but back then, you say, conferences were organized by division. So, in essence, we got two conference conductors: the division conductor (A, B, C - or Coppers, Tins or Bronze in the really old days), and the massed conductor - my bad.


And if we're still reminiscing on the good old days, I remember packing all of the bells, foam, tables, covers, mallets, chimes - oh, and maybe there was a little room for luggage - into as many personal, large vehicles as we could find (sometimes even a camper where we cooked our own food and slept!) and driving for a day to get to the conference, ringing non-stop for three days, and then driving a day back home. Whew!


And - if I can be perfectly honest for a moment - I also remember that after five or six of those events, I felt the classes were all the same, I was only interested in attending IF it was a name/new conductor (Dr. Payn, David Davidson), and I was totally exhausted and burned out on bells when I got home.


When I go to conferences for other topics - yes, even those organized by non-profit organizations - I find the experience to be energizing. Yes, it's tiring going to all those sessions, but the chance to be with my subject peers, think outside the box and create new ideas, focus all my time on the conference and not on cooking or making my bed or getting back and forth from the cheaper hotel to the conference - well, it can be exhilarating when done well, and then I can't wait to attend the next conference.


That's the kind of experience I want for our Area 12 conferences. And it's the kind of experience I believe we're building with this summer's conference at Disneyland. 


What I've discovered in life (and most financial analysts will tell you) is that if you think of the cost as simply the money you spend, it's not a correct assessment. You've got to do a full cost-benefit analysis to see the worth of something.


So let's look at some of the benefits of this year's conference:

  • Access to more clinicians/conductors (this conference offers 7 main clinicians and two group teaching experiences).
  • Access to more subject classes, with the opportunity to take up to five tracks and two evening classes between Thursday and Saturday.
  • A continued tradition of the massed ringing experience, but the opportunity to work with three different conductors during the day.   
  • Performances by six different handbell groups/soloists throughout the weekend (see the concert announcement below). 
  • An incredible hotel experience, with the conference housed in the same resort facility (if you were at the last Area 12 conference, you will know how valuable a perk this is!). 
  • The chance to combine the expense of your handbell conference with your vacation expense (you could pay for a trip to Disneyland and a separate trip to a handbell conference, or enjoy both at this event)
  • To that end, discounted evening Disney park tickets and discounted hotel fees, even beyond the conference dates! 

Your Area 12 Board has also created a great system that offers discounts both for early bird registration and multiple day registration. As always, we have scholarships available - please take advantage of these if you are a first-time conference goer. And we still have four prizes to give out for the Treasure Hunt, which is a great opportunity to win yourself a $50 gift card to help with conference expenses.


I hope those of you who are concerned with the cost will also realize the unique, different and exciting benefits associated with this conference. It's quite possible there will never be another like it. Don't miss out on the opportunity to be energized instead of merely exhausted by a conference. Don't miss Disney this summer because you still long for the "good old days." The good new days are here - take advantage of them! 


P.L. Grove
Communications Director

February Treasure Hunt Clue
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Congratulations to the January Treasure Hunt winner, Cindy Ksiazek, who was the first person to send in the correct guess for the January clue, noting that conference registration is now open! If you haven't already figured that out, click here to go to the registration page (although we recommend you stop off at the conference page for some general information first). Congratulations, Cindy!

As for the rest of you, you are invited yet again 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: 

There's no mystery, no secret, or mask

If you have an inquiry, ask, ask, ask!   


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!


Now Playing: Performances at the Disneyland Conference
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There are now three more reasons to attend the Disneyland conference this summer.

In addition to Friday's concert by the conference choir, aka the Magic Ensemble under the direction of Carlos Rivera; Sunday's concert by Vivace, the concert performing group of the Youth Polyphonic Handbell Choir of Puerto Rico; and Sunday's concert featuring Velocity, the San Francisco Bay Area's premier quartet, there are three more incredible performances to look forward to.

Tintabulations, the self-proclaimed "mix-matched group of Nevadans who have found a common love in handbells" from Reno, Nevada; Cathedral Bells, the handbell choir of St. John's Church of Orange, California, that plays everything from Handel to toe-tapping ragtime to traditional hymn tunes; and lyrical handbell soloist Linda Krantz of Glendale, California have just been added as featured performers at this summer's conference.

Wow! This is gonna be good....


Magic Ensemble Auditions
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And if you're looking for your own chance to shine in performance, don't forget the conference choir. This year dubbed the Magic Ensemble, the conference choir offers advanced ringers a chance to ring under the baton of a renowned conductor other than their own. Our conductor this year is Carlos Rivera, director of Vivace, a featured performing choir at the conference. Mr. Rivera is an accomplished director, composer and teacher, and he brings his unique conducting and rhythmic skills to California this summer. Participants will benefit from his outside the box thinking about technique and movement, assignments, breaking the music down in rhythmic patterns, and handbells as an orchestral instrument.

Participation in the Magic Ensemble is through an audition process, and ringers must be willing to come to the conference a day early for rehearsals on Thursday, June 28th and pay an extra fee for the extra track (dinner and music included).

For more information on this exciting opportunity, check out the conference choir audition page on the Area 12 website or contact P.L. Grove at pastchair@areaxii.org


SoCal - Michèle Sharik, Regional Coordinator

Hey there, SoCal-ers!

Sorry I didn't have much information in the January enewsletter. I'm experiencing some health problems right now (a ruptured lumbar disc), but should be up and on my feet again within the next month. I had to cancel my Senior Recital at Cal State San Marcos, but will be rescheduling it for this coming fall, and will update the enews and the SoCal Facebook page once a new date is scheduled.

Meanwhile, we WILL still have our 2012 Southern California Spring Ring in April in Temecula, with our own Barbara Meinke as clinician!  The event is designed to help prepare you for the Area 12 Festival/Conference in Disneyland in June, so be sure to register soon and reserve your space on the ringing floor. Early registration helps us plan and provide better service for all attendees.  You should have received the paper packet in the mail, but if you didn't,information & registration packets are available at the SoCal web page

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LA Metro - Pearl Marshall, Regional Coordinator
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Can you believe it? Our Spring Ring is less than two months away. I hope everyone has had a chance to order and start rehearsing our massed and division repertoire.


Our Spring Ring 2012 flyer and registration form are available on the LA Metro page of the Area 12  website. With nationally recognized clinician/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.


This year we are offering a Ringing Only option. This has become a popular choice at festivals in other areas of the country. Choirs may now opt to ring with both divisions. This means that you would miss the class opportunities, but you'd have the whole day to ring with Kath!


Get ready for the Inter-Choir Games! These lunch-time activities will especially appeal to your youth, though everyone is welcome to participate. Some of the games may include cup-stacking, coordination elimination, and a pancake flipping relay!


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.


As always, please keep me updated on your concerts and other handbell events. Not only can I have them posted on our calendar, but this information will be useful as we develop new ringing events for our region.


Pearl Marshall  lametro@areaxii.org  
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CenCal - Lori Smith, Regional Coordinator
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Hello Central California! 

This month, I bring you good news from Sonora, California. Congratulations to the Mother Lode Adventist Junior Academy Handbell Choir, under the direction of Wendy Rivera, for winning an audition to participate in Disney's Performing Arts Workshops. This very talented handbell ensemble, comprised of students in grades 7-10, will be delighting their audience at Disneyland on May 20. By the way, this is their fifth consecutive win! Way to go, ringers!

There are several nice events coming up in Central California. Below is the preliminary information, so mark your calendars now, and we'll have further details soon. 

Saturday March 17 
Bakersfield Spring Ring 
St. John's Lutheran Church 
4500 Buena Vista Road 
Bakersfield, California 
Contact: Dianne Bryant

Saturday, April 28 
Atascadero Spring Ring 
Atascadero United Methodist Church 
11605 El Camino Real 
Atascadero, California

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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Flexibility is the Key to this year's Bay Area Spring Ring and Intense Ring.


If you haven't sent in your registration for the Bay Area Spring Ring (March 24) (and Intense Ring March 23), in Cupertino, don't delay. Solo choir performance slots are full, but there is still plenty of room to ring in the Spring Ring massed ring and the Intense Ring.


The Bay Area Spring Ring offers an opportunity for individuals, small groups or full ensembles to have a fun time ringing and taking great classes. Ringers can attend by themselves, ring the mass music under superb director Debra Carr, take classes from skilled clinicians and enjoy socializing with bell ringers from throughout the area. There is great flexibility.


Sometimes two or three from a bell choir attend; often full groups of ten or more. The event offers the flexibility of selecting from a variety of classes designed to meet many needs and desires. When groups of ten or more register together, the individual price of $20 drops to approximately $17 or less! All this, plus the opportunity to hear the bay Area's premier solo ringer, Carol Smith, in concert, plus other excellent groups in the final closing extravaganza. Everyone rings in the massed concert, which this year will also feature the Messiah Brass, a group of fantastic Bay Area musicians, in a 15-minute prelude. Other concert highlights are Tessique Houston on flute, Low Ding Zone - the world's only all-bass handbell ensemble, and a choral group will join Canto Bello on their solo number. It all sounds exciting!


Further flexibility is offered in determining the music you'd like to ring in the final concert. There are five selections, and many groups/individuals will play all five. Some may find one or more of the pieces too difficult for their skills, and that is okay. I find it's better at these events when ringers feel comfortable with their abilities (and I'm sure that will make the director happy, too).


For more information about this year's Bay Area Spring Ring or Intense Ring, go to the Bay Area web page of the Area 12 website. To register, contact Carol Smith at  carolsmith2@comcast.net.


I'll see you all there!


Julie Vaquilar



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NorCal - Nancy Schmitt, Regional Coordinator
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Dear Handbell Musicians,


Your handbell ensemble rehearses once a week. Your handbell ensemble plays for church once a month. Your community handbell ensemble plays during the holiday season. So I would ask this question: "When does your handbell ensemble become a handbell family?" Is it when you all start to feel like a unit instead of individual pieces? Is it when you rejoice together when a member gets married or becomes a parent? Is it when you all wrap your arms around a member who just lost a loved one or just found out they have serious health problems? Is it when you know you will be absent from rehearsal and you go out of your way to find a substitute ringer so the rehearsal can be productive? Is it when your director asks the seemingly impossible and you all pitch in and make it happen? Is it when a ringer is struggling with the music and everyone exerts patience and offers assistance?  


Handbell ensembles are unique because of a special bond that sooner or later turns them into a handbell family. Has your handbell ensemble become a handbell family, or is your ensemble still a group of individual pieces waiting to experience that "family" feeling?


Nancy Schmitt

 Nevada - Barbara Walsh, Regional Coordinator
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The 20th Las Vegas 12th Night was an event to remember! Thanks to Julie Vaquilar for giving us the following report on the event....


The final Las Vegas Twelfth Night Handbell Festival organized by founder Janet Ty is now history. The event had quite a sendoff with a little over 100 ringers (a good number of them in their teens) from 11 handbell choirs and about 60 orchestra musicians from the Las Vegas Academy Philharmonic.


Janet's original idea for this program was quite clever. Each August, she would send holiday music to handbell directors with choirs that might attend the festival. Choirs who chose to participate could rehearse and use the music for their holiday programs. By January, the choirs were already well-prepared to perform the repertoire.In addition, half the pieces would be returning pieces from the previous year's festival. Not only did that improve the familiarity ringers had with the music, it reduced the cost of purchasing new music each year for the event.


Janet also brought in nationally-recognized handbell directors to conduct the concerts each year. Past conductors include Arnold Sherman, Doug Benton, Lee Afdahl, Monica McGowan, and Tim Waugh. This year's festival director was David Weck, founder and director of the Agape Ringers.


Because this was the last Las Vegas Twelfth Night Festival under Janet's direction, there were many special touches to the weekend, both big and small. Ringers were treated to chocolate and frozen yogurt desserts. There was an unexpected post-concert reception with carved beef, Asian food offerings, fresh fruit and cheeses. The highlight of the reception was a huge sheet cake thanking both Janet and Dixie Bailey (registrar for the event) made by Michael Ty (Janet's son, who is a chef).


Janet took the time in between rehearsals to acknowledge the support of choirs that faithfully attended the event over the years:  Sun City Ringers/Summerlin Ringers (20 years);  Faith Lutheran High School (18 years);  University UMC (16 years);  Harmony Ringers (12 years);  Tintabulation from Reno (12 years). Jenny Cauhorn, executive director of the Handbell Musicians of America, and Stephanie Rhoades, Guild board member, were both present to offer their best wishes to Janet.


The festival concert was attended by an appreciative and large audience. The back wall had to be removed soon after the concert started to accommodate the people that continued to pour in.


The program itself consisted of nine mass ring holiday pieces including Carol of the Drum, a Czech carol melody adapted by Michael Glasgow, Celtic Christmas Jig, arranged by Linda Lamb, and Bright and Glorious is the Sky, the 2011 commissioned piece for the event.


The program included solo pieces from the Summerlin Choirs, Tintabulation, the Las Vegas Academy Master Ringers, the Harmony Choirs, Faith Lutheran High School, and the Las Vegas Academy Philharmonic.


Thanks to Dixie Bailey and Michael Ty for making this event extra special. And a very big thank you from all of us at Area 12 to Janet Ty for her years of tireless dedication to the art of making music with handbells. Best wishes always for many more happy ringing years to come.

Barbara Walsh and Julie Vaquilar 

Hawaii - Karen Carlisle Regional Coordinator
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I wanted to remind everyone that we're organizing a Hawaii choir (or possibly two?) to travel to Disneyland this summer. If you think you are even slightly interested in going, please contact me now - we want to make sure we get early bird discounts and details taken care of soon.


And again, if you are interested in hosting our own events here in Hawaii, let me know. 

Karen Carlisle

National Ringing and Learning Opportunities 
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The Handbell Musicians of America Master Series events were held this past January in Tucson, Arizona, and Area 12 had several representatives in attendance.


Ramona Miller attended the Master Class in Conducting, and Wendy Ciaramitaro took the Handbell Director Skills Development course. The two other atendees - Doug Jones and Roxanne Ford - were in the Ringing Techniques and Proficiency course taught by Area 12's own Michèle Sharik.

Area 12 attendees at Guild's 2012 Master Series 

If you're looking for other national (and international) handbell experiences, don't forget Distinctly Bronze West returns to the Kitsap Conference Center in Bremerton, Washington this February 23-26; National Seminar will be held in Cincinnati, Ohio from July 18-21 this summer; and the 15th International Handbell Symposium will be held from July 31-August 4 this summer in Liverpool. All the details and registration information for these events can be found on the national web site.

Calendar of Events    February-March

Saturday, February 25, 2012, 9 am-8 pm  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


Saturday, March 17, 2012, Time To Be Determined  Bakersfield Spring Ring, St. John's Lutheran Church, 4500 Buena Vista Road, Bakersfield, California. Clinician: To be determined. For information contact Dianne Bryant at kidsncanines@netzero.com.  

Thursday, March 22, 2012
  Bay Area School Handbell Festival, All Saints Catholic School, 22870 Second Street, Hayward, California. Clinician: Michèle Sharik. For information contact Dian Ruder at dianruder@comcast.net.


Friday-Saturday, March 23-24, 2012, 7-10 pm and 10:30 am-7:30 pm  Bay Area Intense Ring, Valley Church, 10885 N. Stelling Road, Cupertino, California. Clinician: Deborah Carr. For information contact Carol Smith at  carolsmith@comcast.net.


Saturday, March 24, 2012, 8:30 am-7:30 pm   Bay Area Spring Ring, Valley Church, 10885 N. Stelling Road, Cupertino, California. Clinician: Deborah Carr. Final concert begins at 6:30 p.m. For information contact Carol Smith at  carolsmith@comcast.net.


Friday-Saturday, March 23-24, 2012, 7-10 pm and 3:30 pm-6 pm Burst of Bronze advanced ringing event, Mid-Cities Baptist Church, 14391 Newland Street, Westminster, California. Clinician: Kath Wissinger. For information contact Pearl Marshall at lametro@areaxii.org .


Saturday, March 24, 2012, 8 am - 5 pm  LA Metro Spring Ring, Mater Dei High School, 1202 West Edinger Avenue, Santa Ana, California. Clinician: Kath Wissinger. Final concert begins at 5 pm. For information contact Pearl Marshall at lametro@areaxii.org.


Friday,March 30, 2012,Time To Be Announced  It's About Time, Bell Appeal in concert, Location and concert details to be announced. For more information contact Susan Griffin at sgriffin714@yahoo.com.


Saturday,March 31, 2012,Time To Be Announced  It's About Time, Bell Appeal in concert, Location and concert details to be announced. For more information contact Susan Griffin at sgriffin714@yahoo.com.  


To view all the events on the Area 12 calendar Click Here.

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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.

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