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Area 12 Newsletter
March 2012
In This Issue
Handbell Resources
West Coast Handbell Supply
Heitz Handbells
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
Advertising Rates

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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
at a Glance:

Please check the Calendar of Events below for full details. 

orthern California

March 14, 2012
7 p.m.
Simpson University Handbell Choir
guests of the
Simpson University Percussion Ensemble
Simpson University Heritage Life Center
2211 College View Drive
Redding, CA 

SF Bay Area

March 24, 2012
6:30 p.m.
Final Concert
Bay Area Spring Ring
Valley Church
10885 N. Stelling Road
Cupertino, CA 

March 30, 2012
8 p.m.
It's About Time
Bell Appeal in Concert
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
114 Montecito Avenue
Oakland, CA

March 31, 2012
7:30 p.m.
It's About Time
Bell Appeal in Concert
Ebenezer Lutheran Church
678 Portola Drive
San Francisco, CA

Central California

March 17, 2012
5 p.m.
Final Concert
Bakersfield Spring Ring
St. John's Lutheran Church
4500 Buena Vista Road
Bakersfield, CA

LA Metro

March 24, 2012
5 p.m.
Final Concert
LA Metro Spring Ring
Mater Dei High School
1202 West Edinger Avenue
Santa Ana, 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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We're getting closer to the magic of this summer's conference, and we have some reminders below about scholarships, conference choir auditions, vendor opportunities at the event and special commissions from the three massed ringing conductors. You might even consider attending a local Spring Ring, many of which are featuring Disneyland conference music to get you in the ringing mood.
A Message from the Chair
 Rima Greer 

Happy March everyone!   


Are you ready for Spring Ring? Your local spring rings are such a wonderful no-hassle way to reconnect with your local handbell friends, try some new music, up your skills, and really get into the swing of things. They're also a great warm-up for bigger events like Area and National conferences. Now that I think about it, they are all a wonderful progression from local to area to national, each with something special to offer.

Speaking of our Area Conference, I'm pleased to say that classes are filling up fast! In fact, we have some concerns that we will reach capacity and have to start turning people away! So, if you have any thoughts of attending our kick-fanny conference at Disneyland, register NOW, or your fave track may be lost to you in Fantasyland. ;-D

Please also note that your Board has fully embraced the 21st century, and will not be sending out a hard copy brochure for this conference. It's all up on the web, constantly updated. If you need us to print and mail something, let us know. If you need help registering, or just plain don't want to do it online, please DO contact our lovely and talented Registrar, Kathy Arnold at registrar@areaxii.org or phone 650.962.0375

I'm so excited that you all have responded so favorably! Can't wait to see you all there!  



Area XII Chair


Communiqué (From the Communications Director) 
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As Rima said, we've got LOTS of Spring Rings coming up in March and April. It's a little overwhelming. At any rate, there's NO excuse for not ringing!

Many of the Spring Ring event organizers have programmed some of our Disneyland Massed conference music for their event or special reading sessions. If your group is like some of mine have been over the years, you may or may not be able to truly "hear" the music when you're practicing at home. Take advantage of this unique opportunity with many other ringers to get a better sense of the pieces we'll be playing at this summer's area conference. (Addage No. 1: There is safety in numbers.)

And as our Chair also said, the very BEST thing you can do if you have a question, a concern, or if you want clarification on a "rule," is to contact the registrar and ask her. She is open and friendly, and she WANTS to help you! (Addage No. 2: You don't get anything unless you ask for it.)

Like Rima, I, too, am REALLY excited about the plans for this summer! This conference is going to be incredible in the offerings of clinicians, classes and ringing opportunities. I can't wait! (Addage No. 3: I love handbells. Ok...well, it's not a well-known addage, but handbell ringers know it.)


P.L. Grove
Communications Director

Treasure Hunt Update -
February Prize Still Available!!!!
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Surprisingly, there is STILL no winner for the February Treasure Hunt clue! Come on, people...this prize is the same as cash money! Who doesn't need spending money for Disneyland????

We could give another clue for March, but we'd rather see someone win last month's treasure, so we're sticking with the clue from last month. If you made a guess and were incorrect, try again!

As a reminder of the rules, use the clue below to search for the item on the Area 12 web site that was NEW information LAST month. (Okay...here's a second hint: You could always check the archives of the enewsletters to see what items were mentioned in February that weren't mentioned the month before.) 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 a reprint of 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!


Silent Auction Returns to Area 12 Conference
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Once again Area 12 will hold its silent auction, and once again funds from this important program will benefit both the handbell/handchime loan program and the Area 12 scholarship funds. 


With fewer and fewer music school programs, Area 12's handbell/handchime loan program is more important and relevant than ever. Whether it's the occasional missing bell to complete a set or overdue maintenance, funds are always needed to ensure the program continues. And as past scholarship recipients will attest, the scholarship programs are vital to enabling ringers and directors to improve their skills through attendance at a conference, regardless of their financial means.


Area 12 is blessed to have the continued support of Norma Rose to pull off this program. If she can spearhead this program again and again every two years, the least we all can do is dig in our closets and put our thinking caps on to come up with some outstanding donations!


Don't wait until May, or even April to locate something special to help fund these programs. Donation forms can be downloaded from the Area XII Web site and should be mailed to Norma as soon as possible.


To find out more about the Silent Auction, click here.

Handbell Vendors Invited to Share the Magic This Summer
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There's room at Disneyland for vendors to share the magic, too!  


HIC members and handbell vendors are invited to attend the Disneyland conference and display their stores at a booth in the exhibit hall. Interested companies can find more information on the Area 12 web site, as well as detailed instructions and forms to reserve a space on the floor and ad space in the conference program.


Just because you're not ringing, doesn't mean you have to miss out on all the fun!

Disneyland Directors Pen New Music for Conference
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If you've been wondering why there were only three selections listed for Sunday's massed ringing, it's because Area 12 did something a little different this year. We asked our three massed conductors to each compose a piece especially for this conference! Those three selections are now completed, and will be available from the publishers in March.

Here is the list of our special songs: 


  • Maandamano by Tim Waugh
    From the Top Music Publishing - 20371
    Level 3, 5 Octaves Handbells with Optional Percussion
    Master Score 20371-M
    Percussion Score 20371-P
    Available March 15th
    through From the Top
    Phone: 1-866-951-0053
    (available from other handbell vendors in the weeks following)
  • The Spirit Within by Michael Glasgow
    Choristers Guild - CGB760
    Level 3, 3-7 Octaves Handbells with Optional Chimes and Clarinet
    Available March 15th through Choristers Guild
    Web:  www.choristersguild.org/catalog.html
    Phone: 1-469-398-3606
    (available from other handbell vendors in the weeks following)
  • Waltz Fantasy by Nancy Hascall
    AGEHR Publishing (available from Lorenz) - AG36048
    Level 3, 3-6 Octaves Handbells with 2 Octaves of Optional Chimes
    Available March 1st through Lorenz Publishing
    Web: www.Lorenz.com
    Phone: 1-937-228-6118
    (available from other handbell vendors in the weeks following)

HUGE thanks and props go out to Michael, Nancy and Tim for giving us all something really special to look forward to during the massed ringing portion of the conference!  


Thanks also to each of the publishers for getting these commissions published in record time!


Now get to practicing, all! 

Scholarships Reminder
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Scholarship applications for this year's conference at Disneyland are still being accepted now through April 15th. If you think you can't afford to attend the Area 12 conference next summer at Disneyland, consider applying for a scholarship.  


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.

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.
Magic Ensemble Auditions - Final Reminder!
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The deadline is right around the corner for this year's conference choir at the Happiest Place on Earth!

If you've been looking for a more challenging opportunity to ring, are interested in working with the amazing Carlos Rivera, or maybe you're simply a certified bell hog, this could be your big opportunity!

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. Carlos Rivera, director of Vivace - a featured performing choir at the conference - 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. Note that all auditions materials must be submitted by March 15th, so don't delay another second! 


SoCal - Michèle Sharik, Regional Coordinator

Hey there, SoCal-ers!

Registrations poured in last week as the Early Bird Deadline approached for the 2012 Southern California Spring Ring in April in Temecula (with our very own Barbara Meinke as clinician!). But have no fear -- if you missed the Early Bird deadline, there's still plenty of time to register. As PL mentioned above, this event is designed to help prepare you for the Area 12 Festival/Conference in Disneyland in June, so take advantage of this opportunity!  Barbara has consulted with the Disneyland massed ringing clinicians (Nancy Hascall, Michael Glasgow, and Tim Waugh) and is ready to get you off to a great start. If you need information & registration packets, they are available at the SoCal web page

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


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LA Metro - Pearl Marshall, Regional Coordinator
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The LA Metro area Spring Ring is just a few weeks from now, and I hope you have already registered. If not, there's still time.


For registration forms and more information, check out the LA Metro page of the Area 12  website. And feel free to contact me if you have any questions. 


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 CenCal Ringers! 

I hope you're planning on attending the Area 12 Conference at Disneyland. It is shaping up to be a fabulous event!

Area 12 Handbell Conference

June 28-July 1, 2012
Disneyland Hotel - Anaheim, California 

Also, the Bakersfield Spring Ring is just around the corner:

Saturday March 17 - 8 am to 6 pm 
Bakersfield Spring Ring 
St. John's Lutheran Church 
4500 Buena Vista Road 
Bakersfield, California
Final concert starts at 5 pm 
Contact: Dianne Bryant at  kidsncanines@netzero.com

And don't forget next month's event in the CenCal area:   
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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Happy "almost" spring, Bay Area Ringers!


Our Bay Area Spring Ring is just a few weeks away, and there is still plenty of room for Intense Ringers at the event that begins on Friday, March 23. Join fellow advanced ringers in the Bay Area and ring some challenging music to perform at the concert on Saturday, March 24.


And speaking of the Saturday Spring Ring, both handbell teams and individual ringers can still register for the event on March 24. The mass ringing with over 200 other ringers and brass will be phenomenal! And we can't wait to ring under the direction of Deb Carr.


The final concert on Saturday starts at 6:30 p.m., but it gets crowded so you should get there early. For questions or more information, contact the registrar, Carol Smith, at  carolsmith2@comcast.net, or the event organizer, Dave Ruder, at DaveRuder@comcast.net. Complete details can be found on the Area 12 website.


And you can always contact me!


Julie Vaquilar



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NorCal - Nancy Schmitt, Regional Coordinator
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Hello Handbell Musicians,


Spring is right around the corner, and that means spring festivals and plenty of them. Some ringers really get excited and look forward to going to one of these festivals, while other ringers dread hearing that word and hope their director will not suggest they go. Still others do not care one way of the other if they go or not. Some festivals are close by and some are far away; some are expensive and others are not. Some festivals have massed ringing that requires you learn your music ahead of time, while other festivals let you learn the music that day. Some festivals are big and some are small. Some festivals cater to advanced ringers, while others cater to beginning ringers. And some festivals have classes, while other festivals are just for ringing.


For you die-hard ringers who love to attend festivals, please check out the calendar below to see which one(s) you would like to attend. And for those of you still on the fence about attending a festival, why not pick this spring to try one? Who knows you may even have FUN, LEARN something new about handbell ringing and make some new FRIENDS, too! Plus there is always lots of CHOCOLATE at every festival!!


Please let me know if your ensemble is having a concert or workshop so that I can post it on our calendar.  


Nancy Schmitt

 Nevada - Barbara Walsh, Regional Coordinator
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I have nothing to say this month, except....


Disneyland! Disneyland! Disneyland!


(Oh...and Nevada's own group Tintabulations is playing a featured performance on Sunday! Sooooooo exciting....) 

Barbara Walsh  

Hawaii - Karen Carlisle Regional Coordinator
Karen Carlisle

Don't forget even though we're not on the mainland, we still have the opportunity to go to Disneyland. I will be 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 to make sure we include you in our plans.


Also, if you are interested in hosting an event of our own here in Hawaii, let me know. 

Karen Carlisle

Calling All Church Handbell Directors   

Beth Ann Edwards of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Des Moines, Iowa, is conducting a survey as part of a Master of Church Music program.


Handbell directors working with children and youth in churches are asked to take ten minutes to complete the survey. The survey will give a current snapshot of the state of children and youth handbell choirs in churches today. It is divided into three parts: 1) church statistics and background, 2) children and youth handbell choirs, and 3) background of the survey respondent.


Results of the survey will be available to interested individuals by late spring or early summer.


To access and complete the survey, please follow this link:



Please submit surveys no later than March 31, 2012. If you have questions, please contact Beth Ann directly at bethannedwards@msn.com or 515.490.9408.


Distinctly Bronze West Draws Area 12 Ringers  
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We understand Area 12 was well-represented once again at the west coast version of Distinctly Bronze this past weekend. A total of 14 ringers from Area 12 (including Board members Tess Houston and Michèle Sharik) attended the event. Since they all just got back two days ago, we'll give them a little time to rest up before we ask for the fulll report!


Don't forget the information on this event, Distinctly Bronze East and other National events can be found on the national web site.
Calendar of Events    February-March


Wednesday, March 14, 2012, 7 pm The Simpson University Handbell Choir performs as part of the Simpson University Percussion Ensemble concert, Simpson University Heritage Life Center, 2211 College View Drive, Redding, California. Free admission. For more information contact Lois Nichols at  lnichols@simpson.edu.


Saturday, March 17, 2012, 8 am-6 pm  Bakersfield Spring Ring, St. John's Lutheran Church, 4500 Buena Vista Road, Bakersfield, California. Clinician: Michèle Sharik. Final concert begins at 5 pm. 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 carolsmith2@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 carolsmith2@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, 8 pm It's About Time, Bell Appeal in concert, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 114 Montecito Avenue, Oakland, California. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Susan Griffin at sgriffin714@yahoo.com.


Saturday, March 31, 2012, 7:30 pm It's About Time, Bell Appeal in concert, Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 678 Portola Drive, San Francisco, California. Light refreshments will be served. For more information contact Susan Griffin at  sgriffin714@yahoo.com.


Sunday, April 15, 2012,2 pm Velocity Handbell Ensemble performs its Rhythm and Bells concert, Carson Valley United Methodist Church, 1375 Centerville Lane, Gardnerville, Nevada. For more information go to www.velocitybells.org.


Saturday, April 21, 2012, 8 am-4:30 pm Southern California Spring Ring, Hope Lutheran Church, 29141 Vallejo Avenue, Temecula, California. Clinician: Barbara Meinke. Final concert begins at 3:30 p.m. For information contact Michèle Sharik at  socal@areaxii.org.


Saturday, April 28, 2012, Time To Be Determined Atascadero Spring Ring, Atascadero United Methodist Church, 11605 El Camino Real, Atascadero, California. Clinician: To Be Determined. For information contact cencal@areaxii.org.


Sunday,April 29, 2012, 4 pm A Gather RING, spring concert, First Congregational Church, 5 Real Road, Bakersfield, California. For information contact Jenell Mahoney at revjenell@bak.rr.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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