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Area 12 Newsletter
October 2012
In This Issue
Handbell Resources
West Coast Handbell Supply
Heitz Handbells
Ring Bells in Tuscany
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.........................Laurie Sanders
Past Chair.......................Rima Greer
Chair Elect...................Michele Sharik
Treasurer......................Kathy Arnold
Secretary..................Ruben Mendoza

Appointed Officers:
Communications & Web.....P.L. Grove
Events..........................Debbie Shaw
Education.....................Tess Houston
Historian..........................Beth Mays
Vendor Liaison.....................Mel Tully

Regional Coordinators:
NorCal........................Nancy Schmitt
Bay Area.......................Julie Vaquilar
CenCal.............................Lori Smith
LAMetro.......................Pearl Marshall
SoCal...............................Lois Harry
Nevada.......................Barbara Walsh
Hawaii.........................Karen Carlisle

Las Vegas.......................Dixie Bailey
Upcoming Concerts
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Please check the Calendar of Events below for full details.  

Northern California

October 13, 2012
4:30 p.m.
Redding Handbell Festival
Final Concert
Simpson University
Heritage Life Center
2211 College View
Redding, California

LA Metro

October 6, 2012
4 p.m.
Fall Ringers Workshop
Final Concert
Lake Avenue Church
393 North Lake Avenue
Pasadena, California

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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Fall is here, and handbell musicians in Northern and Central California, Los Angeles, Reno and Hawaii have upcoming local events in your region. Meanwhile, the rest of us can enjoy fall ringing and anticipate the holidays!
A Message from the Chair
  Laurie Sanders  

Hello Area 12!

s the temperatures creep up over 90 degrees here in Southern California, it's difficult to believe it's October already! Soon Christmas will be upon us and we'll be so busy we won't have time to think, much less do anything else.


So I'd like to encourage you all to take a little time right now to do something for yourself and your handbell group. The latest issue of Overtones has several articles outlining the new membership structure and resources available to you. Take a few moments to read them and learn about all the new structure and great things available for handbell musicians as a result of Guild membership.


Laurie Sanders

Area 12 Chair


Communiqué (From the Communications Director) 
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I am always amazed at how difficult it can be to make music with handbells, and how the rest the world's musicians don't really understand how hard it is. I was impressed by this yet again when I was recently asked to substitute at the last minute for another ringer. The individuals in the group had the music ahead of time, but we were not able to practice together until the night before the event. I suspect many in the group didn't even have access to bells to practice their parts separately.


The great thing about "subbing" is that it actually helps you to become a better ringer. Sure, it's a bit scary, but there is no greater feeling than to know you were able to step in at a moment's notice and play an entire concert with only one rehearsal.


Because our instrument doesn't always allow for ringers to practice at home, like a violinist or a flute player, I believe it really is an exceptional skill to be able to sub well.


Here's a challenge for you as a handbell musician to help take your ringing to the next level: volunteer as a sub for a local handbell group this fall. Not only will your ringing improve, you will make new friends and improve your confidence as a ringer. 


P.L. Grove
Communications Director


Area 12 Composition Contest Returns
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It's that time again!


Every other year, Area 12 sponsors a contest to encourage composers to write new music for handbells and to create an exciting new piece for our next conference.


The Area 12 Board is hard at work planning for the next conference in San Luis Obispo, and they have chosen the theme of percussion for the event. Seasoned and budding composers - and especially Area 12 members - are encouraged to be creative and bring out the percussive nature of handbells in this year's contest.


All contest submissions must be received no later than February 28, 2013 and should be emailed to:


Rima Greer 
Immediate Past Chair 
Area 12 Composition Contest 
rimacampanile@gmail.com or pastchair@areaxii.org or  pastchair@area12.handbellmusicians.org 



For full details of the 2013 Area 12 composition contest, go to the Area 12 Web site

SoCal - Michèle Sharik, Regional Coordinator

Hi there, Southern California!


Lois and I are working to make sure her transition into the Southern California Regional Coordinator position goes smoothly. She'll introduce herself in next month's Twelfth Tone, so be sure to check this space then.

'Tis the season - once again - for Jungle Bells! Bell choirs from all over the SoCal and LA Metro regions will play at the San Diego Zoo to ring in the holiday season surrounded by peacocks and flamingos. We will post the schedule on the SoCal page of Area 12's website as soon as it is finalized. It promises, as always, to be a "roaring" good time (and I'm not "lion"!).


Is your group playing this Advent or Christmas season? Whether it's a special event, a concert, or your church's Christmas Eve service, do be sure to let Lois or I know and we'll post it on the Area 12 calendar. Many people travel during the holidays and want to know where they can see bells. Help us help them find you!


That's it for now. Have a great October! 




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


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The Southern California Region is all of Imperial & San Diego Counties, and most of Riverside & San Bernardino Counties.


LA Metro - Pearl Marshall, Regional Coordinator
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Greetings everyone!


I hope your ringing year is off to a good start.


If you haven't already, please mark your calendar for these upcoming LA Metro events:


Our Fall Workshop is this Saturday, October 6 at Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena. The flyer and registration form are still available on our web site. Though the early-bird registration deadline is past, there is still room. Please send me an email to let me know you would like to attend.


The Fall Workshop Recital will begin at 4 pm and is open to all. In addition to our massed pieces, several of our classes will present music involving skills and techniques they explored. Even if you or your choir members were unable to commit for the full day, you are invited to come and benefit from the discoveries made by our workshop ringers! We will have two stores with handbell merchandise that will remain open through the end of the recital.


The Youth Handbell Festival registration deadline is this Friday, October 5. If you are planning to bring your youth ringers but won't make the deadline, please send me an email to let me know you'd like to attend. This will allow me to plan the best event possible for our kids!


Our Spring Ring is scheduled for March 2, 2013 with Michael Joy. Stay tuned for venue and repertoire information.




Don't forget to check out the Ringers Wanted section of our web page. There are some new opportunities posted there!


One last thing... As you plan your program for the upcoming holiday season, please remember to let me know of any performances you schedule that are open to the public. It would be wonderful to have a full Upcoming Concerts list we can make available to everyone interested in seeing and hearing handbell music.


As always, don't hesitate to let me know if I can assist you in any way.


Happy Ringing!


Pearl Marshall

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CenCal - Lori Smith, Regional Coordinator
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Hello CenCal!

Ringers in the Central Coast region can look forward to our fall handbell workshop that is just around the corner. Long-time favorite clinicians Bill and Lee Waggener will lead participants in the day's workshop, focusing on musicianship in bell ringing, with a special emphasis on rhythm. The event is set for October 13th in Paso Robles, and there is still time to plan for you and/or your choir to attend.  

And it's not too early to start planning your Spring 2013 calendar. The Bakersfield Spring Ring will be held on March 9th, and the Central Coast Spring Ring is set for April 6th. Don't miss these local events!      


See the Central California calendar section of the web for details. And start sending me your holiday events and concerts now for the Area 12 calendar. 


Lori Smith, CenCal Regional Coordinator  

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


I hope all is going well with your preparations for your holiday season, concerts and services.


Be sure to let me know dates to post your events on the calendar. 


As always, check the Area 12 calendar and the Bay Area web page for upcoming local concerts.   


Julie Vaquilar



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NorCal - Nancy Schmitt, Regional Coordinator
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Dear Handbell Musicians,

It feels good addressing you all as handbell musicians instead of ringers and directors because as of October 1 the National Office has made it official that ringers and directors alike will be referred to as handbell musicians!


For you handbell musicians looking for a fall festival you need not look any further. The Redding Handbell Festival kicks off Friday, October 12 with the Ringin' in the Red Zone Bronze Choir. Rehearsal will be from 6-9 pm at Simpson University Heritage Life Center, under the direction of Larry Sue.


The main Redding Handbell Festival begins at 9 am Saturday, October 13 at the same location, with Mary Balkow directing the massed bell choirs. Along with the massed ringing, the day's events includes classes: percussion instruments, bell maintenance, basic ringing, basic bell tree training, beyond basic bell tree training, boomwhackers and other whacky instruments, and a reading session of new music. The festival concludes with a free public concert at 4:30 p.m. There's still room for you to join us, so please refer to the Northern California web page for more details and a registration form.


As always, if you have a workshop, concert, or any other bell event that you would like mentioned in this enewsletter and on our web site, please contact me with your information.



Nancy Schmitt

 Nevada - Barbara Walsh, Regional Coordinator
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Hello, all!


The  Nevada Fall Ringers Workshop is finally here. Brush up on your handbell skills and get together with other handbell enthusiasts in the Reno area. There's still room, so let me know if you and/or your group can be with us this coming Saturday, October 6th. For all the details, see the Nevada page of the web site, or send me an email at nevada@areaxii.org.


Barbara Walsh

Hawaii - Karen Carlisle Regional Coordinator
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Aloha all!


The event is finally HERE! Our Aloha Ring that we've been trying to bring to Hawaii for the past several years is happening next weekend, and if you're a Hawaii ringer you do not want to miss it!


The incredible Tim Waugh will be our clinician, and we will start with a director's workshop on Friday evening, October 12th at the Kailua United Methodist Church. Then on Saturday, October 13th, we move over to the Mililani Baptist Church for the Aloha Ring event.


For details of the event, go to the Hawaii web page of the Area 12 web site. Please contact me with your questions, and don't forget tell all Hawaii ringers to be at this event! 

Karen Carlisle

NATIONAL NEWS:   Latest Updates and Events   
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In National news, AGEHR founding member and past president Nancy Poore Tufts from Ft. Washington, Maryland, passed away September 16, 2012 at the age of 102. To read more about Nancy's life and her contributions to the handbell community, visit the National web site's special memorial page in her honor.


And here are a couple of reminders of National events:


  • Be a part of the Handbel Musicians of America virtual handbell ensemble by submitting your video upload by March 1, 2013. The piece, Misterium, composed by Area 12's own James Meredith, consists of 135 musical segments to be recorded separately by individuals and small groups of players from around the world. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to be a part of this special event premiering next July.
  • Distincly Bronze West returns this February, with Fred Gramann conducting. Make sure you watch the National web site for audition and registration information later this year.
  • The National Master Series returns this February with courses in conducting, composition, ringing techniques, theory, and basis training for directors. The event returns to Tucson, Arizona and includes noted instructors Michael Glasgow, Bill and Carolyn Mathis, William Payn, Arnold Sherman and Area 12's own Michele Sharik.

National events are a great way to increase your knowledge of the instrument and test your skills at a more advanced level. 


To find out more about these exciting National ringing and learning opportunities, go to the National web site.

Calendar of Events    October-November


Saturday, October 6, 2012, 9 am to 5 pm  LA Metro Fall Ringers Workshop, Lake Avenue Church, 393 North Lake Avenue, Pasadena, California. Clinician: Rudy Rodriguez. Final concert begins at 4 pm. For more information, contact Pearl Marshall at lametro@areaxii.org.


Saturday, October 6, 2012, 10 am to 3:30 pm Reno Fall Ringers Workshop, South Reno United Methodist Church, 200 De Spain Lane, Reno, Nevada. Clinicians: Tintabulations. For more information, contact Barbara Walsh at barbagehr@att.net.


Friday, October 12, 2012, 6 pm to 9 pm Directors' Workshop, Kailua United Methodist Church, 1110 Kailua Road, Kailua, Hawaii. Clinician: Tim Waugh. For more information, contact Karen Carlisle at hawaii@areaxii.org


Friday, October 12, 2012, 6 pm to 9 pm  Ringing' in the Red Zone, Bronze Choir for Redding Handbell Festival, Simpson University, Heritage Life Center, 2211 College View, Redding, California. Director: Larry Sue. For more information, contact Nancy Schmitt at norcal@areaxii.org


Saturday, October 13, 2012, 8 am to 4 pm  Aloha Ring, Mililani Baptist Church, 94-293 Anania Drive, Mililani Town, Hawaii. Clinician: Tim Waugh. For information, contact Karen Carlisle at hawaii@areaxii.org. 


Saturday, October 13, 2012, 8 am to 6 pm Redding Handbell Festival and Ringing' in the Red Zone, Simpson University, Heritage Life Center, 2211 College View, Redding, California. Clinician: Mary Balkow. Final concert begins at 4:30 pm. For more information, contact Nancy Schmitt at norcal@areaxii.org. 


Saturday, October 13, 2012, 8 am to 3:30 pm  Central Coast Fall Handbell Workshop, Trinity Lutheran Church, 940 Creston Road, Paso Robles, California. Clinicians: Lee and Bill Waggener. For more information, contact Shirley Werner at shipley712@sbcglobal.net.


Saturday, November 3, 2012, 9 am to 4:30 pm LA Metro Fall Youth Handbell Festival, Los Altos United Methodist Church, 5950 East Willow Street, Long Beach, California. Clinician: Barbara Meinke. Final concert begins at 3:30 pm. For more information, contact Pearl Marshall at lametro@areaxii.org.


Saturday, November 17, 2012, 5 pm  Michèle Sharik's Senior Recital, CSU San Marcos, Arts Building 111, San Marcos, California. For information contact Michèle Sharik at michele@thegoldendance.com.


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

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