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Please update your profile following the link at the bottom of the newsletter. This will give you the opportunity to select various regions of our area so we can send you information about events and concerts close to home. You may change this information at any time.
As part of unifying each area to Handbell Musicians of America, we have our own logo pictured here. Watch for it to begin appearing on all communications fron Area 10. Each member of the Area 10 Board of Directors will also have an email address at area10.handbellmusicians.org. These will be in the December issue.
Thank you to those who have sent information about upcoming concerts. If you missed the deadline for this issue, send me the information by November 22 to get your group's Christmas concerts in the events section of the December issue. Also, remember to forward this to others in your group and encourage them to sign up. It is a great way to keep in touch with what is happening in our area.
Wendy McPhetres, Jennifer Vangolen, Cindy McAfee, Diane Hould, Diane Barnes, Phyllis Tincher, Dennis Dell, Brian Tervo, Angie Barbosa, Scott Barker
Our Area 10 Board of Directors met October 7-8 and worked hard on conference 2012 plans. If you haven't already done so, mark your calendars for June 22-24, 2012 for our Area 10 Conference at the Tacoma Convention Center. The cost will be $180 (before April 1) with lodging on your own. Registration forms are being developed and a special newsletter edition will be sent as soon as they are finished. There will also be a Director's Workshop with William Payn on Friday morning and afternoon, June 22 at the Tacoma Convention Center. Cost will be $85 (before April 1).
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2012 Area 10 Handbell Conference
June 22-24, 2012
Tacoma Convention Center
Tacoma Convention Center
Concert by Vivace from Puerto Rico
Cost: $180 (before April 1)
Lodging on your own
Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference
May 4-5, 2012
Ashland Middle School
Movement and Musicality
Guest clinician: Michèle Sharik
Registration materials will be sent out in early January. If you have any questions or would like registration materials sent electronically please contact Diane Barnes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Music for Epiphany
by Blanche Kangas
Epiphany in the dictionary is defined as a Christian festival on January 6. We connect it with the three kings following a star to the manger. It is the end of the twelve days of Christmas and often celebrated as the "festival of light." In the "real world", a personal epiphany is defined as "seeing the light" - an understanding or recognition of something that was not previously clear/understood.
Epiphany and Palm Sunday are two festivals that are currently being ignored in some denominations or scattered churches within a denomination. Instead of traditional Epiphany, the alternative is the baptism of Christ. Palm Sunday has become Passion Sunday. Some of the "newer" hymn books published in the early 90's and following omit We Three Kings. It is common on Epiphany Sunday to have a slip sheet in the worship folder in order to sing the hymn. During my last years as a church musician, I used Epiphany Sunday as the time for the music groups (or handbell choir) to present the entire worship service in the form of Lessons and Carols. The congregation loved it because they could hear the Christmas story and sing the carols one more time without subconsciously thinking about all the things they still had to do to prepare for Christmas. It also made the Christmas Eve/Day services less like "animale carnivale" with everyone participating (to impress the C & E Christians?) to a shorter, perhaps quieter and more worshipful service.
We Three Kings - There are at least 22 arrangements and most of them are 3-5+ octaves. There are 2-3 octaves arrangements by Kinyon and Stephenson and a 3 octave by Maggs - all level 1. Probably the most popular arrangement for 3-5 octaves is by Dobrinski (Agape 1390 L2) that uses mallets in the bass line. The arrangement will allow you to create the feeling of a caravan approaching, passing and disappearing off into the desert. The melody line has some decoration but is always obvious. It is a favorite with every handbell choir that has rung it. More involved using chimes, synthesizer and percussion is the Raney arrangement (Agape 2482), level 3+. For variety, look at We Three Jazzy Kings arranged by Prins, 4-6 octaves, level 4 (Flagstaff HB 316) or the Valerie Stephenson series of mallets only carols, We Three Kings (with attitude) using clicking mallets shafts at different visual levels and a short section of melody that can be played on boomwackers. It makes a great concert encore. Several "brave" directors have used it in church and said "it brought down the house."
The Wise Men and the Star for 2 octaves and narrator published in 1992 is one of the first "story" type settings that have become popular as children's moments in the worship service. This is level 2 from Ringing Word RW 8066.
An Epiphany Carol - the setting of an English folksong for 3 octaves is about a level 2+ (2/2 meter). It has three measures of plucking and a section in 5 flats. It is a good exercise is unison and precision ringing. (Published in 1986 Beckenhorst Press HB 59). I remember watching Bill Griffin conduct this with the coppers in the middle of the hockey rink at the 1986 national festival held at the University of Minnesota. The English folksong melody creatively disguised is God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. It's worth a second look.
Break Forth O Beauteous Heavenly Light arr. Linda Lamb for 3-5 octaves, chimes and optional C instrument is level 3. It is based on the Johann Schop melody ERMUNTRE DICH. (Concordia 97-7283). It is not as familiar as the Nicolai O Morning Star How Fair and Bright. Published in 1992 this was one of the first compatible editions available but different as we know compatible editions today. Arranged by Frances Callahan, both editions are about a 1+. ( MorningStar 2 octave 30-200 and 2/3 octave 30-201) This melody is also used as the basis for Fred Gramann's arrangement of Everlasting Light (Bronze/Area 10/ 2010) with a statement of the chorale to end the selection. Usually we hear the echo using a single chord over the duration of a measure as a foundation for melody in the treble bells. Fred was the first composer to introduce the echo in rhythmic variations - not always on the beat but using a single chord through the measure. Now Fred uses the echo technique in 16th notes with alternating chords derived from the first two beats of the measure creating a unique sound. (C Guild CGB361 3-5 + Bb2 L 4)
There are three arrangements of Brightest and Best are the Stars of the Morning. Barbara Kinyon has a 2-3 octave arrangement (Concordia 97-0709, level 2+) that uses chimes G5 - Bb6. There are several sections that provide good practice for connecting 8th note arpeggios between the two clefs. Jane McFadden has done an exquisite setting of this melody (Beckenhorst HB 322, level 3, 3-5 octave). She uses mallets and mallet rolls as well as 3 octaves of chimes. There is a nice treble LV and TD descant above the melody rung by bass chimes. And, if you liked this setting, look at Bright and Glorious is the Sky (Beckenhorst HB 402, 3/5 octave, level 3) She uses 3-4 octaves of chimes and has an optional Flute/C instrument part. The piece works well without the additional instrument.
As With Gladness Men of Old is the other traditional Epiphany title. It is based on the hymn tune DIX which is one of those utilitarian tunes with a number of different sets of words. There are at least 10 arrangements of DIX under the title For the Beauty of the Earth that can be used with a title change. Using the title, As With Gladness many worshippers do not recognize the tune as For the Beauty.
Stretching the subject of light, Light Eternal, an original by Cathy Moklebust, is a real winner. It contains running 16th note patterns in the upper trebles, upper bass and battery bells during various sections of the piece. And, it contains one of those gorgeous melodies that only Cathy can create in the contrasting section. It is a challenge but one of those gems that reward all of the rehearsal time. The ringers enjoy ringing it and it is an audience pleaser. (Lorenz 20/1188L Level 4+ 3-5 octaves).
Pacific NW Youth Handbell Festival 2012
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Saturday, December 3 - 3:00 pm, DeColores in concert, Community Presbyterian Church, 1100 W College, St. Maries.
Sunday, December 11 - 3:00 pm, Carols of the Bells at Gem State Academy Chapel, 16115 Montana Avenue, Caldwell. Featuring Soundwave from Gem State Academy, Treasure Valley Bronze under the direction of Phyllis Tincher, and home school choirs directed by Ruth Whitley. Free.
Sunday, December 11 - 7:00 pm, Christmas Program by Southminster Bells in conjunction with Sean Rogers Music Ministries at Southminster Presbyterian Church, 6500 Overland Road, Boise.
Sunday, December 18 - 4:00 pm, Nampa Civic Center, 6th Annual Kettle Koncert by Phyllis Tincher and Sean Rogers for the Nampa Salvation Army. Joining them will be Soundwave, the advanced handbell choir at Gem State Academy, Caldwell. An offering will be taken for the Nampa Salvation Army. www.RingPraiseMinistry.org.
Saturday, December 17 - 2:00 pm (and maybe 4:00 pm), Christmas Concert by bellissimo! First United Methodist Church (Downtown 4th Ave N. at Broadway), Billings. Music from the Messiah, with a free-will offering accepted.
Friday & Saturday, April 27-28, 2012 - Big Sky Handbell Festival "Magic Fest." For information, contact Julie Draeger, email@example.com.
Friday, March 23, 2012 - Techniques Workshop with Michele Sharik, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, First Unitarian Church, Portland. Additional information or email Ellie Hodder firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, March 24, 2012 - Pacific NW Youth Handbell Festival with Michele Sharik, guest clinician, First Unitarian Church, Portland. Additional information or email Ellie Hodder at email@example.com.
Friday & Saturday, May 4-5, 2012 - Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference, Ashland Middle School, Ashland. Guest clinician: Michèle Sharik. Repertoire list. For additional information, email Diane Barnes, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, November 6 - 3 pm. Nancy Kirkner will perform on solo handbells at a choral concert given by a consortium of local churches. Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 14514 20th Ave. NE, Shoreline. Freewill offering to benefit North Helpline. www.princeofpeaceshoreline.com.
Saturday, November 19 - 2:00 pm. Concert by Nancy Kirkner, solo handbells, with Janet Anderson, piano. Music of British composers, including Purcell, Elgar, and Vaughan Williams. Malya Muth, soprano, and Johanna Mastenbrook, piano, will also perform. St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church, 722 N. 145th St., Shoreline. Free.
Sunday, November 27 - 4:00 pm. Emerald City Ringers™ presents "Winter Wonderland" at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 745 Front Street South, Issaquah. Concert for the holidays with full bell choir, plus bell ensembles, music for hammered dulcimer, and more. Music includes seasonal favorites arranged for handbells, in addition to Seattle-area composer Ron Mallory's The Stars Await, Cathy Moklebust's On This Day Earth Shall Ring, and William Payn's Prisms. Suggested donation at the door $10 adults, $8 seniors/students. Refreshments served following the concert. www.emeraldcityringers.org.
Friday, December 2 - 7:00 pm: Forest Ridge School's three handbell choirs present their annual holiday concert, directed by Ron Mallory. Selections include "Welcome Christmas," "Wizards in Winter," and "The Little Drummer Boy." The school's vocal choir will also perform. Concert will be in the Forest Ridge School Chapel, 4800 139th Ave SE, Bellevue. Free.
Wednesday, November 30 - Noon. Christmas concert by Nancy Kirkner, solo handbells, and Janet Anderson, piano. Redmond City Hall, 15670 NE 85th Street, Redmond. www.solobells.com. Free.
DeColores in Concert:
Sunday, December 4 - 3:30 pm, American Lutheran Church, 332801 Hwy 2, Newport.
Saturday, December 10 - 6:30 pm, Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 4320 S Conklin, Spokane.
Sunday, December 11 - 4:00 pm, Evangelical Free Church, 2211 Sand Canyon Rd, Chewelah.
Bells of the Sound presents "Bells in Toyland":
Friday, December 2 - 8 pm, Tibbetts United Methodist Church, 3940 41st Avenue SW, Seattle.
Saturday, December 3 - 7 pm, Trinity Lutheran Church, 6215 196th Street SW, Lynnwood.
Sunday, December 4 - 4 pm, Lincoln Avenue Bible Church, 1250 Lincoln Avenue, Bremerton.
Friday, December 9 - 8 pm, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Avenue SE, Mercer Island.
Saturday, December 10 - 7 pm, Fairwood Community United Methodist Church, 15255 SE Fairwood Boulevard, Renton.
Sunday, December 11 - 4 pm, Woodland Park Presbyterian Church, 225 N 70th Street, Seattle.
For more information, visit www.bellsofthesound.org, email email@example.com or call 206.931.7669.
Sunday, December 18 - 3:00 pm, Memorial Bells of Our Savior Lutheran Church, 745 Front Street South, Issaquah, are joining with musicians in our midst to present a musical gift to the congregation. This will be a musical journey through the Advent and Christmas season in lessons and carols. Listeners will also be participants. Of course, holiday refreshments will follow. Memorial Bells will also be providing holiday music in December at Talus Retirement Home in Issaquah, and Wesley Home at Lea Hill. The concert at Wesley will be a chime only concert in prelude to creating a chime choir at this residence where Bobbie Benjamin last made her home. It was her dream to start one there, and we hope this generates the interest in accomplishing that goal.
Saturday, February 4, 2012 - 2 pm. Concert by Nancy Kirkner, solo handbells, with Janet Anderson, piano. Music of British composers, including Purcell, Howells, Elgar, and Vaughan Williams. Frye Art Museum auditorium, 704 Terry Street, Seattle. Free. www.solobells.com.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - Noon. Concert by Nancy Kirkner, solo handbells, with Janet Anderson, piano. Music of British composers, including Purcell, Howells, Elgar, and Vaughan Williams. Seattle Public Library, Microsoft Auditorium, 1000 Fourth Avenue, Seattle. Free. Bring your lunch. www.solobells.com.
Friday, June 22, 2012 - Director's Workshop with William Payn, Tacoma Convention Center, Tacoma.
Friday - Sunday, June 22-24, 2012 - Area 10 Conference, Tacoma Convention Center, Tacoma. William Payn, clinician. Music List.
Please remember to send information for the December issue to me by November 22.