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 The Twelfth Tone
Area 12 Newsletter
May 2013
In This Issue
Heitz Handbells and Music
West Coast Handbell Supply
From the Top Music Publishers
Seeking Handbell Director
Concerts at a Glance
Area 12 Board
Calendar of Events
Bell/Chime Loan Program
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Concerts at a Glance
Please see the Calendar of Events below for full details.  
Bay Area

Tapestry in Concert

Friday, May 3              7 pm

Walnut Creek, CA  
Saturday, May 4          7 pm
Clayton, CA
Saturday, May 11         7 pm
Castro Valley, CA 


Bell Appeal presents 

San Francisco, CA


Friday, May 17         7:30 pm
Palo Alto, CA
Monday, May 20          7 pm 
Cupertino, CA 



Rhapsody Ringers

in Concert: The Gather-RING

Sunday, May 19           4 pm 
Bakersfield, CA


Spring Concert
Sunday, May 19           7 pm 
Modesto, California

Wednesday, May 22     7 pm 
Monterey, CA

Sunday, June 2            6 pm

Aiea, HI


LA Metro 

Ramona Convent 

Spring Concert

Friday May 10              7 pm

San Gabriel, CA


Cathedral Bells in Concert

Sunday, May 5th          4 pm

Orange, CA


LA Bronze in Concert  

Saturday, May 19         4 pm

Los Angeles, CA


Joyful Noise in Concert

Sunday, June 9           4 pm

Los Angeles, CA

Wednesday, May 29     7 pm
Las Vegas, NV
Tuesday, May 21       7:30 pm
Davis, CA

San Diego Harmony Ringers

Saturday, May 18         7 pm

San Diego, CA


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Or go to the Areas portion of our web site (click on your state or area at top of home page) to see which concerts and events are happening near you.
Area 12 Board
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Rima GreerPast Chair
Michele SharikChair Elect
Kathy ArnoldTreasurer
Ruben MendozaSecretary

Appointed Officers
Barbara Meinke,Communication
Tess HoustonEducation
Debbie ShawEvents
Beth MaysHistorian
Mel Tully, Vendor Liaison
P.L. GroveWebmaster

Regional Coordinators
Julie VaquilarBay Area
Lori SmithCenCal
Barbara WalshNevada
Nancy SchmittNorCal
Local Liaison
Dixie BaileyLas Vegas
Our National

Handbell Musicians of America

There are some exciting National opportunities
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   2013 Portland



Follow the Oregon Trail and find us in beautiful, scenic Portland, Oregon, for our National Seminar, July 24-27. Event activities will take place at the Oregon Convention Center, while registrants will be housed at our official event hotel, the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower, a national historic landmark hotel. Event participants will have numerous opportunities to ex-pand their knowledge of handbells, handchimes, and overall musicianship through classes, extended tracks, or our Handbell Musician Certification program, led by nationally recognized faculty members; as well as reading sessions highlighting the best music from our handbell publishers; concert performances by handbell musicians from all over the world; and multiple occasions for networking and "rubbing elbows" with fellow handbell musicians.

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To learn more about these exciting National ringing and educational opportunities, go to the national web site .


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Calendar of Events 
May - June


Friday, May 3                   7 pm

Tapestry in concert

(Canto Bello Handbell Ensemble

and Heartsong)
Walnut Creek UMC
1543 Sunnyvale Ave
Walnut Creek, CA
Free will offering
Pie party immediately following

Saturday, May 4               7 pm
Tapestry in concert
Clayton Valley

Presbyterian Church
1578 Kirker Pass Rd.
Clayton, CA 94517
Free will offering 



Sunday, May 5            2:30 pm

presents Bell Appeal

Bella Voce:
Music for Bells and Voice
Bethany United Methodist Church
1270 Sanchez Street
San Francisco, CA


Sunday, May 5th              4 pm

Cathedral Bells in Concert

St. John's Lutheran Church

185 Center St.

Orange, CA

Free will offering

Child care available for children under 5

Ramona Miller


Friday May 10                    7 pm

Ramona Convent Spring Concert

St. Anthony Catholic Church

1901 S. San Gabriel Blvd 

San Gabriel, CA

Tickets $8


Saturday, May 11             7 pm
Tapestry in Concert
Faith Lutheran Church
20080 Redwood Rd.
Castro Valley, CA
Free will offering

Friday, May 17             7:30 pm Bay Bells in Concert

Grace Lutheran Church
3149 Waverley Street
Palo Alto, CA

Saturday, May 18       12:00 pm Ring the Bell

Handbell Festival

Dixon United Methodist Church
209 North Jefferson Street
Dixon, CA

Saturday, May 18              7 pm

San Diego Harmony Ringers

Faith Presbyterian Church

5075 Campanile Dr

San Diego, CA

Sunday, May 19                4 pm
Westchester Methodist Church
8065 Emerson
Los Angeles, CA

Sunday, May 19                4 pm 
The Gather-RING
First Congregational Church
5 Real Road
Bakersfield, CA

Sunday, May 19                7 pm 
Spring Concert
Trinity United
Presbyterian Church
1600 Carver Road
Modesto, California
Tickets $10 at the door

Monday, May 20               7 pm

Westminster Concert Bell Choir in Concert

Valley Church

10885 No. Stelling Rd.
Cupertino, CA
Free will offering
408 739-4642

Tuesday, May 21          7:30 pm
Choir in Concert
Davis United Methodist Church
1620 Anderson Road
Davis, California

Wednesday, May 22         7 pm
Choir in Concert
First Presbyterian Church
501 El Dorado Street
Monterey, California
Free will offering

Wednesday, May 29         7 pm
Choir in Concert
First Presbyterian Church
501 El Dorado Street
Monterey, California
Free will offering

Sunday, June 2                6 pm
Aiea United Methodist Church
99-101 Laulima St.
Aiea, HI 96701

For information, contact

Karen Carlisle


Sunday, June 9                4 pm

Joyful Noise in Concert

Westchester Methodist Church
8065 Emerson
Los Angeles, CA
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Teachers, would you like the use of a 3 octave set of handbells or handchimes to add interest and a new dimension to your music class? Area 12 encourages schools and other educa-tional institutions, both public and private, to develop educational programs using handbells and handchimes. To support the development of such programs, Area 12 has two sets of 3 octaves of handbells and three sets of 3 octaves of handchimes for loan. Deadlines for applica-tions are 5/31 for the Fall Semester and 10/30 for the Spring Semester. To learn more about the responsi-bilities and procedures for participating in this program



It's concert season! Take a look at the LONG list of concerts happening in the next couple of months, choose one or two and GO! Westminster Choir College's Concert Bell Choir will be touring through Area 12 in May! It's great to support our handbell friends (you know how it is to play to a full house!) and gain inspiration and ideas for our own programs! After all, without an audience, it's just another rehearsal!

In Loving Memory of Rusty Sanders
The Area 12 Board of Directors wishes to express deepest regrets at the passing of our Chair's husband, Rusty Sanders. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service was held on Saturday, April 13th at 11 am at Clairemont Lutheran Church in San Diego, California. If you didn't have the pleasure of knowing Rusty, you can read more about him below.


Rusty's biggest contribution to the handbell community was co-founding the original Handbell-L. On behalf of the many of us who are a part of that community and the larger handbell community, the Area 12 Board offers sympathy to the Sanders family, who will remain in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Russell "Rusty" Sanders was born May 29, 1959 in San Diego, CA and passed away peacefully on April 7, 2013 after a long and hard fought battle with cancer. Rusty approached this battle with the same tenacity and indomitable spirit he used with everything in life. Rusty is survived by his wife Lauren and their three children, David, Robert, and Elisabeth, as well as his two brothers, Stephen and Scott.


Rusty began his career at QUALCOMM in 1998 on a program called Net Broadcast System (NBS). NBS was a secure voice one-to-many proof of concept project demonstrating the feasibility of what is now known as the successfully deployed commercial QChat system. Rusty was a major part of the success of that program where he quickly displayed a penchant for IP and phone related protocols, diving into the guts of phone code, and manifesting an incredible curiosity of the "how" and the "functionality" of QUALCOMM's early phone code base. He was a highly valued member of QGOV at Qualcomm, where he worked for 15 years. He was well respected by his peers and considered one of the division's "go-to" technologists. Over the years, when a difficult problem surfaced, the reaction was usually "give it to Rusty". He always displayed a positive "can do" attitude on the programs he supported, and his willingness to work long hours - usually into the late night/early morning hours, weekends, and over Holidays, had a great impact on QGOV and QUALCOMM as a whole. This was especially true when he was working on the commercial (Sprint) In-Geo program, for which he was recently awarded a patent.


To the handbell world, Rusty Sanders was the person who connected everyone to each other. As one of the founders of a listserve called the Handbell-L, he enabled handbell ringers from all over the world to talk to each other without having to be in the same room. A brilliant engineer, Rusty was also a strong advocate for a little-known instrument called handbells and the benefits ringers could gain through increased communication and sharing information. Under his guidance, the original list burgeoned from a relatively small community into thousands of members. Other online communities have since been created for ringers and directors to share triumphs, stories and techniques, but the original Handbell-L is the genesis of them all, with Rusty as its adoptive father. He was always welcoming, but unassuming in his role as the co-creator of the list. Rusty's devotion and contributions helped propel handbells into the 20th (and now 21st) Century in terms of how we learn from each other. That foundation of our communication will stand for years to come. The handbell community is saddened at the loss of one so amazing as Rusty.


Rusty was a brilliant engineer, a devoted musician and a dedicated husband and father. His presence, humor, curiosity, and especially his friendship, will be sorely missed. The family has asked that donations in memory of Rusty be made to a scholarship fund designated for Computer Science Innovation at the Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California, San Diego. To make a donation online, go to http://goo.gl/14k1z and:

1. Click on the "Give Now" graphic

2. Click "Select" next to the entry for: Computer Science and Engineering Excellence and Innovation Fund (3137)

3. Follow the instructions to give the gift

4. Check the box next to "Commemorate your gift"

5. Select "in memory of" from the drop down menu and type "Russell G. Sanders" in the box next to it

6. Fill out the following for Next of Kin:

Lauren Sanders

4885 Mt. Elbrus Drive

San Diego, CA 92117

Email: shodxii@gmail.com

Barbara Meinke
last callYou may have noticed I am using this little guy with the bullhorn to alert you to last calls. Well, this month is the last call for saving $65 (ends May 15) on full registration for National Seminar in Portland, OR!

Haven't decided on going yet? Kath Wissinger, handbell composer and clinician, recently posted this on Handbell-L.
    The question was raised (a long time ago, but I just found this in my "saved mailbox") about whether an "average" ringer should consider attending National Seminar and would reap any benefit from it.


    So many varied experiences are offered, one would be hard pressed to NOT find a full schedule of worthwhile classes to attend - ringing, theory, techniques, technical issues, performance, interpretation, composition, pedagogy, repertoire, rhythm, touring, organization, budgeting, fund-raising, special needs, ensemble, solo, belltree, assigning, movement theory, percussion, children's issues, school focus, and all levels of ringing are just what I can recall from former events I've attended. Some classes are in multi-session Tracks, which allows the teacher to delve further into a topic (and also allows attendees to get to know each other a bit better.)

    Then there are the concerts, special class presentations, fun times, and simply meeting old and new friends who share your passion.

    You may choose to do as much or as little as you wish and can tailor your experience to fill your needs.

    So, is it worth it? Yes - for any handbell person - beginner, intermediate, advanced. I come home invigorated and overflowing with new drive and new ideas.

    Kath Wissinger
    Seminar attendee: Dayton, Hartford, Des Moines, Dallas, Norfolk, Tucson, Cincinnati...and coming up - Portland!
So, register NOW for a great event at a great price! Let me know if you need help and I'll see you there!


Barbara Meinke
Communications Director
PS - Still wanting those reflections on Spring Rings to publish! Send them my way for the June issue!
NorCal - Nancy Schmitt, Regional Coordinator
Nancy Schmitt 

Hello, Handbell Musicians! 


It is not too early to start thinking about attending a fall festival to kick start your ringing season! The Redding Handbell Festival is Saturday, October 12 at Simpson University in Redding and is endorsed by Handbell Musicians of America. There will be massed ringing, classes (reading session, 4 in hand for novices, how to mark your music, percussion, 8 bell duets, musicality, hand and finger damping, just to name a few), plus Ringin' in the Red Zone Bronze Choir which is attached to the main festival for ringers wanting to play more challenging music.  Barbara Meinke will be the guest conductor for the main festival and Larry Sue will conduct the Red Zone Bronze. We will present a final concert of massed ringing, small ensembles, and soloists, which will be open to the public and free!  For registration forms, schedule, and repertoire, please check the Northern California section of the Area 12 website or contact me at my email address below.




Nancy Schmitt

NorCal Regional Coordinator

SoCal - Vacant, Regional Coordinator


Thank you to Lois Harry who has served as the So Cal Regional Coordinator for the last several months. As she is seeking balance in her life, we are looking for a new coordinator to take her place! If you are interested or know someone who would be great at it, please let us know! Michèle Sharik and Barbara Meinke are checking the socal.area12 email below and anxiously awaiting your message! We would be happy to send a job description and buy you lunch when we tell you all about how great it is to work in the guild!


This year's Spring Ring was a great success! Hosted at Hope Lutheran Church in Temecula, CA, Michael Glasgow conducted 147 ringers through a great day of learning and stretching our boundaries. We also had classes in bass bell, multiple bell, ringing basics level one (for certification), and mallet techniques taught by Roy Attridge, Elizabeth Mays, Barbara Meinke, and Michèle Sharik, and performed a closing concert for more than 150 people. We hope you'll join us next year on April 5 as we welcome Tess Houston to the podium for a single-day, all-out massed ringing event.


Could Be You! 

SoCal Regional Coordinator



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LA Metro - Pearl Marshall, Regional Coordinator
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May Greetings, LAMetro Ringers and Directors!


Spring Ring Reports

I've heard fabulous reports from LA ringers who were able to attend some of the Spring Rings offered throughout our Area. If you've never been to one, or if you haven't attended a Spring Ring in a while, you are missing out and you are missed!  Consider putting one on your schedule for next year. You won't regret it!


Summer Seminar with Kimberlee Strepka!

If you haven't done it already, mark your calendar NOW!

On August 10, 2013, SoCal and LA Metro Regions will be hosting "Handbell Artistry for Directors and Ringers" with Kimberlee Strepka! The day will also include repertoire reading sessions and other class options. This is a rare opportunity for a locally sponsored event that you won't want to miss. The information flyer and registration form should be ready soon. Keep checking our webpage so you can be among the first to reserve your spot!


LA Regional Events 2013-2014

Once again, here are our planned events for the next ringing season. We are always interested in incorporating your ideas and desires into our educational opportunities. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any thoughts on topics or teachers or anything else. I'd be delighted to hear about them!

  • Fall Ringers Workshop: October 5, 2013 at Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena
  • Youth Handbell Festival: November 2, 2013 at Los Altos United Methodist Church in Long Beach (tentative)
  • February "Focus" Workshop: Early February, 2014 at (TBD)*
  • Spring Ring: Early March, 2014 at (TBD)*

*Please contact me if you would like to host either of these events.  lametro.area12@handbellmusicians.org.


Concert Info

It's not too late to get your spring concert posted on our webpage.  Even if your handbell ensemble is performing for only part of a concert, I would love to include it in our concert listing. Please send me a quick email with the date, time, location, and contact info.


Ring on!


Pearl Marshall

LA Metro Regional Coordinator



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Nevada - Barb Walsh, Regional Coordinator

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This month, I would like to share a review of our annual Spring Ring from the perspective of one of the partcipants, Sarah Bigelow, a third grade teacher and handbell musician from Gardnerville, NV.


Top Three Percussive Sounds

for Recognizing Spring 

in Northern Nevada


3. Snowflakes hitting crocus petals!

2. Sprinklers hitting frozen grass!

1. Clappers hitting bells at our Twelfth Annual Sierra           Spring Ring!


     Once again South Reno United Methodist Church was the gracious host as bell ringers gathered from near (Reno area) and far (Gardnerville, NV and Auburn, CA).

      This year our clinician, Tess Houston, opened the day with a reminder of our status in life. Yes, we play a little-known and less-understood musical instrument. Yes, we are often an enthusiastic, well-meaning group who just want to participate in the joy of making music with friends. But we are also musicians, and as musicians we owe a debt to our art. And so Tess began this year's assembly with musical exercises designed to help us improve our abilities and refine our artistic expressions.

  The day progressed smoothly and melodically as we interspersed massed-ring rehearsals with skill-based mini-lessons. Tess's lessons were designed to reassure the new ringer while challenging the 30-year expert. Perhaps the best part was the beauty of hearing melodies and harmonies doubled and tripled around oneself as the massed-ring pieces took shape.

     Our final concert featured a processional, three massed-ring pieces, one lovely song rung by Bel Canto, and a foot-tapping rouser from Tintabulations, northern Nevada's premier community handbell ensemble. Of all the percussive sounds of spring in northern Nevada, the Spring Ring is my favorite!


Hope you'll join us next Spring for another awesome Northern Nevada Spring Ring!


Barbara Walsh

Nevada Regional Coordinator



CenCal - Lori Smith, Regional Coordinator
Lori Smith



Hello CenCal Ringers,  


We had a successful and fun Central Coast Spring Ring with P.L. Grove who led us with enthusiasm, humor, insight, and expertise on April 6 at United Methodist Church in San Luis Obispo. If you missed this one, we hope we'll see you next year!
 The participants included:
The Bel Canto Ringers, San Luis Obispo United Methodist Church
The Bells of St. Peter, St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Santa Maria
The Bells of Trinity, Trinity Lutheran Church, Paso Robles
The Hallelujah Handbells, Ojai United Methodist Church
Joyful Noise, Atascadero United Methodist Church
The Redeemer Ringers, Lutheran Church of the Redeemer,     
Ringers of Hope, Hope Lutheran Church, Atascadero
The Trinity Ringers, Los Osos United Methodist Church
Handbell Choir, First Presbyterian Church, San Luis Obispo
And the repertoire we enjoyed was:  
"This Day of Gladness" by Susan Geschke
"I'm So Glad!" arr. Susan Nelson
"You Raise Me Up" by Joel Raney
     with guest cellist, Dalene Eimon
"Joy and Celebration" by Lee Afdahl
Many thanks to all the organizers and participants!  

Lori Smith

CenCal Regional Coordinator  

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


Check out this month's calendar of concerts and support your local handbell choirs!


Here are some events that happened this past month:


Campanae Mundi: Ring Bells in Tuscany - March 30 - April 7

Eight ringers performed four concerts in Tuscany with director William Kyle.

For photos, tour blog, and more info, visit



Bay Area Spring Ring and Intense Ring in Cupertino - April 12-13

About 220 ringers participated in massed ringing with guest clinician, Hart Morris.

Activities included classes throughout the day, an intense ring choir, a lovely solo concert by Linda Krantz, eight-bell handbell duets performed by Carla and Larry Sue, and the final concert with featured guests, the Messiah Brass.

Wil Mandac, official photographer of the event, posted photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/wildabeast71/sets


A hearty congratulations once again to David Ruder and Carol Smith who coordinated this event!


Save the date for next year:  May 2-3, 2014

Guest conductor: Fred Gramann

Guest clinicians and artists:

Barbara Brocker, the leading authority on Bell Trees

Danny Lyons who will dazzle you with his four-in-hand (that is four in each hand) technique, and teach you how to do it.


Low Ding Zone's Silver Screen - April 20, 21, and 22
This show featured a murder mystery by the actors of Murder by Design interspersed with handbell performances by Low Ding Zone, the World's First Bass-Only Handbell Ensemble. Audience members sat at tables with team names such as "Bronze" and "Allegro," snacked on peanuts, danced the Charleston, and interacted with the characters throughout the show. In the end, audience groups turned in their answers as to "whodunit." Prizes were awarded to the Big Winners and the Big Losers! It was a different type of handbell event and loads of fun!


Hope to see you at some concerts in May!  


Happy Ringing!

Julie Vaquilar

Bay Area Regional Coordinator



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Hawaii - Karen Carlisle, Regional Coordinator
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As groups are coming to the end of their season and summer is approaching fast, we would love to know what your choir has been doing! Hawaii has seen a few performances in the last month. Handbells are starting to be noticed here on Oahu. At a sold out concert at the Kapolei Kroc Center last weekend, Mele Mai Paki Lima performed at the Kapolei Music Festival. What an experience it was! This concert had everything including a recorder group, Japanese taiko drums, the Kapolei Chorale, the Royal Hawaiian Band, a children's choir complete with ukulele and hula, a hula dancer, ballet dancers, and a Samoan a cappella men's group. What a great concert! All of these groups were handpicked and invited to this festival, handbells included!

Let us know what you are up to!



Karen Carlisle

Hawaii Regional Coordinator

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Historian Corner - Beth Mays, Historian
Hello Everyone!   
I am Beth Mays, your friendly neighborhood Area 12 Historian, checking in for a moment.  Last weekend I had a wonderful time at the Southern California Spring Ring. I met some great people, got caught up with some old friends, and rang some wonderful music with our clinician Michael Glasgow. Got some great pictures from the event and our packed afternoon concert! I know a lot of Area 12 has been enjoying multiple Spring Rings this past month, so lets share some of our stories! Send me some pictures or some of the memories you made at our Spring Rings at historian@area12.handbellmusicians.org. We'd love to have these memories to share and to keep in our archives. Thanks so much!
Beth Mays

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