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Concerts at a Glance
Please see the Calendar of Events below for full details.
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Area 12 Board
There are some exciting National opportunities
coming up NOW.
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.
See all the details and register today at
To learn more about these exciting National ringing and educational opportunities, go to the national web site .
Calendar of Events
June - July
Sunday, June 2 6 pm
Aiea United Methodist Church
99-101 Laulima St.
Aiea, HI 96701
For information, contact
Sunday, June 9 4 pm
Joyful Noise in Concert
Westchester Methodist Church
Los Angeles, CA
For information, contact
Sunday, June 9 7 pm
Lake Avenue Church
393 N Lake Ave
Sunday, July 7 4 pm
Timbré Ensemble in concert
Westchester Methodist Church
Los Angeles, CA
For information, contact
Wednesday, July 31 7:30 pm
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Here's hoping June gloom is short and sweet and nothing but blue skies grace your heart and summer! And while you're out, check out our concert calendar and get to a concert of a handbell ensemble touring this summer and join us in Portland for a great time!
The summer months are usually dead for handbells, but Summer 2013 has a few surprises for Area 12 handbell ringers!
First, you MUST get out to what promises to be the event of the year when the Japanese handbell ensemble, Kiriku, returns to Area 12 this July and August!
We are honored for the second time to host what is arguably the best handbell group in the world. Seven of their ten performances are scheduled for right here in Area 12, so if you have a chance to see them or host them, DO IT! Check the calendar for details.
Once you've had a chance to see handbell artistry at its finest in Kiriku, pick your jaw up off the floor and take a summer course in achieving it for yourself. The LA Metro and Southern California regions will be co-hosting a special Summer Seminar at Concordia Irvine with Kimberlee Strepka
, noted author of the recently released book, Handbell Artistry from the Inside Out. Kimberlee brings her study of the Laban Movement Theory to the handbell table, and Area 12 ringers can experience her course first-hand as she explores the sonic and visual aspects of handbells. Details can be found in Pearl's article below and on the Area 12 web site.
On a personal note, I want to thank those of you who have been holding me and my family in your prayers during this very difficult time. It has been a comfort feeling the warmth, remembrances and well wishes of our handbell family too.
We interrupt the regularly scheduled programming to bring you this special bulletin from our national board.
NATIONAL BOARD ELECTIONS ARE JUST A FEW MONTHS AWAY!
Who are YOU nominating?
A butcher, a baker, a candlestick maker?
A lawyer, a banker, a marketing major?
A teacher, a ringer, a strategic planner?
Who should serve on the next national board of directors of the Handbell Musicians of America? Whoever it is, YOU will play a vital and essential roll in selecting them.
The nominating deadline is September 1, 2013.
Online voting begins February 15, 2014 and ends March 15, 2014.
The membership will vote for president-elect and for two at-large candidates. The results will be posted at handbellmusicians.org, in Overtones, through E-Notes, and through communication with the area chairs.
Who would make a desirable candidate for the national board?
The national board of directors must be diversified with individuals who share an interest in our instrument without gender or ethnic bias. To achieve this diversity, the qualities listed below are among some for which the national board will pursue in finding potential nominees and candidates.
- Historical experience with AGEHR/Handbell Musicians of America
- Business experience such as in finance, policy governance, marketing, law, human resources and fundraising
- Music and handbell experience such as directing, ringing, music education, church, community, and specials needs choirs
- Strategic planning and/or not-for-profit
This diversity of backgrounds and experiences will broaden the national board's perspective, enabling it to design the type of forum for strategic planning and futuristic leadership that Handbell Musicians of America requires in order to be successful in a more competitive non-profit environment. We need a range of personalities for a board that can collectively become skilled to:
- think ahead
- be probing in terms of how "this" goal will relate to our mission
- reason what the costs, as compared to the overall benefits, are for our members
- be a servant/leader
The best possible future for the Handbell Musicians of America board of directors will come from good communication between diverse individuals who share our mission, vision, values and goals. You know these people. Therefore, the best possible future for Handbell Musicians of American ultimately rests with YOU. But, before YOU nominate someone, check with her or him to insure they are able and willing to be considered for one of the most fascinating and rewarding responsibilities they could imagine. Then place that person into nomination by completing the online form or using the printable nomination form (click for .pdf to print) and mailing it to the address on the form.
Who are YOU nominating?
Philip L. Roberts,
nominating committee chair
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July will bring a "light" version of The Twelfth Tone, so enjoy your summer, come find me in Portland, and I look forward to sharing with you again in August!
NorCal - Nancy Schmitt, Regional Coordinator
Well, it is that time of year again when all good things come to an end for a while as most bell choirs take the summer off for a much deserved rest. It is also that time of year for appreciation dinners and lunches for our ringers who deserve to be thanked for giving so much of their time for the last nine months of ringing for church and community events and attending festivals and workshops. It is also a time to thank their families for sharing their ringer with us once or twice a week.
There are some bell choirs and ringers who ring during the summer providing special music for their church or community. Last year at our Disneyland conference I had a director tell me that her bell choir or part of her bell choir played every Sunday. One word comes to mind for a bell choir that plays every Sunday - WOW! I hope all of you directors and ringers have a great summer and perhaps I'll see some of you in at the National Seminar in Portland. I also encourage you to check the Northern California part of the Area 12 calendar for upcoming Redding Handbell Festival in October and other events in our area.
And speaking of events, if you haven't heard already, noted Japanese handbell ensemble, Kiriku, is coming to Area 12 this summer, and they are looking for a venue in the Northern California region. This is a group I would normally jump at the chance to host, but I will be out of town. If you or someone you know has a church or performance hall to offer (for free), please consider hosting this phenomenal ensemble that performs on over six octaves of bells with only 8 ringers. We don't want to miss out on the chance to hear them while they are here in the U.S. and coming right through Northern California! Contact P.L. Grove (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are able to host this fabulous group.
NorCal Regional Coordinator
Hawaii - Karen Carlisle, Regional Coordinator
SAVE THE DATE!!!!
Tim Waugh is graciously coming back to Oahu and will be doing another work-shop on Saturday, October 26, at Harris United Methodist Church. Yeah!!!!! And because last year's director's workshop left everyone wanting MORE, we will also be doing a director's workshop this year! Mark your calendars NOW and watch for news here and on the Area 12 website!
Also, in June, watch for handbell news in the religion section of Star Advertiser in Hawaii. We are starting to get recognized for our craft!
Hope you all are loving your season warm up and enjoy the summer!
Hawaii Regional Coordinator
SoCal - Vacant, Regional Coordinator
Top 5 Reasons to be the next
Area 12 SoCal Regional Coordintor.
5. Receive sample music from publishers!
4. Make a bunch of new friends who have as odd a
profession/hobby as you do!
3. Get your name and photo in the paper (Twelfth Tone)!
2. Attend SoCal Region events for FREE!
1. Plan the next Spring Ring on a day YOU can go!
We are anxious to buy lunch for anyone who is interested in hearing more about this position on the Area 12 board. If you live/work in San Diego, Imperial, Riverside, or east San Bernardino Counties, you could be just who we are looking for! Find out more by sending an email to the socal address below and Michele or Barbara will get back to you!
Kiriku is coming to SoCal on August 2 and needs a venue! Contact P.L. Grove if you have one to host them!
Could Be You!
LA Metro - Pearl Marshall, Regional Coordinator
LAMetro Ringers and Directors!
Kimberlee Strepka presents
for Directors and Ringers
August 10, 2013
On August 10, SoCal and LAMetro Regions will be hosting this special opportunity. The informational flyer and registration form are NOW AVAILABLE on our website.
The early-bird deadline is July 1. Act fast!!
Though full choirs are welcome, this event is designed for individual directors and ringers. Please don't hesitate to contact me with questions.
LA Regional Events 2013-2014
Just in case you haven't already noted these dates, here they are again. Consider including one of these events in your plans for next season!
- Fall Ringers Workshop: October 5, 2013 Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena
- Youth Handbell Festival: November 2, 2013 Los Altos United Methodist Church in Long Beach
- February "Focus" Workshop: Early February, 2014*
- Spring Ring: Early March, 2014*
*Please contact me at my email address below if you would like to host either of these events.
There are still a few end-of-year concerts coming in June. These are wonderful opportunities to support and make connections with other handbell musicians, and to get some ideas for yourself! I strongly encourage everyone to attend at least one other group's concert this season. They are very educational!
Kiriku, coming from Japan to perform at National Seminar in Portland, will be performing in LA Metro on August 4! Check out the Area 12 calendar for more information. You don't want to miss seeing and hearing the best there is in handbell performance!
Check out the Ringers Wanted section for great new opportunities in LA Metro!
Have a wonderful summer!
LA Metro Regional Coordinator
Bay Area - Julie Vaquilar, Regional Coordinator
Hello, Bay Area Ringers!
This month features reviews of concerts with bells AND voices!
Last month I was fortunate to attend "Timeless and Timely: Memorable Melodies from Beethovern to Rock" performed by Tapestry Vocal and Handbell Ensemble under the direction of Cindy Krausgill. The combined group of 17 singers and 12 ringers presented a program interwoven with recognizable classical pieces and popular songs such as the "William Tell Overture," "Shenandoah," "As Time Goes By," "Time in a Bottle," and "Rolling in the Deep." Some of the pieces included flute, electric bass, piano, saxophone, organ, piano, banjo, and other percussion. Highlights included Carol Smith with a fabulous upbeat solo of "I Got Rhythm," a fast-paced and impressive performance of "In the Mood" on handbells, and ending with an audience sing-a-long of "Let the Sunshine In" from the musical "Hair."
Each year, Tapestry raises money for a charity through proceeds from the free-will concert donations. Tapestry's charitable mission this year was for the Alzheimer's Association. Thank you, Tapestry. And congratulations on an entertaining, fast-paced, and memorable program.
Also, last month, Bell Appeal presented "Bella Voce: Music for Handbells and Voice including Songs by Snow Patrol, Pink, Maroon 5, and Macklemore." The concert featured singers on all the selections: Shawn Delaney, Sara Heron, and Gabi McColgan of Resound Ensemble; Sam Maurer from the International Orange Choral of San Francisco. Bell Appeal presented a concert with fresh energy. The Handbell Brothers (Bryce and Derek Nance) were on-hand to stream the concert live. You can see it by clicking: http://handbellbrothers.com/bell-appeallive/
Finally, the Oakland Temple Hill Choir and the San Francisco State University Handbell Choir presented "Spring Blooms with Bells & Voices: A Celebration of Spring - Songs of Hope and Peace." The two groups perform twice a year together throughout the Bay Area. The vocal choir presented some very moving pieces that included "I Am Not Afraid" and "This is the Christ." The handbell choir performed handbell classics such as "Rock-a-My-Soul" and "Grazioso." And together, joint pieces included "Gaelic Blessing" and Bill Payn's "Requiem" (with an arrangement for voices courtesy of William Kyle). Many thanks, William. It was a certainly a community effort with hearty community support.
Kiriku, from Japan, is looking for a venue in the San Francisco Bay Area for a Jul 30 evening concert. If you know of one, please contact P.L. Grove. As always, please let me know of your upcoming concerts. I'd love to feature them here in the newsletter.
Bay Area Regional Coordinator
CenCal - Lori Smith, Regional Coordinator
to not one, but TWO
in Central California this summer.
Check the calendar and the
Central CaliforniaWeb Page for details.
...and to hosting the
June 19-22, 2014 Ringer's Conference
in CenCal's San Luis Obispo next summer!
CenCal Regional Coordinator
Nevada - Barb Walsh, Regional Coordinator
Send me your Nevada news
and watch it appear here!
Nevada Regional Coordinator
Area 12 Bell Loan Program
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 responsibilities and procedures for participating in this program