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 The Twelfth Tone
Area 12 Newsletter
October 2013
In This Issue
Timbré Workshop and Concert
Heitz Handbells and Music
West Coast Handbell Supply
Area 12 Board
Calendar of Events
Bell/Chime Loan Program
Advertising with Us
From the Chair
Loan Program Report
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Bay Area
Southern California
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Elected Officers
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Kathy ArnoldTreasurer
Ruben MendozaSecretary

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

Regional Coordinators
Julie VaquilarBay Area
Lori SmithCenCal
Barbara WalshNevada
Nancy SchmittNorCal

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Calendar of Events 
October - November

Lake Avenue Church
393 North Lake Avenue
Pasadena, California
Clinician: P.L. Grove
For information, contact

Concert Saturday at 4:30 pm
in conjunction with
Redding Handbell Festival
Simpson University 
Heritage Life Center
2211 College View Drive
Redding, California
Director: Larry Sue
For information, contact

Simpson University
Heritage Life Center
2211 College View Drive
Redding, California
Final concert begins at 4:30 pm
Clinician: Barbara Meinke
For information, contact

10/25/13                        3:00 pm
Kailua United Methodist Church

1110 Kailua Road

Kailua, Hawaii

Clinician: Tim Waugh 

For information, contact

10/26/13                         8:00 am

Harris United Methodist Church

20 South Vineyard Blvd
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Clinician: Tim Waugh
For information, contact

Clairemont Lutheran Church
4271 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
San Diego, California
Registration: $20
For more information, visit

Timbre in Concert

Vespers Concert Series
Clairemont Lutheran Church
4271 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
San Diego, California
A freewill offering will be taken.
For more information, go to

Tapestry in Concert

featuring Canto Bello Handbell Ensemble and Heartsong
First Evangelical Lutheran Church
4000 Concord Boulevard
Concord, California
Freewill offering will be taken.
For more information, contact Carol Smith at carolsmith2@comcast.net


Tapestry in Concert
featuring Canto Bello Handbell Ensemble and Heartsong
Trinity Lutheran Church
1225 Hopyard Road
Pleasanton, California
Freewill offering will be taken.
For more information, contact Carol Smith at carolsmith2@comcast.net


Tapestry in Concert
featuring Canto Bello Handbell Ensemble and Heartsong
Walnut Creek United Methodist Church
1543 Sunnyvale Avenue
Walnut Creek, California
Freewill offering will be taken.
For more information, contact Carol Smith at carolsmith2@comcast.net


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Area 12 Bell Loan Program
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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 pro-grams using handbells and handchimes. To support the development of such pro-grams, Area 12 has two sets of 3-octaves of handbells and three sets of 3-octaves of handchimes for loan. Deadlines for applications are 5/31 for the Fall Semester and 10/30 for the Spring Semester. To learn more about the respon-sibilities and procedures for participating in this pro-gram, click here.
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June 19-22, 2014
Embassy Suites  
333 Madonna Rd
San Luis Obispo, CA
featuring guest conductors
Kevin McChesney 
Michele Sharik 
Jason Wells
  • Area 12 is known for its innovative and cutting edge conferences. This one is all about giving you the most exciting and informative conference experience possible.
  • You will be able to "build your own conference" with all the stuff you need most!
  • Hotel and classes are in the same building!
  • We are bringing back divisions, so you can choose your level and EACH DIVISION WILL WORK WITH ALL THREE CONDUCTORS!   
  • And the Conference Choir will get to work with each of them!
  • We expect to have registration live by January 1st
So go find your boogie shoes because
it's time to get the party started!
Keep your eye on this newsletter and the conference webpage
for more information as it is released!
Message from the Chair - Laurie Sanders
Laurie Sanders

Dear Handbell Musicians, 


With love for all of Area 12, I wish to announce I have resigned as chair of your Board of Directors. Many of you know the last few years have taken a big toll on my family and me. I find that my attention is being pulled in too many directions for me to be devoted to any one in particular. I look forward to seeing many of you at our conference in San Luis Obispo in 2014, as it's going to be spectacular! In the meantime, please welcome Michèle as she steps into the Chair position!

Best wishes,
Laurie Sanders

Hello, Area 12!

Please join me in thanking Laurie for her service to the Area and in wishing her all the best for the future.
I promise to serve Area 12 to the best of my ability and hope to fill the very big shoes in a way that most benefits the Guild! 
Thanks again for all your support. I look forward to serving you as Chair for the next three years.

Michèle Sharik


Communiqué - Barbara Meinke
Barbara Meinke

There are so many great things to read about in this newsletter so I am going to keep this SHORT!
Area 12 is doing exciting things, but we need YOU to make it come together. There are opportunities to serve on the board (see the board list on the left for vacancies), opportunities to learn and ring together (it's ok to go to one of these fall events at the last minute!), and opportunities to share the love (check out that school report and apply for a bells loan if your school has a need!).
Until next month!
Barbara Meinke
Special Report - Bell/Chime Loan Program

Report from the Waldorf School of the Peninsula


The Waldorf School of the Peninsula borrowed a three octave set of bells for the Spring Semester, 2013. We started our new semester with a brand new group of students, except one who requested to stay in bells. It was great to have the handchimes so that the 9th grade students could "shadow" the older students as we played.


We had our first performance just three weeks into the semester at our new Renaissance Evening Event. All of the classrooms were open to share what the students experience at the Waldorf High School.  We played a few simple warm-ups for the audience and I answered questions about the bells and music afterward. We received much interest and praise that evening.


Our final performance for the semester was at a church festival.  We played "Clocks" and "Scarborough Fair." The students were

fantastic and really nailed the challenging pieces. Our audience was very impressed with how far the students had come during the semester! Giving the students the opportunity to perform and choosing contemporary music really helped bring excitement and joy to our bell choir.


Our music department is looking forward to another year of offering handbells. In the fall, we will switch to a year-long ensemble. We have 15 students who have chosen to be part of the bell choir!


The Waldorf School of the Peninsula and I are extremely grateful to the Guild for this opportunity to bring handbells to our students and community!  Thank you very much!

NorCal - Nancy Schmitt, Regional Coordinator
Nancy Schmitt
The fall event you have

all been waiting for!!


Redding Handbell Festival 

Saturday, October 12, 2013 

9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Simpson University Heritage Life Center 
Redding, CA
                                          Guest Conductor: Barbara Meinke 
last call


Ringin' in the Red Zone Bronze Choir

6:00 p.m. Friday, October 11, 2013
Simpson University Heritage Life Center 

 Redding, CA

Guest Conductor: Larry Sue

These events are endorsed by
Handbell Musicians of America
Classes include
Hand and Finger Damping by Barbara Meinke

Score Study by Larry Sue

Percussion and Mallets by Dr. Dwayne Corbin

Handbell Maintenance by Neil Gertner

8 Bell Duets by Larry and Carla Sue

Multiple bell techniques for NOVICES by Barbara Meinke

Reading Session by Mel Tully

Promoting Your Bell Group's Identity by Derek & Bryce Nance


Fun, Food, and Fellowship guaranteed!!

(plus you just might learn something new!!)


If you would like your Northern California's group event promoted through the Twelfth Tone please send me the information.  




Nancy Schmitt

NorCal Regional Coordinator  

Hawaii - Karen Carlisle, Regional Coordinator
Karen Carlisle

Aloha Area 12 and my area of Hawaii!

As many of us are rehearsing and getting into handbell mode, we have an exciting workshop coming up fast. I have been busy getting workshop information and details together and now it is ready to announce!

Tim Waugh is coming back to do more workshops with both ringers and a directors! We received a lot of great feedback from his workshops last year, many wanting more. Tim's teaching style and approach to ringing bells is extraordinary and he is great at working with all ages. 

Friday October 25 is the Director's Workshop at Kailua United Methodist Church from 3:00 pm to 9:15 pm (dinner included). Last year we didn't have enough time with Tim, so this year we will have a longer time but it will be broken down into three sections. For those who cannot arrive by 3:00 p.m., you can arrive later and not feel like you are coming in late. The schedule is 3:00-4:45, Dinner, 5:30-7:15, 7:30-9:15. The next day, October 26, we will hold the Ringing Workshop for directors and ringers at Harris United Methodist Church. 8:00 a.m. set up and ringing from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. We will enjoy an experience of learning through actually ringing music festival style. I encourage both ringers and directors to attend. Lunch and a short performance by a community group is included. It is not often we get this level of clinician out here, so we need to take advantage of this!
On another note. I have exciting news of kids learning to ring here on Oahu! I have to be careful about sharing my ideas because then someone goes with it! I sometimes don't know what I get myself into, but this is working out great! I said I wanted to start a kids' community handbell group. Little did I know the Harris UMC was looking for someone to say they wanted to work with kids and music. I took along four ringers to do a demonstration at an elementary school and rang two songs. Then we let the kids come up and we taught 26 kids how to ring a handbell! We had a blast! The area is a low income area and those kids just don't have the opportunity to have this experience. Our program we set up is free for these kids to participate in after school. We did the same demonstration for the middle school kids at the Nuuanu YMCA's after school program on September 26.  We are really excited to have started this program and to see the kids wanting more is great! Hopefully we will have an elementary group and a middle school group and then see where it goes!
Mahalo until the next newsletter and hope to see you at the workshops.  
Karen Carlisle
Hawaii Regional Coordinator
LA Metro - Pearl Marshall, Regional Coordinator
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October 5, 2013

Lake Avenue Church

Pasadena, CA
Massed Conductor, P.L. Grove 


This event is sponsored by

Handbell Musicians of America 


Our Fall Youth Workshop has been cancelled, but our youth are welcome to join us at the Ringers Workshop above!


Though the early-bird deadline has passed, there is still space available.  Contact me as soon as possible to reserve your spot at the table.  Event repertoire will be available for purchase at the registration desk.


We will also have several copies of Kimberlee Strepka's book Handbell Artistry from the Inside Out for sale, as well as a "store" with a wide variety of handbell merchandise made available by Handbell Services, Inc.

Mark your calendars now for the 2014 LA Metro Spring Ring!
Saturday, March 29 at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, CA!
more info coming soon!

Ring on! 


Pearl Marshall

LA Metro Regional Coordinator


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Bay Area - Julie Vaquilar, Regional Coordinator
Julie and Martalina



Hey, Bay Area Ringers and elsewhere!


You do not want to miss this announcement from Dave Ruder!



MAY 2-3, 2014

 This event is endorsed by

Handbell Musicians of America


Dear S.F. Bay Area Spring Ring Friends,


Several of our past Spring Ring attendees have asked if the Intense Ring and Spring Ring music had been selected yet. I know that a number of directors have wanted to plan and order their material for the upcoming year, or check out the music for the Spring Ring. I will be sending out more complete information by October 1. Since this will be the last Spring Ring that I organize, #24, I have invited some of my friends and leaders in the handbell field to join me. Fred Gramann from Paris, France, is our principal conductor; Barbara Brocker will give workshops on beginning, intermediate and advanced bell trees; Danny Lyons will also give three workshops on solo ringing with the 3rd session involving multiple bells in each hand (up to 4). Barbara and Danny will also give solo concerts during the day.


Messiah Brass will return. One of our massed pieces will be with bell trees. We are inviting several of our fine bell tree performers to join Barbara on 'Tis a Gift to Be Simple - bell trees and massed ringing.


A whole lot of other special activities are in the works, so we know you will want to set aside May 2-3, 2014 and join us. We will have several limits this year on number of participants in the massed ringing, solo choirs (by invitation only) and workshop participants. We expect a large attendance, so we ask that you get your registration in early. We will need to raise the registration fee a little this year, but it will be well worth it with all the workshops and special concerts included!


Dave Ruder

Spring Ring organizer


For more information and a repertoire list, please contact Dave Ruder at daveruder@comcast.net or the event registrar, Carol Smith, at carolsmith2@comcast.net. 


Happy Ringing!

Julie Vaquilar 

Bay Area Regional Coordinator


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SoCal - Vacant, Regional Coordinator

with Timbré Ensemble!
Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013
1:00 - 3:00 pm
Clairemont Lutheran Church
4271 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
San Diego, California
For more information, please visit www.timbre-ensemble.org
This event is endorsed by Handbell Musicians of America

Mark your calendar now!
April 5, 2014
Temecula, CA
Conductor - Tessique Houston

Look for registration forms and repertoire list the end of October!
This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America

San Bernardino, Riverside, Imperial
and San Diego Counties need YOU!


Contact Michele Sharik to learn more about

how you can serve our Southern California Region! 


Could Be You! 

SoCal Regional Coordinator


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CenCal - Lori Smith, Regional Coordinator
Lori Smith



            And Claves!!

                               And Djembes!!!

                                                            Oh, My!!!!


Your Area 12 Board met quite recently and I heard some really tantalizing tidbits about the Area 12 Ringers Conference coming up in San Luis Obispo, June 19-22, 2014. There will be folks with true percussion backgrounds teaching how to properly mallet the bells to extract the very best sound. (How many times have I produced only a "clunky" sound, hit the rim with the "stick" part of the mallet, or just missed the bell entirely?) And what's this thing called a Djembe?


A drum, from West Africa, played with the hands. As I understand it, generally three different sounds can be produced, depending on which area of the drum head you strike, along with which part of your
hand/fingers you use. The structure looks something like a giant wooden goblet. (However, the drum head prevents one from pouring in one's favorite beverage!) And the sound is deliciously mesmerizing!


You'll be there, won't you?


As for me, I can't wait to learn how to play the djembe! 




Central Coast Spring Ring 
     Sat. Mar 22, 2014 
     United Methodist Church San Luis Obispo 
     Clinician:  Michele Sharik 
     More details soon! 
Happy ringing!  

Lori Smith

CenCal Regional Coordinator  

Nevada - Barb Walsh, Regional Coordinator

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Email me if you are interested in our Directors' Workshop!

October 5, 2013

South Reno United Methodist Church 


Send me your Nevada news

and watch it appear here!


Barbara Walsh

Nevada Regional Coordinator