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 The Twelfth Tone
Area 12 Newsletter
November 2013

                from your Area 12 Board 
In This Issue
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West Coast Handbell Supply
Featured Article
Heitz Handbells and Music
Area 12 Board
Calendar of Events
Bell/Chime Loan Program
Advertising with Us
From the Chair
Special Report
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Area 12 Board
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Elected Officers
Rima GreerPast Chair
Kathy ArnoldTreasurer
Ruben MendozaSecretary

Appointed Officers
Barbara Meinke,Communication
Tess HoustonEducation
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


  Jan. 31 - Feb. 3, 2014

Cincinnati Airport Marriott


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David R. Davidson

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Calendar of Events 
November - December

11/3/13                          3:00 pm
Alzeimer's Benefit  Concert     
featuring the music of
Low Ding Zone
Larry & Carla Sue, handbell duet
Diane Keller, organist
Los Gatos Presbyterian Church
16575 Shannon Road
Los Gatos, California
Freewill offering to benefit the Alzheimer's Association.


11/3/13                         4:00 pm Bells of Blessing
Fundraiser for Salvation Army
Modesto Church of the Brethren
2301 Woodland Ave
Modesto, California
For information contact
Stephen Reddy at 209.527.7354.
Freewill offering to support the Modesto Salvation Army.

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


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


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

a Bay Bells Holiday Special
Grace Lutheran Church
3149 Waverley Street
Palo Alto, California
freewill offering
For more information, go to www.baybells.org.

with Frederica von Stade
Carpenter Performing
Arts Center
CSU Long Beach
6200 Atherton Street
Long Beach, California
Tickets: $45
For tickets call 562-985-7000
(at least 10 days in advance)


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To view all the events on the
Area 12 calendar, click here.
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Area 12 Bell Loan Program
cartoon bells  
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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Message from the Chair - Michèle Sharik
Hello, Area 12!

Thank you all for the many expressions of support and encouragement I have received since assuming the duties of Chair. I have some big shoes to fill and I know I need all of the support I can get!

I'm sure you are as busy as I am with the winter holidays coming up. As we all prepare for our own church services and concerts, let's not forget that there are still some workshops coming up at which our ringers can gain skills and boost their confidence for the seasons ahead. See the calendar in this enews or on our website for dates, locations, and links to registration details.

Speaking of workshops, your Board is currently working on planning for our 2014 biennial Festival Conference in San Luis Obispo. We have some wonderful ideas for classes and activities that are sure to make this the "must go to" event of the year! The full schedule is not finalized yet, but we still have important news for you this month: our three clinicians have chosen the music for the massed ringing and that repertoire is posted on the conference webpage, so be sure to look for it!

It is with sadness that I report Debbie Shaw has resigned as Events Director for Area 12 in order to pursue other opportunities. The Board of Directors of Area 12 of the Handbell Musicians of America would like to thank Debbie for her years of service to Area 12, both as LA Metro Regional Coordinator and as Events Director. Her hard work has benefited not only our organization, but the larger handbell community as well. We wish her the best in all of her future endeavors. 

We are currently looking for volunteers to fill positions on the Board. See the article below on our upcoming special election for a new chair-elect. And please contact me if you would like to know more about any of these appointed positions: Events Coordinator, Membership Coordinator, or Southern California Regional Coordinator. I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Best wishes for November!
Michèle Sharik


Call for Nominations for Special Election


As reported last month, Laurie Sanders vacated her position as chair of Area 12, and Michèle Sharik acceded to the position of chair. This means there is an opening on the Board which needs to be filled as soon as possible.


Nominations are now open for a special election, and while the nominating committee is hard at work looking for great candidates, we wanted to get the word out and open the door a bit wider in the search for nominees.


Because of the recent vacancy, the term of office for the next Chair-Elect will begin immediately upon election and will go through summer of 2020, making it a 6-1/2 instead of the normal 6-year term (approximately).


Candidates must be voting members of the Handbell Musicians of America, must reside within Area 12, and must consent to their nomination. More information on the position can be found in the Area 12 Bylaws and Rules of Procedure, which are posted on the Area 12 website.


Nominations will be taken through December 15th, and ballots will be mailed by January 15th, so watch your mailbox in January for the special election ballot.


(Don't forget that the regular election for secretary and treasurer will be held next year, so if the chair-elect position is not for you, there are still other ways to serve Area 12.)


The nominating committee for this special election is Rima Greer, Barbara Meinke and P.L. Grove. Note that your Past Chair, Rima Greer, has appointed P.L. to preside over the committee for this special election, so please send inquiries and nomination suggestions to P.L. at webmaster.area12@handbellmusicians.org.


Spread the word that we need volunteers to help Area 12 continue its history of great handbell education and events!

2014 Festival Conference Information


Conference Repertoire List Now Available on the Area 12 Website!

June 19-22, 2014
Embassy Suites  
333 Madonna Rd
San Luis Obispo, CA
SLO, Did You Know You Can -


  • Perform in our Conference Ensemble
  • Learn from real drummers to use mallets and play hand drums
  • Perform in handbell theatre
  • Learn tricks to arrange music, even if you're not a composer
  • Learn all six four-in-hand configurations
  • Take an All Ring Track and ring until you drop
And much, much, more!
Yes you can!
featuring guest conductors
Kevin McChesney 
Michele Sharik 
Jason Wells
Keep your eye on this newsletter and the conference webpage
for more information as it is released!
Communiqué - Barbara Meinke
Barbara Meinke

The month of November is a time most people reflect on their blessings and give thanks. We are so blessed to be part of a larger community of handbell musicians who love to share, learn, and spend time with each other. In my experience, handbell musicians are the most generous, fun-loving people on the planet and I can't get enough of spending time with them, learning and sharing together.

To be involved in "uniting people through the musical art of handbell and handchime ringing" (quoted from our national vision statement) has been a tremendous blessing to me! I encourage you to find a way, big or small, to find the blessing in bringing handbell musicians together. Whether you volunteer 30 minutes making phone calls from home, a couple hours helping at a local event, or serve on the Area 12 board, our many hands really do make light work and the handbell blessings for which we are thankful will continue to flow. Your regional coordinator or any board member can offer ideas for serving short term or long term. I invite you to join me and enjoy the blessing of uniting handbell musicians.

Thanksgiving blessings to all my handbell friends, known and yet to meet,
Barbara Meinke
Special Report - Distinctly Bronze East
Area 12 Ringers Take on DB East Again!

Five Area 12 members headed east again to mart, shake, mallet and ring some of the most challenging handbell music around at the Guild's premier event for ringers held in New Bern, North Carolina last month. Distinctly Bronze (DB) is the brainchild of the late David Davidson, and the event still carries his spirit of discipline, excellence, quality performance and camaraderie, even though he is no longer with us.
From Left: Julie Vaquilar, Linda Krantz, Michèle Sharik,
Tessique Houston and P.L.Grove
This was the first year with Dr. William Payn on the director's podium, and the ringers really responded to his musicianship and ability to embody the music through his conducting. And it's a good thing he was so well liked, otherwise he might have been in trouble with the treble ringers over the inclusion of his latest piece Aria on the repertoire list. DB ringers are used to tough music and fast tempos...but 32nd notes at 60 to the quarter note? Really? We should never have doubted that we could do it, and in the end the group pulled it off along with two other Bill Payn gems: Four Resonances and Elegy.

While making really great music is always a key ingredient to DB's popularity, this year the Silent Auction took on a life of its own when two different elements converged to make the weekend a bit crazy. 

First, Area 12's own Michèle Sharik got the bright idea to donate a free "quickie" hair color job to the auction. The color: pink, of course, the same as Michèle's. Second, this year's auction proceeds would go towards the Guild's newly created Heritage Fund. So when Jenny Cauhorn made a comment that she would "dye my hair pink if the ringers donate $300 to the Heritage Fund," a new weekend goal was born. The "Jenny Cauhorn Pink Hairatage Fund" started as a dare to raise $300 for turning a section of Jenny's head pink (oh...and yeah...add the $300 to the Guild's Heritage Fund along with the rest of the Silent Auction money). By Saturday evening, the stakes had been raised to $1,000, and in exchange Jenny's entire head would be dyed pink and gelled to look just like Michèle's.
Much to Jenny's surprise (and chagrin), the ringers raised the $1,000. However, there were some technical difficulties with spiking Jenny's hair (not to mention the fact that it occurred to some that the Executive Director of the organization might actually need Board approval to represent the Guild with spiked hair at an event concert), so the ringers had to settle for just pink all over.
But everyone was quite pleased with the result (and that she actually went through with it), and eventually even Jenny admitted it was worth it.
I can't wait to see what happens at DB East next year to top that! And I guess if others can't wait either, there's always DB West!

P.L. Grove
(C&D4 ringer...whose arms were sore - like all the other C&D4 ringers, including Julie Vaquilar - after four days of playing Carillon and Velocity!)
Nevada - Barb Walsh, Regional Coordinator

Barb Walsh Headshot 


Our directors' workshop was small, which meant our attendees received LOTS of personal attention! They were able to conduct Tintabulations and received great feedback to take home and try with their own groups. In addition, we were able to discuss their specific situations with their groups and everyone "chimed" in with suggestions for them to try, from recruitment to repertoire. If a workshop like this is something you are interested in, please let me know so that I will plan another one! If you would like to see other events, such as a Spring Ring or a Ringers' Workshop, please let me know that too! If I don't know what you want, then I can't put it together!

If your group is putting on a concert or event, make sure to let me know so we can get the word out in The Twelfth Tone!


Barbara Walsh

Nevada Regional Coordinator


NorCal - Nancy Schmitt, Regional Coordinator
Nancy Schmitt

Highlights from the

Redding Handbell Festival


It was a picture perfect Saturday, October 12, when 85 ringers presented a final concert after spending the day going to classes and rehearsing the massed numbers with director, Barbara Meinke. Larry Sue, Ringin' in the Red Zone director, put his bronze choir through a three hour rehearsal on Friday, October 11 and another hour rehearsal on Saturday. The best part of any festival is the fellowship, fun, learning, and sharing!



Please remember to
send me your group's workshop, festival, or concert information for the Area 12 calendar.
Until next month,
I wish you all a
Happy Thanksgiving!



Nancy Schmitt

NorCal Regional Coordinator  

Bay Area - Julie Vaquilar, Regional Coordinator
Julie and Martalina


Hello, Bay Area Ringers!
Here are the top five reasons to contact Carol Smith to get your registration materials for the May 2014
Bay Area Spring Ring
in Cupertino.
#5 - You and all the other ringers, musicians that ring together because it is fun!
#4 - Danny Lyons, the four-in-hand soloist that plays with four bells in each hand
#3 - Barbara Brocker, the guru of Bell Tree playing
#2 - Fred Gramann, the conductor that leads you to ring well and makes it fun too!
#1 - Dave Ruder, the organizer that plans to go out with a bang, brass, bells, and lots of other good, loud, fun stuff!
This is the 24th and final spring ring Dave is organizing. Don't miss it! We'll be making memories about this extra special spring ring.
Carol Smith's email is carolsmith2@comcast.net


Happy Ringing!

Julie Vaquilar 

Bay Area Regional Coordinator


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CenCal - Lori Smith, Regional Coordinator
Lori Smith




Central Coast Spring Ring 
     Sat. Mar 22, 2014
United Methodist Church
San Luis Obispo, CA
Clinician:  Michele Sharik 
More details soon!
I was making a mental list of all the instruments I've seen incorporated into handbell music. "Summertime" has a wonderful clarinet intro that is reminiscent of "Rhapsody in Blue". Windchimes, triangle, and finger cymbals for "Greensleeves" (What Child is This?) add a hauntingly, ethereal quality to this mesmerizing piece. I've seen great success with trombone, saxophone, trumpet, flute, piano, organ, strings, and lots of variety with percussion. What about some slightly lesser known instruments?  Didgeridoo? (Oh, I kinda doubt it.) Boy, was I wrong! Searching around on YouTube, I found a church bell ensemble featuring this instrument. And it was a fantastic pairing!

The didgeridoo (didjeridu) comes from the northern part of Australia, developed by the indigenous people of that area approximately 1,500 years ago. The wooden pipe of various lengths, but often four feet, produces a drone sound with interesting affects, playing a continuous note by incorporating circular breathing (breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth without stopping).

Adding a featured instrument to your bell arrangements can create depth and texture to your performance. Look around in your church, school, and community for musicians just waiting for a creative opportunity to share their talent. Though it may seem an odd pairing at first thought, it will likely develop into an often requested arrangement for your group! 
Happy ringing!  

Lori Smith

CenCal Regional Coordinator  

LA Metro - Pearl Marshall, Regional Coordinator
Pearl Marshall Photo
March 29, 2014
Azusa Pacific University
Azusa, CA
Clinician: Dr. Donavon Gray

The Spring Ring music has been chosen from the 2014 Area12 Conference repertoire list. Some of these titles may already be in your library! If you are planning to go to San Luis Obispo in June, this will be a great work-out on the Conference repertoire! If you can't make it to SLO, then this will make a great sneak-peak.

We will also be offering two classes opposite division rehearsals. One will be "Beyond the Basics," the second of the techniques classes for Handbell Musician Certification. The other will be an all new class, "The Body Bellistic," focusing on health and wellness for handbell musicians.

Keep checking the website. The flyer and registration form will be posted soon!


Many thanks to P.L. Grove and all who helped make the Fall Ringers Workshop possible. It was a wonderful opportunity to brush up on our skills and meet fellow ringers from around the region.


If you know your concert schedule, please share it with me so we can post it on our website. The season is coming when everyone wants to hear bells. Let's be sure to let potential audience members know where to find us! 
Ring on! 

Pearl Marshall

LA Metro Regional Coordinator


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SoCal - Vacant, Regional Coordinator

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 on our website at
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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Hawaii - Karen Carlisle, Regional Coordinator
Karen Carlisle

Come back next month for a great review on our workshop with Tim Waugh!
Karen Carlisle
Hawaii Regional Coordinator