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 The Twelfth Tone
Area 12 Newsletter
December 2013
In This Issue
The Raleigh Ringers DVD
Heitz Handbells and Music
Velocity Toffee
Zephyr Point
West Coast Handbell Supply
Christine's Handbell Restorations
Calendar of Events
Area 12 Board
From the Chair
Northern California
Bay Area
LA Metro
Central California
Southern California
Bell/Chime Loan Program
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There are a limited number of cans available, so act now to make sure you get your holiday toffee ON!

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Velocity's annual fundraiser is traditional English toffee homemade from butter, sugar, walnuts and Guittard semisweet chocolate.  The toffee comes vacuum sealed in a 1 lb. pop-top can with a resealable lid for the online price of $22.50 per can (note that after ten years we finally had to raise the price to cover increasing materials costs). The can makes a perfect holiday stocking stuffer or gift for "hard-to-buy-for" relatives or friends. If you've never tried it, you simply must!

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Our National

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David R. Davidson

 Composition Contest


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International Handbell Symposium 2014, Jeju, Korea. Click the image for more info!

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Concerts at a Glance 
December - January

For more details
check out our calendar at www.areaxii.org

12/06/13                        7:00 pm
Silver and Gold...and Bronze
a Bay Bells Holiday Special
Palo Alto, California

12/14/13                        7:30 pm 
Asbury Ringers, guest artists with the Valley Concert Chorale
Pleasanton, California

12/14/13                         7:30 pm

Silver and Gold...and Bronze
a Bay Bells Holiday Special
San Jose, California

12/15/13                        3:00 pm
Asbury Ringers, guest artists with the Valley Concert Chorale
Livermore, California

12/06/13                        7:00 pm
Bel Tempo in concert
with the River City Chorale
Sacramento, California

12/10/13                        7:30 pm

Opus Handbell Ensemble
in concert
Modesto, California

12/07/13                        8:00 pm
Sonos Handbell Ensemble
in concert with
Frederica von Stade
Long Beach, California
1/26/14                          3:00 pm

In All Things...Joy!

Soloist Linda Krantz in concert
Inglewood, California 

12/06/13                        8:00 pm
RiverBells performs at
The Nativity Exhibit
Granite Bay, California


12/07/13                      12:00 pm

RiverBells performs at
The Lucas Winery - Barrel Room
Lodi, California
12/07/13                        7:00 pm
Bel Tempo in concert
with the River City Chorale
Sacramento, California

12/08/13                        3:00 pm

Simpson University Christmas Concert
Redding, California

12/08/13                        4:00 pm
Bel Tempo in concert
with the River City Chorale
Georgetown, California

12/13/13                         7:00 pm

RiverBells in concert
Sacramento, California
12/15/13                        4:00 pm
Bel Tempo in concert
Sacramento, California 
12/18/13                      12:00 pm
Bel Tempo in concert
Sacramento, California 

12/21/13                      12:30 pm
RiverBells performs at
The Capitol Rotunda
Sacramento, California

1/25/14                          4:00 pm
Redding Bronze
event final concert
Redding, California

01/05/14                         3:00 pm
Christmastide Handbell Concert
Temecula, California


Your event can appear here!
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the entire Area 12 calendar,
Area 12 Board
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Elected Officers
COULD BE YOU!, Chair-Elect
Rima GreerPast Chair
Kathy ArnoldTreasurer
Ruben MendozaSecretary

Appointed Officers
Barbara Meinke,Communication
Tess HoustonEducation
Beth MaysHistorian
COULD BE YOU!, Membership
Mel Tully, Vendor Liaison
P.L. GroveWebmaster

Regional Coordinators
Julie VaquilarBay Area
Lori SmithCenCal
Barbara WalshNevada
Nancy SchmittNorCal

Local Liaison
Dixie BaileyLas Vegas
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Jingle bells, church bells, sleigh bells, dinner bells, tower bells, Salvation Army bells! Though we love our bells year-round, this is the season everyone else is reveling in bells! Get out to a handbell concert this month and take some friends to experience what you already love. Maybe the "bell bug" will bite them too!
Message from the Chair - Michèle Sharik
Hi there, Area 12!

The holiday season is upon us! Many of us are gearing up for all sorts of services and concerts, not to mention planning our own personal and family activities. It sure can seem overwhelming sometimes, can't it?

Instead of stressing out, why not take some time out, relax and go see a concert or two? There are so many holiday concerts coming up - just take a look at our calendar below! There are concerts by small groups, soloists, and full groups, all of whom would love to see your smiling faces at their shows. 

In addition to their own holiday planning, members of your board are working hard to prepare the 2014 Area Festival/Conference, which will be held this June in San Luis Obispo. This will be an event like no other, so be sure to be there. Look for updates below from our Conference Chair (and Past Chair) Rima Greer. Registration will be available in January!

And please don't forget to consider volunteering as a board member yourself!  We will have a special election very soon for a new Chair Elect (a 6 year commitment), plus we have openings for Events Coordinator, Membership Coordinator, and Southern California Regional Coordinator. Please contact me if you are interested or want more information!

Have a great holiday season!

Michèle Sharik



Reminder: Call for Nominations for Special Election


last callNominations remain open for a special election to fill the position of chair-elect.


Because of a recent Board 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 or until at least two qualified candidates have been found. The Board hopes to complete the special election early next year, so if you know of someone you think would be great in this position (or if you, yourself have considered running), please let us know right away.


(Don't forget that the regular election for secretary and treasurer - both of which are two-year terms - 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


June 19-22, 2014
Embassy Suites  
333 Madonna Rd
San Luis Obispo, CA
featuring guest conductors
Kevin McChesney 
Michele Sharik 
Jason Wells

Conference Repertoire List Now Available on the Area 12 Website!
We're planning a very special, intimate conference where you can get up close and personal with all your favorite clinicians! Learn to arrange your favorite tune from Kevin McChesney. Experience the memorization magic of Jason Wells. Be the first to enter Michèle Sharik's Body Bellistic zone. Accept the challenge of Handbell Theatre. Broaden your percussion skills with our drum and mallet mavens.
There has never been a conference like this one!
Get ready to sign up in January - Space is limited!

Keep your eye on this newsletter and the conference webpage

for more information as it is released!
Communiqué - Barbara Meinke
Barbara Meinke

Holiday Greetings!

I have a special message from our Regional Membership Coordinator, Ellie Hodder, to share with you. 

Dear Members of Area 12,


My name is Ellie Hodder, and I LOVE handbells! I am delighted to serve as the Regional Membership Coordinator West covering Areas 9, 10, 11 and 12. This is a new position for the National office designed to help us be more responsive and get connected to you, our valued members.


My role is to work with your area membership chair. Together, we want to be available to you so that you know about happenings near you, throughout Area 12, and also at the national level. We are here to answer your membership questions and help you more easily keep your membership up to date.


Here is some more important information:


* Area 12 is seeking a membership chairperson! If serving in this way interests you, contact your chairperson, Michèle Sharik, for more information.

* And, the all important Area 12 website is www.areaxii.org (for now).


You may reach me at ehodder@handbellmusicians.org. Please do feel free to contact me any time. I look forward to getting to you know you better.


Happy music making!




Until January, blessings to you and yours as you look to 2014!

Barbara Meinke
NorCal - Nancy Schmitt, Regional Coordinator
Nancy Schmitt

Dear Handbell Musicians,


The Christmas season is a wonderful time to involve children, visiting grandchildren, and non-ringers in your Christmas Eve services. Preschool children can ring the multi-colored bell sets as they do a processional to the front of the church. Youth in second grade through eighth grade who normally do not play a musical instrument or read music can ring Christmas carols using regular handbells by reading the letters from a chart. To make things special, let the youth wear tie-dyed gloves and tie colorful ribbons on the bell handles. They, too, could do a processional of random ringing to the front of the church and then play a couple of Christmas carols from the chart. Youth are extremely busy any time of the year, and especially during December, but since you only need two rehearsals, it will be easier to get families to say yes. 


Don't forget to check the calendar for Christmas concerts near you. Please send me your workshop, festival, or concert information so we can post it in the e-news. I wish you all a Merry Ringing Christmas.




Nancy Schmitt

NorCal Regional Coordinator  

Bay Area - Julie Vaquilar, Regional Coordinator
Julie and Martalina


Hello, Bay Area Ringers!


The holidays are usually the busiest for handbell ringers. I encourage you to support each other this season by attending each other's concerts! It's always satisfying to see the hard work and rehearsals pay off when the performing venues are filled with an appreciative audience, and no one appreciates handbell ringing more than handbell ringers! So this holiday season, let's give the gift of gratitude for handbell ringers by supporting each other. Check out the concert calendar and enjoy!
Happy holidays and happy ringing!


Julie Vaquilar 

Bay Area Regional Coordinator


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LA Metro - Pearl Marshall, Regional Coordinator
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December Greetings,

 LAMetro Ringers and Directors!


Well, the Holiday Season is here! I'm sure you're as busy as everyone else, plus you have HANDBELL PERFORMANCES too! I know everyone is asking for your precious time, so I'm going to get in there while I can. I need your help. I have had several inquiries about where to hear handbell music this holiday season. I'd like to be able to send these potential audience members your way! Please send me your concert dates so I can share them with those interested. This is not just for "bells only" performances, but also for anytime your handbell choir will play more than one piece, even as part of a larger concert, or worship service. 



We're back and ready to go!

March 29, 2014   11:30am-8:30pm

at Azusa Pacific University

with clinician Dr. Donavon Gray

Registration Deadline:  March 1, 2014


Our teachers will be Barbara Meinke teaching "Beyond the Basics," Michele Sharik offering "The Body Bellistic," and Alex Guebert with "Just Hit It?" an exploration of the auxiliary percussion instruments. As one of our repertoire pieces has roots in the shape-note tradition, we will have a shape-note singing mini-class specifically using that tune.


Click here for our flyer and registration forms.

Check it out now so you don't miss your chance!


Ring on! 


Pearl Marshall

LA Metro Regional Coordinator


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CenCal - Lori Smith, Regional Coordinator
Lori Smith


Hello CenCal Folks!

There is l
ots of beautiful bell music this time of year! I just finished the November ringing season with one group, and I am heading directly into the December ringing season with another group. We have had discussions of simple lighting, costuming, props, a few spoken lines, and a bit of stage-fright for me!

When are your groups playing? Church services? Community events?Let me know. There's still time to post them on the website so more people can enjoy your beautiful music. 
Central Coast Spring Ring
Sat. Mar 22, 2014
United Methodist Church
San Luis Obispo, CA
Clinician:  Michele Sharik 
More details soon!
Happy ringing!  

Lori Smith

CenCal Regional Coordinator  

SoCal - Vacant, Regional Coordinator

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

Aloha and Mele Kalikimaka!

As we are going into our busy season, really think about the holidays and what they mean to you. And enjoy all the beautiful music filling the air during the holidays. 
We had a great workshop in October with clinician, Tim Waugh!

There were 33 ringers
And we also had a director's workshop! We relish the opportunity to have Tim come here to Hawaii. We hope in the coming years we can build up our area and continue to host superb clinicians from the mainland.

Take sometime and enjoy the holidays.
Karen Carlisle
Hawaii Regional Coordinator
Nevada - Barb Walsh, Regional Coordinator

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Barbara Walsh

Nevada Regional Coordinator


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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The Twelfth Tone is published the first of each month, except July, by Area 12 of the Handbell Musicians of America (The Guild). The Guild is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the musical art of handbell/handchime ringing through education, community, and communication. The editor of this publication reserves the right to reject or modify copy.

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