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   The Twelfth Tone
Area 12 Newsletter
February 2014
In This Issue
San Diego Harmony Ringers
Concert Calendar
West Coast Handbell Supply
Christine's Handbell Restorations
Zephyr Point
Heitz Handbells and Music
Area 12 Board
Bell/Chime Loan Program
Advertising with Us
From the Chair
Southern California
Bay Area
LA Metro
Northern California
Central California
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Handbell Resources
Are you an advanced handbell ringer looking to stretch your musicianship, ringing technique, and ensemble skills?

The San Diego Harmony Ringers Wants You in 2014!
Auditions for experienced bass ringers have been extended through the end of February.
Contact us at auditions@sdhr.org
or call 619-540-9152
(Joe Rodriguez, Artistic Director)

To learn more about the
San Diego Harmony Ringers,
visit us at www.sdhr.org

We look forward to hearing
from you soon!
Concerts at a Glance 
February - March

February 9                  4:00 pm
Christine Anderson in concert
Newport Beach, California

March 29                    7:30 pm LA Metro Spring Ring Concert
Azusa, California

Your concert can appear here!
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the entire Area 12 calendar,
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National Election
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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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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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Spring may not have sprung just yet, but there has been a lot of seed planting for great events which will bloom later this spring! Check it all out below!
Message from the Chair - Michèle Sharik
Hi there, Area 12!

Now that our handbell music programs are back in full swing for 2014, it's time to look forward to Spring Ring season! There are a number of SRs coming up all across our Area in the next couple of months. I hope you will encourage your groups to attend these wonderful events, not only because they're an excellent chance to work with amazing clinicians and learn new things, but also for the fun and fellowship we share with other ringers each year at these events.

Speaking of events, we have more information for you regarding the 2014 Ringers Conference in San Luis Obispo, so please go check it all out on the Area 12 website.

In other news, members should receive their ballots this week for the special election for Chair Elect -- I got mine on January 27th. Please take the time to read the biographical information of both candidates and make a considered choice. Both candidates are excellent, so it's a hard decision. Remember that the future of Area 12 is in YOUR hands, so please remember to return your ballots right away - they must be postmarked by February 28th in order to be counted!

That's all from me right now. Have a wonderful February!
My best,

Michèle Sharik



2014 Festival Conference Information


June 19-22, 2014
Embassy Suites  
 San Luis Obispo, California


Hey, folks! It's almost time to Shake, Rattle & Ring! Registration will open in early February, and you'll have until mid-March to get that glorious early bird rate! We'll let you know when registration is open so you can be the first to sign up! Come solo or bring your whole group! We have several performing opportunities; you could be chosen to play a mini-concert in front of all of Area 12!

In addition to our fabulous conductors, Michele Sharik, Jason Wells, and Kevin McChesney, and our innovative Percussion Tracks where you will learn to play hand drums, mallets, and sticks like a pro, we are offering many tracks you probably won't see anywhere else, like Intro to Quartet Ringing, Jason Tiller's Listening/Recording Lab, the world premiere of Michele Sharik's Body Bellistic, Six Ways to Four in Hand, and of course, the only Handbell Theatre track available in 2014!

Area 12 is world renowned for innovation in event planning, so don't be left out while we make history again! Get ready to sign up in February!


Performance Opportunities

Here is your chance to Shake, Rattle and Ring
for all of Area 12 to see! 
There will be four performance opportunities for handbell groups or soloists! Check the Area 12 website for complete info on our easy application process.
Join the Movers & Shakers Conference Ensemble for intermediate and advanced ringers! Everyone in the ensemble will work with all three guest conductors! Here is your chance to get to work very closely with Kevin, Michele and Jason! Again, check the Area 12 website for complete info on our easy application process.
Scholarships Offered


Every two years Area 12 offers scholarships to two Area 12 members to assist them with the cost of attending the Area 12 conference. The Jim Scott Memorial Scholarship assists one ringer and one director who demonstrate financial need by covering their registration, hotel room (half the double occupancy rate), and any meals that are included in the registration packet.
Applications are being accepted now through April 15th, so don't delay! If you or someone you know is interested, send in your application today.

To find out more information on qualifying for the Jim Scott Memorial Scholarship and to download an application, click the blue link or contact Rima Greer.
See you there!

Conference Repertoire List Now Available
on the Area 12 Website! 

Keep your eye on this newsletter and the conference webpage 

for more information as it is released!
Election News


It's Time to Vote...Twice!


Handbell Musicians of America members are encouraged to participate in two elections currently ongoing - one at the local Area 12 level and one at the National level.


If you are an Area 12 member, it's likely you have already received a postcard ballot in the mail for a special election for Area 12 chair-elect. Bios of the two candidates - Scott Leggett of Glendale, California and Tessique Houston of Concord, California - were mailed to the membership last week, and the information can also be found on the Area 12 website.


Additionally, candidates for two National at-large board positions and the position of president-elect were announced in the latest edition of the Overtones. New to the National election process this time around is a streamlined online voting system. While no ballot was mailed, members are encouraged to go the National web site to read the biographies and view personalized videos made by the candidates (note that bios are also printed in the Overtones). National voting does not begin until March 1st, but members can preview instructions on using the online voting system. For information about the National elections process, contact the Handbell Musicians of America National office (1-800-878-5459).


And if you have questions about Area 12's elections, or if you are interested in serving on the Area 12 board in the future (we are seeking nominations for Secretary and Treasurer NOW), please contact the Area 12 past chair.

last call 

Please note the deadlines! Area 12 ballots must be postmarked by February 28, 2014. And the VOTE NOW button on the National web site will remain up only until 7 p.m. EST on March 31, 2014.
The future of handbells is literally in your hands,

so please don't forget to VOTE...twice!

Communiqué - Barbara Meinke
Barbara Meinke

Hello, Area 12!

Like many of you, at my bell choir's concerts, I thank the audience for coming. I often tell them, if not for them, this would be just another rehearsal! We all love to ring, but it is so much more fun to ring for a room full of people who love and appreciate our art! So, because I get a lot of requests for publicity for many concerts, events, even auditions, I thought I would pass along some information on how we can help you get the word out!

Your guild membership affords your some great FREE publicity! As a member, your concert information can appear 
1. on the Area 12 website calendar and in this newsletter (just send me an email with all the info as soon as you pin it down).
2. in the Guild's nationally distributed Event Notes enewsletter (click here!)
3. On the Area 12 Facebook page! First, "Like" our FB page, then submit your request to me at my email address below!

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If you are holding a Guild sponsored or endorsed event, we will list your event on our web calendar, Facebook page and in this newsletter by request (email me!), and it will automatically appear in the Guild's Event Notes enewsletter! Click here for details on Guild sponsorship and endorsement and its many benefits.
Perhaps you want to really boost your visibility. Area 12 offers very inexpensive advertising for anything handbell related - from ringer auditions to fund-raiser/CD sales to workshop and event advertising. Our newsletter reaches nearly 1600 handbell enthusiasts every month! Check out our advertisements in the left side bar and let them spark ideas for what you would like to promote. Then check out our advertising rates below and let me know how I can help you GET YOUR WORD OUT!
Next month...local community resources for promoting!  
Barbara Meinke
SoCal - Regional Coordinator, Vacant

April 5, 2014
Temecula, CA
Conductor - Tessique Houston

Look for registration forms and repertoire on our website
or email us at the address below!

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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Nevada - Barb Walsh, Regional Coordinator

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Sierra Spring Ring


Saturday, May 17, 2014

South Reno United Methodist Church

Reno, NV

 presented by Tintabulations



This event is endorsed by Handbell Musicians of America


Barbara Walsh

Nevada Regional Coordinator


Bay Area - Julie Vaquilar, Regional Coordinator
Julie and Martalina


Bay Area ringers have an amazing opportunity coming up with our Intense Ring and Spring Ring this May 2 and 3. Not only are we hosting the amazing conductor, Fred Gramann, all the way from Paris, but there are many opportunities to participate in a variety of activities we have not had in the past. In addition to all the wonderful classes this event traditionally boasts, ringers will have a chance to learn bell tree finesse from the bell tree master herself, Barbara Brocker. And for those who find four-in-hand or six-in-hand boring, you can try your (hopefully rather large) hand at learning eight-in-hand from solo artist Danny Lyons. And there will be performances, performances, performances galore throughout the day. It's all in thanks and celebration of Dave Ruder, as he retires this year after 24 years of organizing this event!
So head on over to the Bay Area web page and register - we are going to have a blast and we hope to see you there!


This event is endorsed by Handbell Musicians of America 


Julie Vaquilar 

Bay Area Regional Coordinator


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LA Metro - Pearl Marshall, Regional Coordinator
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February Greetings LAMetro Ringers

and Directors!


Here's what's happening this spring!



 We're gathering registrations now!  Don't forget to send in your form before the March 1 deadline.


March 29, 2014   11:30am-8:30pm

at Azusa Pacific University

with clinician Dr. Donavon Gray


Flyer and Registration Form are available on our web page.


 This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America


We are looking forward to this opportunity to gather and rehearse some of the music that will be used at this summer's Area 12 Ringers Conference. Our day will conclude with a performance of our Spring Ring repertoire mixed with solo numbers offered by individuals and ensembles. It could even be you! Please contact me with any questions.


Spring Concerts

You may already have your spring concerts scheduled. Please send your concert info - group, date, time, location, contact - as soon as possible! We will list them on our calendar and help you get the word out so people can plan to attend. We get constant inquiries from potential audience members. Let's let them know where to find us! 


Ring on! 


Pearl Marshall

LA Metro Regional Coordinator


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NorCal - Nancy Schmitt, Regional Coordinator
Nancy Schmitt

Dear Handbell Musicians,


     February is here and maybe you are wondering what ringers, bells, and Valentine's Day all have in common?  Answer: Celebrating Valentine's Day through bell ringing! You have probably heard of singing Valentines, mostly done by barbershop quartets who will go out into the community and sing for couples and then present them with a red rose.


You may not have heard about ringing Valentines - where small bell ensembles go out into the community and ring (or ring and sing) a few love songs and then perhaps present the happy couple with a red rose or pink carnation. Sometimes there is a fee involved. Sometimes you just do it for free. The ringing Valentine is a cool way to spread the art of handbell ringing, make a few couples very happy, and perhaps earn a little money on the side. So, check your closet for red attire, grab a few ringers, find some couples needing some special attention on Valentine's Day, stop by the florist for some red roses or pink carnations, and make someone happy, including yourself!

     As always, if you have a workshop, concert, or other handbell event you would like posted on the calendar for Northern California, please contact me. As your Northern California Regional Coordinator, I am here to serve you.  Happy Valentine's Day!!




Nancy Schmitt

NorCal Regional Coordinator  

CenCal - Lori Smith, Regional Coordinator
Lori Smith


Hello CenCal Folks,


How is your New Year starting out?  What fun music do you have in your folders?  Looking through one of my folders, I'm finding "In the Hall of the Mountain King" (think Edvard Grieg's Peer Gynt), "Time to Say Goodby" (think Andrea Bocelli), and "Moonlight Serenade" (think Glenn Miller). I like the variety of styles.

Also in my folder is, "Viva la Vida" (think Coldplay). This presents me with a new challenge. The D5/E5 position seems to have a split personality. The left hand is predominantly malleting with the bass chord rhythms, while the right hand is partnering with the melody or counter-melody. Pat-your-head-and-rub-your-tummy! This one will require some concentration, but I think I'll have it figured out by the time our concerts are upon us!

I hope I'll see you in San Luis Obispo for Shake, Rattle, and Ring, June 19-22!

Lori Smith

CenCal Regional Coordinator  

Hawaii - Karen Carlisle, Regional Coordinator
Karen Carlisle

Karen Carlisle
Hawaii Regional Coordinator