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   The Twelfth Tone
Area 12 Newsletter
April 2014
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Our Ringers' Conference is just 2 1/2 months away and our Spring Rings are blooming now! Check out all the great news below and then JOIN us!
Message from the Chair - Michèle Sharik

Hi there, Area 12!  


It is with great pleasure that I announce not only our election results, but also some new additions to your Board of Directors. But before I do that, I want to say THANK YOU to everyone who returned their ballots. Voting is one of the most important things you can do and the high turnout we got this election was very encouraging. It shows that you, the members, care about the future of our organization and are involved in making our collective vision a reality. Hurray!!

Tess Houston is our new Chair Elect, effective immediately. She has already been hard at work in her new position and I am looking forward to working closely with her over the next several years. 

Scott Leggett will also be joining the Board this summer in the position of Los Angeles Metro Regional Coordinator. He brings some great experience to the table and is working closely with Pearl Marshall to ensure a smooth changeover. I am really looking forward to working with him. Welcome, Scott!

Kari Jacobs has agreed to be our new Southern California Regional Coordinator, effective immediately. I am thrilled at her appointment and hope you will greet her warmly at the SoCal Spring Ring on April 5! (Do me proud, SoCal!) Welcome, Kari!

* Finally, KatRyn Howell will be our new Education Director effective immediately, taking over from Tess Houston. Kat has lots of experience in music education and is looking forward to working with the schools in our Bell & Chime Loan Program. Welcome, Kat!

Please join me in congratulating and welcoming our new Board members!

All my best, 


Michèle Sharik



2014 Festival Conference Information


June 19-22, 2014
Embassy Suites  
 San Luis Obispo, California
Area 12 Board - Drum Circle - Shake Rattle and Ring
Area 12 Board - Drum Circle - Shake Rattle and Ring

At our recent board meeting, the Area 12 board was trying out some of the fabulous djembes we bought for the percussion tracks at the upcoming conference in San Luis Obispo. We can't wait for you to join us! What??? You're not signed up yet???? What are you waiting for????  Register TODAY!

This conference features FIVE world premiere tracks from some of the country's top clinicians. Tracks are filling up fast, and you want to be sure you don't miss out.

This is your chance to be up close and very personal with some of the country's finest conductors and to experience class tracks that aren't offered anywhere else in the world!   

Don't wait until it's too late! This is a very cozy venue and we don't
want you to miss out.  You know you want to - Sign up NOW!

Performance Opportunities

Here is your chance to Shake, Rattle and Ring
for all of Area 12 to see! 
There are still openings in 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. Deadline has been extended to April 15!
There will be four performance opportunities for handbell groups or soloists! Check the Area 12 website for complete info on our easy application process. Deadline has been extended to April 15!
 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.

last call


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! 

Keep your eye on this newsletter and the conference webpage 

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

I recently attended The Guild's National Area Leadership Training where I not only learn what our guild can do for us, but what we can do for our guild. So, why does membership matter? There are so many things on both sides of this equation, but indulge me as I share with you what your guild is doing for you! Hopefully you will, like I have, feel more inspired to work at the grassroots level in partnership with this super organization!
Our Guild offers us
  • opportunities to connect and form life-long friendships with other handbell musicians.

  • a place as an integral part of an organization that is THE principal voice of the handbell/handchime art form and is dedicated to advancing the art through education, community and communication. 

It takes PEOPLE to make all this happen. Dreamers and Do-ers, from home and on site, short-term and long-term, with hands or with resources, and yes, even a clean-up crew! Get involved! To help in your region, contact your regional coordinator. To help in Area 12, contact one of our board members, and to help in our national organization, send an email to webmaster@handbellmusicians.org,
"because, together, we can do what none of us can do alone."
Barbara Meinke
Area 12 at Distinctly Bronze West 2014
Great job, Carol Flint, Beth Mays, Barb Walsh, Gretchen Rauch,
Larry Sue, Carla Sue, and Julie Vaquilar!
For more on Distinctly Bronze, visit www.handbellmusicians.org
SoCal - Kari Jacobs, Regional Coordinator


Welcome, Kari Jacobs, your new So Cal Regional Coordinator! Come meet her at

last call

April 5, 2014
Temecula, CA
                                                  Conductor - Tessique Houston
concert at 4:00 p.m.

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

Kari Jacobs

SoCal Regional Coordinator



For information on SoCal Region's concerts, events, and other opportunities, click here to go to the SoCal page. 

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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



For information on Nevada Region's concerts, events, and other opportunities, click here to go to the Nevada page. 

Bay Area - Julie Vaquilar, Regional Coordinator
Julie and Martalina



Bay Area Intense Ring

and Spring Ring


May 2-3, 2014
Valley Church
Cupertino, CA
Fred Gramann, conductor


This event is endorsed by Handbell Musicians of America 
Julie Vaquilar 

Bay Area Regional Coordinator



For information on Bay Area Region's concerts, events, and other opportunities, click here to go to the Bay Area page.

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NorCal - Nancy Schmitt, Regional Coordinator
Nancy Schmitt

Dear Handbell Musicians,


     When you hear the words "Shake, Rattle, and Ring" what probably comes to mind is the Area 12 Ringers Conference in San Luis Obispo in June. Yes, you would be right that there will be plenty of drums beating, shakers and rattles playing, sticks clicking and lots of ringing. There might even be some juggling! That will be a great event for you teens and adults and I hope you have registered. 

     But what about those little darlings or youngsters who are too young to go to "Shake, Rattle, and Ring"?  Solution: have them take part in the Palm Sunday Processional at a church near you. The youngsters can march or dance their way down the aisle with shakers, rattles, sticks, drums, bells, and even palm branches. They will be so excited and have so much fun that they in turn will convince their parents to attend the Area 12 conference!

     Please check the Area 12 calendar for workshops and concerts near you. And remember to submit your event to me so it can be posted on the website calendar.  Happy spring ringing!




Nancy Schmitt

NorCal Regional Coordinator  

For information on NorCal Region's concerts, events, and other opportunities, click here to go to the NorCal page.
LA Metro - Pearl Marshall, Regional Coordinator
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April Greetings,

LAMetro Ringers and Directors!


Spring Ring Report

Well, Saturday's Spring Ring was a smashing success! We had over 75 ringers under the skilled direction of Dr. Donavon Gray of Azusa Pacific University. We enjoyed warm fellowship as we rehearsed and performed several of the pieces selected for this year's Area 12 Conference. Our teachers and ringers playing percussion instruments added great excitement to all of our music! Many thanks to Dr. Donavon Gray, Beth Mays, the APU staff, and to all our volunteers, teachers, directors, and RINGERS who made this wonderful event possible!


Mark your calendar now...

LA Metro Fall Ringers Workshop

October 4, 2014

Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena

Ramona Miller, clinician


Spring Concerts

Please don't forget to send in your concert information.  Listing your concerts on our webpage is another way to invite interested audience members.  Even if they can't make it this year, they'll be looking forward to your next performance!


Ring on! 


Pearl Marshall

LA Metro Regional Coordinator



For information on LAMetro Region's concerts, events, and other opportunities, click here to go to the LAMetro page. 

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CenCal - Lori Smith, Regional Coordinator
Lori Smith


Hi Cencal Ringers,

I'm borrowing from an old joke:

So, Maracas, Claves, and Timpani all meet up at a bar.

The name of the bar?  Bar Seven-Zero.
And Maracas say: "Csh, csh, csh, Csh, csh, csh, Csh, csh"
Claves answered with: " ___,  Tik,  Tik,  ___"
Timpani gave the conversation a little more thought: " ___, ___, ___, Booooom................."

Ok, I'm not very good at telling jokes. But, I'm looking at measure 70 of the full score for Jamaican Rumba, and I wanted you to hear what fun the percussion section is enjoying. Some of you will play, and all of you can hear, this piece when you attend the Area 12 Conference this June in San Luis Obispo.  


I finally got the chance to play a Djembe! Kathy brought them to the A12 Board meeting a few weeks ago, and we enjoyed playing several creative rhythms in a drum circle. It was so much fun, I had a hard time putting it down when our break was over. These same djembes will be used in some of the classes and concert at SLO. 

You are planning on being there, right? Come and hear more of the "conversation" between all the percussion instruments. I'll be there at the registration desk, assisting our Registrar, Kathy Arnold.
See you there!

Lori Smith

CenCal Regional Coordinator  

For information on CenCal Region's concerts, events, and other opportunities, click here to go to the CenCal page. 
Hawaii - Karen Carlisle, Regional Coordinator
Karen Carlisle

Karen Carlisle
Hawaii Regional Coordinator

For information on Hawaii Region's concerts, events, and other opportunities, click here to go to the Hawaii page.
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