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Area 12 Newsletter
May 2014
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April showers bring May flowers. Well, rain showers in continental Area 12 may be few and far between, but spring is still alive with renewed beauty and handbells!
2014 Festival Conference Information


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


It's time to sign up for Area 12's conference,
Shake Rattle Ring, in beautiful San Luis Obispo!


Make sure you sign up BEFORE May 17th,
to avoid the last minute rate pricing!


There are many tracks being offered that you won't find at any other handbell event! There are still a few slots open in Handbell Theatre and this is your ONLY chance in 2014 to get the HT experience!
Check it all out HERE!


It's also time to make your room reservations. Conference attendees get a discount rate! This is a beautiful, all-suite hotel, and your price includes a fantastic hot breakfast and Manager's Reception with drinks and hors d'oeuvres!

At every Area 12 conference, we hold a silent auction. This year we are supporting the Handbell Musicians of America national program, the Heritage Fund. This endowment fund will disperse 90% of its earnings each year to augment other revenues in supporting the Guild's operational expenses. Click on Heritage Fund for more information about this project.


We welcome all kinds of items for this auction, from baskets of products from your region to homemade items like embroidered towels, pottery, quilts, and baked goods. Other ideas include local produce, cheese and wine, bagged candy, software and dried floral arrangements.

The sky's the limit!


Filling out the donation form and submitting it in advance helps Norma Rose plan the auction layout so you know right where your item goes when you arrive with it, but even last minute donations are welcome!

See you there! 


Keep your eye on this newsletter and the conference webpage 

for more information as it is released!
Message from the Chair - Michèle Sharik


Hello, Area 12! 

I hope you all made it through the spring "madness" that was Spring Rings and Holy Week! There are still some Spring Rings yet to come, not to mention things like our own Area 12 Conference and National Seminar this summer, so be sure to check out the calendar and make your travel plans soon!

As you probably remember, all Guild members were asked to vote for new National Board officers last month. The results have been announced and TWO Area 12 members were elected to the National Board! Please join me in congratulating P.L. Grove (former Area 12 Chair, past Communications Director, and current Webmaster) on her new position as President-Elect! She will take office in October and will serve three years as P-E and then three years as President. P.L. had the following comments about the election results:

"As I understand it, this is only the third time in the history of the Guild that there has been a West Coast president. And the fact that we have two other incoming West Coast representatives at the National level makes this a momentous occasion. I am so honored and thrilled to represent both the larger handbell community and Area 12 in this way. I look forward to working with Derek, Jennifer and the rest of the Board to help envision and create a great future for handbells."

Congratulations, P.L.!


Let's also congratulate Derek Nance (of Tintabulations, Sonos, and Handbell Brothers fame) on his election as At-Large Board Member. Congratulations, Derek! The other open position was filled by Jennifer Vangolen, who, while not from Area 12, is "at least" from the West Coast. ;-) Congratulations, Jennifer!

And now, I would like to ask our new Area 12 Chair Elect to introduce herself. Tell us a bit about yourself, Tess!


Michèle Sharik



Message from the Chair-Elect - Tessique Houston


Hello Handbell Musicians of Area 12!


I am very honored to be the new Chair Elect for Area 12. Thanks for the 'vote' of confidence in me! I know, working together, our area will continue to thrive and grow - thriving with regular events that some of us go to every chance we get, and growing with those that have yet to be 'hatched' and are just waiting for us to discover them!


For those of you who don't know me (yet), let me introduce myself to you! I hold a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Nevada, Reno, where my main instrument was flute. I started ringing handbells when I fell in love with them during my student teaching in 1995. 


I taught Elementary General Music (K-6) for ten years in the Reno area. During that time I worked to get a 3-octave set of handbells at my school, and used them for both extracurricular groups as well as in the classroom curriculum. I also participated in a teacher handbell ensemble where I shared directing responsibilities with the other teachers in the group and I was co-director of music at South Reno UMC for six years, sharing the directing of various adult and children's handbell and vocal choirs during that time.


I was one of the first to complete Level I Certification from the Handbell Musicians of America, conferred last summer at National Seminar in Portland. I am continuing to work toward Level II Certification and I only have one class to pass to get there! I have participated in several Handbell Musicians of America national events including Pinnacle 2010 Dream Team, Distinctly Bronze West 2011-2013, and Distinctly Bronze East 2012-2013.


I currently ring with Sonos Handbell Ensemble and Tapestry Ringers and Singers. I direct the Chancel Handbell Choir at Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church and I am the Director of Handbell Ministries at Walnut Creek UMC. I teach at various handbell clinics throughout the area, and serve as a Province Officer for Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity. In my spare time I enjoy reading, crossword puzzles, and pushing my husband, Brian, off cliffs! (Curious? -  ask me to clarify when you see me next!)


Happy Ringing to you all!  


Tessique Houston

Area 12 Chair Elect


Nominations for Area 12 Board

Seeking Nominations for Area 12

Board Secretary and Treasurer

The nominating committee is now taking nominations for persons to be considered as candidates for Area 12 Treasurer and Secretary.  

Nominees must be members of Handbell Musicians of America, be willing to attend two board meetings a year (one fall, one spring - each lasting two days), and be available to put in the time necessary to complete assigned duties.

Those interested in serving in one of these positions should contact the Nominating Committee Chair, Tessique Houston at chairelect.area12@handbellmusicians.org
Nevada - Barb Walsh, Regional Coordinator

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Sierra Spring Ring

 Saturday, May 17, 2014

Reno, NV

 presented by Tintabulations



Zephyr Point Handbell Conference

July 27 - 31, 2014

Lake Tahoe, CA


These events are 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. 

SoCal - Kari Jacobs, Regional Coordinator


Hello SoCal Ringers -


Happy belated Easter to you all! With Holy Week and Easter services behind us, I am sure many of you are busy putting the finishing touches on Spring Concert music. One of the things I love most about handbell choirs is that, in preparing music, we bring together a group of dedicated individuals with varying musical background and abilities to perform on one instrument. Remember to share that info with your congregation and concert attendees as it is truly unique to the art of handbell ringing.


            I want to thank everyone who participated in the Spring Ring at Hope Lutheran Church in April. What a fabulous day of ringing and fellowship! Hopefully many of you will be headed to SLO for our Ringers Conference in June. If you have never attended an event like this, I strongly encourage you to take part. Conferences and local Spring Rings offer an excellent opportunity to come together in fellowship, have fun, tune-up skills and learn! 


            Don't forget to check the calendar for upcoming concerts and events in our area, including 

 Workshop with Timbré

August 23, 2014
Escondido, CA
This event is endorsed 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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Bay Area - Julie Vaquilar, Regional Coordinator
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Bay Area Spring Ring Concert


May 3, 2014  7:00 p.m.

(pre-concert music by

Messiah Brass at 6:45 p.m.)

Valley Church
Cupertino, CA
Fred Gramann, conductor


This event is endorsed by Handbell Musicians of America 


Thank you to Lori Smith who shares the letter below with us!


Hello Bay Area Ringers,

Sometimes I worry at what appears to be a small participation of the younger generation in handbell ringing. However, I recently learned of a grand event that renewed my faith in the continuation of our art.


The Bay Area School Handbell Festival has been happening every Spring since the 1980's. It was started by Dave Ruder while he was teaching in Menlo Park. After several years, Dolores Rhoades took the event to Hayward. Dian Ruder is now the coordinator for this event held at All Saints Catholic School in Hayward, CA. 

On Thursday, April 3rd, 140 students (5th grade through senior high from Fremont, Hayward, Los Altos, Pleasant Hill, San Jose) gathered for a full day of ringing. Wow! This was the first year high school students were included in the program. Two divisions, based on skill levels, were offered. When not rehearsing for the massed ring, students participated in various classes and activities. Bell Olympics challenged everyone to quick ringing, rapid fire table set up, a bell hunt (look for C#5), and glove-toss into a C4 bell. Dian Ruder taught Maori Sticks and Dave Ruder taught change-ringing.


Barb Walsh was this year's guest conductor. She was pleased with the level of preparation from each group and said the whole day was great fun. Barb was laughing as she told me of her own challenge that day. Many of you know that her directing style involves lots of body movement. In order for the students to all see her, she directed from atop a five-foot tall rolling platform. The wheels were locked but there was still a fair amount of wiggle going on under her feet!


In the afternoon, the final concert was presented in the gymnasium to an appreciative audience comprised of parents and the students from All Saints Catholic School. In Tammy Waldrop's "Bound for Glory," vibrato was added to imitate the sound of a train whistle and R.L. Davenport's "Bellrhomba" was especially fun with claves and bongos.


Many, many thanks go to site host, Steven J. Meyer, who teaches bells at All Saints, and to the wonderful chaperones, teachers, and parents for their help in making the day a great success!



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,


     As the spring festivals are winding down, it is not too early to start thinking about fall festivals!


Redding Handbell Festival

October 11, 2014

Simpson University in Redding, CA


This event is endorsed by Handbell Musicians of America   


We'll start the night before with the Ringin' in the Red Zone Bronze Choir for those of you who want to stretch your ringing abilities. Our guest conductor for massed numbers (which can be used throughout the year at church or community) will be Ellie Hodder and for Ringin' in the Red Zone, our conductor will be Larry Sue. There will be several classes (reading session, beginning ringing, rhythms, bell maintenance, drumming, and ear training) featuring clinicians Mel Tully, Shosh Meyer, Ellie Hodder, and Dr. Corbin (music professor at Simpson University). West Coast Handbell Supply who promises to bring lots of "goodies" and new music to browse through, will be our event vendor. Please check the Area 12 website for the registration forms.


Now, enjoy the rest of the spring rings in May and the Area 12 Ringers Conference in June at SLO. 




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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Hello, LA Metro!


This month my husband and I will be leaving California to start a new adventure in eastern Kentucky. We've met some wonderful people here under the California sun who we will miss very much. As we move on, we are excited to hear live Bluegrass again, and I've already made some handbell connections in the region. (Seems handbell folks are awesome everywhere!)

I want to thank everyone for welcoming me into the California handbell community. I will cherish my experiences here. Please welcome Scott Leggett as he comes on board to serve Area 12 and the LA Metro Region!

Best wishes to all!


Pearl Marshall

LA Metro Regional Coordinator




Greetings L.A. Metro!


Here is just a little about me. I have been an active member of Area 12 going back to the 1980s, when I  served as the Music Director at Salem Lutheran Church in Whittier, California. I am currently the Director of Handbell Music at Glendale First United Methodist Church, directing two adult handbell choirs, and a board member/ringer of LA Bronze, a distinguished community handbell ensemble. I am a published arranger of handbell music and studied music history and organ performance at Whittier College. I still study the organ with James Walker and sing with the Coventry Choir at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena. Professionally, I am the Director of Finance for a healthcare company in Newport Beach. I am excited to be the new LA Metro Regional Coordinator and I look forward to meeting the region's members one on one and keeping LA Metro vibrant and growing!


Mark your calendar now...

LA Metro Fall Ringers' Workshop

October 4, 2014

Pasadena, CA

Ramona Miller, clinician

 Details and registration forms coming soon!


This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America 


Scott Leggett

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


 Hello, CenCal!

Saturday, April 5th was a bright and sunny day in Bakersfield, and it was filled with sound of bells rung by 53 ringers at the 11th Annual Bakersfield Spring Ring.


Our clinician, P.L. Grove, skillfully and creatively led us through the massed-ring rehearsals for five great pieces and we had four excellent classes taught by Patrick Ogilvie, Jenell Mahoney, Joel Gingrich, and P.L. Grove.


The early evening concert, attended by an appreciative community, was rich with a variety of styles, added instruments, solo choirs, and guest musicians. The sounds of tambourine, hand-drum, finger cymbals, flute, piano, and pipe organ floated through the acoustically gracious sanctuary. The musical magic of Velocity 2 wowed everyone with their virtuosic style.


Many, many thanks to all the participating choirs, event coordinator, Dianne Bryant and her fabulous team of volunteers, St. John's Lutheran Church and the Bakersfield community.


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.