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   The Twelfth Tone
Area 12 Newsletter
October 2014
In This Issue
Bell/Chime Loan Program
Area 12 Board
From the Chair
Our New Website!
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Central California
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Virtuoso was created by The Raleigh Ringers as an opportunity for a small group of advanced ringers to participate in a professional performance experience under the baton of renowned conductor Dr. William Payn. The three-day event will include all aspects of preparing for and presenting a formal concert, culminating in a performance on a concert stage as special guests during The Raleigh Ringers' Spring Concert at Meymandi Concert Hall.


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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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Schulmerich Bass Bell Cases
Need a Loving Home!

Do your bass bells need new cases? Area 12 has a set of nearly new Schulmerich bass bell cases available for a donation. 

Case D3 holds G3-B3
(value new $420)

Case E holds D#3-F#3
(value new $480)

Case F holds C3-D3
(value new $480)

contact Tess Houston
for more information! 

We have exciting news for you! Area 12 is unveiling its BRAND NEW WEBSITE! Our outgoing webmaster, P.L. Grove, and incoming webmaster, Jen Hayes, have been working tirelessly to bring this to you this month! (Well, OK, they are probably tired now!) Enjoy!
Message from the Chair - Michèle Sharik


Hi there, Area 12!


By now, our handbell programs are in full swing, but it's no time to rest on our laurels. There are fall workshops to attend! Not only will ringers learn valuable skills, but directors will too. Check out the NEW calendar for workshop opportunities in your region.

It's also time to look forward to the fall & winter holiday season. Thanksgiving, Samhain, All Saints Day, Advent, Hannukah, Christmas - they're just around the corner! If your group is doing anything special for the holidays, be it a concert or any type of performance, let your regional coordinator know. People travel a lot during the holidays and like to hear bells, so let's help them find YOU!


I'd like to welcome Jen Hayes to your Board as your new webmaster! Our previous webmaster (and previous Communications Director, and previous Chair), P.L. Grove, is off to begin her new adventure as President-Elect of our national organization, the Handbell Musicians of America. Please join me in thanking her for all her years of service and wishing her all the best!

I'd also like to welcome Sandi Walker-Tansley who will be serving as our Membership Director. She will be working with your Regional Coordinators and Communications team to shepherd new members and assist current members.

As we seek to serve our membership more directly, we have asked Alison Pruett, formerly our Las Vegas Liaison, to serve as a Regional Coordinator for all of Southern Nevada, reaching out to those outside the Las Vegas area. Barb Walsh will continue to shepherd the Northern Nevada region.
And finally, it is with great sadness that I report the passing of Norma Rose. Norma coordinated Area 12's silent auction for many years, always with a smile on her face and a friendly word for whoever stopped by her table. In her memory, Area 12 will donate the proceeds from the 2014 Shake, Rattle, and Ring conference to the Handbell Musicians of America Heritage Fund. 

All my best,

Michèle Sharik



NEW WEBSITE! - Jen Hayes, Webmaster


Hello Area 12!

I'm your new webmaster, Jen, and I'd like to introduce you to the updated Area 12 website. You've had great suggestions on how to make your Area website work better for you, and we've made some improvements I think you'll find helpful:


Do you or your ensemble have a concert coming up? The site's new homepage features a list of upcoming events, and there are both main and regional calendars so you can easily find the events closest to you. If you do have a concert or performance coming up, be sure to let me or your Regional Coordinator know the date, time, and location, and we will add it to the calendar. Any performance incorporating handbells is invited to include their information on our site, regardless of current Handbell Musicians of America membership status.


If you or your group does have a membership, we're excited to introduce a directory. This is a great resource for handbell musicians who've just moved to the area or who want a single place to learn more about handbell artists in all of Area 12. Get in touch with your Regional Coordinator if you would like to be added to the list. If you're not a member and would like to be listed, well, today is the perfect day to join! You can find more information on the Handbell Musicians of America website.


You've also asked us for a better way to advertise for directors and ringers wanted. We listened and now you can find links to these listings featured prominently on the homepage. To list your wanted ad, just send an email to me at webmaster.area12@handbellmusicians.org with your ad and we will post your listing for 30 days. Be sure to check back often to see if there's a ringing or directing opportunity for you! We've also implemented a new page to advertise free music or equipment your group is looking to donate to another group in need, rather than letting it gather dust in a storeroom.


Some more about me for the curious: I started ringing in 1996 and I've been a member of Bell Appeal in San Francisco since I moved to the Bay Area six years ago. I've also performed with Bay Bells and the SFSU Handbell Ensemble, and have toured Italy with Campanae Mundi. My day job is with a branding and design company in the wine industry, but I spend many of my off-hours arranging pop music for a mix of handbells and other instruments.

If you have any questions about the new site, or you just want to say hello, you know where to reach me!

Jen Hayes
Area 12 Webmaster
Communiqué - Barbara Meinke, Communications

Hello, all!
There is so much renewed excitement in Area 12! Let me highlight a few things, but read ALL the other articles for even MORE details about the new and exciting opportunities!
Our recent Board meeting was a weekend of hard, but fun work. We regrouped and reviewed, passed existing torches and lit new ones, filled voids, planned and organized, and even dreamed about our future, brainstorming wonderful ideas to share with you using new technology and old traditions. The board is filled with new excitement about working together to continue promoting our art!

I can't give away all our surprises right now, but I can tell you there are opportunities now and coming up for YOU to get excited too! To play with new toys (check out that new website!), have fun (check out that new calendar!), get involved (new contest to be announced in November!), and make a difference right where you are. We have more people on the board and more resources than ever to realize our dreams. Now we just need YOU. What do you need and how will you help?

Barbara Meinke
Communications Director

LA Metro - Scott Leggett, Regional Coordinator

Fall has finally arrived, although it still feels like summer around here! I hope your fall ringing seasons are starting off in fun and exciting ways.

I just returned from our Area 12 board meeting and I am very excited about working with such a dedicated and enthusiastic group of people! Our Fall Ringers' Workshop is right around the corner on Saturday, October 4, and, if you see this before then, it's not too late to come! Registration information is on our new website. No preparation is needed and we will have music for you to purchase there that day. If you plan to come, please email me right away!


Next, we are finalizing plans for the LA Metro Spring Ring. Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 4, and get ready for the amazing Christine Anderson to share her magic with us!  Check the website and stay tuned for new information as it is released!


Lastly, remember to have your concerts and events listed on our web page!  Our new Area 12 website will make this very easy, but we need you to send us your information so we can list it! There is a lot of ringing going in the LA Metro regional, so let's share it!

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Fall Ringers' Workshop
October 4, 2014

Pasadena, CA

Ramona Miller, guest clinician


This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America 


Scott Leggett

Los Angeles Metro Regional Coordinator



For information on LAMetro's concerts, events,
and other opportunities, click here 

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No. California - Nancy Schmitt, Regional Coordinator
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The fall event you have

all been waiting for! 


 Redding Handbell Festival

October 10-11, 2014

Simpson University Heritage Life Center in Redding, CA

Ellie Hodder, guest conductor

attached to the Redding Festival

Larry Sue, guest conductor


Classes include:

This is a Handbell presented by Ellie Hodder

Do You Hear What I Hear?  presented by Shosh Meyer

Drum Circle and Beyond presented by Dr. Dwayne Corbin

Words for a Wordless Language presented by Shosh Meyer

Beyond the Next Step presented by Mary Balkow

Rhythm's Fun presented by Ellie Hodder

Reading Session led by Lois Nichols


Fun, Food, and Fellowship guaranteed!!

(plus you just might learn something new!!)


  This event is endorsed by Handbell Musicians of America   

If you would like your Northern California concert or event to be promoted through Area 12, please contact me!


Nancy Schmitt

Northern California Regional Coordinator  

For information on Northern California's concerts, events,
and other opportunities, click here!
Hawaii - Karen Carlisle, Regional Coordinator
Karen Carlisle


As our rehearsals start up and we are getting into the season, we have a great opportunity to learn and share! 

Saturday, November 15, 2014
     Timothy Waugh, conductor    

Tim is coming all the way from West Virginia just for us!  He is a talented handbell clinician and is a long-time, highly respected musician! His wealth of knowledge for the instrument and his passion for music is priceless. We hope you join us!  For more information, visit us on our NEW WEBSITE or contact me. 

Karen Carlisle
Hawaii Regional Coordinator

For information on Hawaii's concerts, events,
and other opportunities, click here.
So. California - Kari Jacobs, Regional Coordinator


Hello SoCal Ringers!


I am sure by now all of you have settled into the fall rehearsal schedule and are already busy preparing for Christmas!


For our faith based groups, consider ringing with hymns and songs as a way to enhance your worship service. Many times I hear complaints about how much set up is required to just play one or two pieces in the service. Take advantage of your hard work and play along with hymns, or suggest doing a call to prayer on bells, or playing along with the doxology or postlude. There are many ways to incorporate bells into worship!


Did you know there are memberships available for your ringers? YES! How about offering a sub-membership (now FREE for college students in a Guild member group!)

Go to www.handbellmusicians.org for all the details! 


Spring Ring dates and location have been set, so MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW for April 24-25, 2015 at Promise Lutheran Church in Murrieta. This year Margie Zearley will conduct the massed ringing and Bronze Vision choir and there will be great classes offered. More information will be coming soon!


Happy fall and happy ringing!


Kari Jacobs

Southern California Regional Coordinator



For information on Southern California's concerts, events,
and other opportunities, 
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So. Nevada - Alison Pruett, Regional Coordinator


Hello, Southern Nevada!


I am Alison Pruett, the new Southern Nevada Regional Coordinator! I have been ringing in churches and community groups for 25 years and I currently direct an ensemble at St. Anthony of Padua Church and play with Harmony Handbells in Las Vegas. I'm very excited to start holding workshops and bring back the Twelfth Night Handbell Festival in 2016. If you have ideas or thoughts on what you would like to see, please don't hesitate to contact me. I'm always looking for suggestions or, more importantly, help to bring these handbell events to fruition. Let's get excited together!


Alison Pruett

Southern Nevada Regional Coordinator



For information on Southern Nevada's concerts, events,

and other opportunities, click here. 

Central California - Lori Smith, Regional Coordinator
Lori Smith

Hello CenCal Folks!

Fall is well underway and calendars are filling up with bell rehearsals, bells in worship, and bells performing in concert! We can put those dates on our BRAND NEW CALENDAR - the Area 12 Calendar of Events.  We just need the following info:

Ensemble Name
Location with full address
Admission Fee / Suggested Donation / Free
Who to contact for further info (name & phone #, website and/or email)

Let us help you promote your events!

Lori Smith

Central California Regional Coordinator  


For information on Central California's concerts, events,
and other opportunities, click here. 
No. Nevada - Barb Walsh, Regional Coordinator

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Barbara Walsh

Northern Nevada Regional Coordinator



For information on Northern Nevada's concerts, events,

and other opportunities, click here. 

San Fransisco Bay Area


We are now seeking a new

San Fransisco Bay Area

Regional Coordinator!

If you are interested,

please contact Michèle Sharik


For information on San Fransisco Bay Area's concerts, events,
and other opportunities, click here.

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