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   The Twelfth Tone
Area 12 Newsletter
December 2014
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From the Chair
San Francisco Bay Area
Southern California
LA Metro
Northern California
Northern Nevada
Central California
Southern Nevada
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"Ring Out, Wild Bells...Ring, happy bells, across the snow (Alfred, Lord Tennyson). Well, maybe there won't be much ringing across the snow in Area 12 this December, but this poem tells the story of bells ringing out the bad and ringing in the good, a feeling we all have when sharing our love of handbells with others. See below what Area 12 has to share with you!
Message from the Chair - Michèle Sharik


Happy Holidays, Area 12!

If you are anything like me, you are probably buried up to your ears in preparations for the upcoming winter holidays (as well as recovering from Thanksgiving)! Handbell musicians in churches, temples, synagogues, schools, and community groups will be presenting concerts and participating in services, charity work, caroling, and many other things. Whew! I'm exhausted just *thinking* about it all! 

I hope you will take some time during this crazy-busy season to sit back, relax, and go see some *other* handbell musicians play holiday music. Check our calendar for events near you. 

See you in the New Year. Happy Holidays! 

Michèle Sharik



San Francisco Bay Area


2015 Bay Area Spring Ring


Saturday April 11, 2015

(Intense Ring begins Friday, April 10)


Valley Church

10885 North Stelling Road

Cupertino, California


Lee Afdahl, conductor

immediate past president of the

Handbell Musicians of America




Early Bird Registration is only $35

Intense Ring is only $25

Regular registration price goes up after February 15, and Intense Ring price goes up after April 1st, so don't delay!



Spring Ring Repertoire

  • Fanfare for a Celebration by Lee Afdahl
    Choir 1, Level 3 / Choir 2, Level 2*
    National Music Publications, NMHB609
  • Grazioso by Arnold Sherman
    Level 2+
    Red River Music, RRHB0042
  • Bwana Asifiwe by Cathy Moklebust
    Level 3+
    Choristers Guild, CGB367
  • Joy and Celebration by Lee Afdahl
    Level 2
    AGEHR, AG35297

Intense Ring Repertoire

  • And All Shall Clap Their Hands by Lee Afdahl
    Level 3+
    From the Top Music, FM20227
  • Veritas by Kathleen Wissinger
    Level 4
    Choristers Guild, CGB587
  • Rockin' Jerusalem arr. Lee Afdahl
    Level 3
    Shawnee Press, SPHP5407

Watch for updates at handbellventures.org/springring or sign up for email updates with the Spring Ring Registrar by contacting



This is a Handbell Ventures event
and is endorsed by Handbell Musicians of America.

We are now seeking a new

San Francisco Bay Area

Regional Coordinator!

If you are interested,

please contact Michèle Sharik


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

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So. California - Kari Jacobs, Regional Coordinator


Hello So Cal Ringers!


I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! As I was deciding what to write about this month, it just seemed natural to talk about a few things I am thankful for in my life. First and foremost, I am thankful for my wonderful family and for God who continually blesses my life. Second, I am thankful for music which has always been an important part of my life. I am so grateful that I not only enjoy playing music but have been given the opportunity to enrich the lives of students and show them how music is truly a gift from God. One final thing, although I could go on and on, I am thankful for the struggles in my life. I know that sounds odd, but I know that most of the great lessons I have learned in life have been the result of some kind of trial or time of turmoil in my life.


I hope you have all had a wonderful start to your bell season. We are now entering the "go until you drop" time for bell choirs and anyone involved in music. It seems that every Christmas we get busier and busier and by the time the end of December comes around, we are so tired we can't remember what happened! I hope as we move forward into the season, you can all remember to take a moment and enjoy what you have worked so hard to accomplish. Be proud of your efforts, acknowledge your hard work and dedication, and thank those around you that have helped make it possible.


Have a wonderful, safe Christmas!


Don't forget to send in your event dates, and I hope to see you in Murrieta, CA at our


April 24-25, 2015

 featuring Margi Zearley


See last month's issue of The Twelfth Tone for a repertoire list and watch for registration information by postcard and on our website!


Blessings and happy ringing,


Kari Jacobs

Southern California Regional Coordinator



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LA Metro - Scott Leggett, Regional Coordinator

LA Metro

I think "Seasons Greetings" to everyone fits the bill for this Thanksgiving, Christmas and other sacred and not so sacred celebrations this time of year.  I am always excited about all the bell ringing this time of year, and how so many people want to hear handbells for the next few weeks, but then not always so much. Our true fans are with us year round and I feel it's our calling to share our talents and offerings of superb handbell ringing during this season to grab the attention of new fans.  When you're out there at concerts, services, parties, or bell caroling, make personal contacts for future audiences and potential new ringers for your groups. 

There are people outside our organization who read this newsletter and the websites and do reach out  looking for places to ring, for concert information, community groups to join, teachers to hire etc.  So please use the opportunity to place your upcoming concert information and ringing opportunities on the website. Also, if you are willing to teach for a day, let me know so I can use you as a resource.

Lastly, the details of our Spring Ring on May 2 are still being finalized, but we are planning a full day, 2-track, event, one track a bronze level ringing experience and the second an education day for newer handbell directors. It promises to be a great day!


Joyous Holidays to everyone!

Scott Leggett

Los Angeles Metro Regional Coordinator



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

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Hawaii - Karen Carlisle, Regional Coordinator
Karen Carlisle

Aloha and Mele Kalikimaka!

Our annual Aloha Ring was FANTASTIC! It was great to meet new people and see some from two years ago return. Our original clinician, Tim Waugh, was unable to come due to last minute health issues (he is fine but was unable to travel), so six days before the event I had to find another conductor! We were blessed to have Barbara Meinke available to be with us!

Our event started off with a workshop for the Seventh Day Adventists from Kawaihau Church Thursday (because they could not attend on a Saturday). We were happy to accommodate them and had a great time!

The main event on Saturday hosted 27 attendees, including eight who flew in from Maui from Ala Lani UMC. We all learned new skills and made great music! I look forward to doing it all again next year!

As December is upon us and our schedules are getting busier, I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Karen Carlisle
Hawaii Regional Coordinator

For information on Hawaii's concerts, events,
and other opportunities, click here.
No. California - Nancy Schmitt, Regional Coordinator
Nancy Schmitt

Dear Handbell Musicians,


The holiday season is here and the sound of bells ringing will be most everywhere! When people think of Christmas, they immediately think of bells. It surprises a lot of people to discover bell ensembles ring all year long - not just at Easter and Christmas! This is a perfect time to expose the public to the art of handbell ringing by playing at retirement homes, community events, on TV, in Christmas parades, schools, Rotary Clubs, the mall, and the list goes on.

Remember to involve the children! Even the little ones can ring the colored bells and the older youth can ring bells by playing from a chart. Christmas caroling for the shut-ins is easy with ring and sing type books. Be sure to check the calendar for a holiday concert near you. I wish you all a merry ringing season!




Nancy Schmitt

Northern California Regional Coordinator  

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

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Take advantage of our great calendar for each region by sending your concert and other handbell related event information to me (address below!) or to our 12th Tone editor, Barbara Meinke.

It's a busy time of year, especially for us handbell musicians, but one of the best ways we can help and encourage each other is by attending and supporting each other's events. I hope to see you at an event in the near future!

Barbara Walsh

Northern Nevada Regional Coordinator



For information on Northern Nevada's concerts, events,

and other opportunities, click here. 

Central California - Lori Smith, Regional Coordinator
Lori Smith

Hello CenCal,

Wishing you all wonderful holidays!

Lori Smith
Central California Regional Coordinator

 For information on Central California's concerts, events,

and other opportunities, click here. 
So. Nevada - Alison Pruett, Regional Coordinator



Plans are in the works for a new handbell event in the Las Vegas area! Stay tuned!


Hope everyone's busy ringing during this Advent and Christmas season.

Merry Christmas!



Alison Pruett

Southern Nevada Regional Coordinator



For information on Southern Nevada's concerts, events,

and other opportunities, click here. 

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