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   The Twelfth Tone
Area 12 Newsletter
April 2015
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San Francisco Bay Area
Northern Nevada
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Central California
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There are some exciting events THIS MONTH and a couple great stories below! Read on!
Message from the Chair - Michèle Sharik


Hi there, Area 12!


I have three requests for you this month:

First, would you please join me in lifting prayers and sending white light and/or get well wishes to Christine Anderson? She recently had an accident and broke her spine and pelvis. As a result, she has had to cancel some of her engagements (including the LA Metro Spring Ring, see below). She is such an energetic and cheerful person that this injury won't keep her down, but she could use our best wishes. If you'd like, you may send an encouraging message to me and I will forward it to Christine!

Second, the Trinity Ringers (of Trinity Episcopal Church in Menlo Park, CA) are trying to find a set of used handbells to purchase or donate for a village church in Burkina Faso, a poor French-speaking country in west Africa.

Diada Lompo, from Burkina Faso, recently attended a service at Trinity at which the bell choir played. She says, "my church back home will definitely appreciate finding a new way to worship the Lord. The effort of making a melody with so many instruments and so many people involved is awesome. It teaches unity of purpose and communion. I'd like to offer it as a gift to the church of my village to encourage the same spirit."

If anybody knows of a set of handbells or chimes available, please let me know and I will pass the info along to the Trinity Ringers. 

Third, please take a moment to click on the calendar in the left hand navigation panel of this newsletter and check out the amazing workshops, festivals, and concerts in your region - and then go attend them! Music is at its best when it is shared with others, so even if you can't participate in a workshop or festival, attending a concert shows support for the efforts of the musicians, which helps encourage and strengthen those programs and events! 

Best wishes for your spring programs and events!

Until next month,

All my best,

Michèle Sharik



Communiqué - Barbara Meinke, Communications Director
Barbara Meinke


Distinctly Bronze West...With a Kiss! 


Twenty Area 12 ringers descended on DB West last month. But this year, we brought a fun twist to the ringing tables!


As many of you know, DB has a West Coast version of the original Distinctly Bronze - a four-day event for advanced ringers that leaves most challenged and exhausted, but extremely satisfied and musically fulfilled. So much so that DB sells out in about a day and Area 12 is always very well represented, especially at the West Coast event, currently held in Portland. With Dr. William Payn on the director's podium this last year, who could resist?


Now, when we say the music is challenging, we really mean it can vary. Some music may not be technically difficult for advanced ringers, but the challenge is making music with a collective of over 100 ringers (try getting 9 choirs to play 32nd-note runs together, no matter how slow the tempo - sheesh!).


So imagine the delight of many of us in Area 12 when one of the selections was arranged by none other than one of Area 12's own, Larry Sue. And imagine our horror when the piece turned out to be not-so-easy at a lickety-split tempo with a bunch of accidentals up and down the table (can you say "I am not an octopus!"?). Many of us didn't know whether to kiss Larry or kick him!


And that's when the idea started to germinate. Thanks to the planning of P.L. Grove, the creativity and artistic talent of Gretchen Rauch, and the stealth and wit of Carla Sue, the Area 12 participants at DB West pulled a very fun prank on Larry. P.L. pitched the idea of a "Kiss Larry if you Love Tico Tico" t-shirt to the rest of the Area 12 ringers. Most were "in," and Gretchen designed the shirt.

Kiss Larry if you Love Tico Tico!

Of course we had to have variations on the original:

Carla's Shirt

Larry's Shirt








We discovered there would be extra shirts and Gretchen suggested adding them to the always very successful Silent Auction. Brilliant!


Now, Carla had to keep all of this from Larry, hiding emails, managing to slip us his t-shirt size, and even putting on her shirt the morning of the big reveal at DB without his noticing.



Somehow we pulled it all off, the room exploded, Larry loved it, and the bids were so high on the extra two shirts that National made an additional $100 for the Silent Auction!


Thank you, Area 12, for pitching in and doing something fun to honor Larry, giving a "shout out" on behalf of Area 12, and supporting Handbell Musicians of America all at the same time!




Tico Tico No Fuba (Final Rehearsal)
Tico Tico No Fuba (Final Rehearsal)


Barbara Meinke

Communications Director


San Francisco Bay Area


It's Almost Here! 

Saturday April 11, 2015

Valley Church

10885 North Stelling Road

Cupertino, California


The final concert starts at 6 pm.

In addition to the massed ringing and the Intense Ring choir under the baton of Lee Afdahl, individual choirs will add their performances, the incredible duet team of Handbells Unlimited will add a selection, and there may even be another special treat. Even if you're not ringing at the day's event, you're invited to attend the free concert and bring your friends! (An offering will be taken to offset event costs.)


Speaking of Handbells Unlimited, if you don't know much about them, they are the amazing duet who performed at the 2013 Handbell Musicians of America National conference in Portland, Oregon, and they will be performing and teaching at the Spring Ring. While they are down from Portland, they will be performing two additional concerts in the Bay Area, so if you will not be attending the Spring Ring, or if you want to hear more of their repertoire, there will be two chances to see them in concert on Sunday, April 12th. You will NOT want to miss this incredible dynamic duo while they are touring Area 12, so come on out and see them while they are here (and support touring groups in the process):


Handbells Unlimited in Concert

Sunday, April 12, 2 pm

Grace Lutheran Church

3149 Waverley Street

Palo Alto, California


Sunday, April 12, 7 pm

Walnut Creek United Methodist Church

1543 Sunnyvale Avenue

Walnut Creek, California


Both concerts are free; however, a freewill offering will be taken to help with tour expenses.


Download registration forms for both the Spring Ring and the Intense Ring from the Handbell Ventures website.


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

We are seeking a
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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International Symposium 2016
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No. Nevada - Barb Walsh, Regional Coordinator



It's not too late to register for our upcoming events! 

13th Annual
April 25, 2015
                                 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

South Reno United Methodist Church
last call

$10 per person. $20 per person after April 4th
Contact: Barb Walsh at 775-677-8119 or barbagehr@att.net.

Come and have fun with us! 

This event is  endorsed by the Handbell Musicians of America.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015
South Reno
United Methodist Church
free concert open to the public at 12:15 p.m.

This event is  sponsored by the Handbell Musicians of America.

Find information and registration form for these events on their calendar listing here!

Barbara Walsh

Northern Nevada Regional Coordinator



For information on Northern Nevada's concerts, events,

and other opportunities, click here. 

So. California - COULD BE YOU!, Regional Coordinator

April 24-25, 2015

featuring Margi Zearley
Murrieta, CA
 Find information and registration forms here!

 This event is sponsored by the Handbell Musicians of America. 

So Cal Region is looking for a coordinator! Won't you please raise your hand?

Send email to Michèle Sharik or Barbara Meinke. We'll treat you to lunch while we tell you all about it!



Southern California Regional Coordinator


This email address IS being monitored!


For information on Southern California's concerts, events,
and other opportunities, 
click here. 

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Central California - Lori Smith, Regional Coordinator
Lori Smith


Saturday, Apr 18, 2015
8:00am - 4:30pm
Zion Lutheran Church
1010 Foothill Boulevard
San Luis Obispo, CA

This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
last call

Registration Deadline is April 3, 2015
Cont act: Shirley Werner, shipley712@sbcglobal.net, for registration or more information

Happy ringing!

Lori Smith
Central California Regional Coordinator

 For information on Central California's concerts, events,

and other opportunities, click here. 
LA Metro - Scott Leggett, Regional Coordinator

Hi, LA Metro!


With much disappointment, LA Metro's Spring Ring (May 2nd) has been cancelled. Our esteemed clinician for the event, Christine Anderson, was injured in an accident and has had to cancel all her upcoming engagements as she recovers. The event location and repertoire were so linked together with her as clinician, it is not possible to change it at this late date. The plan is schedule this same program in the future, so stay tuned and wish Christine well as she recovers!


I want to give a shout out to Concordia University in Irvine who held their 23rd annual Handbell Invitational on March 21. The ending concert very entertaining and beautifully rung. The university's choirs, under the direction of Dr. Geisler and Nancy Jessup, are going on tour to Australia and their portion of the concert included two works written for the group's  tour by two of Area 12's own, brothers Christian and Alex Guebert. Glendale High School, under the direction of Grace Sheldon-Williams, played beautifully.


Finally, I hope many from LA Metro are planning to join me at our national conference, Pinnacle, in Dallas this summer; think of the fun we will have!


Scott Leggett

Los Angeles Metro Regional Coordinator



For information on LA Metro's concerts, events,
and other opportunities, click here.

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No. California - Nancy Schmitt, Regional Coordinator
Nancy Schmitt

Dear Handbell Musicians,


Not too long ago we set our clocks ahead so we could spring into Daylight Savings Time. Now it's time to spring ahead into making plans to attend one or two spring festivals! As you read the April e-news, almost every Area 12 regional coordinator is enticing you to attend the spring festival in their area. There is so much to learn at these festivals, so much music to ring and so much fun and fellowship! Attending one of these spring rings is a great way to keep the excitement in your ringing season.



Redding Handbell Festival


Saturday, October 31, 2015

Redding, CA


Check the Area 12 calendar for registration forms.


This event is endorsed by Handbell Musicians of America.

Please send your Spring Concert information so we can put it on our event calendar! If you are holding an endorsed event, I would be happy to promote it in my Northern California article.



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


Aloha! Here's an update on Area 12 bells on loan in Hawaii.


Two years ago, a dream turned into a reality with the help of some special people. I commented that I'd like to start a children's community handbell ensemble. Within a couple of weeks, the right people heard about this and four months later, we had a group of seven children from grades 2-5. That group has now grown to ten kids!


Over the summer, we had a group of twenty high school kids ringing for an eight week community service project from the YMCA.


In November, Central Middle School contacted us and asked for handbells to be a part of a special after-school program. So, in December, we had the younger kids do a demonstration to show the middle school kids how to play. At the end of the session, they asked us to come back the following week - and 14 kids showed up to ring! We arranged to set up a program when they returned to school in January.


Many have asked, "How did you do this?" 


Well, Harris UMC is in a low-income area of Honolulu and so many of the children don't have the opportunity to have this kind of experience. Central Middle School alone has 30 homeless kids! The former Choir Director and Associate Pastor of Harris UMC are the backbone of our project. They started with contacting and building relationships with the elementary and middle schools in the area. They took the time to get to know the principals and vice principals of the schools and then together made plans such as when and where and how to keep the church and state separate.


We set up a demonstration with Kauluwela Elementary School (which is three blocks from the church) and got three interested kids. We offered to have adult volunteers walk the kids to the church from the school, but the school had some teen volunteers do it for us. They were never on time and they came only sporadically and then not at all. We had a total of eight kids with them but soon after had only seven. This was not working the way we had hoped but we never gave up. 



Meanwhile, the connections and relationships kept growing. We worked on partnering with the YMCA which is one block from the church. We took a small group of adults to demonstrate there and the kids were really excited and ready to go, but the teen director at the YMCA was not inspired. We still kept working on the relationship with them in hopes of getting this going, and eventually had the 20 high school youth over the summer - but it was not without some bumps along the way!


Then came the call from Central Middle School. We are looking at getting 14-24 kids from the middle school!


It is our relationship building that has put us in this place of being directly in the community. We are fortunate that the church has a foundation set up specifically for the arts in the community, so they are funding music, gloves, folders and salary. We also have three handbell volunteers that are always there to help out. I love what we are doing! Working with the kids, it's so much fun to see their excitement for this instrument. I will keep doing it and I would probably keep doing it even if I weren't getting paid!

Thanks to the Area 12 Education L
oan Program, we now have access to two sets of handbells to accommodate this great community project!

Karen Carlisle
Hawaii Regional Coordinator

For information on Hawaii's concerts, events,
and other opportunities, click here.
So. Nevada - Alison Pruett, Regional Coordinator


Hi, Southern Nevada (and everyone else nearby!)


I want to provide what YOU need and want from the Southern Nevada Region! Drop me a note and let me know what you would like to see happen here!




Alison Pruett

Southern Nevada Regional Coordinator



For information on Southern Nevada's concerts, events, and other opportunities, click here.