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   The Twelfth Tone
Area 12 Newsletter
November 2015
In This Issue
From the Chair
2016 Festival Conference
Southern Nevada
San Francisco Bay Area
Southern California
Northern California
Central California
LA Metro
Northern Nevada
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The holiday season is the perfect time to showcase and promote our art, spreading peace on earth and goodwill to all. May your holiday season be blessed with thanksgiving, peace, joy, and love!

Happy Holidays!
Your Area 12 Board
Message from the Chair - Michèle Sharik

Hi there, Area 12!

By now, your handbell programs are in full swing, you've played once or twice (or more) in worship, for class, or in concert, and you're busily preparing for the coming holidays. *whew!* That's a lot of work! 

Remember that when you get "stuck" - whether you need to find a rehearsal or performance sub, need some suggestions for repertoire, or have questions about a new or unfamiliar technique, or really anything at all - your Regional Coordinator is here for you. Just drop them a line and they will be happy to help. If they don't know the answer to your question, they know how to find it!

Be sure to check out the Area Calendar to find upcoming events and concerts in your region -- it can be nice to be in the audience once in a while; I know I find it relaxing and refreshing! Plus, it's a great opportunity to get to know other handbell peeps near you, which is always great fun. I've met some of my very best friends via handbells and I know I'm not alone in that.

Have a great November!

My Best,
Michèle Sharik
Communiqué - Barbara Meinke, Communications Director
Barbara Meinke
I recently attended my 10th Distinctly Bronze Event (yes, I am completely addicted to the entire experience!) and met a super young man who was both a first-timer and the William H. Griffin Scholarship recipient. He hails from Area 12! I asked him to write a little bit about his experience and am pleased to share it with you!

Hello! My name is Andrew Scher and I am currently a senior studying Civil Engineering at Purdue University. I have been ringing handbells since the third grade at San Dieguito United Methodist Church in Encinitas, CA, and am currently a ringer in and manager of Purdue Bells. In early October, I had the privilege of attending Distinctly Bronze East in New Bern, North Carolina, a massed ringing event for advanced handbell musicians.

I learned so much about musicianship through attending this event. I was able to meet and interact with many enthusiastic ringers and others who have really helped shape and improve handbells as an art form. This has allowed me to build on my own skills as a ringer, to learn different ways to approach difficult music, and to explore how to interpret music beyond what is written on the score to enhance the musicality and performance of a piece. Ringing challenging music with complete strangers and under the direction of Beth Judd and Al Reese was a blast! One aspect of the event that I valued most was coordinating bell sharing with table partners, "problem solving," and really making each piece a group effort.

I received the scholarship through William H. Griffin Scholarship Fund to attend the event. This helped drastically reduce the costs of attending the event and really lessened the financial burden of attending (especially as a college student!). This event is a great challenge, a great way to meet other handbell enthusiasts, and a great learning experience. I highly suggest it to anyone interested!

-Andrew Scher

Barbara Meinke
Communications Director
Area 12 Ringers'  Festival Conference
June 16-19, 2016

The DoubleTree by Hilton
Modesto, CA


Massed Pieces
Sesame Street Theme by Joe Raposo, arr. Michael Glasgow
3-6 oct. with optional chimes, drums & Boomwhackers; Level 2+
Composers Music Company; CP7065

Energique by Matthew Prins
Choir 1 is 5-6 oct., Level 3-  and Choir 2 is 3 oct., Level 1+
From the Top Music; FM20416
(The score includes both Choir 1 and Choir 2 parts. Registrants are encouraged to prepare the part they feel will be the most successful for them.)

Celebration by Fred Gramann
3-5 oct., Level 2+, Lorenz; LC201397L

Division A
Scarborough Fair arr. by Jason Krug
3-6 oct., Level 2+
Red River Music; RRBL5069

Jubilee by Arnold Sherman
2-3 or 3-5 oct., Level 1+
Choristers Guild; CGB472(2-3 oct.) or CGB473 (3-5 oct.)

Division B
Appassionata by Michael Joy
3-6 oct., Level 3
Beckenhorst; BEHB490

An American Tapestry III: Spiritual by Arnold Sherman
3-7 oct., Level 3
AGEHR Publishing; AG37007
Hawaii - Karen Carlisle, Regional Coordinator
Karen Carlisle

Annual Aloha Ring
Barbara Meinke, conductor

With a special concert by
Mele Mai Paki Lima
last call

Saturday, November 14
8:30 registration to 4:00 pm
Harris United Methodist Church
20 S Vineyard Blvd
Honolulu, HI

email me for registration materials!

This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America 


Karen Carlisle
Hawaii Regional Coordinator

For information on Hawaii's concerts, events,
and other opportunities, click here.
Southern Nevada - Alison Pruett, Regional Coordinator
           January 9, 2016
 Desert Spring United Methodist Church
120 N Pavilion Center Dr
Las Vegas, NV 89144

Our conductor, Barbara Meinke, will direct four massed ringing pieces and all groups will be invited to perform a solo piece.
Details and Registration forms available by clicking here NOW!
This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America 
Alison Pruett
Southern Nevada Regional Coordinator

For information on Southern Nevada's concerts, events,
and other opportunities, click here. 
San Francisco Bay Area - Kendra Scott, Regional Coordinator

featuring Barbara Meinke, conductor

April 8-9, 2016
Valley Church in Cupertino

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And remember to click on our calendar link in the sidebar to find a holiday concert near you!

Happy Ringing!

Kendra Scott
Bay Area Regional Coordinator

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

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Southern California - COULD BE YOU!, Regional Coordinator
So Cal Spring Ring 2016
Saturday, April 16

featuring Alex Guebert, conductor

St. Thomas More Catholic Church
Oceanside, CA

repertoire includes selections from the Handbell Hop!

Processional Jubilee by Anna Laura Page
Choristers Guild, MCGB374

Appassionata by Michael Joy
Beckenhorst, BEHB490

Celebration by Fred Gramann
Lorenz, LC201397L

Énergique by Matthew Prins
From the Top Music, FM2041

Registration info on the So Cal calendar page after Nov. 15.

This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America 

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

Send email to Michèle Sharik 
Southern California Regional Coordinator
This email address IS being monitored!
For information on Southern California's concerts, events,
and other opportunities, 
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Northern California - Nancy Schmitt, Regional Coordinator
Nancy Schmitt
Hello Northern California,
Did you ever hope that you and your bell choir could perform some place special to spread the art of handbell ringing? The opportunity to do just that came to The Carillons! In November, the Carillons will be ringing around Redding on a local TV station and then down by Turtle Bay Exploration Park at the Sundial Bridge which spans the Sacramento River. Hopefully people taking a casual stroll across the bridge will enjoy the bell ringing and decide to join a bell choir!

As your Northern California Regional Coordinator, I am in need of a liaison in Sacramento to help keep me informed of bell workshops, concerts, festivals and other happening in that area so I can help promote them. I know there must be a lot happening in Sacramento and we would like to hear about it. If you are interested in helping me and Area 12 this way, please contact me and I will help you get started.


Nancy Schmitt
Northern California Regional Coordinator  

For information on Northern California's concerts, events,
and other opportunities, click here!
Central California - Christine Anderson, Regional Coordinator

I need some news to put here! Please send your concert and workshop announcements so we can help you get the word out. 

Meanwhile, here's a bell maintenance tip for you: after giving your bells a good polish, vacuum out the dust and dirt in the cases before you put them back. Also, many of us aren't using the old type polishing cloths anymore, but prefer the Sunshine Cloth or a micro-fiber cloth. What to do with the old cloths? Wash and use them to remove your paste polish.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Christine Anderson
Central California Regional Coordinator

For information on Central California's concerts, events,
and other opportunities, click here.
Los Angeles Metro - Scott Leggett, Regional Coordinator

Greetings LA Metro!  

Our Fall Ringers' Workshop in October was a great day with enthusiastic ringers, talented teachers, F. Thomas Simpson and Linda Krantz, and our amazing clinician, Nancy Jessup. It was truly a back to basics day for long time ringers as well as those just starting to ring.

I am looking for a location in Orange County to hold our Spring Ring. If you have ideas or belong to church or school that could host our event, please let me know ASAP!

Finally, with the great response we had to our Back to Bells event, if you were not able to come that day, or even if you did and think your group could use some one on one coaching, please contact me. Mentoring our members is part of our mission and anything I can do to help your program improve would be my pleasure.

Scott Leggett
Los Angeles Metro Regional Coordinator
For information on LA Metro's concerts, events,
and other opportunities, click here.
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Northern Nevada - Barb Walsh, Regional Coordinator

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

Barbara Walsh
Northern Nevada Regional Coordinator
International Symposium 2016
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