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|The Northwest Campanologist
It is the day after Christmas and my bells are still in the case from ringing a couple of songs in a Christmas Day concert. They have been in and out of the case 23 times since November 26 for various programs (not including a few times at home to practice!). Many of you are in the same situation during December. It seems to be the month everyone wants bells and you try to do as many programs as possible to spread the joy and meaning of Christmas. Handbells are unique and intrigue the listeners and I'm so thankful that I am able to share them not only in December but throughout the year. Remember those retirement centers and other locations and try to ring there during the year.
There are several events this spring - for all ages! Not only are they a fun way to meet lots of other handbell ringers in the area, but a great way to work under the baton of a different clinician. There are articles below for each of these events.
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From the Chair......
Greetings Handbell Musicians.
When I think of handbells, I am usually looking for ways to do things in a bigger and more complicated fashion. While there is value in continuing to push the envelope, it's also important that we occasionally take a step back and follow a simpler approach. As I reflect on the 2012 Christmas season, there are a number of examples of where the simplest things were the most appreciated.
For our fall season, the Emerald City Ringers followed a simpler approach for their Christmas concerts. Rather than performing on our full 7 ˝ octave set of handbells, we scaled back to a 5-octave set. Also, rather than performing level 4-5 music, we chose level 2-3 Christmas repertoire. By only requiring 30-35 feet of table (compared to the 45+ feet needed for 7 ˝ octaves), we were able to fit in more venues and were able to bring our music to audiences who likely would not have gone out of their way to find us performing in a venue which is large enough to accommodate all of our bells. We also found that the general public just wants to hear Jingle Bells and Jolly Old Saint Nicholas, and doesn't care if the arrangements are level 1 or level 6.
Every year, my handbell groups at Faith Lutheran Church perform a Christmas concert. This year, we ended the concert with the audience singing Joy to the World accompanied by organ and handbell groups stationed around the sanctuary playing bell peals. I originally got this idea after seeing it on a PBS Christmas special, and read the specifics on how to set it up in an Overtones article written by Bill Payn. Compared to the hours of rehearsal spent preparing music for the concert, the bell peals took practically no time at all. We spent about 10-minutes in one rehearsal, and a few minutes prior to the concert with the organist. After the concert, the bell peals were the only thing the audience talked about, and I was asked to put this together again for our Christmas Eve services.
During one of our Advent services, the choir director and I played a duet for piano and handchimes. Compared to most of the solos I've performed over the years, the chime part for this piece was very simple. It used just four chimes which were LV throughout and fairly straightforward to four-in-hand. We spent about 10-minutes to prepare this piece before playing it for the congregation. After the service, we both got more comments about this piece than we did for any of the pieces performed by our groups which took many rehearsals to prepare. I felt guilty since I do not like to diminish the value of the musical gifts my handbell groups have to offer, but this is another example of how something mundanely simple will often be most appreciated by the listener.
As handbell musicians, it's important for us to continually try new things and push to advance our skills. However, it's also important that we don't get so preoccupied with pushing ourselves into making the next big breakthrough that we forget about what our audiences and congregations expect from us. We need to remember to occasionally take a step back, give ourselves a break, and just keep things simple.
Hansen, Idaho Elementary School -
Chime Loan Program
by Barbara Mix, Idaho Chair
This is a fun article to write about a little school in Idaho and the musical excitement that was awakened for their elementary school children. The conduit to this extraordinary opportunity was the Idaho Chime Loan Program.
Hansen Elementary School is a Title 1 school for grades Kindergarten through 6th grade in an economically challenged community. There is a large migrant population with 75% of the students qualifying for free or reduced lunches. Unfortunately, the school had to drop their music program for the 2010-2011 school year for lack of funds. Not surprisingly, the students and parents were very disappointed.
Realizing that music is an important part of a child's education, two volunteer teachers, Jessica Erickson and Leejean Stanger, offered to help. They both have teaching degrees in special education and felt strongly that music is an important part of a child's learning. They spent hours in the classroom singing and teaching music fundamentals. When they heard of the Idaho Chime Loan Program they applied immediately.
When notified that they were the recipients of the Idaho Chimes for the 2011-2012 school year, a new volunteer offered to help - school bus driver Cheryl Tuttle also know as Mrs. Purple. She had prior experience ringing in a church handbell choir as did Jessica Erickson who was currently ringing with a Twin Falls handbell choir. They were excited to bring a new musical experience to the elementary classes. They had already developed a curriculum of music fundamentals, rhythm, and theory and now could add caring and playing an instrument.
The students were enthusiastic about ringing in a musical group and learned discipline and self-esteem along with the joys of achieving musical goals. At the end of the school year, the school decided that they would somehow find a way to purchase what was needed to continue this program. The volunteer teachers, parents and community members pursued enough funds through various events to purchase three sets of chimes for the elementary school - two 2- octave sets and one 3-octave set of Suzuki Chimes.
During the summer of 2012, the school and parents then transformed an unused building for a music classroom and "hired" the volunteer teacher/bus driver "Mrs. Purple" to continue the chime music program. They even painted the classroom purple! With the extraordinary support of volunteers, parents, and the community, Hansen Elementary School now has a NEW music program in a customized building that resonates with the happy sounds of ringing chimes.
Pictures taken at Hansen Elementary School 's Christmas Program on December 12, 2012.
Pacific Northwest Youth Handbell Festival
April 20, 2013 * Bellevue, WA
Emerald City Ringers, a community handbell ensemble based in the Seattle area, invites youth handbell choirs from around the Pacific Northwest to the 2013 Youth Handbell Festival. This year will feature three guest clinicians: Marlene Anderson, Ellie Hodder, and Emerald City Ringers Music Director and Area 10 Chair Brian Tervo. Please email email@example.com for a registration form.
We are currently working with the Bellevue Red Lion Hotel for a discounted room block - rooms are anticipated to be $96/night, including free wi-fi and parking. Email for more details.
Fees (includes lunch and dinner): $55 per ringer postmarked by March 1 * $60 after March 1
Adult chaperones: $9 lunch, $12 dinner
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 425-269-8182for more information.
Handbell Seminar in Alaska with David Harris
Isle Bells of Kodiak Island, Alaska, is hosting Mr. David Harris of The Raleigh Ringers the weekend of May 4-5, 2013, for a handbell seminar. Handbell musicians and conductors state and regionwide are invited to this special weekend of music and skills-building. Mr. Harris brings years of experience as Artistic Director of the internationally acclaimed Raleigh Ringers based in Raleigh, North Carolina. The cost of the weekend is $75 - the registration fee includes snacks on both days and all sessions with Mr. Harris, including the massed ring and final community performance. Checks can be made payable to "Isle Bells" and sent to P.O. Box 8818, Kodiak, AK 99615 to reserve a spot. Isle Bells is very excited to host Mr. Harris and share his skills with the state of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. Please check the blog handbellseminarwithdavidharris.blogspot.com regularly for updates on travel, lodging, info about Kodiak and more. The three Massed Ringing pieces are: "How Can I Keep From Singing?" arr. by Arnold Sherman (Red River Music HB0060), "Grazioso" by Arnold Sherman, (Red River HB0042) and "Rejoice, He is Risen" by Cathy Moklebust (Choristers Guild CGB721). Please email Ella Saltonstall, Artistic Director of Isle Bells at email@example.com with any questions
Virtual Handbell Ensemble
Virtual Handbell Ensemble is an exciting new project of the Handbell Musicians of America, in which you will have the opportunity to perform a new work of music via video uploads.
Misterium, by James Meredith, consists of 135 musical segments to be recorded separately by individuals and small groups of players from around the world over a seven month period and uploaded to the web. All of the segments will be assembled by the editing videographer and the composer into the final work to be premiered online in July, 2013.
For a video introduction by Mr. Meredith and all the information you need to participate, please visit the project website by clicking the picture above or going to virtual.HandbellMusicians.org.
2013 National Seminar in Portland, Oregon!!!
Handbell Musicians of America National Seminar moves around the country each summer. In 2013, we are so fortunate to have it in Area 10 in Portland at the Oregon Convention Center. The dates are July 24-27, 2013. Start making plans now to attend this exciting event. Keep watching HandbellMusicians.org for additional information.
Big Sky Handbell Festival 2013
Fred Gramann - Conductor
Great Falls, Montana
April 27-28, 2013
pdf of music list
|2013 Greater Puget Sound Handbell Conference
Save the date! The 2013 Greater Puget Sound Handbell Conference will be held Saturday, May 18, 2013 at Green River Community College in Auburn, Washington. This event is open to all ringers - not just those in Washington! Our clinician for the massed ringing will be Kath Wissinger, and for the first time we will be having a bronze conference choir. (The bronze conference choir requires a separate application from the regular conference registration, and selected members will be assigned a position and prepare the repertoire prior to the conference on their own.)
Registration will open soon - we hope to see you all in May!
2013 Greater Puget Sound Repertoire
For additional information, please contact Jennifer Vangolen, Washington State Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org
2013 Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference
Ashland Middle School
Guest clinician: Monica McGowen
The repertoire this year is loosely organized around the theme of "Our Journey;" there are some really nice pieces on the repertoire list. Again there will be two groups The Siskiyous and The Cascades along with the Massed group and an opportunity for those ringers who love a challenge and can ring Level 4 and 5 music to ring in the Bronze Conference Choir. Ellie Hodder will once again direct the BCC; remember that you will need to apply to be part of BCC and must learn your ringing position prior to arrival. Rehearsals for the BCC will begin Friday at 4:00 pm.
Registration materials will be sent out in early January with a March 1st deadline for application to the Bronze Conference Choir. If you have any questions or would like registration materials sent electronically please contact Diane Barnes at email@example.com.
Emerald City Ringers Wants YOU!
Ever dreamed of ringing in a community handbell ensemble? Emerald City Ringers has openings for its spring ringing season, which begins in January. ECR rehearses Sunday afternoons at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church in Bellevue, WA and can accommodate up to 25 ringers in a two-choir format. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to be added to our interested ringers list. An open house will be scheduled in early January.
Saturday & Sunday, May 4-5 - Isle Bells, a community handbell group on Kodiak Island, is hosting David Harris of the Raleigh Ringers. Isle Bells anticipates musicians from around the state will be interested in learning from Mr. Harris and ringing under his baton. See the article above or contact Ella Saltonstall, Artistic Director of Isle Bells, at email@example.com for more information.
Your event could be listed here!
Saturday & Sunday, April 27-28, 2013- Big Sky Festival in Great Falls. See information above for music list.
Saturday, February 23, 2013 - Workshop on Musicality for the Handbell Choir with Nancy Hascall, Sunriver. See article above. Contact Barbara Brocker at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-593-7396.
Saturday, March 9 - 4:00 pm, Handbell choirs from Pendleton, Oregon will perform a combined concert under the direction of Phyllis Tincher, Nampa, Idaho. It will be in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church, 201 SW Dorion, Pendleton. The concert is free; an offering will be taken. The choirs involved are Bells of Joy from First Presbyterian Church, Bells of Peace from Peace Lutheran Church, and Celebration Ringers from First Christian Church.
Friday & Saturday, May 3-4, 2013 - Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference with Monica McGowen, Ashland Middle School. See article above and email Diane Barnes at email@example.com for more information.
Sunday, January 6 - 4:00 pm, Lake City Assembly of God, Medical Lake, free/offering taken
Saturday, January 5, 2013 - 7:00 pm, Bells of the Desert, a community handbell choir in the Tri Cities, presents their encore Epiphany concert at Richland Baptist, 1632 George Washington Way, Richland. Under director Cathy Rohrig, ringers strive to bring out the amazing versatility of the handbell instrument. All ages will be engaged and entertained! The program includes Cathy Moklebust's setting of The First Noel; Gloria Hodie and Leroy Anderson's Sleigh Ride. Donations are appreciated. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Children's Developmental Center.
Saturday, April 20, 2013 - Pacific Northwest Youth Handbell Festival, Bellevue, WA. Click for Brochure/Registration form. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information and see article above.
Saturday, May 18, 2013 - Greater Puget Sound Handbell Conference with Kath Wissinger, guest clinician. See article above. For additional information, contact Jennifer Vangolen, Washington State Chair, at email@example.com.
Please remember to send information for the February issue to me by January 22.