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By now most of the Spring concerts are over and many groups are taking a break for the summer. Even though your group may not be rehearsing, there are still events around the area that you can attend, especially National Seminar in Portland. It's not too late to register! This is an excellent opportunity to take advantage of all the classes and tracks offered at this annual event. For most of us in Area 10, it won't get any closer for several years. All the information about it is at Seminar.HandbellMusicians.org. There is a complete schedule, description of classes, and even a planner to help you decide what classes you want to take. Besides all the learning opportunities, there are many wonderful concerts scheduled throughout the event.
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Phyllis Tincher, Communications Chair
From the Chair......
Greetings Handbell Musicians.
A few weeks ago, I received an email from someone teaching a class on new or unusual handbell techniques, interested in a technique she'd heard about one of my groups using. I expect there are a number of undocumented techniques which are very unusual today, but will become more common in the years to come as we continue to evolve our art. I still remember how unusual it was 15 years ago the first time I saw the Singing Bell technique used by Sonos at a concert in Spokane. Today, the Singing Bell is in the Handbell Musicians of America notation booklet and is used in dozens of published handbell pieces. I thought it might be fun to share a few unique techniques I've used with the various groups I've been involved with over the years.
The first technique I will share is the "Benson". A couple years ago, during a rehearsal with my youth handbell choir, I heard a very unusual sound coming from my bass ringers. They were ringing the bell, holding it next to their face, and just opening and closing their mouth to produce a unique vibrato effect. We named the technique the "Benson" after one of the bass ringers who discovered it. The following year, I wrote a piece utilizing the technique for the group to perform. We notated it with the letter B followed by the series of letter D's turned sideways (flat part up, rounded part down), so they look like an open mouth.
The next technique I've used with a few groups is the "Mallet Pop". Most handbell mallets have a plastic sleeve over the handle which provides a better grip and lists the range of handbells appropriate for the mallet. If you loosen and remove the sleeve, you can achieve a "pop" sound. I offer this technique with a word of warning. If you teach it to young handbell musicians, you will inevitably hear the mallet pop far more often than you desire. It is also likely that no matter how careful you are, the range of bells listed on your mallet handles will not be consistent with the bells for which the mallets were designed.
The final technique I will discuss is the "Bell Toss", abbreviated BT. This is not a technique I expect to catch on, for good reason. I used it about 10 years ago in Seattle Bell Ensemble, when we encountered a situation where a traditional handbell pass was not practical. Our solution was for one person to toss the bell into the air, and have the recipient grab it by the casting when it needed to be damped. I would not recommend anyone try at home, especially on larger bass bells. I also want to point out that the fact that the BT abbreviation for this technique matches the first and last initials of my name is purely coincidental. I claim no responsibility for inventing the technique and claim no responsibility for any damage caused to handbells by someone improperly executing the technique.
Have you ever used a new and undocumented handbell technique in any of your handbell choirs? Or, have you seen an unusual technique in a handbell concert you've attended? If so, drop me an email at email@example.com. I will plan to include some of the submissions in my article next month.
2013 National Seminar in Portland, Oregon!!!
It's not too late to register for National Seminar this summer, July 24-27, in Portland. Concerts, classes, vendors, and so much more! Follow the link to Seminar.HandbellMusicians.org.
Distinctly Teen in Portland, Oregon!!!
Distinctly Teen is designed for the individual young ringer (8th-12th grade) who wishes to stretch their ringing skills and challenge their musicianship. Participants will spend 2 ˝ days working on intermediate to advanced repertoire and developing skills in handbell technique and general musicianship under the leadership of Ron Mallory, our Area 10 Youth Coordinator!
The event schedule will combine dedicated rehearsal time for Distinctly Teen with the opportunity to attend classes offered as part of the Handbell Musicians of America National Seminar. Each attendee will receive a position assignment in the youth all-star choir that will perform with the National Seminar All-Star choirs for a concert at National Seminar.
With over 20 years of experience leading both traditional and contemporary worship, Ron Mallory is choir, handbell, and praise band director at Living Word Lutheran Church in Puyallup, Washington. He also teaches high school and middle school handbell classes at Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, and directs the Rainier Ringers community handbell ensemble.
National board elections - Who are you nominating?
National board elections are just a few months away. Who are you nominating?
A butcher, a baker, a candlestick maker?
A lawyer, a banker, a marketing major?
A teacher, a ringer, a strategic planner?
Who should serve on the next national board of directors of the Handbell Musicians of America? Whoever it is, you will play a vital and essential roll.
A nomination form is available at handbellmusicians.org. Just click on the National Board Nominations news item on the home page to find the form. This form is the only means to nominate someone for consideration to the national board of directors.
The nominating deadline is September 1, 2013.
Online voting begins February 15, 2014 and ends March 15, 2014.
The membership will vote for president-elect and for two at-large candidates. The results will be posted at handbellmusicians.org, in Overtones, through E-Notes, and through communication with the area chairs
Who would make a desirable candidate for the national board?
The national board of directors must be diversified with individuals who share an interest in our instrument without gender or ethnic bias. To achieve this diversity, the qualities listed below are among some for which the national board will pursue in finding potential nominees and candidates.
- Historical experience with AGEHR/Handbell Musicians of America
- Business experience such as in finance, policy governance, marketing, law, human resources and fundraising
- Music and handbell experience such as directing, ringing, music education, church, community, and specials needs choirs
- Strategic planning and/ or not-for-profit
This diversity of backgrounds and experiences will broaden the national board's perspective, enabling them to design the type of forum for strategic planning and futuristic leadership that Handbell Musicians of America requires in order to be successful in a more competitive non-profit environment. We need a range of personalities for a board that can collectively become skilled to:
- think ahead
- be probing in terms of how "this" goal will relate to our mission
- reason what the costs, as compared to the overall benefits, are for our members
- be a servant/leader
The best possible future for the Handbell Musicians of America board of directors will come from good communication between diverse individuals who share our mission, vision, values and goals. You know these people. Therefore, the best possible future for Handbell Musicians of American ultimately rests with you. But, before you nominate someone, check with her or him to insure they are able and willing to be considered for one of the most fascinating and rewarding responsibilities they could imagine. Then place that person into nomination by completing the attached form and mailing it to the address specified on the form, or by going online and voting at handbellmusicians.org.
Who are you nominating?
Philip L. Roberts, nominating committee chair
Pacific Northwest Handbell Directors' Forum
When: Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013 * 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Where: First Unitarian Church (SW 12th between Main & Salmon), Portland
Cost: $15 (covers coffee & snacks, lunch and cost of shipping music for the workshop)
* Dalcroze for Ringers with Dustin Hunley. Dalcroze Eurhythmics teach rhythm, structure and musical expression through body movements. Through carefully planned lessons and games, students develop connections between their ears, mind and body that are essential for musicianship. Rhythmic games teach teamwork, flexibility, concentration and expression through group interactions with music. Games of quick change and reaction also focus the mind, spark creativity, and increase student learning of any kind. Of course, these games are also incredibly fun; don't be surprised if you forget that you are learning!
* Damping, Let Me Count the Ways with Nancy Hascall. "To damp or not to damp" is only the first question. What about when, where, why, and how? Expand your musical horizons with this in-depth exploration of damping techniques and styles, and discover how the damping choices we make (or fail to make) can affect the musicality of our ringing. Includes finger damping, damping with multiple bells in hand, selective damping, timing, touch, stopped sounds, and more. For both directors and ringers.
* Read 'n' Ring -- "Diverse Repertoire" with Ellie Hodder
* 2-5 octave titles, levels 2-3+ music that is both stylistically and Ethnically Diverse.
Please include $15 to cover the cost of snacks and a light lunch. Checks to "First Unitarian".
Mail to: Ellie Hodder, 4228 SE Mitchell, Portland, OR 97206 by September 9, 2013. (Later registrations okay, but please let me know by Friday so I can make sure there's enough food for all.)
Questions? Call/txt Ellie Hodder at 503-730-9311 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calling Experienced Ringers - come to Edmonton!
Classic Bronze, an advanced massed ringing event, will be held in Edmonton, Alberta, from Thursday afternoon, July 4 through Sunday afternoon, July 7 with Dr. William Payn as the clinician. Classic Bronze will feature advanced level 3/4/5 music and is seeking ringers capable of reading level 3 and performing level 5 music.
Interested ringers will need to send the application form, the reference form attesting to the ringer's skill and musicianship, as well as a registration fee. Application and additional information is on their website, www.classicbronze.org.
Sunday, June 2 5:00 pm. "Ring Around the Year" at College Church of the Nazarene, 504 E Dewey Nampa, with College Church of the Nazarene ringers and Ring Praise Music Ministry. It is a benefit to raise the money needed to finish refurbishing the 5th octave. An offering will be taken.
Sunday, December 8 - 4:00 pm, First Baptist Church, 221 E Linden Street, Caldwell. "Carols of the Bells" with Treasure Valley Bronze (directed by Phyllis Tincher) and various homeschool choirs of Ruth Whitley. They will be joined by the Chancel Choir of the First Baptist Church. Free.
Sunday, December 15 - 4:00 pm, 8th Annual "Kettle Koncert" for the Salvation Army with Phyllis Tincher, handbells, and Sean Rogers, piano. Location TBA.
Your concert or event could be listed here!
Thursday - Sunday, July 4-7 - Classic Bronze with Dr. William Payn, clinician. See article above. More information and registration at www.classicbronze.org.
Your concert or event could be listed here!
Wednesday - Saturday, July 24-27 - Handbell Musicians of America National Seminar, Portland. Details and registration at http://Seminar.handbellmusicians.org.
August 5-10: Come enjoy a week of "Ringing in Christian Fellowship" on the beautiful Oregon Coast. We welcome ringers of all ability levels offering technical workshops as well as plenty of time to participate in boating, swimming, beach walks, and group games. Camp this year is August 5-10 and your registration fee includes accommodations, wonderful meals, our clinician, and music that you get to keep. Prepare to make a joyful noise and spend the week with us at Camp Magruder. More information and registration details at: http://gocamping.org/camps-retreats/detail/magruder-hand-bells-camp/ or contact Dean Janelle Bolt at email@example.com
Saturday, September 14 - 8:30 am - 4:00 pm, Pacific Northwest Handbell Directors' Forum, "Honing Skills." See article above. Click for Registration Form. Questions? Call/txt Ellie Hodder at 503-730-9311 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ring Praise Music Ministry, Phyllis Tincher, handbells, and Sean Rogers, piano, will be in Eastern Oregon:
Monday, October 14 - 1:00 and 2:15 pm, Dayville School, Dayville.
Monday, October 14 - 7:00 pm, Mt. Vernon Community Presbyterian Church, Mt. Vernon.
Tuesday, October 15 - 7:00 pm, First Presbyterian Church, 201 SW Dorian Ave, Pendleton.
Additional dates and locations TBA; http://RingPraiseMinistry.org.
"Bells on Broadway", a concert presented by Rainier Ringers which includes a program of popular musical theatre favorites ranging from Gilbert and Sullivan, to Rodgers and Hammerstein, to modern hits like "Wicked".
Friday, May 31 - 7:30 pm, St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 515 S. 312th, Federal Way.
Saturday, June 1 - 7:30 pm, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1925 Boulevard Road SE, Olympia.
Sunday, June 9 - 7:00 pm, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 101 E. 38th ST, Tacoma.
A suggested donation of $5, or $20 per family, will be collected at the door.
For more information visit us at www.rainierringers.org and Like Us on Facebook.
Friday, July 19 - 7:30 pm. Hong Kong Youth Handbell Ensemble, conducted by Emily Li. This outstanding auditioned group will appear in Seattle before performing at National Seminar in Portland. Newport Covenant Church, 12800 Coal Creek Parkway SE, Bellevue (Factoria area). Admission by donation. For more information, contact Nancy Kirkner, Nancy@solobells.com.
Please remember to send information for the July issue to me by June 22.