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   The Twelfth Tone
Area 12 Newsletter                                                                   January 2018

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Message from the Chair - Tessique Houston

Happy New Year Area 12!

I hope you are all finding time to rest and recharge after the December holiday season. And then...what are your plans for the coming Spring? Maybe put a little elbow grease into polishing up the bells after all the use they got in the Fall? Finalize plans for attending a Spring Ring or other workshop? Get the music tuned up and ready for a Spring Concert? Those all sound like wonderful plans!  

As we gear up for another Spring Season, I wish you all success in those endeavors, and any others you have set your sights on. 

Happy ringing in 2018!

Tessique Houston
Communiqué - Barbara Meinke, Communications

Ringing in the New

So many folks resolve to do something new or different for the new year. But alas, there is little time and perhaps even less energy to add something new. What if, instead of adding something new, different, or better, we tossed something old, mundane, or not working? I'm not talking about things, but about mindsets, attitudes and perspectives. Not just about handbells, but maybe that's a place to start! Looking in the mirror, what could you toss to make YOU new, different, or better? Maybe a bad habit of being tardy to rehearsal or not responding to messages? Or of being too complacent or apathetic? Or maybe you care too much and get hurt or hurt others in the process! Do you see in yourself the things you complain about in others? I'm off to the powder room for a little reflection.

Blessings to you and yours in 2018!

Barbara Meinke
Communications Director
Southern NV - Alison Pruett, Regional Coordinator

I hope everyone had a great time ringing through the holiday season! 

Perhaps you're not quite ready to see the holidays end. Check out the Las Vegas 12th Night Handbell Festival with guest clinician, Christine Anderson, on January 12 &13 at the Boulder City Recreation Center (900 Arizona St, Boulder City). A store with all sorts of handbell goodies from Jeffers Handbell Supply will be there. A closing concert will be at 4:30 on Saturday, January 13. If you can't ring at the festival, come enjoy one last holiday concert to close out the season! 

It's not too late! Join us!

with Christine Anderson
Saturday, January 13, 2018
(challenge ring Friday evening)

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Alison Pruett
S Nevada Regional Coordinator

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SF Bay Area - Kendra Scott, Regional Coordinator

Happy New Year!

This is the time of year when we often set New Year's Resolutions to better ourselves for the year ahead. Some of us are more skilled at sticking to them than others. Some of us try to lose weight or exercise more, but what about trying something new? Have you considered learning to dance or taking a glass-blowing workshop? What about improving your ringing or directing skills? There are plenty of events going on in the coming year for you to attend!

There is, of course, the Bay Area Spring Ring, whose registration will open in mid-January, but you can also contact local handbell experts for customized workshops! Or you could look to a grander scale and attend a regional, national, or even International event. Wouldn't you like to spend a week in Australia this summer experiencing internationally renowned handbell ensembles? I attended the IHS in Vancouver two years ago and it was unlike anything I've ever experienced.

As for me, next on my to-do list after finishing this article is to get to work on my thesis to complete a Master's Degree in Music Education. I'm creating a handbell curriculum and writing about the process. I'm sure you'll hear more about it when I'm done!

Friday and Saturday, April 14, 2018
with Ellie Hodder

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Stay healthy and ring well!

Kendra Scott
Bay Area Regional Coordinator

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LA Metro - F. Thomas Simpson, Regional Coordinator

When you receive this newsletter, I assume most of your holiday handbell concerts/preparations will be over. I hope they went well. Here in Pasadena, we have one more celebration each year after Christmas, on the 1st of January. The streets are packed with over 3/4 of a million people as we celebrate the new year with the Rose Parade. In the not to distant past, handbells used to play a part in the parade having marched - while ringing handbells - the 5 miles on at least 3 occasions! I hope you will be doing some spring  ringing in the not too distant future. And speaking of spring ringing, please plan on joining us in Pasadena on April 7th for our LA Metro Spring Ring, with our special guest conductor, Kathy Ebling-Shaw! 

Registration forms are now up on our website

Saturday. April 7, 2018
Pasadena Presbyterian Church
featuring Kathy Ebling Shaw

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F. Thomas Simpson
LA Metro Regional Coordinator
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Southern CA - Michèle Sharik, Regional Coordinator

Happy New Year, SoCal!

I hope you've had a wonderful holiday handbell season! My own church bell choir played for Christmas Eve and did quite well -- they have come so far this year and I am so very proud of them. We're taking a week off then preparing for the rest of the program year starting next week.

Are you ready for your post-holiday program re-start? Are you planning a Spring concert? Be sure to either submit your concert info via the form on the Area 12 website or email me the info and I'll submit the info for you.

Are you planning to attend the So Cal Spring Ring in May? If you are, please get your registrations in quickly to reserve a great spot on the ringing floor! Do you have questions about the event? Email me and I'll do my best to answer them! 

Saturday, May 19, 2017
Oceanside, CA
KatRyn Howell, conductor

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Have a wonderful January!

Michèle Sharik

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Northern CA - Nancy Schmitt, Regional Coordinator
Nancy Schmitt

Hello Northern California,

As we begin a new year I would like to take this opportunity to give a HUGE thank you to all directors  and ringers for your time and talents and energy and most of all your willingness to share the art of  handbell ringing throughout and near your communities. The people who hear us ring are always so  appreciative of our performances whether it is a small group at the Salvation Army corner or an entire bell  choir performing a concert or offering special music at our churches or retirement homes.

THANK YOU many times over.



Nancy Schmitt
Northern California Regional Coordinator  

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Northern NV - Barb Walsh, Regional Coordinator


Even though we handbell musicians get tired of informing people that we DO play handbells year 'round, we have to take advantage of the fact that people think about handbells at Christmas. One of the local high school choir teachers asked me to come in and teach her Advanced Placement Music Theory class how to play handchimes this December. Of course I obliged her and used the chimes to reinforce all those theory concepts she'd been teaching her students. We had a grand time and I hope to be back sometime in the Spring to play pieces that are NOT Christmas tunes!

Barbara Walsh
Northern Nevada Regional Coordinator

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Central CA - Christine Anderson, Regional Coordinator

Greetings, Central California!

I hope y'all have happy memories of the Christmas ringing season and are taking a break before things get busy again!

It's not too soon to look ahead to spring ring opportunities. Trinity Ringers in San Luis Obispo would like to organize a spring ring, but because their pews are bolted to the floor, they can't be moved for a group of handbell ringers. Is there anyone in CenCal who can provide a venue if Trinity Ringers do all the organizing? Dates: any time between late April through early June. Please contact Debra Wacker at  805-546-1099  or  wackertwin@aol.com for more details.

Happy Ringing!

Christine Anderson
Central California Regional Coordinator

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Hawaii - Karen Carlisle, Regional Coordinator
Karen Carlisle
Hauʻoli Makahiki Hou!

So many holiday concerts and so much exhaustion, but feeling really good about what I do. Sharing music with those around me is about giving and handbell music is a great thing to give. !

Check our area calendar as there is still one more holiday concert in Hawaii! Hope you'll come! 

Happy New Year!

Karen Carlisle
Hawaii Regional Coordinator

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