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   The Twelfth Tone
Area 12 Newsletter                                                                  February 2018

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Message from the Chair - Tessique Houston

Hello Area 12!

Wow! One month of 2018 is in the books! I hope it has been a fruitful beginning for you all.

Coming out of January, with the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday and it's focus on service, I would like to encourage you to think about ways you can serve your handbell community. It could be as simple as improving your rehearsal habits (are you usually late?, zoom out at the end?, socialize?) so you are improving your own 'local' community.  Or maybe you make the commitment to attend a Spring Ring, even if your whole choir isn't going. You will improve your own skills and take that knowledge back to your group - again serving that 'local' community.   

But maybe you would consider serving at a more 'regional' community level. How about serving on the Area 12 Board (hint - we are looking for nominations)! We are taking nominations for our three elected positions - Chair-Elect, Treasurer and Secretary. If you are even the tiniest bit interested in any of these positions, please feel free to contact me or any of the other officers on the board and ask questions about what these positions entail. If you decide you'd like to do it, we can forward your name to the nominating committee. 

Our spring board meeting will be held Friday and Saturday,  March 16-17, 2018 in the Bay Area. If you would like the board to consider anything specific, please feel free to contact me, or your Regional Coordinator with your suggestions.  We love to hear from you!

Until next time,

Tessique Houston
Chair-Elect - Scott Leggett

Happy 2018 everyone!

I love this time of the handbell ringing season, the mad rush from restarting in  the fall to when the craziness of Christmas is over, and, as the calendar turns, we in turn focus on music for  the Easter Season, Spring Rings, and for many concerts on the horizon.

I was able attend the  closing concert of the Twelfth Night Festival in Las Vegas a few weeks ago and was so moved by the  performances, not only of talented individual choirs present, but also the massed ringing superbly  conducted by our own Christine Anderson. Like many of you, I am so involved with my own groups and  church performances, I rarely get to sit, watch and listen to handbell massed ringing events and I  forget how amazing the experience is to have that music wash over you, witness synchronized  movements of ringing, and see the varied expressions of the ringers and how much heart is put into  their music making. I hope everyone finds one or more Spring Ring events to register for and please  know your board is working hard on providing as many ringing experiences as we can in the coming  year.

Stay tuned!

Scott Leggett
Communiqué - Barbara Meinke, Communications

It's been a bumpy week! Family health issues, house plumbing problems, car trouble - seems the hits just keep coming. How do we maintain our sanity and our serenity? Most of you reading this say, "HANDBELLS!" So do I.

Music, and handbells in particular, is our connection to something beyond what the world has to offer. The language of music speaks to our souls. The connection we feel when we make music together binds us. The effect we can have on our listeners renews our spirits. The anticipation of all that helps us through tough days and bumpy weeks. I'm glad I have rehearsal on Monday...I'm gonna need it!

Barbara Meinke
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Central CA - Christine Anderson, Regional Coordinator

Greetings, CenCal Ringers and Directors!

I'm so excited about meeting someone new today - a bell director who's been borrowing another church's bells - and being able to tell her about Handbell Musicians of America and what's happening in Area 12! She didn't know about us and was thrilled to find out about a Spring Ring coming up pretty close to her church in Tehachapi. I hope y'all will decide to attend and look for the folks from First Baptist Church, welcome them to Area 12 and encourage them to join HMA. Here's the scoop:

March 17 - St. John Lutheran Church, Bakersfield
Clinician - Alex Guebert
Contact - Dianne Bryant at  rng4joy@gmail.com
Starts  8:30 AM, concert is at  5 PM

So ~ any other Spring Rings happening in CenCal? Please let me know!

Happy Ringing,

Christine Anderson
Central California Regional Coordinator

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LA Metro - F. Thomas Simpson, Regional Coordinator

Hello all!

I hope your January has gone well. It was cold in the LA Metro area this year - even for us Californians! 

This year's LA Metro Spring Ring conductor is Kathy Ebling Shaw, conductor of Westminster Choir College Concert Bell Choirs. She is well regarded in the handbell world, and NOT to be missed! If you are considering attending this year's festival, please get your registration in quickly! We are expecting a full house and really don't want to turn anyone away. The sooner you send in your registration, the better!

Please note our revised repertoire list!
  • Gaudeamus Hope Publishing, HP1764
  • That Easter Day With Joy Was Bright (Puer Nobis), arr. Cathy Moklebust, Choristers Guild, 2 - 3 Octaves CGB281, 3 - 5 Octaves CGB870
  • A Lenten Introspection, arr. Matthew Compton, Lorenz, LC201948L
  • Be Thou My Vision, arr. Julie Stitt, AGEHR AG35203
Registration forms are now up on our website .
If you already printed your forms, please note the form has a small mistake. The lunch cost is $9 (not $8 as listed on the order form).

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

This event is  sponsorsed  by Handbell Musicians of America

F. Thomas Simpson
LA Metro Regional Coordinator
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SF Bay Area - Kendra Scott, Regional Coordinator

Registration Now Open!!

Early Bird Deadline is coming up! Register before February 20th to receive 10% off!

Friday and Saturday, April 14, 2018
with Ellie Hodder

Click on the blue title for details and repertoire list

This event is endorsed by Handbell Musicians of America

Kendra Scott
Bay Area Regional Coordinator

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Southern CA - Michèle Sharik, Regional Coordinator

Hi there, SoCal!

I hope your programs are back in full swing for spring and going well. Please let me know if you need help with anything -- whether it's a recommendation for a clinician or for a teaching resource or just music for your group. I am here for YOU and am happy to help in any way you need. 

Please remember our Area 12 website calendar and our handy-dandy tool where you can submit information about ANY type of handbell event, whether it's a workshop, concert, or just playing in church. If you don't want to submit it yourself, you can always send the information directly to me or to our webmaster, Jen Hayes, at Webmaster.Area12@HandbellMusicians.org and we'll make sure it gets posted.

Be sure to get your registrations in soon for our Spring Ring. Registrations must be POSTMARKED by Feb 28 to take advantage of the $5 per registrant Early Bird discount! 

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

This event is sponsored  by Handbell Musicians of America

Until next month,
My best,

Michèle Sharik

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Northern NV - Barb Walsh, Regional Coordinator


The date and venue are set for our

16th Annual
Sierra Spring Ring
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Marvin Picollo School

I'll let you know the other details as soon as they're confirmed, but at least you know when and where the fun will be! Mark your calendar NOW!

Barbara Walsh
Northern Nevada Regional Coordinator

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International Handbell Symposium 2018
Northern CA - Nancy Schmitt, Regional Coordinator
Nancy Schmitt

Dear Handbell Musicians,

Songs Without Words

Most of the handbell music we play does not have words. Yes, there are some songs out there  with a choir part or a vocalist part, but generally we just play the song. So, how do we convey  the message of the song to our audience if there are no words? If it's a hymn tune, we could  suggest to the congregation to turn to that hymn and read the words as we play. If it's not,  we could look up the title of the song on the internet and see if there are words or a  message. We could e-mail the composer and find out why they wrote that song. Two songs  come to mind that have a powerful message: Arnold Sherman's "Gracioso" and Kevin  McChesney's "Make Me an Instrument of Thy Peace." Before playing one or both of those  songs, you could tell the reason why the composer wrote the song. Our handbell music becomes  so much more meaningful to our audiences when they know the song's message and, after the  concert is over, you will have several people come forward and tell you how much it meant to  them knowing the background of the song.


Nancy Schmitt
Northern California Regional Coordinator  

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Hawaii - Karen Carlisle, Regional Coordinator
Karen Carlisle

Karen Carlisle
Hawaii Regional Coordinator

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Southern NV - Alison Pruett, Regional Coordinator

Alison Pruett
S Nevada Regional Coordinator

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