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   The Twelfth Tone
Area 12 Newsletter                                                                        April 2018

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Northern California
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Message from the Chair - Tessique Houston

Hello Area 12!

Well, the rush of Holy Week and Easter music is behind us. Now it's time to gear up for all the wonderful Spring Rings, concerts and other ringing events in our area. And hey, how about some not in our area?!

Did you know that Area 12 offers a scholarship to help directors attend National Seminar for the first time? Yes! If you are a director who has never been to National Seminar, we can help! Check out the information on the Area 12 website and apply today

I hope you all take the opportunity to get to an event this year - any event, just get there. The learning, the music making, the camaraderie with the community - it's a wonderful experience.  

Until next time,

Tessique Houston
Communiqué - Barbara Meinke, Communications
Do you hear them? Usually when all else is quiet, even though they been chirping all along, suddenly you hear them...not because they're louder, but because there is nothing else going on to distract you from their song.

Crickets...sometimes we say we are hearing them as a metaphor for the silence we hear when we're not hearing things we want to hear, like answers to questions we've posed or cries for help or suggestions. I ask my family who will help with the dishes and I "hear crickets!" 

Your Area 12 board is always looking for new ideas, help with projects, ways to reach out to our membership. Often we hear crickets. Please take a moment to fill our silence! We like to hear crickets when we're enjoying a glass of wine in the moonlight, but we like to hear YOU when we are trying to find ways to serve you. Won't you surprise your regional coordinator by chirping a note of greeting or thanks or suggestion? Their email addresses are all listed in the sidebar below and in their columns. They would love to hear your song!

With joy to you this spring,

Barbara Meinke
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SF Bay Area - Kendra Scott, Regional Coordinator

Hi, Bay Area! 

Congratulations! You made it through the Easter rush! I'm sure many of you were busy making beautiful music over the last few weeks. As we continue to spring forward into Spring Break, Spring Rings, Spring Flings, etc, don't forget to submit to and check out our concert calendar for events near you! The Bay Area Spring Ring will have its concert at 6 pm on April 14th. Your local community, school and church groups also have spring and summer concerts, so once you've rested up from Spring Ring, go check them out!  We all love a good audience!

Friday and Saturday
April 13-14, 2018
Ellie Hodder, conductor

This event is endorsed by Handbell Musicians of America

Happy SpRinging!

Kendra Scott
Bay Area Regional Coordinator

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LA Metro - F. Thomas Simpson, Regional Coordinator

Hello all!

By the time you read this, The LA Metro Spring Ring will be just a few days away. And guess what? YOU CAN STILL COME!! We will have some spaces available on some of our tables - and you are invited to drop in and ring with us and Kathy Ebling-Shaw for the day!  April 7th - load in time is  8-9 am and we start ringing at  9:00 a.m. Cost is only $25 for a day of ringing!

It looks to be a GREAT time for everyone!

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

This event is  sponsorsed  by Handbell Musicians of America

F. Thomas Simpson
LA Metro Regional Coordinator
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Northern NV - Barb Walsh, Regional Coordinator

Saturday, May 19, 2018
Marvin Picollo School
This event is  endorsed by Handbell Musicians of America

Umpteenth Annual
Young Ringers' Festival
Tuesday, May 22,2018
9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
South Reno United Methodist Church
200 DeSpain, Reno
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In addition to the Sierra Spring Ring and the Young Ringers Festival, Zephyr Point Presbyterian Conference Center will be holding their annual handbell conference on July 22-26 on beautiful Lake Tahoe with Sandy Eithun as the guest conductor. William Kyle is the dean and clinicians are Shosh Meyer, Tessique Houston, Sue Coddington-Allen and Barb Walsh.  Northern Nevada has it going on!

We hope to see you in Reno at one of these events!

Barbara Walsh
Northern Nevada Regional Coordinator

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Southern CA - Michèle Sharik, Regional Coordinator

Hi there, SoCal-ers -

I hope you've all had a wonderful March and are looking forward to a good April. 

As many of you know, I have spent the last month in Ohio. I went there to celebrate my mom's 80th birthday party and instead ended up having to take her to the hospital, where she passed away  two weeks later. I've been working on clearing out her house ever since and it's been a tumultuous emotional roller coaster. 

All of that is to say that I know I've received some Spring Ring registrations, but haven't had the chance to read or acknowledge them yet. Please continue being patient with me; I should be home soon and able to deal with those items ASAP. 

For those who haven't yet sent in your registrations, please do get them in soon! It's going to be a great event and you'll want a primo position on the floor in order to benefit the most from Kat's direction and instruction. 

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

This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America

Best wishes for a wonderful April!

Michèle Sharik

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Northern CA - Nancy Schmitt, Regional Coordinator
Nancy Schmitt

To my fellow Northern Californians,

It has been a pleasure to serve as the Northern California Regional Coordinator for the last 10 years.  Sandi Walker-Tansley will now take over that position as I move into a new position: Far Northern California Regional Liaison. Please note my new email address below! You can reach me there for all things far north!

Nancy Schmitt

Mark your calendars!

Saturday, October 13, 2018
Simpson University
Redding, CA

Massed director: Mary Balkow
Red Zone Bronze director: Barb Walsh
Registration fee per person: $35.00

Fall in Northern California is beautiful and it is a perfect time to attend a festival that gets you  ready for the entire year of ringing. There will be classes on basics, weaving, bell maintenance,  percussion instruments, rehearsal tips, conundrums, and a JAM (reading) session where you  play through new songs and be able to purchase that music. For those ringers wanting a  challenge there will be the Red Zone Bronze choir. Please check out the registration  information in the Northern California part of the Area 12 calendar. 

This event is endorsed by Handbell Musicians of America

Hello Everyone!

I am pleased to introduce myself to Area 12 as the new Northern California Regional Coordinator.

A little background about me - I began ringing handbells at my church. I directed bells at First United Methodist Church, Lodi for 20+ years, and rang with Riverbells of Sacramento for 20 years and Velocity Handbell Ensemble the last 2. I have been on the Area 12 board the past few years as the Membership Coordinator and enjoy serving as an appointed member of this board. I firmly believe in the strength of ringers as a larger organization and look forward to assisting the folks in the greater Sacramento area with all  things handbell.

Please feel free to contact me with any up coming events or questions I might be able to answer .

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Central CA - Christine Anderson, Regional Coordinator

Greetings, CenCal!

I just returned from an effective board meeting of Area 12 officers and we had lively discussions about future events for our area. I was able to share feedback from several of our CenCal members which was very encouraging. It sounds like what is most wanted/needed for workshops/classes is opportunities to hone skills with bell changes and multiple bells-in-hand techniques. Anyone planning events might want to include those classes. It's not too late to plan a Guild endorsed or sponsored event this year. Please contact any of your board members if you'd like us to help.

Please remember to submit your events on our calendar and let me know what's happening in CenCal.

Musically yours,

Christine Anderson
Central California Regional Coordinator

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Southern NV - Alison Pruett, Regional Coordinator

Hi, Southern Nevada!

Handbell choirs are really a team. In the UK, they're even referred to as handbell teams. And like all teams, we have to have a common goal to work toward. For some groups, that goal may be to play a new song in church once a month. For others, it may be to play a piece with a new technique. It's important to have a goal. Without one your group may stay stagnant in one place.

The problem comes when everyone on the team has a different goal! Say the director wants to play more challenging music. Some ringers are on board, others want to stay where they are, and others don't have an opinion. In this situation, nothing is going to be accomplished. So, the entire choir has to come to some sort of consensus on where the group is going now and where they hope to be in a year or even a few months.

A great way to get your group moving can be to have them attend events. They can see what other groups are doing and get ideas for what they want to do. Check out the various events listed in this newsletter to see what's going on that might be a good fit for your group. I'm starting to plan some new events for Southern Nevada, so keep watching for announcements. Setting goals can be exciting! I can't wait to hear what you do next!

Alison Pruett
S Nevada Regional Coordinator

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Hawaii - Karen Carlisle, Regional Coordinator
Karen Carlisle

Karen Carlisle
Hawaii Regional Coordinator

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