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   The Twelfth Tone
Area 12 Newsletter                                                                               May 2018

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Southern California
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Message from the Chair - Tessique Houston

Hello Area 12!

Ah!  The end of the year!  Well, not the calendar year, but the end of most handbell groups' seasons. I am busy preparing for final concerts and the last service of the season.  Lots to do and very little time left!  I'm
 sure you all feel the same way.

National Seminar is in Grand Rapids, Michigan,  July 17-21 (see Our National Organization sidebar). There are going to be some great concerts and some awesome learning going on! I hope you will go!

Remember - Area 12 offers the Patty Marquart scholarship to help  directors  who are attending National Seminar for the first ti me.  The deadline is May 31, so you have plenty of time to get an application in. See the Scholarship Page on our website for complete information.  

Until next time,

Tessique Houston
Election News
It's election year in Area 12!

We are now compiling a slate of candidates for the three elected offices on our Board of Directors: Secretary, Treasurer, and Chair-Elect. 

Both the Secretary and Treasurer positions are two-year terms, with the ability (though not the obligation) to run again for a second term. Those positions may serve no more than two terms in a row (though they may run again at a later date). The Chair-Elect position is a total of six years: two as Chair-Elect, two as Chair, and two as Immediate Past Chair. 

Our By-Laws require us to have two candidates for each elected office, so if you or someone you know is interested in joining the Area Board, please email Michèle Sharik, our Immediate Past Chair, for more information.  
Communiqué - Barbara Meinke, Communications
This month I get to share TWO great opportunities to support handbell ensembles on tour!

The first is from Carlos Rivera and our beloved Puerto Rican friends at University of Puerto Rico in Arecibo.

Resonare will be traveling to the southern US, their first trip since the devastating Hurricane Maria hit their shore. They need our financial help to make it all happen. Will you please consider contributing to their tour through this GoFundMe campaign?

The second is a great concert going opportunity for us in Area 12! The Agape Ringers are coming our way this summer. They will be performing in Cupertino, Salinas, Glendale and Long Beach, CA. Check out their tour schedule now and mark your calendar!

More as I know it!!

Barbara Meinke
Communications Director/The Twelfth Tone
Southern CA - Michèle Sharik, Regional Coordinator

Hi there, SoCal!

I'm so excited -- our Spring Ring is this month! If you haven't already, please send your registrations in ASAP. 

See you in Oceanside!

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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 NV - Barb Walsh, Regional Coordinator

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

Mark your calendars!
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Saturday, October 13, 2018
Simpson University
Redding, CA

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

This event is endorsed by Handbell Musicians of America

Sandi Walker-Tansley

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Central CA - Christine Anderson, Regional Coordinator

Tip of the Month

Where's the melody?

Directors, have you harped on not hearing the melody? Ringers, have you thought "how would I know what the melody is?" Here are two hints!

Directors, make sure you know exactly where the melody notes lie, checking one, two, or even three octaves lower than the top note. Then ask your choir to ring ONLY the melody. You'll be in for a surprise! We cannot sing more than one note at a time, we can't sing in harmony with ourselves. A melody is a single note at a time ~ but you'll most likely hear lots of other notes being rung at the same time. Most ringers don't know how to separate the melody from everything else! Keep asking them to ring just those melody notes, giving them hints, as a good object lesson for them. It also helps for ringers to write in the words, if there are any, in their scores.

Ringers ~ find the melody wherever it appears, and highlight those notes. When your note is highlighted, ring it out with full arm motion - damp in mid-air with your fingers if you like. That's faster and more graceful than rushing the bell back to shoulder damp. If the note is not highlighted, ring it closer to your body, and a bit softer than the melody. It gets tricky when the same bell rings both melody and harmony with no break between - but even then that bell should ring each note differently.

Any concerts coming up in CenCal? Please let us know or submit them online by clicking here!

Musically yours,

Christine Anderson
Central California Regional Coordinator

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Hawaii - Karen Carlisle, Regional Coordinator
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No one likes to be sidelined from ringing bells. I have recently had my shoulder replaced and am not able to pick up a handbe ll (at least with my right hand)  for 4 months! Taking  care of our bodies is really important since we love ringing and don't want to have to sit it out.

As some churches' ringing seasons are winding down, we sometimes do not have as much music to learn so we search for things to do during our rehearsal time. Try sight reading a piece or two to possibly to use in the fall. Pick a piece to work on techniques and musicality. Make your rehearsal like a workshop, really zero in on your music for the end of the year. 

Keep healthy, enjoy what you love, and keep it real!


Karen Carlisle
Hawaii Regional Coordinator

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Southern NV - Alison Pruett, Regional Coordinator

Hi, Southern Nevada!

I hope everyone is enjoying the Easter season and there's lots of ringing going on! As you're preparing for spring concerts, remember to make the most of Handbell Musicians of America and submit your concerts to be posted on the Area 12 calendar . It's really easy with the online form. Also, make sure to take advantage of social media options. On Facebook, there're several groups where you can advertise yourself: Southern Nevada Handbells, Handbell-L, Handbell People, and Team Handbell (they limit personal promotions to Mondays only). So, check out these sites and others for putting your own info out there as well as seeing what else is going on in the area.

Alison Pruett
S Nevada Regional Coordinator

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SF Bay Area - Kendra Scott, Regional Coordinator

Hi, Bay Area! 

The Bay Area put on another successful Spring Ring with Ellie Hodder at the
helm. Attendees enjoyed a lunchtime performance and 
six-in-hand class  by Mary Liao.

We also experimented with a reading session for 
ensembles in addition  to the more traditional full choir session since many of us helm smaller groups these days.

The final concert included massed ringing, solo performances, a world premiere, a brass ensemble, bell trees, and the always exciting Intense Ring selections. Thank you to everyone who attended, either behind the tables or in the audience. We enjoyed having you!

Kendra Scott

Bay Area Regional Coordinator

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LA Metro - F. Thomas Simpson, Regional Coordinator

F. Thomas Simpson
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