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   The Twelfth Tone
Area 12 Newsletter                                                                    January 2017

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Message from the Chair - Tessique Houston

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful end to 2016. I'm looking forward to an excellent 2017, full of music making!

I'm excited that National Seminar will be held in Area 12, July 11-15 in Anaheim! This is going to be a great opportunity for some of us to get to a national event. There are so many great concerts and classes. I encourage you to consider getting there and experiencing it, especially if you have never been to a National Seminar before.  

This is also an excellent opportunity for Area 12 to show how generous we are. We will be needing lots of equipment and lots of people to volunteer to make this all happen. I know many of you have been generous with your equipment and time in the past for Area 12 events. I will be contacting many of you for that generosity again. If you would like to volunteer time or equipment, please email me - I am the local liaison for this national event. There are some perks for you if you do, and I'd be happy to discuss them when you contact me.

I wish you all a Ringing New Year!

Until next time,

Tessique Houston
YOU can help! - Patty Marquart Scholarship
The 2017 National Seminar will be here in Area 12, in Garden Grove, California, in the Los Angeles Metro Region. Area 12 would like to offer the Patty Marquart Scholarship to a director attending National Seminar for the first time, but  we need your help!  Please consider

1. donating to this scholarship fund

     click here and find the link to donate at the bottom of the          page or mail a check payable to AGEHR Area XII. Contact 
     Michèle at email address below for mailing address.

2. encouraging an eligible director to apply for the scholarship. 

     Deadline is March 1.  For more information about the Patty          Marquart scholarship, and about Patty herself, click here

Questions? Contact Michèle Sharik at pastchair.area12@handbellmusicians.org

Communiqué - Barbara Meinke, Communications Director

As I sit in Aunt Linda's kitchen in Oregon looking at the new snow outside, I am going to call vacation break and reprint an article from last year. So, for those who still need a New Year's resolution and those who need to try again, see below!

Top 10 New Year's Handbell Resolutions (2016)
(determined by number of "likes" on Facebook at time of writing)

10. Learn something about music theory. (Brian, CA)
  9. Spend less rehearsal time "running" things and more time 
      working on specific musical details. (Charlie, WI)
  8. Not to clink the bells! (Michelle, WI)
  7. Make music, not just ringing notes. (Jeanne, FL)
  6. No making a face when you hit the wrong note! (Renée, MD) 
  5. Stop being timid when I tell people I play handbells. (Derek, 
  4. Work with a small ensemble or learn bell trees. (Leslie, OH)
  3. Work harder at "playing" the music and not "counting" the 
      music. (Neesa, VA)
  2. At least pretend to look at the director. (Juliet, VA)


  1. Let my face know that I love what I'm doing! (Sarah, NC)

Let your resolve begin!

Happy New Year!

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

Hello, Southern Nevada!

I hope everyone had a great Christmas ringing season and a fabulous New Year! It's not too late to join us for the Las Vegas 12th Night Handbell Festival. We currently have 123 ringers registered to attend from Nevada and California for 1.5 days of ringing under the direction of Tim Waugh. Come as a ringer or join us in the audience for the closing concert on Saturday, January 7 at 5:30 pm. All events will be at the Boulder City Recreation Center (900 Arizona St, Boulder City, NV). Come close out the Christmas season with this wonderful annual event.

featuring Tim Waugh
Saturday, Jan. 7
For Festival Registration Forms, CLICK HERE
This event is endorsed by Handbell Musicians of America

Alison Pruett
Southern Nevada Regional Coordinator

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Central Calif - Christine Anderson, Regional Coordinator

Happy New Year! I hope everyone has recovered from all the activities of December, and can take a deep breath before plunging into the new year.

Here's an upcoming event for you:
Friday, January 6, 2017
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
2700 Eton Rd, Cambria
Evening handbell concert, refreshments; open to public with good will offering - call the church for time of the concert:  805-927-3239

If your bells are taking a short vacation, now would be an excellent time to check for any broken/cracked handles or handguards and examine the condition of restraining springs. If you haven't had your handbells refurbished for 10 or more years, you might want to start raising funds to have that job done. There are local people who are happy to do the work, saving the expense and time of sending bells to a factory far away.

Are you also saving up for National Seminar in Anaheim? Let's have a good representation from Central California at this great event!

With a joyful ring,

Christine Anderson
Central California Regional Coordinator

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San Francisco Bay - Kendra Scott, Regional Coordinator

Happy New Year!

The holidays are always a busy time for handbell musicians. I'm sure we are all enjoying a little bit of rest and relaxation before starting up our rehearsals again. I'm sure enjoying my sofa, a warm blanket, and lots of tea. I'm also looking forward to planning my spring season of music with my community and school music ensembles. 

Registration is open and online for three wonderful activities on April 2 8 , 29, and 30, 2017 . Click on the blue title for all the info!

  Bay Area Spring Ring, Intense Ring
and Director's Workshop
April 2 8 , 29, and 30, 2017
Valley Church, Cupertino CA

This event is endorsed by Handbell Musicians of America
Kendra Scott
Bay Area Regional Coordinator

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Southern California - Michèle Sharik, Regional Coordinator

Happy New Year, SoCal peeps! 

I hope all of you had a fa bulous holiday season full of love, laughter, and music! I just recently returned from my eighth concert tour of Japan with Sonos Handbell Ensemble and had a fabulous time eating Japanese food, seeing the sights, and making music for wonderful people. If you'd like to see pictures and read stories about the trip, head over to the Sonos Tours Japan 2016 blog .

Now that January is here, it's time to prepare for spring events, including the 2017 SoCal Spring Ring, held once again at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Oceanside. The dates are  Friday and  Saturday, April 28 & 29, and our clinician is the amazing Stevie Berryman. Please be sure to get your registration in soon to take advantage of the Early Bird discount and to ensure a good spot on the ringing floor. Encourage your advanced and advancing ringers to sign up for Bronze Vision where they'll work with Stevie in a smaller group on two pieces for the concert. It's sure to be fun, fun, FUN!

April 28-29, 2017
St. Thomas More Catholic Church
Oceanside, CA

This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America

And don't forget to list your bell choir's events on our calendar. You can either send them directly to me, or submit them yourself using this handy link. This is free advertising, so please take advantage of it!

Ok, I think that's it for this month. Best wishes as you prepare for your spring activities.

Michèle Sharik
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Los Angeles Metro - Scott Leggett, Regional Coordinator
Happy New Year!  First let me say how excited I am to be the new Area 12 Chair elect and to begin work with the board in my new role to better provide support and opportunities for our current and new members of Area 12. 
In the meantime, as we look for a coordinator for LA Metro, let's talk about the upcoming Spring Ring, Friday and Saturday March 31-April 1, in Pasadena. The artists of Timbré will be leading us in an exciting two-day event where you choose how you want to participate. The event is "cafeteria style" where you can participate on Friday evening and Saturday, or just on Saturday. You can choose to ring with an "advancing to bronze" group on Friday evening or take classes. Saturday, you may choose to take classes and be part of the massed ring or do just the massed ringing. The impressive list of clinicians and teachers involved in the event include Michèle, Sharik, KatRyn Howell, Marquise Usher, Alex Guebert, Elizabeth Mayes, Barbara Meinke, Linda Krantz, Brianne Pituley, Cyndi Tully, and Mary Liao. This event will explode with handbell talent, so please go to our website and register today!
Timbré Ensemble

March 31 and April 1
Pasadena, CA
featuring Timbré Ensemble

Get all the information and registration forms on our website...just go to the date on our calendar and click for more information!

This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America

Here's to a joy filled and happy 2017!
Scott Leggett
Los Angeles Metro Regional Coordinator
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Northern Nevada - Barb Walsh, Regional Coordinator

Mark your calendars!
15th Annual Sierra Spring Ring
May 20, 2017
Marvin Picollo School
Reno, NV
more info next month!!
Barbara Walsh
Northern Nevada Regional Coordinator

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Northern California - Nancy Schmitt, Regional Coordinator
Nancy Schmitt
Hello Northern California,

It is that time of year again in which most of us make New Year's resolutions. So how about making this one:  " Ringing the National Anthem at an Oakland A's game this summer." A date will soon be determined and we will need hundreds of ringers to line up on the baseball field and ring arranger John T. Bartsch, Jr's The Star Spangled Banner.  The song will need to be memorized so the earlier the better to start learning your two notes. This will be a wonderful way to spread the art of handbell ringing and enjoy a baseball game!

Please remember to send in your workshop, festival, or concert information for the calendar.


Nancy Schmitt
Northern California Regional Coordinator  

For information on Northern California's concerts, events,
and other opportunities,  click here!
Hawaii - Karen Carlisle, Regional Coordinator
Karen Carlisle
Aloha and  Hau'oli Makahiki Hou
After five worship services and nine concerts, and helping a local group win second place for participating in a parade using flash mob style music, this week is a welcome respite! I hope your holiday season sparkled with the sound of handbells!
I really want to know what YOU are doing in handbells on the islands. Won't you please take a minute to drop me a note? And tell me how I can help you get what you need to head into 2017, bells a-ringing!

Karen Carlisle
Hawaii Regional Coordinator

For information on Hawaii's concerts, events,
and other opportunities,  click here .
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