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Message from the Chair - Tessique Houston
Hello Area 12!
Are you all ready for the New Year? Yeah, I know, it's September. But so many of us are still tied to that school/church year calendar. So....here's our 'New Year'.
I know I have been busy getting my Sunday schedule set up for the two churches I serve, picking music for Sundays and concerts, planning rehearsals to make sure we are getting the most out of our time together, and just mentally 'gearing up' for the days to come. I'm sure so many of you are right there in that boat with me - directors and ringers alike! (Whew)
We have our upcoming Fall Board Meeting on Saturday and Sunday, September 16 & 17. Our meeting will be in the South San Francisco Bay Area. As always, any member of the Handbell Musicians of America in Area 12 is welcome. If you would like to come, please contact me and let me know. Or, if you have anything you think the board should consider, please contact your regional coordinator or let me know.
One item we have coming up is a by-laws vote. As I mentioned in the May newsletter, we have been working to bring them up-to-date. We are still in the process they need to go through to be ready to send to you for your vote. You should expect to see more information on that by the end of the year.
I wish you all the very best as you 'polish off the tarnish' and 'tune up your skills'. I hope this coming year will see us all making joyous music and enjoying the fellowships we have built as handbell musicians.
Until next time,
Communiqué - Barbara Meinke, Communications
Northern CA - Nancy Schmitt, Regional Coordinator
Hello Northern California,
Save the dates for these two upcoming events.
Celebrating the upcoming
500th Anniversary of
Saturday, September 23, 2017
St. James Lutheran Church
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2017
Finale concert at 4:30 p.m. open to the public
Full choirs and individuals are encouraged to attend.
Massed ringing and classes.
$35.00 per ringer
Mary Balkow, Massed Ringing Conductor
Red Zone Bronze Conductor
Registration: ONLY $35.00!
Click the blue title above for more info and registration.
This event is endorsed by Handbell Musicians of America
Northern California Regional Coordinator
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Hawaii - Karen Carlisle, Regional Coordinator
LA Metro - F. Thomas Simpson, Regional Coordinator
Welcome Back! I hope your summer was a good one. This summer was a big one for Los Angeles and Area 12. We hosted the National Seminar in Anaheim. You can read all about it in the upcoming Overtones in a few weeks.
Now, everyone should be gearing up for their fall kick offs. Have you planned all your music yet? I've decided this year to plan every piece my choirs will play - PLUS the dates we're playing them - before our first rehearsal. So every piece for my choir will be in the books on day one!! This is a departure from what I usually do, planning by concert season for my community choir and month to month for my church. How do you plan for your upcoming year?
Saturday, October 28
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Ojai United Methodist Church
120 Church Rd
Ojai, CA 93023
LA Metro Spring Ring
in late March/early April
Summer Ring in ???????
F. Thomas Simpson
LA Metro Regional Coordinator
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Southern NV - Alison Pruett, Regional Coordinator
January 12-13, 2018 with guest clinician Christine Anderson. Registration package, including music list, is available
. Reminder early registration ends on
. Hope to see everyone there!
Most of us are well aware of the resources available to us through Handbell Musicians of America, but are you making use of the wealth of knowledge on the various social media platforms? One of the oldest networking methods has been the Handbell-L email listserve. This system is still going through Google Groups. Just do a Google search for "handbell-l" and it will pop up. It's a place you can ask any question you may have and someone will likely have the answer. On the Google Groups page, you can also search through past conversations which may have an answer you're looking for. But this group has evolved to be more than just an email group through Facebook.
There are many handbell networking groups on Facebook. Just a few are Handbell-L, Handbell People, Team Handbell, and Handbell Conductors. There are even specialized groups like Handbell Soloist, Catholic Handbell Directors, and Southern Nevada Handbells. Just doing a search on Facebook for "handbells" will likely bring up a group for the niche you're looking for that will provide you with a wealth of knowledge for all those questions that never seem to have an answer.
There are other platforms that folks are using to communicate such as Twitter or numerous handbell blogs. I focused on the resources I primarily use, but go online and search. There's so many other folks out there trying to do the same thing as you. It's always nice to know you're not alone.
S Nevada Regional Coordinator
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Central CA - Christine Anderson, Regional Coordinator
National Seminar is now a memory - and I hope it was a good one for everyone! Who was there from CenCal? This is what I would like to know ~ if you attended classes at Seminar, which ones were your favorites, and why? What classes would you like to see
offered that weren't? What would entice you to attend ANY handbell event? We really do want your feedback so we can plan outstanding events in the future. Please send me an email ~ I'm collecting ideas to present to the Board at our fall meeting this month! Let me hear from YOU so I can be an effective voice!
I hope everyone had a great summer and you're looking forward to a new ringing year. Need help, need advice, want to host a workshop? Your Board is ready to assist!
Central California Regional Coordinator
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Southern CA - Michèle Sharik, Regional Coordinator
Hi there, SoCal --
I hope you had a great summer and are all ready to restart (or continue) your upcoming program year, whether for school, church, or community!
As I write this, I just completed conducting a "
Back to Bells
" workshop in Escondido. "B2B" workshops are free events put on across the country to help you get your handbells out of the closet and restart your handbell program - or start a brand new program. These workshops will continue through September and October -- and it's not too late to attend or host one at your venue! Contact me at
for more information.
Please remember to let me know about upcoming concerts, workshops, or really any musical presentations you may have scheduled for this fall. You can either email me directly or submit your event to the Area 12 calendar yourself by going to our web page and filling out a simple form
Finally, please reserve
Saturday, May 19 for our 2018 SoCal Spring Ring with Area 12's own KatRyn Howell directing. It'll once again be at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Oceanside. I am hoping to have the repertoire selections to you ASAP and the registration forms available by the end of October. Please watch this space in the newsletter and SoCal's Facebook page for that information.
Until next month, have a great handbell time! :-)
All my best!
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Northern NV - Barb Walsh, Regional Coordinator
It's that time to dust off your bells and get ringing again! As you begin scheduling your holiday concerts, don't forget to let us know when and where so we can get the word out and support each other! Email me or list them yourself
Northern Nevada Regional Coordinator
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SF Bay Area - Kendra Scott, Regional Coordinator
There's no substitute for building community in your bell choir. Everyone feels more involved and they just might ring better, too!
Here are some ideas I've used in my choir and with my middle school students. Works for every age!
- Ask them how they got into ringing!
- Ask them to share two truths and a lie about themselves. The group has to guess which is the lie.
- Share a strength and an area the ringer would like to improve on.
- Have everyone tell a joke!
- Group stretches and backrubs!
- Continuation story: One person starts telling a story for 2-3 sentences. Then each person in turn continues the story, only for 2-3 sentences, until everyone has contributed. You can go around the circle more than once.
- Tennis ball bouncing: It builds a communal sense of pulse and is sure to result in laughter and tennis balls everywhere!
- On a four count, everyone has to bounce their ball on "1".
- Then 1 and 3.
- One person bounce-passes the ball on 1 to a partner. They bounce back on the next 1.
- One person bounces on 1, their partner bounces it back on 3.
- Both partners pass simultaneously.
- Bounce on 1 and 3, but in a 3 count!
- Get everyone in a circle. Bounce-pass around the circle!
- The options are endless.
Until next month!
Bay Area Regional Coordinator
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Bay Area's concerts, events,
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