The Newsletter of Area 1 | Volume XXXIV No. 2 | April 2019
News for Handbell Musicians in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts,
New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont 
Happy spring, everyone! 
I’m sure you’re all ready to put this year’s winter snow behind you, and are looking forward to sunnier and warmer days ahead! I know I am! Spring can only mean Spring Rings , and there are still a couple happening in Area 1! Show your support for your fellow handbell ringers by coming to the Massachusetts Spring Ring in Tewksbury, MA on April 6... More
June 27-30, 2019
There is still plenty of time to register for our 2019 Festival Conference, which will be held at the University of Hartford, June 27-30. Nowhere else will you find yourself among 400+ handbell musicians, directors and educators from all over New England - and beyond!  More or Register Here

Please contact immediately for information about the Area 1 Scholarship or go directly to the application

Consider supporting Area 1 by advertising in the FC'19 Program Book. For further information contact:

Deadline for ad submission and ad copy is April 30.
2019 Election - Meet the Candidates

Every two years, elections are held in Area 1 to elect people to the following positions: Chairperson, Treasurer, and Secretary.

Chair-elect serves for 2 years and then moves to Chair for 2 years and ends as Past-Chair for another 2 years. This is a 6-year commitment.

Treasurer of Area 1 handles all financial transactions and reports to the board regularly.

The Secretary takes notes at board meetings and keeps all information filed and stored electronically.

Please read all biographies and mission statements here .

is too excited about attending the Area 1 Festival Conference (in June at the University of Hartford) to even begin More to think about responding to your recent comments and concerns about serious handbell matters. So the question of the moment is: “What to do with my family and loved ones while I’m having fun attending the Festival?" More    
We are in that second busy season of handbell ringing - the holy days of Lent, culminating in the glory of Easter. I wish you the blessings of the season.
The excitement of Connecticut Spring Ring continues.  More
Notes from MAINE
Plans for the Festival Conference have been finalized and registration opened on Saturday, March 16 th . This year, the location is University of Hartford, June 27 – 30. The guest conductors are Kevin McChesney and Cathy Moklebust and the incredible Forte Handbell Quartet will be performing at the opening concert. More
April has arrived, and as you read this latest issue of Fundamental Tone, your Area 1 board continue to plan and work for you. We have had and will have some exciting events for handbell ringers and directors.  The Area 1 Winter Workshop in February at UMass/Amherst was wonderful. More
SAVE THE DATE - MASTER CLASSES and more - David Harris, Guest Clinician - All ringing levels encouraged to register - OCTOBER 5, 2019 More
Directors and Ringers
We need you! At this time the pool of potential subs has grown to 50 ringers and directors, but in order to serve it's purpose, (since it covers a five-state area), it needs to be bigger! Once a ringer is in, it works exactly like an email: , then "battery ringer needed for (date, place, time, etc.)", and anyone in the group has the option to reply or ignore/delete. Please spread the word.

Please contact: Cindy, at  or
                          Gail, at,

Want more info about Snag a Sub? Click here
There are 5 sets of chimes and books available for the 2019/20 school year.  More
or go directly to Chime Loaner Application

Call for articles
Directors and Handbell Musicians are invited to submit articles for future publications.

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Thank you!
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Fundamental Tone is a publication of the Handbell Musicians of America Area 1.
It is published six times a year: Feb. 1, Apr. 1, Jun. 1, Aug. 1, Oct. 1, Dec. 1.
Editorial copy and advertisements are due by the 18th of the month preceding publication.
Questions? Contact Donna M. Horan, Editor