The Newsletter of Area 1 | Volume XXXIV No. 4 | August 2019
News for Handbell Musicians in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts,
New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont 
Notes from THE CHAIR
Greetings from St. Louis! 
I’m thrilled to start my journey as your new Chair, and to build on the excitement and energy we have after attending not one, but TWO great Handbell conferences in the last month. I’m on my way home after a wonderful week of handbell concerts, classes, and collaboration at the 2019 National Seminar in St. Louis, Missouri. Area 1 was well represented with 13 members, including two first-time attendees.   More
Help us put all handbell groups in Area 1 on the map!

Click here to see the interactive map that we've compiled so far, showing demographic information about all handbell groups in our region (all 6 New England States and the Canadian Maritimes). We are making excellent progress, and we want to be sure to include every group, no matter how small! I f you have not yet completed the survey, please click here to get your group added to the map. 
Also, if you know of other groups that are not accounted for, please share the links.
Thank you for your help!

will be held at
FRIDAY, JUNE 26 thru
SUNDAY, JUNE 28, 2020

Free Fall Skill Building Workshops

Area 1 is offering two different types of free skill building workshops this fall as a benefit to all full members of Handbell Musicians of America. The first will be “Handbell Boot Camp” which will cover ringing techniques, weaving, rhythms, counting, time signatures, and how to look good and sound better.  More
What did you learn at the University of Hartford?
Huh? Yes! What did the over 500 of you learn? The Area 1 Festival Conference which so many of you attended was designed to be an educational experience - a convenient and enjoyable way to boost your handbell skills no matter at what level you ring. More
Notes from MAINE
It was a wonderful 4 days at the University of Hartford where the Festival Conference was held late this June. Kevin McChesney and Cathy Moklebust were the guest conductors and there were over 500 ringers on the ringing floor for the Sunday afternoon concert. Add to that the two nights, Friday and Saturday, of mini concerts performed by many of the visiting handbell choirs from as far away as Virginia and Iceland. One can imagine what an exciting conference it was. More
August - the time to finalize our plans for the new ringing season. For me, that means planning for a five octave ensemble, a small ensemble of four to six ringers, and a beginning chime choir for six and seven year olds. I found some great resources for these groups at the Area 1 Festival/Conference in Hartford CT in June, and exciting ideas to try that I picked up in classes. I feel recharged and eager to work with all my great ringers again.  More
Greetings from your new New Hampshire state co-chairs:
Heidi Prior and Hilary Justice. 
First and foremost, we would like to invite everyone in Area 1 to join us in thanking outgoing NH state chair Joan Fossum for her uncountable contributions to promoting the art of handbell ringing in our state and area wide. Joan will be assisting us this coming year to make a successful transition for New Hampshire. More
Granite State Ringers are pleased to announce the GSR Vibrations Program. More
FC 19 is over and it was GREAT!
Among the feedback I received were the following:
“The big takeaway for me from festival this year was such a positive opportunity for fellowship among our choir. And many of us felt Kevin was an incredible director and he brought out the best in all of us with his directing.” – A RI Handbell Musician More
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As of this issue, I have received one application for the 2019/20 school year. There are 4 sets of chimes and books still available for 2019/20. 
In the 9 years that I have been chairing this program, the chimes have been loaned to: More...
Or go directly to Chime Loaner Application
Directors and Ringers
We need you! At this time the pool of potential subs has grown to 100 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 .

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