Fundamental Tone
The Newsletter of Area 1 | Volume XXXIII No. 6 | December 2018

News for and about Handbell Musicians
in Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine,
Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Vermont 
News from our Area 1 Chair

Hello, fellow ringers! With the pre-Thanksgiving snow (at least in northern New England where I am) my thoughts are definitely on Christmas, either preparing for our Advent and Christmas Eve services, or the many Christmas-themed concerts to play in or attend, or just preparing for family gatherings. Your Area 1 Board has also been busy getting ready for the events for you in the coming year. Here are some highlights:

Carlene Ruesenberg
Area 1 Chair    
Meet Your Board Members and State Chairs - click here
2019 Festival Conference Notes
Obtain your Group Registration Number to share with your ensemble members enabling them to register as Attendees after March 15.... More
Bronze Ensembles: It’s Time to Submit Your Audition Videos!
Instructions for submitting your video audition for acceptance as a Bronze Division choir at the upcoming Area 1 Festival Conference can be found here . Videos can be submitted between December 1, 2018 and January 15, 2019. More...
Winter Workshop 2019
Campus Center, UMass, Amherst, MA
February 1 st and 2 nd , 2019

The format for this year’s Winter Weekend has changed. We will offer two tracks for the event. The first track will be called “Distinctly New England” and will be a total ringing track with clinician Karen James teaching and directing 3 level 4 pieces over the 2 day event with a performance at the end.... More
Ringers' Responsibilities
My sort-of-average church handbell choir is very dedicated, showing up faithfully for rehearsals, services, taking care of their music and our three octaves of handbells. They never complain about my repertoire selections, or anything else for that matter. When I tell people what a great group of ringers I have, someone invariably asks, “I’ve never heard them ring; does your group play outside engagements?” ………. More...
We are entering that busy season of handbell ringing—preparing for Advent and Christmas—when the beauty and the joy of handbells shine in our worship and throughout all our holidays! I’m sure you have been rehearsing diligently all fall!
Hello Maine Ringers,
I first want to tell you about the two wonderful workshops held here in Maine on Oct. 27 th and Nov. 3 rd . At the Augusta event, we had 24 ringers in attendance; and at the Falmouth gathering, 12 ringers attended. More...
Greetings from your MA State Chair.
I hope you have had a great start with your fall rehearsals and musical offerings, whether church based or community related. Now we are in the midst of, and gearing up for, the winter holiday season, which for many will be Advent and Christmas music, and for me an Epiphany concert on January 6... More...
The fall has flown by and holidays are upon us. If your group has a Holiday Concert planned please let me know so that I can share it with all of Area 1. We like to support the choirs that we have. 
Have you made plans to attend the Winter Workshop? More...
Happy Holidays! The Third Annual Holiday Handbell Spectacular was a huge success - even now we are making plans for the Fourth Annual HHS to be held Saturday, November 23, 2019 More...
Fire Destroys Church,Warwick, RI
On Wednesday evening, November 21, Woodbury Union Presbyterian Church in Warwick, RI suffered a devastating fire. The church is probably a total loss, both from fire damage and water damage. The good news is that no one was hurt, and that the handbells were rescued! The bells and chimes all seem to be in good shape, but the cases are soggy and smell like smoke. Malmark cases did a great job of protecting the bells!... More


Is there someone special you know who tirelessly promotes handbells and The Guild for Area1? Is there a teacher or director who had the patience and took the extra time to get you and your handbell group up to speed? Just how much do they love and promote handbells? Area 1 wants to know about them and reward them. More...
Directors and ringers , maybe missed this SnagASub notice! There's always a first time for seeing something, and we feel so strongly that this on-line "bulletin board" system-for-finding-a-sub will help to make the handbell community an even more friendly and helpful entity, that we may just keep posting this until you come on board.

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.

This is not just for directors and ringers who sometimes have a need for a sub, but is also for interested/brave persons who might love an opportunity to ring more and to get to know other ringers.

Please contact: Cindy, at   or
                          Gail, at,

Want more info about Snag a Sub? Click here
There are still sets of chimes and materials available for loan during the 2017/18 school year. 
This is the first time in 5 years that all 5 sets of chimes have not been loaned out by this time. Please help to     More...
To learn more about the scholarship(s) available for individual(s) attending an Area 1 sponsored event ... Click here...
I am looking to assemble an exploratory committee of volunteers who wish to speak/discuss/brainstorm about how to include more young adults in handbell ringing.  More...

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