The Newsletter of Area 1 | Volume XXXIV No. 3 | June 2019
News for Handbell Musicians in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts,
New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont 
 As I write this, I realize that this is my last column in the Fundamental Tone as Chair of Area 1. Whenever a “last” thing comes up, it seems to be a cause for reflection and looking back. I suppose this will be no different. I’m proud of the two years that I have served as Chair, mostly spending time getting to know you, as handbell ringers and directors, all over New England.   More
June 27-30, 2019
Can't Attend FC 19? Want to attend the Opening Concert? Closing Concert?
On Thursday, June 27, at 8:15 pm , the nationally-touring handbell quartet , Forté , will present the Opening Concert of the 4-day Festival Conference, at the Lincoln Theater , located at 200 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford, CT. General admission tickets are $10 each and available now for purchase online here , or stop by or call the Lincoln Theater Box Office at 860-768-4228. Any remaining tickets will also be available for sale at the door on Thursday night.
On Sunday, June 30, at 3:00 pm, a Closing Concert will be held in the Chase Family Arena , located at 80 Sunny Reach Drive, West Hartford. This concert is free and open to the public and will feature music rung by 500+ handbell musicians! For more information, click here

Elections Results -

Meet Your New Executive Board Members
K. Joy Toll-Chandler
Diane Burke
Matt Sczurek
Help us put all handbell groups in Area 1 on the map!

Area 1 leadership is conducting a brief survey to gather 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!
Click here to see the interactive map that we've compiled so far, and if 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!
Greetings Ringers!
 As of May 1 st , 2019, I am the new Connecticut State Chair for Area 1. My sincere thanks go to Mobby Larson for her many years of serving Area 1 in this position, and also for her help as she works with me to make this transition go as smoothly as possible.  More
Notes from MAINE
Thanks to all the folks who completed the demographic survey last month. If you did not receive the survey, please let me know.
We actually heard from 22 Maine bell choirs of which 4 were youth choirs. 
It was decided at the last Area 1 Board of Directors meeting that each state should focus on support for youth bell choirs who will be the future of bell ringing in Maine.  More
Greeting from your MA state chair.
For many of us, this is a busy time for end-of-the-year activities and concerts before we plan for another new season of ringing. Our work is never ending!
But let’s take a look a look at an event that took place since the last Fundamental Tone issue. More
It was a very sad day when we had to cancel the NH Spring Ring in March. We have begun planning for Spring Ring 2020 so mark your calendars for April 4, 2020
Thank you to everyone that answered the survey. For those of you that have not yet a chance to share their information   More
SAVE THE DATE - REGISTRATION TO OPEN SOON MASTER CLASSES with DAVID HARRIS - All ringing levels encouraged to register - SATURDAY OCTOBER 5, 2019 More
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 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 SnagASub? Click here

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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.
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Questions? Contact Donna M. Horan, Editor