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Why Does Music Do What It Does To Us?
I apologize for the tardiness of this newsletter. I lost my father last week. It has been a whirlwind of flying out to Virginia, arranging services, dealing with the court, banks, insurance companies... I was sure I could carve out time last weekend to put this newsletter together. I was wrong!
Dad was 93. He lived a long, full life. Until COVID, he went to church every week, helped with the local charity BINGO every Tuesday, and went dancing with his lady friend every Friday and Saturday night. He had just renewed his drivers license. My sister fixed him one of his favorite dinners. He went to bed, and never woke up. I can truly celebrate his life, yet the underlying sadness is there. When I am quiet I hear the song "Because He Lives" in my head. It is my constant companion. And I smile.
My sister's son-in-law served as pastor for both the funeral and the graveside services. Troy did a fine job and his words were comforting and soothing, BUT, the music... The music filled me and immersed me at the same time. I closed my eyes and just listened. The tears flowed, but there was no inconsolable sobbing or wailing. The music brought calm, quiet comfort throughout my entire being.
Why does music do what it does to us? We need to keep making music!
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|Notes from the Chair
Greetings Area 10 Ringers (and others)
Another month has gone by so fast and it's time to write another column. Many things keeping me awake in the wee hours of the morning, Area Election, By-laws rewrite, non-profit status, etc. but a real bright spot was the recent Handbell Musicians of America National Conference. Like many of you who have attended the conference before, I missed the ringing tracks, seeing in the hotel hallways old friends and new, browsing through the music bins in the HIC exhibits, rubbing elbows with nationally known composers and directors and all the other things a face-to-face convention provides.
However, I did get access to some amazing classes and wonderful evening concerts. The HMA support staff did a fantastic job of converting a live conference to a virtual one. Classes were of two types: hands on classes and roundtable discussions looked like a Zoom meeting with a limited number of participants all being able to participate in the class; lecture classes used the Zoom Webinar format and were essentially unlimited in participants. In both cases the class lecturer could share their screen for examples and teaching and could answer questions from a live "chat" monitored by a host. Of course, all were talking and teaching from their own living rooms or offices. A big benefit was that each class was recorded along with the "chat" that went with it. Conference delegates are able to go back and take classes they missed during the week or review classes they attended. (Available for a week after the closing.)
Evening concerts were also a bit different but equally entertaining. Since no one was allowed to bring their choirs together for a live concert, these became a combination of pre-recorded pieces from recent concerts and interviews with directors and ringers. Hats off to Areas 10's Matthew Compton and Bells of the Cascades for their opening night concert which featured cuts from their concert with the Melodica Men and interviews with two of the ringers talking about their ringing experiences and the influence of ringing on their lives. Another fun experience was Danny Lyon's solo concert from his living room with his two dogs lying on the couch watching him perform. The concerts were presented on YouTube and free for all to watch but were taken down after 24 hours.
One minor (and rather humorous) consequence of the virtual format was that since the conference was to be held in Orlando on the east coast all classes were taught at Eastern Daylight times. So the second morning a number of west coast folks were in front of their computers in pajamas at 6AM PDT to catch Stevie Berryman's 9AM EDT class on Introducing New Music. Lots of interaction in the "chat" about that.
Overall the conference was well worth the reduced price that registrants were charged. My wife and I attended a number of educational classes and I hope before Sunday to catch a couple I missed. It is our hope that the National Support committee is looking at ways to build a hybrid of the face-to-face conference and the virtual one so that next year we will have the choice of traveling to Phoenix (if we can travel) or taking classes in the comfort of our homes for a reduced price. Hope you're considering attending next year.
So until next month, please stay safe and healthy,
Malmark Bells for Sale
Peace Portal Alliance Church in Surrey British Columbia, has a three octave set of Mallmark Handbells they would like to sell to a group or individual who would use them. The three octave set are C4 to C7 Handbells, and come with the proper cases. The bells need a light polishing and some springs replaced, but are in good shape. There is music available to the group which purchases these Handbells. Peace Portal Alliance church would like to sell these Handbells for 9,000 but is open to offers, so please make one. Contact Ryan McCurdy or the church office for details. Email: RyanM@peaceportalalliance.com Phone: 604-531-4733. The church is located at: 15128 27b Avenue, Surrey BC.
Ryan McCurdy | Pastor of Young Adults + Interim Worship
15128 27b Avenue | Surrey, BC | V4P 1P2
TEL 604.531.4733 X 340
|Bell Tree with Handbell Choir Composition Contest
Submission Deadline is August 15th!
The bell tree ringers from Into the Forest are sponsoring a composition contest for bell tree with handbell choir music. Deadline is August 15. Prize is $2000. The bell tree community is seeking music to help move bell trees from the periphery into the mainstream by seeing more bell trees playing with handbell choirs in concerts, church services, and other venues. We are defining the mainstream as handbell choirs who play level 2+ to 3 music and have 3 to 5 octaves of bells and probably chimes. We are seeking more music for this range. See attachments for more information.
Inland Northwest 2021
March 19 and 20, 2021
Clinicians: Shirley Lindberg and Bryant Wilkie
This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Coppers Classic 2021
Coppers Classic 2021
March 19-21, 2021
March 18 (mini-workshop)
Monarch Hotel & Conference Center
12566 SE 93rd Avenue
Stay tuned for registration information.
Check out the repertoire and consider joining us for next year's concert and ringing with us next year.
This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Siskiyou Summit RESCHEDULED!
April 30-May 1, 2021
Guest Conductor: Tim Waugh
The 2020 Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference has been rescheduled for 2021. Tim Waugh will be the conductor and we will be using all the same repertoire from 2020 and offering the same classes plus a couple of others. Watch this space for details later this year. Contact Diane Barnes if you have any questions.
Friday & Saturday, March 19 & 20, 2021 - Inland NW Handbell Conference, Central Church, Richland, WA
Area 10 Facebook Page
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National Office contact information
The national office is a virtual operation!
To contact by phone: 937-438-0085. Please note the 1-800 number is no longer in service.
All check payments for membership renewal and other services should be sent to:
HANDBELL MUSICIANS OF AMERICA
PO BOX 221047
LOUISVILLE, KY 40252
All other correspondence should be sent to:
Handbell Musicians of America
201 E. 5th Street, Suite 1900-1025,
Cincinnati, OH 45202
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Happy Ringing - soon, we hope,