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Raleigh, NC 27613
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It's hard to believe we're starting the 3rd decade of the century. Wasn't Y2K just yesterday?
Out with the old (Christmas concerts) and in with the new (Spring events). There is quite a line-up of events throughout Area 10. I love going to conferences and festivals to meet other ringing enthusiasts, to learn new tricks, and take on new challenges. I'm attending Snake River, Coppers Classic, and Big Sky this year. Hope to see you there.
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Notes from the Chair
Hello from wet and soggy NW Oregon -
We have just returned from our 5th Christmas celebration with family and grandkids, this time in the Seattle area. What a joy to have a large family to visit with!
And speaking of family, I am so pleased to welcome to our Area 10 leadership family, David Ramsey-Warner as our new Washington State Chair. David was born into a musical family, both of his parents being active in the Los Angeles opera scene. He has been ringing on-and-off for 25 years starting in 1987 at Cal State-Stanislaus. Currently he is the director of the Carillon Ringers at Yakima Covenant Church. He is also an avid barbershop singer and is the director of the Barbershop Harmony Yakima chorus. Please join me in welcoming David to our leadership team. His email address as specified below should be active soon.
As we have mentioned before there a plethora of handbell events occurring in our Area in the coming months. I hope to attend as many as I can and I hope to see you there.
For now, wishing you all a Happy and Prosperous New Year,
2019 Coppers Classic Scholarship Recipient
I participated in my first Coppers Classic in October. And it was the most rewarding - and terrifying - experience of my handbell playing career.
I began playing the piano at age six, inspired by my mother. I went on to get my undergraduate degree in piano performance and my graduate degree in instrumental music education. While working on my Masters degree, I joined the university handbell choir to complete my ensemble credits. It was so much fun that I vowed to one day join a handbell choir.
That opportunity came in 2018. Kim Bible, my coworker and Coppers event coordinator, can often be seen in the lunchroom practicing her handbell choir music. When I expressed my interest, she invited me to the Coppers Classic concert a couple of years ago. Handbells have changed a lot in the years since I took that class. The repertoire spanned a wide variety of genres, and when Ellie picked up the bass guitar to play along on one of the songs ... mind, blown! It seemed like so much fun! I went to a couple of Pacific Ringers' rehearsals in December of 2018, and joined them just before their holiday concerts.
Determined to get up to speed quickly, I attended three 2019 conferences - Siskiyou Summit, the Area 10 Conference and Coppers Classic. I signed up to play in the low 5s, a level I was comfortable with for conference play, and where I was assigned for Coppers. Learning the music was doable.
A few weeks before Coppers, Ellie asked me if I minded switching to the higher bells, as a late registrant was more comfortable with the lower ones. Sure, I told her blithely, that would be fine. When I first sat down and looked at my new assignment - E/F 6/7 - I panicked a little. Okay, a lot! My brain froze. I literally couldn't figure out what to do. I tried to practice, but I just couldn't get my mind around all those notes and bells and four-in-hand.
I seriously considered quitting. But several things stopped me. One, I was one of the recipients of the scholarships so generously provided by Coppers attendees. Two, Ellie wouldn't have assigned me to that position if she didn't think I could play it (that became my mantra). Three, Kim told me that I would be able to learn the songs over the course of the three days of rehearsals. So I struggled on.
The Friday morning of Coppers was a nightmare. When practicing on my own - with plastic serving utensils - I played along with the music at 75% speed and I didn't have to worry about watching the director. In my head, I was doing okay. Reality, however, was another matter. I struggled to follow the music and play a note or two. My area was unorganized and my bells were a mess. I flipped pages madly as the music flew by. I was embarrassed at how ill prepared I was.
By the end of Friday, however, I wasn't quite so scattered and the music was beginning to make more sense. I came in on Saturday morning with the mindset to simplify my music by not trying to play the 7s. There were three choirs, so two other people were also playing my part. That helped tremendously. Tips from my conference mates, Candy Schade and Shelly Siemer, were very helpful. By the end of Saturday, I was feeling pretty good. I went home that evening and marked up my music in a meaningful way that I hadn't been able to do before.
Sunday was even better. I was able to keep up and even added some of the 7s. By concert time, I was holding my own. I was even able to relax, enjoy the experience ... and have fun!
And don't tell Ellie this, but when I went back to practicing my Pacific Ringers music, it was not nearly as daunting after playing the Coppers music.
So here are my take aways from that weekend:
- Don't sweat the small stuff took on a new meaning here. My success began when I simplified what I was doing.
- Kim was right - the hours of playing the music in that short time period really helped.
- Candy not only lists her bells/chimes/mallets at the beginning of each piece, she also charts their layout.
- I asked Shelly, who was playing the same position I was, how she executed a particularly challenging passage. She puts her bells in the same place to encourage muscle memory. In hindsight, this seems like a no-brainer.
- And the best part of all? Everyone was so supportive. I could ask anyone anything, and they were most helpful and encouraging.
So will I attend Coppers again? You bet I will. Just sign me up!
6th Annual Snake River Handbell Conference
Snake River Handbell Conference
Friday & Saturday, February 7 & 8, 2020
1415 6th Street South
Clinician: David Harris
David M. Harris has been the director of The Raleigh Ringers since January 1990, when he was instrumental in the formation of the group. David is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University and has studied conducting privately with Dr. William A. Payn at Bucknell University. David was the director of the handbell program at Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church, and has served Handbell Musicians of America as North Carolina State Chairman and as Area III Treasurer. He chaired the national committee that planned the very first Community/Professional Handbell Choir event, Pinnacle 2000, which was held in Las Vegas, Nevada. David is in increasing demand as a clinician and guest conductor, and has led several national Handbell Musicians of America events as well as serving as the primary handbell clinician for denominational music events, such as those held at Montreat, Lake Junaluska and Lutheridge. After growing up in the Northeast, David moved to Raleigh with his wife, Kristina. Dave and Kris have three grown children and one granddaughter.
This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America, dedicated to uniting people through the musical art of handbell and handchime ringing.
Inland NW Handbell Workshop
Inland Northwest Handbell Workshop
March 27 & 28, 2020
Clinician: Shirley Lindberg
1124 Stevens Drive
Richland, WA 99354
Come join ringers from around the Inland Northwest ringing for a weekend of fun, learning, and beautiful music under the direction of Shirley Lindberg. Ringers of all levels are welcome to this event: there is a Tins track for beginning and less experienced choirs/ringers and a Coppers track for those who are more advanced. The weekend begins with late afternoon set-up Friday, March 27th. The workshop will start at 6pm with classes, followed by a massed ringing rehearsal. The Saturday program will include separate morning and afternoon rehearsals for Tins and Coppers choirs as well as an additional rehearsal for the combined massed choirs, all with Shirley Lindberg. While each track is rehearsing, the other will be able to take classes, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The workshop will conclude on Saturday night with a concert for the community that begins at 7pm.
Registration is $50.00 per person before January 31, 2020 and $60.00 after that. Registration includes all workshop activities plus morning and afternoon coffee, tea and snacks, and lunch on Saturday.
This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Coppers Classic 2020
Coppers Classic 2020
March 27-29, 2020
COPPERS CLASSIC HAS SCHOLARSHIPS!
We boast one of healthiest scholarship funds in the area because participants have chosen to dig deep and keep it healthy and well funded!
Your turn . . . . please use it!
Any Area 10 handbell musician may apply for a scholarship to Coppers Classic. There are full and partial scholarships available to adults and full time students.
Deadline February 15, 2020
This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
2020 Big Sky Handbell Festival
The 2020 Big Sky Handbell Festival will be held in Missoula, MT on April 24th and 25th at Sentinel High School. The clinician is Michael J. Glasgow. Stay tuned for registration information and more details.
On Friday, April 24 at 1:30 pm, Michael Glasgow will present a seminar
"How Am I Supposed to Ring THAT?" for directors and others.
This class will address creative "outside the box" solutions to common ringing challenges in beginning-level to mid-level choirs.
This event is endorsed by Handbell Musicians of America.
Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference
May 1-2, 2020
Ashland Middle School
100 Walker St, Ashland OR
Guest Conductor: Tim Waugh
Join us in Ashland, OR for a weekend of ringing and workshops focusing in on rhythms. Ring arrangements and original compositions with fascinatin' and fun rhythms and participate in workshops that help you master the secrets to learning rhythms beyond a straight 4. Ellie Hodder will be conducting the Bronze Conference Choir offering ringing opportunities to those who can never get enough ringing. Participating in BCC is by application.
Our guest conductor for this year is Tim Waugh, an internationally acclaimed conductor, composer, and performance arts educator. He is well known in many performance mediums, including handbell, choral, church music and musical theatre. Early in his career he became noted for his work in conducting and teaching children and youth, and he is excited to continue those pursuits while working with children of all ages! He is a tireless champion for performance arts in the church, classroom and community. Now retired from the classroom, Tim currently is the Artistic Director and Founding Conductor of Charlotte Bronze Handbell Ensemble, a professional community choir, based in uptown Charlotte, NC.
Event Registration is $70/person by March 1
, after March 1
$80/person. Registration materials coming soon. If you would like me to send registration materials to you electronically let me know;
OREGON WELCOME CHOIR for Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference
If you love to ring, if you are hoping to find a handbell home so you can attend a festival, you are welcome here! All musicians welcome (from any state or nation). We will ring the Siskiyou's music (coppers level).
- Contact: Ellie Hodder
- Provide: Your contact info for me and let me know any bell positions you are unable to ring. Assignments will come to you in March.
- You must: Register with SSHC and pay your own registration fee (see website)
- Most likely: We will have bells C3-C8 and G3-C8. If we have more interested musicians, we may ask you to bring bells.
- Other costs: We will rent tables and foam @ $10/table to avoid schlepping the length of the state. We will pass the hat for that. You are responsible for your own music (no copies; originals required), housing and meals in addition to your registration.
We have fun and we love to meet new handbell musicians. Join us now!
19th International Handbell Symposium
19th International Handbell Symposium-Cancelled
Because of ongoing and escalating demonstrations in Hong Kong the Symposium Organizing Committee has made the tough decision to cancel the 19th International Handbell Symposium in Hong Kong this coming August 2020.
Greater Puget Sound Handbell Festival
May 16, 2020
Save the date for the 2020 Greater Puget Sound Handbell Festival! Details are being finalized, but the event will be held Saturday, May 16, 2020 at a venue in the north end of the Puget Sound region. Your clinicians, Emerald City Ringers Music Director Brian Tervo and Managing Director Colin Walker will lead ensembles in the following repertoire:
Maestoso Fanfare - Mazzatenta
(AGEHR Publishing - AG35383)
Carol of the Bells - Sherman
(AGAPE/Hope - HP2375)
Breath of Heaven - Eithun
(AGAPE/Hope - HP2764)
Joyance - Mallory
(AGEHR Publishing - AG35361)
Rainbow Connection - Tervo
(Red River - RRBL5089)
Milele - Krug
(Red River - RRBL5087)
Registration materials will be available soon!
Friday & Saturday, February 7 & 8
6th Annual Snake River Handbell Conference.
1415 6th Street South,
Nampa, ID Clinician: David Harris.
Friday & Saturday, April 24 & 25 -
Big Sky Handbell Festival, Sentinel High School Gym, Missoula, MT Clinician: Michael J. Glasgow Repertoire
Friday-Saturday, May 1-2,
Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference, Ashland, OR
Saturday, January 4, 2:00 pm
Bells of the Desert
hope you can join us for "Oh What Fun!" featuring music by Jason Krug and Joel Raney.
Kennewick First United Methodist Church 2 S. Dayton St. Kennewick, WA.
Friday-Saturday, March 27 & 28, Inland NorthWest Handbell Conference,
Central Church, 1124 Stevens Drive, Richland, WA
Saturday, May 16, Greater Puget Sound Handbell Festival. Details coming soon.
Area 10 Facebook Page
Did you know Area 10 has a Facebook page? Please search for "Handbell Musicians of America - Area 10" and like the page. If you want an event added, please send the information to Joann Wallenburn at firstname.lastname@example.org. A picture for the event can also be added.
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
Please remember to send information for the February 2020 issue to me by January 22.
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