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It's September already! What are you planning for Christmas? Hard to believe, but it will be here before we know it. What's on your Christmas list? How about registration to the 2012 Area 10 Conference at the Tacoma Convention Center?
Re-branding of our organization to Handbell Musicians of America becomes official October 1. It has appeared in various ways in Overtones, enewsletters and the AGEHR, Inc. website. You can also get in on the fun with fashionable clothing complete with the new logo! Check out Signs of the Times: Fashion Edition at www.handbellmusicians.org.
"Handbell Musicians of America" Unite!
To the members of Area X of the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers, starting on October 1, 2011 we will officially be known as Area 10 of Handbell Musicians of America or the Guild! The name change has been slow in coming, but is now just around the corner. Our new handle represents our wanting the world to consider us musicians! You will soon see changes in our website to reflect those changes. You are a member of our email newsletter list since you are receiving this! You also have the opportunity to encourage others to join our enewsletter list and receive regular news of handbells. Take a moment to tell others of this opportunity.
Our biennial handbell conference will be held at the Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 West Broadway, Tacoma, Washington - June 22-24, 2012. This is a wonderful facility that will keep us together and provide spectacular views of Mount Rainer from the lobby and a site that will handle all that we can bring to the event. William Payn from Bucknell University will be our guest conductor and you will find the music list by clicking here.
Vivace from Puerto Rico will be our featured handbell choir. They are the concert choir of the Coro Polifonico Juvenil de Campanas (Youth Polyphonic Handbell Choir) from Aibonito, Puerto Rico. We are jointly sponsoring their trip to the United States with Area 12 from California, Hawaii and Nevada. PL Grove who performed with Velocity Quartet at our last conference was instrumental in getting them interested in coming on this trip and we have joined their efforts. They will perform first in Tacoma for Area 10 and then travel to Anaheim for a concert the following weekend at Disneyland for Area 12. This group has been two national handbell events in the last few years and brought the house down with their performances. The fourteen ringers range in age from 14 - 22 and each has at least ten years of ringing experience. Carlos J. Avila-Baez and Carlos E. Rivera-Aponte direct the ensemble. The performance level they have achieved will amaze you and inspire you to continue growing as ringers.
Music vendors will display their wares for you to peruse and many handbell related items will be for sale. Many classes will be offered including several "Read and Rings" where you will have a chance to play through new music to find pieces that you can use with your choirs. These will be offered at several levels of difficulty to meet your needs. At this conference you will have a chance to become director certified. Tim Waugh will be joining us to offer those classes. If you are wishing to become a Guild Certified director, here is your chance to gain the training in our area.
This brings me to a story you might enjoy. Before I knew much about handbells I got my choir to attend an Area X conference. Not having any previous large group ringing experience, I decided to order all of the music and play all of the levels - tin, copper, bronze and massed. I learned some important things at that conference. If you ring every level you have continuous rehearsal and no time for breaks or time to take any of the wonderful classes offered. If you are new to this event, my advice is: select one of the levels, tin, copper or bronze, and then sign up to ring the massed numbers. This advice comes from one who nearly killed the members of my choir at their first conference.
As you can guess I am very excited about our up-coming event and you will continue to hear more about this in each issue of the Campanologist! Get the June 22-24, 2012 dates on your calendar and get you choir excited about joining us for this event - you will not be disappointed!
Dennis Dell, Chair
Area 10 of Handbell Musicians of America
2012 Area 10 Handbell Conference
June 22-24, 2012
Tacoma Convention Center
Guest clinician: William Payn
Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference
May 4-5, 2012
Ashland Middle School
Movement and Musicality
Guest clinician: Mich�le Sharik
2012 is the 5th anniversary of The Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference. This year's conference will explore how our movement, as a ringer, affects the musicality of the pieces we perform. Mich�le Sharik is our guest conductor; she began her music career at The College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati with flute performance and composition. She began ringing and directing handbell choirs in 1991, moving to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2002 to join Sonos. She is also a Handbell Solo Artist extraordinaire performing "The Golden Dance"; "...this, the ringer's stage whereon the company of notes perform Ballet no longer captive on the page but freed to enter souls and there to warm... "
The repertoire this year is loosely organized around a "peace" theme recognizing the brokenness of the world and that God's spirit working in the world and our lives can overcome that brokenness. There will be a Coppers Minus Group and a Coppers Plus Group with the opportunity for those ringers who love a challenge and can ring Level 4 and 5 music to ring in the Bronze Conference Choir. Before you order the music check you music files as you may find some of these works there. Ellie Hodder will once again direct the BCC; remember that you will need to apply to be part of BCC and will need to learn your ringing position prior to arrival. Rehearsals for the BCC will begin Friday at 4pm.
Registration materials will be sent out in early January with a March 1st deadline for application to the Bronze Conference Choir. If you have any questions or would like registration materials sent electronically please contact Diane Barnes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Times, They Are A Changing
What is the one thing that bell ringers like least besides setting up and taking down bells and tables? What is challenging, time consuming and creative at the same time? Fundraising. At some point, every choir has a need that goes beyond their normal budget, be it new bells, more bells, chimes, outfits, or maybe even a cruise. This is our tale of picking the wrong thing to try and sell in our changing world.
My choir decided that they would like to purchase new table covers since our 15 year old homemade Christmas red polyester covers were beginning to look a bit outdated and not as professional as we had once thought.
We came up with the idea of creating vintage note cards to sell at the Big Sky Handbell Festival in 2010. They were very colorful and we thought we were being so clever by hiding handbells in the two pictures. (See picture above and on left in ad) As hosts, we didn't have much time to spend selling the cards. Out of 112 packages of 8 cards, we sold only a handful at the Festival. We all bought several packages of cards and used them or gave away as gifts. We took them to shops to sell in town. We put an ad in the Campanologist. Yet, a year later, we still had around 70 packages left.
I decided to attend the National Seminar in Minneapolis this summer. "Hey!" I thought, "We could sell the rest of the cards there. After all, wouldn't 300 handbell ringers love these one of a kind handbell cards?" Several phone calls later to various vendors, I thankfully found one generous company who would sell them for us in their booth for a small commission. I dutifully made a new display and lugged the box of cards to Minneapolis. Yes, I was going to finally sell all of the note cards!
At National, I began to notice a trend, not only were our note cards not selling but---no note cards were selling! I was consoled with the fact that it wasn't our design or concept of the card that was influencing the customer. But why weren't people purchasing any of these products?
Thus began my informal survey of participant s- do you still write letters or thank you notes and put them in the mail? The overwhelming answer was, "No, I use email," or "I don't write notes of any kind." What I find interesting about this phenomena is that the age group of the participants is the generation that didn't grow up with computers. Yet, they have shifted to the easier form of communication.
I guess I'm in the minority of liking to send and receive notes in the mail. Somehow, it seems more personal, but I have to admit I would rather get an email thank you, than none at all!
As you may have surmised, I left Minneapolis with only four packages sold. This was very disappointing. How are we going to get rid of the remaining note cards? How were we ever going to fund our new table covers? How could we recoup our money if the market isn't there?
We learned that it is very important to take a look at all the angles before treading into the land of selling. Is the product useful for a broad audience? Who is your market? What is your price point? Has the culture changed from what it once was?
Thus ends our story, with one final small plea, you guessed it -- note cards for sale! Perhaps you are one of those rare people who still does paper writing and are looking for some fantastic note cards. Who knows, maybe we will sell out by Christmas. (They also make cute wall pictures.)
Stacy Jovick, Director
Grace Note Community Handbells
Write those notes like Grandma used to!
Christmas on a "Shoestring"
by Blanche Kangas
Download music is one of the "newer" possibilities for purchasing music. It's a quick and easy way to get the titles you want quickly without the middle person, your music supplier. Although the cost for the music may be less, savings may not be as great as expected. Many forget that making copies from the download involves paper, toner and paying someone to make the copies if the quantity of copies is large (choral octavos). Many publishers are now selling reproducible books to compete with the online downloads. There are several books and a CD ROM that are worthy of a second look.
Tidings Ringing, Level 2 from Lorenz for 2-3 octaves at a cost of $44.95 could provide the music for your entire Christmas season. This collection may be used with either handbell or chime choir. Some of the titles have previously been published as single titles and several are new to the book. Their arrangers are Gramann, Ingram, Wagner, Ellen Jane Lorenz, Ringham, Ryan, Eithun and Wagner. Some of the carols included are: Silent Night with Away in a Manger, Hark the Herald Angels Sing with Ding Dong Merrily on High, Carol of the Bells, O Come All Ye Faithful with He is Born and While By My Sheep, Lo How a Rose, Infant Holy, O Come Emmanuel, and Twas in the Moon of Wintertime.
Let Our Carols Fill the Sky, Levels 2/3 from Lorenz for 3-5 octaves - $ 44.95. All of the arrangements are by Michael Helman and include: On This Day Earth Shall Ring with God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Birthday of a King, Gesu Bambino, Away in the Manger (the 4 different melodies), a medley with Still Still Still, Jesus Rest Your Head and Rocking; as well as a medley including Hark the Herald Angels Sing, While By My Sheep, While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks and Angels We Have Heard on High. Mallets and Chimes are used in several of the selections.
The best "shoestring" of all is a CD ROM titled Christmas Handbells originally issued by Flammer (Shawnee Press). When Shawnee Press went to Hal Leonard, a large part of the handbell library was taken out of print. There are some of those out of print titles on the CR ROM. To purchase single copies would be about $100.00. A sampling of titles includes Away in a Manger (3 octaves) and Silent Night (5) by Angerman; Christmas Chimings (3), Carols of the Navitiy ( 3), and Star of Christmas Medley (3) by Edwards; Christmas Trilogy (3-5) and In the Bleak Midwinter (3-5) by Buckwalter; Ukranian Bell Carol (Carol of the Bells (3-5) Hart Morris; Il est Ne (3-4) and Stille Nacht (4-5) by Garee to name a few. The cost is $ 39.95 for a total of 19 titles.
Pacific Northwest Handbell Directors' Forum
Rehearsals that Work!
Saturday, September 17
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
$12 (includes snacks & lunch)
First Unitarian Church, SW 12th between Main & Salmon, Portland
Presenters: Ellie Hodder, Cynthia McGladney & Brian Tervo
- Injury Prevention
- Score Preparation
- Conducting Effective Rehearsals
- Read 'n' Ring - "Includes Chimes"
or contact Ellie Hodder, email@example.com
Pacific NW Youth Handbell Festival 2012
Saturday, September 17 - 9:30 am to 3:00 pm, Read and Ring at Joy Lutheran Church, Eagle River. Classes in maintenance and stopped sounds.
Friday, October 21 - 7:00 pm, Ring Praise Concert (Phyllis Tincher, handbell soloist and Sean Rogers, pianist), Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood, 100 Saddle Road, Ketchum.
Saturday, December 3 - 3:00 pm, DeColores in concert, Community Presbyterian Church, 1100 W College, St. Maries.
Sunday, December 18 - 4:00 pm, Nampa Civic Center, 6th Annual Kettle Koncert by Phyllis Tincher and Sean Rogers for the Nampa Salvation Army. Joining them will be Soundwave, the advanced handbell choir at Gem State Academy, Caldwell. An offering will be taken for the Nampa Salvation Army.
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Saturday, September 17 - 8:30 am - 3:30 pm, Pacific Northwest Handbell Directors' Forum, First Unitarian Church, SW 12th between Main & Salmon, Portland, $12. Registration form or contact Ellie Hodder, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, March 23, 2012 - Techniques Workshop with Michele Sharik, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, First Unitarian Church, Portland. Additional information or email Ellie Hodder email@example.com.
Saturday, March 24, 2012 - Pacific NW Youth Handbell Festival with Michele Sharik, guest clinician, First Unitarian Church, Portland. Additional information or email Ellie Hodder at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday & Saturday, May 4-5, 2012 - Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference, Ashland Middle School, Ashland. Guest clinician: Mich�le Sharik. Repertoire list. For additional information, email Diane Barnes, email@example.com.
Sunday, September 11 - Emerald City Ringers™ is hosting an open house for interested ringers from 2:30-5pm at the Daniels Recital Hall at the corner of 5th and Marion in downtown Seattle. ECR can accept up to 25 ringers in a two-choir format and rehearses every Sunday afternoon. If you can ring level 3-4 music (copper), you are welcome to come and join without audition. Contact Colin Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to RSVP.
Sunday, September 18 - 11:45 am - 12:15 pm. Lobby concert by Nancy Kirkner, solo handbells, with Janet Anderson, piano, for the Seattle Symphony Day of Music. Benaroya Hall, 200 University Street, Seattle. Free. www.seattlesymphony.org.
Sunday, November 6 - 3 pm. Nancy Kirkner will perform on solo handbells at a choral concert given by a consortium of local churches. Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 14514 20th Ave. NE, Shoreline. Freewill offering to benefit North Helpline. www.princeofpeaceshoreline.com.
DeColores in Concert:
Sunday, December 4 - 3:30 pm, American Lutheran Church, 332801 Hwy 2, Newport.
Saturday, December 10 - 6:30 pm, Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 4320 S Conklin, Spokane.
Sunday, December 11 - 4:00 pm, Evangelical Free Church, 2211 Sand Canyon Rd, Chewelah.
Bells of the Sound presents "Bells in Toyland":
Friday, December 2 - 8 pm, Tibbetts United Methodist Church, 3940 41st Avenue SW, Seattle.
Saturday, December 3 - 7 pm, Trinity Lutheran Church, 6215 196th Street SW, Lynnwood.
Sunday, December 4 - 4 pm, Lincoln Avenue Bible Church, 1250 Lincoln Avenue, Bremerton.
Friday, December 9 - 8 pm, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Avenue SE, Mercer Island.
Saturday, December 10 - 7 pm, Fairwood Community United Methodist Church, 15255 SE Fairwood Boulevard, Renton.
Sunday, December 11 - 4 pm, Woodland Park Presbyterian Church, 225 N 70th Street, Seattle.
For more information, visit www.bellsofthesound.org, email email@example.com or call 206.931.7669.
Saturday, February 4, 2012 - 2 pm. Concert by Nancy Kirkner, solo handbells, with Janet Anderson, piano. Music of British composers, including Purcell, Howells, Elgar, and Vaughan Williams. Frye Art Museum auditorium, 704 Terry Street, Seattle. Free. www.solobells.com.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - Noon. Concert by Nancy Kirkner, solo handbells, with Janet Anderson, piano. Music of British composers, including Purcell, Howells, Elgar, and Vaughan Williams. Seattle Public Library, Microsoft Auditorium, 1000 Fourth Avenue, Seattle. Free. Bring your lunch. www.solobells.com.
Friday - Sunday, June 22-24, 2012 - Area 10 Conference, Tacoma Convention Center, Tacoma. William Payn, clinician. Music List.
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