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This issue is coming out a few days after the 1st in order to have the information for the All-Star Choir auditions for those interested in this part of the 2014 Area 10 Conference. Please note that the article under Brian's monthly article will always be about the 2014 conference in Yakima. Any new materials or any previous files with updates will always be in bold purple. The conference is June 27-29, 2014, at the Yakima Convention Center, Yakima, Washington. Keep watching our website for additional information as it becomes available, http://area10.handbellmusicians.org.
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Phyllis Tincher, Communications Chair
From the Chair ....
Greetings Handbell Musicians.
Now that we are in September, and many of us are preparing for our first rehearsals, I wanted to share one of my pet peeves as a handbell director, and some of the things I have done with my groups to avoid my concerns. I will start by sharing a story about a hypothetical handbell rehearsal.
It is the start of the rehearsal, the last ringer just rushed in, and we're ready to start working on our first piece. We make it about half way through the second page and realize that some of the bass ringers need mallets. Rehearsal is stopped for a moment while everyone in the bass clef goes to get the mallets they need. With mallets in hand, we continue rehearsing - until we get toward the end of the piece and see that the high treble bells have a descant with mallets on suspended bells. Since they didn't need mallets for the earlier section, and they didn't consider the potential to need mallets later on, rehearsal is again delayed while everyone gets the mallets they need.
Next, we move on to the second piece of music. Someone immediately notices that chimes are needed at the very beginning of the piece. We send someone to the storage room to get the chime cases and everyone gets the chimes they need. Many in the group are confused about which cases have the chimes they need (in particular, the G6A6 ringer who cannot find the A6), causing further delays and frustration. Eventually everyone finds their chimes, and since everyone has chimes in the opening measures, I figured there would be no further delays. Unfortunately, on page 4, there is a key change, (going from the key of C to the key of Db), and we realize that most of the group left their sharps and flats in the case. By now, we are at the end of our rehearsal time, and I barely covered about half of what I had hoped to accomplish.
I expect that at least parts of this story sound familiar to many of you, and the moral is to just get everything out before rehearsal starts. As a director, I'd much rather have chimes or mallets on the table which are never used than have to disrupt rehearsal to get equipment out after the fact. There are a few ways to accomplish this goal. I know that some directors who set everything up for their own group. (In fact, one well-known Area 10 personality has commented "I can setup 5-octaves myself in about 5-minutes. If my group helps, we can get it done in 10-minutes.") I personally am not quite that ambitious as a director and typically assign setup tasks to my ringers. After a week or two, each person becomes an expert with their bell case or piece of equipment, and we rarely need to go hunting for equipment in the middle of rehearsal. With appropriate planning on my part, I will sometimes let my group know if there is equipment that specifically does not need to come out of storage, but it's understood by all that unless I say otherwise, the motto is "just get everything out."
Over the past couple of months, we've been posting some information on our web site about the upcoming Musicality in Motion Area 10 Conference next June. To date, we've posted information about changes to the conference format, classes available for pre-registration, music lists, and registration costs. If you've not had an opportunity to review the materials over the summer, I encourage you to do so now. Conference registration forms will be made available in the coming months, but we wanted to post some basic information and give everyone an opportunity to understand some of the changes before accepting registrations.
One component of the 2014 event that I'm particularly excited about is the All-Star Choir led by David Harris. Our goal is to attract the best ringers across Area 10 and have them spend the weekend to be the feature group on our Saturday evening concert program. In past years, we've brought some excellent groups in from outside of the area to perform. This year, I'm looking forward to the level of musicality the best talent within our area will be able to achieve. We are posting audition materials on the web site and also below in the conference section, and if you're interested in applying for the All-Star Choir, I encourage you to review the materials soon. The application process requires letters of recommendation and preparing a video tape. The due date is November 15th. This is not much time, but we want to process the applications and have the group selected by January so those who are not accepted into the group still have the opportunity to sign up for the other classes we are offering at the event.
Area 10 Conference June 27-29, 2014
Musicality in Motion
Like traditional? We've got it!
Want something different?
We've got it!
Come to the Yakima Convention Center,
for the 2014 Area 10 Handbell Conference.
Friday, June 27 - Sunday, June 29, 2014
- Pre-Registered 3-hour sessions
- Drop-in 90 minute classes
- Youth, Tins, Coppers, Bronze Ringing
- Massed Ringing
- All-Star Choir
- Plus a whole lot more!!!
Anything below in purple is new or has new information added this month.
All-Star Choir Audition Registration Form
Read all about the 2014 Area 10 Conference, Musicality in Motion
Pacific Northwest Handbell Directors' Forum
When: Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013 * 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Where: First Unitarian Church (SW 12th between Main & Salmon), Portland
Cost: $15 (covers coffee & snacks, lunch and cost of shipping music for the workshop)
* Dalcroze for Ringers with Dustin Hunley. Dalcroze Eurhythmics teach rhythm, structure and musical expression through body movements. Through carefully planned lessons and games, students develop connections between their ears, mind and body that are essential for musicianship. Rhythmic games teach teamwork, flexibility, concentration and expression through group interactions with music. Games of quick change and reaction also focus the mind, spark creativity, and increase student learning of any kind. Of course, these games are also incredibly fun; don't be surprised if you forget that you are learning!
* Damping, Let Me Count the Ways with Nancy Hascall. "To damp or not to damp" is only the first question. What about when, where, why, and how? Expand your musical horizons with this in-depth exploration of damping techniques and styles, and discover how the damping choices we make (or fail to make) can affect the musicality of our ringing. Includes finger damping, damping with multiple bells in hand, selective damping, timing, touch, stopped sounds, and more. For both directors and ringers.
* Read 'n' Ring -- "Diverse Repertoire" with Ellie Hodder
* 2-5 octave titles, levels 2-3+ music that is both stylistically and Ethnically Diverse.
Please include $15 to cover the cost of snacks and a light lunch. Checks to "First Unitarian".
Mail to: Ellie Hodder, 4228 SE Mitchell, Portland, OR 97206 by September 9, 2013. (Later registrations okay, but please let me know by Friday so I can make sure there's enough food for all.)
Questions? Call/txt Ellie Hodder at 503-730-9311 or email at email@example.com.
2014 Big Sky Handbell Conference
Friday, April 25 &
Saturday, April 26
Idaho Falls, Idaho
Clinician: Cathy Moklebust
Music list and additional information will be available soon!
Emerald City Ringers Open House
|Emerald City Ringers, photo by Allan Wesch Photography|
Emerald City Ringers, a non-auditioned community ensemble rehearsing weekly in Bellevue, WA, has several openings and will hold an open house on Sunday, September 15 from 2:30-5:00 pm at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church - 411 156th Ave NE, Bellevue. 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, new member coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to RSVP.
2014 Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference
May 9-10, 2014
Guest Clinician: Fred Gramann
Mark your calendars now for the 2014 Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference set for May 9-10 in Ashland, Oregon. I am pleased to announce that our Guest Conductor/Clinician for 2014 is Area 10's own Fred Gramann. Ringing under him is a delightful privilege as he is a wonderful teacher and fine musician. The theme for this year's Siskiyou Summit is Spirit and is reflected in the repertoire choices, which are suitable for Lent, Easter and Pentecost. Ellie Hodder will once again conduct the Bronze Conference Choir with Fred conducting the Massed Ringing and both The Siskiyous and Cascades groups.
Registration for the event will be $65/ringer if registered by March 1st, after March 1st registration will be $75/person. Registration materials will be available beginning January 1st, space is limited so register early. If you wish to receive your registration materials electronically please contact Diane Barnes at email@example.com with your e-mail contact information.
Fred is a native of Washington State where he began organ studies with Dr. Edward Hansen of Seattle. He earned organ performance degrees from Syracuse University and the University of Michigan, moving to Paris in 1972 for organ study with Marie-Clair Alain and Maurice Durufle. Since 1976, he has been the Director of Music at the American Church in Paris where he is organist and conducts the Adult Choir, the ACP Bronze Ringers, and the Celebration Ringers. Fred also organizes the weekly Sunday evening classical concert series. He has numerous choral and handbell works published in the United States and is the Honorary Associate Director of the Raleigh Ringers as well as co-conductor for the yearly European Handbell Festival.
Alliance of Christian Musicians Handbell Workshop
Saturday, October 19
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Faith Presbyterian Church
620 S Shirley Street
Guest Clinician: Martha Alford
Artistry with Varied Tone Color: Expression & Musicality in Handbells. There's more to music than piano and forte. This workshop will explore how to create varied sounds, using technique and movement to express a musical idea.
Complete description, schedule, and registration.
Saturday, September 7 - 10:00 am - 2:30 pm, Read and Ring, United Protestant Presbyterian Church in Palmer. Contact: Alice Branton (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Friday & Saturday, September 20 & 21 - "Ringing in the Rainforest" -- Sandra Eithun will be the clinician for a two day workshop which will include massed ringing in Juneau. Registration is $55 by September 3 and $70 thereafter. Contact Lucy Merrell for more information at email@example.com
Saturday, September 28 - 7:00 pm. Isle Bells will be performing at the "Big Read Kickoff" at the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium in Kodiak. Admission is $10. This kickoff starts a year-long celebration of Edgar Allan. Please email Ella Saltonstall at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Saturday, December 7 - 4:30 pm Wesley. Handbell Choir annual "Ring in the Season" concert will at Trinity United Methodist Church, 210 North Water Ave, Idaho Falls. Attendance is free. A freewill offering will be taken after the concert.
Sunday, December 8 - 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Wesley Handbell Choir annual "Ring in the Season" concert will at Trinity United Methodist Church, 210 North Water Ave, Idaho Falls. Attendance is free. A freewill offering will be taken after the concert.
Sunday, December 8 - 4:00 pm, First Baptist Church, 221 E Linden Street, Caldwell. "Carols of the Bells" with Treasure Valley Bronze (directed by Phyllis Tincher) and various homeschool choirs of Ruth Whitley. They will be joined by the Chancel Choir of the First Baptist Church. Free.
Sunday, December 15 - 4:00 pm, Jewitt Auditorium at The College of Idaho, Caldwell. 8th Annual "Kettle Koncert" for the Nampa and Caldwell Salvation Army with Phyllis Tincher, handbells, and Sean Rogers, piano. There will be a contribution opportunity for the Salvation Army during the concert. RingPraiseMinistry.org
Friday, April 25 & Saturday, April 26, 2014 - Big Sky Handbell Conference in Idaho Falls. Guest clinician: Cathy Moklebust. See article above.
Friday, April 25 & Saturday, April 26, 2014
- Big Sky Handbell Conference in Idaho Falls, Idaho! Guest clinician: Cathy Moklebust
. See article above.
Tuesday, September 10 - Pacific Ringers rehearsals begin. See article above and contact Ellie Hodder at email@example.com.
Saturday, September 14 - 8:30 am - 4:00 pm, Pacific Northwest Handbell Directors' Forum, "Honing Skills." See article above. Click for Registration Form. Questions? Call/txt Ellie Hodder at 503-730-9311 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ring Praise Music Ministry, Phyllis Tincher, handbells, and Sean Rogers, piano, will be in Eastern Oregon:
Sunday, October 13 - 7:00 pm, Pioneer Presbyterian Church, 417 West Washington, Burns.
Monday, October 14 - 1:00 and 2:15 pm, Dayville School, Dayville.
Tuesday, October 15 - 7:00 pm, Mt. Vernon Community Presbyterian Church, Mt. Vernon.
Wednesday, October 16 - 6:00 pm, Two Rivers Correctional Institution, Umatilla, OR. Sorry, you cannot attend the concert, but prayers for reaching those who attend would be appreciated.
Thursday, October 17 - 7:00 pm, First Presbyterian Church, 201 SW Dorian Ave, Pendleton.
Sunday, December 15 - 12:45 pm. Westminster Concert Bells presents a musical celebration of the holiday season in the Sanctuary, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1624 NE Hancock Street, Portland. The concert is free.
Friday, May 9 & Saturday, May 10, 2014 - Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference, Ashland. Guest clinician: Fred Gramann. See article above or contact Diane Barnes at email@example.com.
Wednesday, October 9 - noon-1:00 p.m. Concert by Nancy Kirkner, solo handbells, and Janet Anderson, piano. Music of modern American composers, including Amy Beach, Karen Lakey Buckwalter, George Gershwin, Scott Joplin, Linda Lamb, Eric Whitacre, and original compositions for handbells and bell trees. Seattle Public Library, Microsoft Auditorium, 1000 Fourth Avenue, Seattle. Free admission. Bring your lunch. More information at www.solobells.com.
Saturday, October 19 - 9:00 am - 4:30 pm, Alliance of Christian Musicians Handbell Workshop, Faith Presbyterian Church, 620 S Shirley St, Tacoma. Guest clinician: Martha Alford. See article above.
Saturday, November 9 - 2:00-3:00 p.m. Concert by Nancy Kirkner, solo handbells, and Janet Anderson, piano. Music of modern American composers, including Amy Beach, Karen Lakey Buckwalter, George Gershwin, Scott Joplin, Linda Lamb, Eric Whitacre, and original compositions for handbells and bell trees. Frye Museum auditorium, 704 Terry Street, Seattle. Free admission to museum and concert, and free parking. More information at www.solobells.com.
Saturday, December 7 - 7:30 p.m. Handbell soloist Nancy Kirkner and pianist Janet Anderson will be featured in the Magnolia Chorale's Christmas concert. Magnolia Lutheran Church, 2414 31st Avenue West, Seattle. Ticket information: www.magnoliachorale.org. More information at www.solobells.com.
Sunday, December 8 - 2:00 p.m. Handbell soloist Nancy Kirkner and pianist Janet Anderson will be featured in the Magnolia Chorale's Christmas concert. Magnolia Lutheran Church, 2414 31st Avenue West, Seattle. Ticket information: www.magnoliachorale.org. More information at www.solobells.com.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 10:00-11:00 a.m. Handbell musician Nancy Kirkner will be the featured speaker at the monthly meeting of Seattle Music Teachers' Association. Topic: Teaching music to the adult beginner. Sherman Clay, 1624 Fourth Avenue, Seattle. Open to the public. Free admission. More information at www.solobells.com.
Friday - Sunday, June 27-29, 2014 - Area 10 Handbell Conference, Musicality in Motion, Yakima Convention Center. See article above and visit our website, http://area10.handbellmusicians.org.
Please remember to send information for the October issue to me by September 22.