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   The Twelfth Tone
Area 12 Newsletter                                                                   October 2017

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Northern California
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Southern California
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Northern Nevada
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Message from the Chair - Tessique Houston

Hello Area 12!

Our Area 12 Fall Board meeting was held a couple weeks ago and it was a great meeting! We spent some very valuable time planning for Area 12 events and working on policy and our Bylaws (all fun stuff)!. I feel privileged to work with all the great people on the board. Thanks to all of them for their efforts.  

I am looking forward to the upcoming season - turning leaves, cooler days, Pumpkin Spice, fun events, prepping Christmas music and presenting wonderful concerts and music for services.

Don't forget to list your upcoming concerts on the Area 12 calendar, it's so easy to do!  Click on the link on the home page, fill out the form, hit submit, and *poof,* it will show up on the calendar. (Well, not exactly *poof* - but it doesn't take long!)  

I wish you all success in your rehearsals and performances.  

Until next time,

Tessique Houston
Communiqué - Barbara Meinke, Communications

In a World of Hurt

I used to say this to my sons when they were acting up. "You better straighten up or you'll find yourself in a world of hurt!" 

Well, sometimes we really are in a world of hurt. But when hurt is knocking on my door, I am SO GLAD I have music to turn to to grieve, to console, to pray, to encourage and inspire, and to celebrate the healing! 

Sondra Tucker is grieving and consoling her former church home in Houston...it was decimated in Hurricane Harvey. So have so many other people and places been suffering from disasters around the world. Reaching out to encourage and inspire, she has written a special piece of handbell music which she is offering to us, giving 100% of the proceeds to Emmanuel Episcopal Church. 

This is one of many ways we as musicians can help from where we are. Take a look, spread the word, help here if you can, somewhere else if you will. We CAN ease the hurt and facilitate healing with our music.

Barbara Meinke
Communications Director
Northern CA - Nancy Schmitt, Regional Coordinator
Nancy Schmitt

Hello Northern California,

Linda Dionne, director of Bella Norte bells of First United Methodist Church in Eureka has this to  report about her week long handbell camp event held in August.

Bell camp was awesome! We had 10 campers ranging in age from 10 - 65. We were blessed with one camper who is autistic. It was a new experience for him. Camp ran from 9- noon Monday through Friday and included rehearsing bell
techniques, ringing the bell in the church steeple, creating and decorating bell banners for our concert, learning 2 pieces for our concert and laughing a lot. Our concert was Friday evening.

An added bonus: one of the campers has joined our bell choir!

It's not too late to join us for the annual

Finale concert at 4:30 p.m. open to the public
Full choirs and individuals are encouraged to attend.
Massed ringing and classes.
$35.00 per ringer
Mary Balkow, Massed Ringing Conductor
Barb Walsh,  Red Zone Bronze Conductor
Registration:  ONLY $35.00!
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This event is endorsed by Handbell Musicians of America

Nancy Schmitt
Northern California Regional Coordinator  

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Hawaii - Karen Carlisle, Regional Coordinator
Karen Carlisle
Aloha, Hawaii!

I am really excited our Annual Aloha Ring is coming up on  Saturday, October 21!  We have Barb Walsh coming from Reno, Nevada as our clinician.  She has a lot of offer us.
Barb has a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Colorado State University and a Master of Music degree from the University of Nevada, Reno. She is the musical director for Tintabulations Handbell Ensemble. She has been ringing handbells since 1985 and conducting bells since 1986. Barb has been a participant in handbell conducting workshops that include Handbell Musicians of America's Master Series with Dr. William Payn and Festival Conducting with Beth Judd. She taught general music in the Reno/Sparks area for 33 years before retiring in 2014. In addition to playing bells, she performs regularly on flute and piccolo. Barb has been married to her husband, Dave, since 1981 and they have four children - a dog and three horses with whom they enjoy back country adventures.
Join us for Ringing, Rhythms, and Technique and a whole lot of fun. Lets grow and stre ngthen our handbell community! I hope to see you there.

Saturday, October 21
8:00 am registration
9:00 a.m. - 4:00pm
Harris United Methodist Church
20 S Vineyard Blvd.
Honolulu, HI 96813

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This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America

Karen Carlisle
Hawaii Regional Coordinator

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LA Metro - F. Thomas Simpson, Regional Coordinator

  Saturday, October 28
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Ojai United Methodist Church
120 Church Rd
Ojai, CA 93023

LA Metro Spring Ring 
Saturday. April 7, 2018
more to come!

F. Thomas Simpson
LA Metro Regional Coordinator
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Southern NV - Alison Pruett, Regional Coordinator

I know everyone's working hard on their fall programs. Don't forget that early registration deadline ( Nov 30 )  for the Las Vegas 12th Night Handbell Festival is coming up. This year's guest clinician is Christine Anderson. Hope to see everyone there!

with Christine Anderson
Saturday, January 13, 2018
(challenge ring Friday evening)

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This event is endorsed by Handbell Musicians of America

Alison Pruett
S Nevada Regional Coordinator

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Southern CA - Michèle Sharik, Regional Coordinator

Hi there, SoCal!

As I write this, I am on a plane to Germany where I will conduct a handbell festival in Karlsruhe along with KatRyn Howell (Area 12 Education Director and conductor of our 2018 SoCal Spring Ring). It's my third time conducting this festival and it's always a lot of fun. One of my favorite things about traveling for handbells is seeing all the different ways handbell musicians do things and learning from them! I'll write more next month about what I learn on this trip. 

In other news, I expect to have the repertoire list and registration forms for our Spring Ring available sometime in October, so please keep an eye out for the postcard mailing and on the SoCal Facebook page and the SoCal Page at the Area 12 website.

Meanwhile, I hope your bell programs have started back up successfully and are in full swing. I'm looking forward to hearing about SoCal concerts during the upcoming holiday season!

All my best,

Michèle Sharik

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SF Bay Area - Kendra Scott, Regional Coordinator

As I head out to Distinctly Bronze East next week, I thought I'd share with you some strategies I've tried or seen online for practicing when you don't have the whole choir with you. Here are some ideas for when you need to practice your part between rehearsals:
  • Use wooden spoons
  • Use whisks
  • Ring air bells
  • Tap your hands on your knees
  • Bass ringers: make a big chart of your bell layout and tap the locations
  • Sing your part as you tap/air-ring
  • Play along with a recording
  • Count out your part's rhythm
  • "Play" along with a metronome
  • Have a musical friend play all/part of the score on a piano
As an educator, I often have folks ask me how handbell choirs work. A common question is "Does everyone have their own bells?" Wouldn't it be lovely if we did?

Save the date!!

Friday and Saturday, April 14, 2018
with Ellie Hodder

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This event is endorsed by Handbell Musicians of America

Happy ringing!

Kendra Scott
Bay Area Regional Coordinator

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Central CA - Christine Anderson, Regional Coordinator

Greetings, CenCal!

We had a very productive Area 12 Board meeting two weeks ago and I'm geared up for fall ringing! But I need to hear from YOU! What festivals, workshops, and concerts are coming up in CenCal? Please contact me with what ringing things you're doing. And how may I help? Does anyone want a clinic, but don't know how to put it on, or who to ask to lead it? Do you need help with a frustrating handbell repair problem or situation in your handbell choir? I hope to hear from you!

Happy Ringing!

Christine Anderson
Central California Regional Coordinator

For information on Central California's concerts, events,
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Northern NV - Barb Walsh, Regional Coordinator


It's inevitable. When people think of handbells, they think of Christmas. If you're planning a Christmas concert, please be sure to let me and our Area 12 webmaster know. Or post the details on our website yourself! We would love to get the word out!

On another note, I am always looking for stories to put in this column. If you have any writing or pictures you'd like to share, please send them my way! 

Barbara Walsh
Northern Nevada Regional Coordinator

For information on Northern Nevada's concerts, events,
and other opportunities,  click here