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   The Twelfth Tone
Area 12 Newsletter                                                               November 2017

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Message from the Chair - Tessique Houston

Hello Area 12!

I hope that you are all looking forward to the season to come. I know you all have been working to make it all successful.

I am really looking forward to all the wonderful music we will be creating and listening to. "Music," to quote Albus Dumbledore, "A magic beyond all we do here!" Isn't that the truth! Music takes us to such great places - riding over snow covered hills in a sleigh; looking at the stars with the shepherds; spinning a dreidel; toasting to a new year! 

Happy Ringing as we move toward the end of 2017!

Until next time,

Tessique Houston
Communiqué - Barbara Meinke, Communications

Our Christmas Wish List

November. It's already November. I love Thanksgiving (the week of my birthday!), but it's not too early to start making our Christmas Wish List. For many, those lists are a very helpful tool to ensure our hard-earned money is spent on gifts that will be loved and appreciated. We all want our gifts to be loved and appreciated! They can also lead us to ideas for gifts which will be welcome surprises! What fun!

Event planning and gift buying go hand in hand. Wouldn't it be great if every event planner had a list of things the attendees want to do, learn, experience, enjoy? If you've ever been an event planner, you know what I mean! Having that "wish list" would really help you as you spend your valuable time and hard earned money in planning classes, hiring clinicians, selecting music, and planning some fun surprises!

So, what would be on your Handbell Event Wish List? Send your list to me (along with the city you live in!) and I will forward it to Santa! You never know what might end up under the tree!

In the meantime, a blessed Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Barbara Meinke
Communications Director
Southern NV - Alison Pruett, Regional Coordinator

It's not too late! Join us!

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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LA Metro - F. Thomas Simpson, Regional Coordinator

LA Metro Spring Ring 
Saturday. April 7, 2018
Pasadena Presbyterian Church

featuring Kathy Ebling Shaw
from Westminster Choir College

for your planning...the repertoire list!

Arnold Sherman, Hope Publishing, HP1764

That Easter Day With Joy Was Bright (Puer Nobis) arr. Cathy Moklebust,  Choristers Guild,  2-3 oct. CGB281 OR  3-5 oct. CGB870, t he two editions are compatible.

A Lenten Introspection arr. Matthew Compton,  Lorenz,

Fum, Fum, Fum arr. Gregory M. Pysh,  Alfred, 46255

Be Thou My Vision, a rr. Julie Stitt,  AGEHR, AG35203

F. Thomas Simpson
LA Metro Regional Coordinator
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Southern CA - Michèle Sharik, Regional Coordinator

Greetings, SoCal-ers! 

Area 12's Education Director, KatRyn Howell, and I had a wonderful time in Germany last month conducting the 2017 German National Festival in Karlsruhe. 
Over 60 handbell musicians from all over Germany came to learn in classes and divisional and massed ringing which culminated in a very well-received public concert. 

I wrote last month's article while I was on the plane to Germany and said I loved teaching all over the world because I always learn something. I promised to share with you what I learned this year, so here it is: I learned that you can use CDs as separators on bell trees!
If it's an issue for you to buy the plastic rings, the metal clips, or the acrylic blocks to keep your bell tree bells separated, or if you just want to "upcycle" something to keep it out of the waste stream, consider using some of those unused CDs that most of us seem to have lying about the place.

In other news, I have the repertoire list for the 2018 SoCal Spring Ring on May 19! I'm very excited our clinician KatRyn Howell will feature music from Area 12 composers! These titles may be purchased from any handbell retailer, with the exception of the processional, Torch Dance.

*) Torch Dance (Bransle de la Torche), arr. Michèle Sharik. Level 2. The Golden Dance TGD1027. 3-5 octaves handbells, plus optional percussion.  Reproducible score is available at  http://www.handbellmusic.com/TGD1027-Bransle.htm   

*) Chester Skies, by Stan DeWitt. Level 3. Genesis Press GP3002. 5 octaves handbells. 

*) Felicidades!, by F. Thomas Simpson. Level 3. Harold Flammer HP5397. 3-5 octaves handbells.

*) Moonlight Serenade, by Glen Miller, arr by Paul Allen. Level 4. From the Top Publishing #20294. 5-7 oct handbells and 5 oct handchimes, with optional flute.

Registration forms and more information about the event are now available on the SoCal Page at the Area 12 website so please head on over there, download the forms, and get them back to me soon to secure your place at the festival!

As a reminder, please submit your upcoming holiday events on our website using our easy form. I'm starting to see events from other regions of Area 12, so I'm hoping SoCal will represent this season! :-)

All my best,

Michèle Sharik

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SF Bay Area - Kendra Scott, Regional Coordinator

Hi, Bay Area! (or should I say, "Boo Areaaagh!")

As we head into the holidays, we often turn our thoughts to how we can give back to the community. Many of us donate food and other products to those in need. It feels especially poignant this year as many of our friends and families are affected by the recent wildfires. We also look for ways to give musical gifts to our communities. I have rung at Christmas tree lightings, senior homes, and also at a local mental health facility. 
Where are some unique places you have shared the gift of handbells? I'd love to feature you in next month's article! Email me at  bayarea.area12@handbellmusicians.org.

Looking ahead to spring (you can never think too far out...), the Bay Area Spring Ring and Intense Ring repertoire lists are up on the www.handbellventures.org  site. Get ready for a lively event with Ellie Hodder!

Friday and Saturday, April 14, 2018
with Ellie Hodder

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Happy ringing!

Kendra Scott
Bay Area Regional Coordinator

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Northern CA - Nancy Schmitt, Regional Coordinator
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Hello Northern California,

The Redding Handbell Festival took place October 14 with 70 participants from bell choirs and  individuals from Sacramento, Redding, Montague, Lake Almanor, Orland, and Reno who came together  to learn in classes, take 
part in massed ringing, and  enjoy fellowship with o ther ringers. A huge thank you  to Barb Walsh who filled in as the massed director for Mary Balkow who was unable to come at the last  minute. 100 people enjoyed the finale concert!
Please remember to send me your bell ensemble's information about upcoming concerts, workshops,  or festivals so I can post the information to our calendar.

I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving.


Nancy Schmitt
Northern California Regional Coordinator  

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Central CA - Christine Anderson, Regional Coordinator

It's FALL - but it sure doesn't feel like it! I am so ready for those crisp, colorful fall days. I hope you are enjoying the beginning of your ringing year, with bells freshened up, polished, and rarin' to ring.

What's going on in CenCal???
Surely you have events and concerts coming up. Please share your information with me so I can pass it on.

If anyone has a hankerin' to drive down to Santa Clarita, I'll be conducting (and ringing in) our annual Bellfest at The Master's University ~ and we still have room for either full choirs or orphan ringers. Date:  November 4, 2 PM , with a concert at  4 PM.  Please contact me ASAP if you want to attend...even at the last minute. 

I'm compiling a list of folks who want to either sell or buy used handbells and handchimes. If anyone is interested, please let me know and I'll put you on the list. I have G4-F#5 Schulmerich bells for sale on that list, and a request to buy the 5th octaves of Schulmerich bells. That's it so far.

Please tell me what your handbells are up to this fall!

Happy Ringing!

Christine Anderson
Central California Regional Coordinator

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Northern NV - Barb Walsh, Regional Coordinator


I had the honor of conducting two Area 12 events in October, one in Honolulu and one in Redding. I find it very exciting and rewarding to share love of music and especially handbells with both new and old friends. I often get philosophical preparing for these events; like, why does being part of a handbell ensemble feel different from being a part of an orchestra or a band or a choir? A couple of nights ago, I read an online article written by Cynthia Bourgeault, and even though her subject was something completely different, many of her words made me think about why a handbell ensemble is special. "..intentional sense of mutual interdependence," "...belonging to a greater relational field," "...a whole greater than the sum of its parts. In this greater whole both unity and differentiation are preserved." 

Wow and amen!

Barbara Walsh
Northern Nevada Regional Coordinator

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Hawaii - Karen Carlisle, Regional Coordinator
Karen Carlisle

On Saturday October 21st we held our annual Aloha Ring in Honolulu. Our clinician was Barb Walsh who traveled from her home in Reno, Nevada to run a wonderful workshop. We started with the usual stretching and basic ringing techniques, then the tennis balls came out. At first people were wondering what on earth tennis balls have to do with ringing handbells, but soon everyone was finding out that getting these yellow spheres to hit the floor at the same time is not as easy as it seems. When we finished with the tennis balls, we went back to working on music with a lot of technique and musicality work. The afternoon section of the workshop began with us working on our rhythm with five-gallon plastic buckets and drumsticks. With these we practiced getting the feel of 3-3-2 eighth note pattern in a 4/4 time signature.
We had people attending who had never been to a workshop before (or any other HMA sponsored event), as well as several returning ringers. Everyone had a great time learning a little more about what we all love to do! If we didn't see you this year, hope you'll join us next year!

Karen Carlisle
Hawaii Regional Coordinator

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