Upcoming Area 12 Board Meeting (virtual):
Fall 2021 | September 18 - 19, 2021 ••• Saturday 10 - 6; Sunday 12 - 6
Kendra Symonds
Greetings Area 12!
While many view January as a time for new beginnings, I've always felt like September is when I'm ready for a fresh start. I suspect it's because I've always worked in education and the new school year has just begun, full of endless possibilities and new friends to make. Of course, there are students to enlighten and enrich with the joy of music making as well. It also seems like we might just dare to hope that the pandemic may yet soon be behind us. I'm looking forward to directing handbells again, with my students starting in a few weeks, and returning to my community group in January. It will feel so good to get together to ring again in all these different circles. I'm sure we are all ready to get things going once again and to take what we've learned at various virtual workshops and implement them with our choirs!

Meanwhile, your Area 12 Board is continuing to prepare for a smashing conference next summer. I encourage you all to start planning now to attend Red, White, and Bells in Las Vegas over the July 4th weekend in 2022. After all, who wouldn't want to ring bells with this precious little one? Oscar and I will be there, and we hope to see you all there, too!

Tessique Houston
One and Then Some Post Event
Did you miss it? Well, the beauty of these online events is that we do have the opportunity to share them a bit longer than the actual date. So here's your chance—If you were unable to attend One and Then Some on the day of the event, you can view the stream of the event until September 15, 2021. Please be sure to view the video before September 15, 2021 as it will no longer be available after that date. 

Registration fees for this Post Event are $35 for HMA members/$60 for non-members. Visit our website for registration and payment information.

After completing the registration form, you will receive a confirmation email with the direct link to the recording. You will also receive a link with the notes provided for each class session.
Elizabeth Mays
Bells in Education
Hello Handbell Friends!

I hope many of you are looking forward to rehearsals starting back up this fall. I am so excited to hear the many stories of programs that are coming back safely and all the people that are making music with bells once again.  

Area 12 has been getting our bell and chime loan sets ready to go for the fall. They have been cleaned, adjusted, and polished, and are available for schools that need to borrow handbell sets. We still have a number of bell and chime sets available, so please email education.area12@handbellmusicians.org if you are interested in borrowing a set. Please also contact your local schools to let them know that we have a loan program available.  

Our first post-COVID loan set is on its way and the students are eager to start ringing this year!

I wish you all happy ringing,

Beth Mays
Education Director
Regional Updates
Nancy Schmitt
For information on Northern California concerts, events, and other opportunities, click here.  
This event is endorsed by Handbell Musicians of America, dedicated to uniting people through the musical art of handbell and handchime ringing.
Redding Handbell Festival
Saturday October 16, 2021
Opening bell at 8:45 a.m.
and ending with concert at 4:30 p.m.

CrossPointe Community Church
2960 Hartnell Avenue | Redding, CA

Registration $35.00

Massed Director: Tessique Houston
Red Zone Bronze Director: Barb Walsh

Massed Ringing, Classes, Public Concert
Classes will include 4 in Hand; Score Preparation; Understanding Copyright; Understanding the Use and Articulation of Handbell Techniques; Revving Up for the Red Zone Bronze Choir; and Bell Tree Forest (which requires early registration and learning ahead of time the song, “ 'Tis a Gift to Be Simple” bell tree arrangement by Barbara Brocker, Tree-O 107. Contact Julie Hunziker at jhunziker@gmail.com  to find out more about the bell tree forest class.)
Please check the Area 12 calendar for registration forms.
Barbara Walsh
For information on Northern Nevada concerts, events, and other opportunities, click here.  

Dust off those handbells! Join Tintab for a workshop and brunch social, Bell Jam and Bagels. Are you a musician who’s curious what this handbell thing is all about? A “bell-a-holic” who just can’t wait to get back to ringing? This short workshop offers plenty of hands-on experience and refreshers in ringing how-tos as well as a chance to read through some exciting bell music. Come for the whole day, or just drop in for a session. Saturday, September 11, 2021 at Sparks United Methodist Church, 1231 Pyramid Way, Sparks, NV. Morning session is 10 AM - 12PM, afternoon session is 1PM - 2:30PM with a bagel brunch social in between. Donations are cheerfully accepted. 

Please email me or check https://tintabulations.com for more information and to sign up.

Michèle Sharik
For information on Southern California concerts, events, and other opportunities, click here.  
Hey there, SoCal --

Wow, it's September already! Can you believe it? It seems like just yesterday it was March... of 2020. The past year and a half has been like "blursday" every day. My excitement for the start of my church group's handbell season is tempered by the uncertainty of whether we'll be able to meet for rehearsals in person or not. My church is having in-person worship, but with masks & distancing. We'd have to do the same for the bell choir rehearsals. My group is thinking amongst themselves about whether or not to return in just a couple of weeks. Fortunately, I have a good library of everything from 2 octave through 5 octave full choir music, plus a bunch of 8- and 12-bell music bought over the past year. I know that I'll be ready for whatever we decide to do.

How about you? I'd love to hear what you're planning to do this fall.

Last month, I promised to let you know the date for our 2022 SoCal Spring Ring. Unfortunately, we haven't been able to nail down a date with our venue yet. But as soon as we do, I'll let you know what it is.

OK, I think that's it for this month. Remember: if you have any questions, comments, or even suggestions, please feel free to contact me anytime at SoCal.Area12@HandbellMusicians.org. I'd love to hear from you!

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Sharon Guilliams
For information on LA Metro's concerts, events,  
and other opportunities, click here.  
You may have had some or all of the above thoughts—and more—depending on your function in the handbell world. I find as a director that this very busy time, while exciting in some ways, is also full of anxiety. So the thought of attending a fall workshop can be overwhelming. 

But it is, in fact, that anxiety and excitement that led to the design of Bell Jubilee – Let’s Get Back into the Swing of Ringing. There is nothing to bring except people. (We request that participants wear clean gloves. If you don’t have any, just let me know.) There is no need to schlep bells, pads, tables etc. to the workshop. There is no music to prepare for the workshop—just register and show up! 
At the workshop everyone will get to refresh/hone their skills under the baton of Christian Guebert and be taught/ring next to members of LA Bronze and Cathedral Bells. The group will work on a fall appropriate song, For the Beauty of the Earth arranged by Hart Morris. One idea is that if a majority of your group attends the workshop, with one or two more rehearsals you could play the song in church. In fact, there will be a drawing to win the reproducible book, Fill Your Year with Ringing, which has eight songs arranged by Hart Morris. My hope is that the workshop will put some of the beginning of the year anxiety at bay and actually get directors and ringers excited to be ringing again. If you have fewer ringers, fear not, I have it on good authority that the piece would be quite lovely with a piano taking the bass clef part to accompany bells playing D5 through C7.

This year there are three options:
  1. October 16, 2021, in North Hollywood in person,
  2. October 30, 2021, in Laguna Beach, in person, and
  3. a virtual option on October 30. For the virtual option you will need to buy the music and supply the bells, etc. We plan on the virtual option being much like Christmas Handbells, though there will be no recording of the piece. 

So, you may be thinking, "I will never play For the Beauty of the Earth, why should I/my ringers attend?" We have specifically picked this piece for the variety of “mini moments of learning” that it has. We will be reviewing mallet technique, what a proper stroke looks like, phrasing, etc. I have found that if the pressure of performance is gone, ringers will try something new! Also, directors – you can have the experience of seeing what your ringers see, and how a fantastic director brings a group from ground zero to a polished piece. 

I really hope that you will consider participating in Bell Jubilee. As Michèle Sharik, SoCal Regional Coordinator and I were talking about the event, she was like, “Wow this sounds like fun, maybe I’ll send my group!” 

As always if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
2022 Bay Area Spring Ring & Intense Ring
April 29 - 30, 2022
Marquise Usher
For information on Bay Area concerts, events, and other opportunities, click here.  
The Bay Area Spring Ring is hosted by Handbell Ventures and is endorsed by Handbell Musicians of America, dedicated to uniting people through the musical art of handbell and handchime ringing.
Hey Bay Area!

Mark your calendars now for the 2022 Bay Area Spring Ring. We are excited to welcome Sondra Tucker to the podium! (Read more about Sondra here.)

Spring Ring, a Saturday jam packed with classes (stay tuned for class details), massed ringing rehearsals, a lunch time solo concert, and a final concert that features the massed ringing selections along with individual performances by some of the groups in attendance and the Intense Ring Ensemble, is for both individuals and groups. The Intense Ring (Friday evening and Saturday) offers individual ringers an opportunity to do a deeper dive into a more challenging repertoire with a nationally renowned composer, conductor, and clinician.

This year's repertoire includes some classic favorites as well as two new pieces slotted for publication this fall—most are available in both 2-3 or 3-5(6) octave ranges, suitable for a wide range of ensemble sizes. You can see the full repertoire list for both the Spring Ring and Intense Ring below. We think these pieces will be a great fit for your programming this season!

As in previous years, the 2022 Bay Area Spring Ring will be held two weeks after Easter: Friday and Saturday, April 29-30. I'll be leading the reading sessions, and I hope to see you there!

2022 Spring Ring Repertoire
  • Festive Intrada | Sondra Tucker | Level 3 | G.I.A. Publications, Inc.
  • Amen Siakudumisa | Cathy Moklebust | Level 2 | Choristers Guild
  • Variations on the Doxology | Sondra Tucker, Level 2 | Alfred Music (coming this fall)
  • New Day Fanfare | Sandra Eithun | Level 3 | Alfred Music (coming this fall)
2022 Intense Ring Repertoire
  • Spiritfire | Benjamin Tucker | Level 4 | From the Top
  • Allegro | Felix Mendelssohn, arr. Sondra Tucker | Level 4 | Casa Publications
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