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Area 12

Serving California, Nevada, and Hawaii

Volunteer to serve on the Area 12 Board

There are many appointed positions on the Area 12 Board, including Regional Coordinators and more.  Do you have a few hours every month?  Consider volunttering to serve on the board.
Current vacancies include RC Central California, RC Southern California and the Communications Director (12th Tone Newsletter editor).
Contact the Chair-Elect if interested in serving on the board.

Go Nuts in Modesto with Area 12

Join Area 12 in Modesto June 20-22, 2024 for a biennial conderence with clinican Barabara Meinke.  Directors mini-seminar on Thursday. Registration now open.

Bellz! The Next Generation

Come join the youth of Area 12 at Concordia University, Irvine for two days of fun. September 27-28, 2024. Registration is now open.

Check out the latest issue of the 12th Tone Newsletter

Learn more about what upcoming events are happening and what the Area 12 board is up to.

Calendar

  • 2024 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BRONZE VISION AND SPRING RING with ELIZABETH MAYS LOEBIG

    May 3, 2024 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 1450 S Melrose Dr, Oceanside, CA 92056, USA

    Are you a handbell addict? Do you like to be challenged? If
    you answered YES to either of these questions, then Bronze Vision is for YOU! This option features four hours
    of intense ringing – something all you handbell addicts will love! Beth will work to bring out all the music
    that's in these "meaty" pieces and in YOU, all the while keeping it lively and fun for everyone. The Bronze
    Vision group will present two pieces at the Saturday afternoon concert. Expect to work hard, but expect to
    go home with a BIG SMILE on your face!

    Repertoire for Bronze Vision:

    • The Banana Boat Song* arr. by Sondra K. Tucker (Level 3) — From the Top, 3-6
    octaves handbells, 3-4 octaves handchimes, with optional percussion (bongos, maracas, claves, rainstick, windchimes, and bamboo chimes)
    • FM20521-HB: Handbell score (Please note that the percussion parts are NOT included in the handbell score.)
    • FM20521-P: Percussion parts
    • FM20521-M: Full score
    • The Bells in My Heart, by Kazuko Okamoto (No level given, but probably a Level 3) — Seibunsha International, MSI100: 3-5 octaves handbells, 2 octaves handchimes

    For more information and registration information:
    https://area12.handbellmusicians.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/31/2024/02/2024-SoCalSR.pdf
     
    This is a Handbell Musicians of America Sponsored Event.
     
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  • 2024 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BRONZE VISION AND SPRING RING with ELIZABETH MAYS LOEBIG

    May 4, 2024 @ 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
    St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 1450 S Melrose Dr, Oceanside, CA 92056, USA

    Bronze Vision rehearsal 8-10am.  Massed rehearsal starts at 11am. 30 minute lunch break. Public concert 5:30pm.

    Come as a choir or an individual ringer bringing your own bells and music. If any groups or individual ringers cannot bring their own bells, please contact Michele at [email protected] and she will see what she can do to help. If desired, individual ringers may be added to incomplete groups.
    Our hosts will again have a sandwich lunch available for Spring Ring attendees for a small fee added to registration. If you choose not to take advantage of this opportunity, there is plenty of space on campus to eat if you bring your own lunch, or there are a few restaurants not far from the church.
     
    Massed pieces:
    • Oh, Happy Morning* by Cathy Moklebust (Level 1+) — Choristers Guild, CGB1310: 2-3
    octaves handbells or handchimes with optional percussion, OR CGB1311: 3-5 octaves
    handbells or handchimes with optional percussion.
    • Also available: CGB1309: full score with reproducible percussion parts
    (gankokwe, caxixi, shekere, and djembe). Please note that the percussion parts
    are NOT included in the handbell score.
    • Ton Moulin (Your Windmill) arr. by Valerie Stephenson (Level 2) — From the Top,
    20141: 3-5 octaves handbells, 3-5 octaves handchimes
    • For the Beauty of the Earth arr. by Brenda E. Austin (Level 2+) — GIA Publications,
    G9123: 3-5 octaves handbells, with optional 2 octave handchimes
    • Towers by Cathy Moklebust (Level 3+, but don’t let that scare you! There are only 6
    measures in the middle that may require special attention in rehearsal.) — AGEHR
    Publishing AG35178: 3-5 octaves handbells

    For more information and registration information:
    https://area12.handbellmusicians.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/31/2024/02/2024-SoCalSR.pdf
     
    This is a Handbell Musicians of America Sponsored Event.
     
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  • 2024 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BRONZE VISION AND SPRING RING Concert

    May 4, 2024 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 1450 S Melrose Dr, Oceanside, CA 92056, USA

    This is the public concert for the Bronze Vision and Spring Ring event.

     
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  • Sierra Spring Ring

    May 11, 2024
    Sparks United Methodist Church, 1231 Pyramid Way, Sparks, NV 89431, USA

    Massed ring and classes for beginning to intermediate ringers.  For more information:  https://www.tintabulations.com/

    This is a Handbell Musicians of America Endorsed Event

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  • Bells Ain’t Just for Christmas Concert

    May 19, 2024 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    6929 Franklin Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95823, USA

    River Bells in concert

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  • Celebrate with Ringing! with the Camarillo United Methodist Church bell choirs

    May 19, 2024 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
    Camarillo United Methodist Church, 291 Anacapa Dr, Camarillo, CA 93010, USA

    Spring is here- time to celebrate! Camarillo United Methodist Church is pleased to invite you to our annual spring bell choir concert featuring all SIX of our handbell and chime choirs. Join us for an afternoon of inspiring, eclectic, and FUN handbell music including: "Fantasia on Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee'" by Kevin McChesney, "Bridge Over Troubled Water", "African Alleluia", "Clocks", "That'll Be the Day" and "When the Saints Go Marching In" featuring our brass ensemble. We will be joined by our Chancel Choir as well as organ, bass, guitar, and percussion. Please join us for this festive event featuring beautiful bell music performed by ringers of all ages! Refreshments will be served on our patio after the concert. A goodwill offering will be taken.
    Contact Kristi VanKeersbilck at [email protected] or (805) 482-4312 for more information.

    https://camarilloumc.org

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  • Opus Favorites Spring Concert - Opus Handbell Ensemble

    May 19, 2024 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
    First United Methodist Church Modesto, 850 16th St, Modesto, CA 95354, USA


    From Wild Cherry to Lemon Lime, you can imagine the memories we’ve made over time.
    We’ll share a menu of traditional flavors along with some gourmet rhythms and swing, and promise a treat following the concert‘s final ring!
    Please join us in thanking Rich Colla for his vision, gifts and talents in leading this very special handbell ensemble for 29 years!
    $20/adults; $15/students
    $10/children under 12
           

    https://opushandbell.org/calendar.php

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Recent News

April 12th Tone is here

Lots of news about Go Nuts and Bellz! conference coming up in June and September, respectively.  Registration is open for both events. More about upcoming Spring rings in Southern California and Northern Nevada. Last call for (self) nominations for Chair-Elect,...

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Area 12 2024 Composition Contest winner announcement

Area 12 is happy to announce that the winner of our 2024 Composition Contest is "Retrofuture" by Ron Mallory. This winning composition will be published and be included in the repertoire list for the 2024 Area 12 Youth Conference, Bellz: The Next Generation, September...

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Area 12 Nominations Open

Every two years three Executive Committee officers are elected:  Chair-Elect, Secretary and Treasurer. Self nominations are now open until April 15, 2024. For details go here.

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February Twelfth Tone Newsletter

The latest issue is available.  Read about some upcoming events and the upcoming concerts. (And in addition to contacting your Regional Coordinator to publicize your upcoming concerts, you can also submit your events to the Area 12 Website calendar.)

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January 2024 Twelfth Tone Newsletter

A new issues has dropped.  Check out the latest news, including some tidbits about the upcoming Go Nuts conference and some tips to help ringers from getting lost (especially in an unfamiliar setting/concert venue). Read it here.

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