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Area 9 Hosted Events

Central Texas Spring Ring 2015
April 18, 2015
San Gabriel Presbyterian
Georgetown, TX
Ruth Seiwell, Guest Clinician

Oklahoma Spring Ring 2015
April 18, 2015
Chapel Hill United Methodist Church
Oklahoma City, OK
Venita MacGorman, Guest Clinician

West Texas Spring Ring 2015
April 18, 2015
St. John’s United Methodist Church
Lubbock, Texas
Adam Samuels, Guest Clinician

Summit 2016 - The Ocean Journey
June 26 to July 3, 2016
Galveston, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Jamaica
Stephanie Rhodes, Clinician

To have your event listed in Ringing News and on the Area’s website, please submit your information to Jeremy Springer, Social Media/Communications communications.area9

Concerts in Area 9

Trinity University Handbell Ensemble‚Äč
Sunday, April 19, 2015 @ 3:00 pm
Trinity University
Ruth Taylor Recital Foyer
1 Trinity Pl., San Antonio, TX

Oklahoma City Handbell Ensemble
Friday, April 24, 2015 @ 7:30 pm
St. Eugene Catholic Church
2400 W. Hefner Rd., OKC, OK

Houston Bronze
Saturday, April 25, 2015 @ 7:30 pm
University Baptist Church
16106 Middlebook Dr., Houston, TX

Houston Bronze
Sunday, April 26, 2015 @ 4:00 pm
Trinity Lutheran Church
5201 Spring Cypress Rd., Klein, TX

Concert Bells of Fort Worth
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 @ 7:30 pm
First United Methodist (Ft. Worth)
800 W. Fifth St., Fort Worth, TX

Oklahoma City Handbell Ensemble
Friday, May 1, 2015 @ 7:30 pm
First Christian Church (Yukon)
601 Maple Ave., Yukon, OK

Oklahoma City Handbell Ensemble
Saturday, May 2, 2015 @ 7:30 pm
Southern Hills Baptist Church
8601 S. Pennsylvania Ave., OKC, OK

POPS 2015 – The Handbell Hammies
Saturday, May 2, 2015 | See site for times
First United Methodist Church (FLC)
1004 N. Mays, Round Rock TX

Bayou City Bells
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 @ 7:30 pm
West University United Methodist Church
3611 University Blvd., Houston, TX

Concert Bells of Fort Worth
Saturday, May 16, 2015 @ 2:30 pm
Resurrection Lutheran (Plano)
919 Independence Pkwy, Plano, TX

Concert Bells of Fort Worth
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 @ 7:00 pm
Lewisville Public Library
1197 West Main Street, Lewisville, TX

Houston Bronze presents
Saturday, July 11, 2015 @ 7:30 pm
University of St. Thomas - Cullen Hall
4001 Mt. Vernon, Houston, TX

Concert Bells of Fort Worth
Friday, July 17, 2015 @ 8:00 pm
Hilton Anatole | Dallas, TX

Houston Bronze presents “JOURNEY”
Saturday, July 18, 2015 @ 7:30 pm
Hilton Anatole
Dallas, TX

Getting Social

Come Ring It On! Led by clinicians Stephanie Rhoades and Ed Rollins, this festival will be informative, entertaining and fun for choirs young and old. Classes include handbell theater, handbells in worship, and an all-star choir track, as well as covering ringing techniques and offering reading sessions of wonderful music.

Our 2015 location will be St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Murfreesboro, Tennessee – about one hour south of Nashville.

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April 2015 Ringing News

Chime Loan Program Now Open

The Area 9 Chime Loan Program was established in 2003 to promote the use of handchimes and handbells in Oklahoma and Texas educational settings. In honor of the Guild’s 50th anniversary, one three-octave set of Malmark handchimes was purchased. Since that time, we have added a second set of three-octave Malmark chimes for use in this program.

Any organization within Area 9 is eligible to apply for the Chime Loan Program regardless of membership status. Handchimes will be loaned only once to a particular organization except in extenuating circumstances. The loan program is for one school year. Applications for use in summer programs may also be considered.

Applications will be submitted to the Area 9 Education Coordinator – Venita MacGorman – by July 15, 2015.

Visit for complete details and a downloadable application!

Ahoy, Area 9! Information is coming soon!

About Those Chimes....
By Venita MacGorman

In this newsletter you will read about Area 9’s handchime loan program; this is a great program for all types of educational institutions –elementary school to universities! If you are an educator – or if you know one – consider the benefits of handchimes.

Handheld chime instruments were developed originally as educational tools. All of the companies presently manufacturing handchimes tell us that their instrument was developed at the request of music educators who recognized the potential of the handbell choir but needed an instrument that was less expensive, required less equipment, and was easier for young hands to manipulate than a handbell. The handchime instrument fits all of these requirements! In addition to the regular music classroom, handchimes were welcomed by special education teachers who were able to use them with students with a wide variety of disabilities. Directors and music therapists who work with senior adults discovered that the chime instruments, which could be played from a seated position and whose lighter weight put less strain on wrists and arms than handbells, offered an opportunity for seniors to ring in a musical ensemble.

Read more at!

Area 9 Offering Scholarship for Pinnacle 2015

The Area 9 Board of Directors is happy to announce that the Kristopher Jon Anthony Memorial Scholarship is now available for Pinnacle 2015! The $500 scholarship is available with the following eligibility requirements:

  • Handbell Musicians of America member in good standing

  • Area 9 resident (Oklahoma or Texas)

  • Any handbell ringer or director may apply. Consideration may be given to applicants who would be a first time attendee of a national event and/or attended Summit 2014.

  • Recipient is to write a short summary of his/her experience at the event to be published on the Area 9 website and in the Area 9 newsletter.

The $500 scholarship covers your registration fee ($390 if registered before May 15, 2015) while the remaining funds can be used for any travel expenses. With this amazing national event being held here in Area 9, this is the perfect event for first time attendees or those on a budget!

The application deadline is April 30, 2015. There isn’t much time to get your application in the mail. Don’t wait. Download the application today!

If you have not received a confirmation for your application by April 30, 2015, please contact Wilson Van Tine at

Disney Fantasy Bells on Parade
by Bryce Nance

The winners of the 2014 Worlds Greatest Handbell Competition, the Kinjo Gakuin University Handbell Choir, are at it again with a stunning concert recently uploaded on YouTube. Their Disney-heavy concert displays the amazing amount of technique and skill that we have come to know this group for. If you do not have an hour to spend watching the whole concert, the most spectacular piece in the repertoire is "Disney Fantasy Bells on Parade" arr. Toshikazy Yoshida.

If you enjoyed the performance, head over to YouTube to like and comment on the video!

Find more articles and video links like this one at the Handbell Brothers' Blog.

The Area 9 board is here to serve you. Please contact any of the Area 9 board members for the 2014-2016 board members with any ideas, suggestions, questions or concerns.

Chair – Ruth Seiwell
Chair Elect – Wilson Van Tine
Treasurer – Marci Corey
Secretary – Patty Highland
Past Chair – Michelle Tejada
Financial Advisor – Wilson Van Tine
Membership – Stevie Berryman
Education – Venita Gorman
Publications – Jeremy Springer
Social Media/Communications – Jeremy Springer
Oklahoma Representative - Paula Barnes
Texas Representative - Adam Samuels
Texas Representative - Delinda Ebeling

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