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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

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

Concerts in Area 9

Oklahoma City Handbell Ensemble
December 17, 2014 @ 10:00am & 11:30am
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd St, Oklahoma City, OK

Concert Bells of Fort Worth
December 18, 2014 @ 7:00 pm
Hurst Public Library
901 Precinct Line Rd, Hurst, TX

The Dorothy Shaw Bell Choir
December 19, 2014 @ 7:30 pm
Martin Performance Hall, Texas Wesleyan University
1309 Wesleyan Street, Fort Worth, TX

Concert Bells of Fort Worth
December 20, 2014 @ 2:00 pm
Northaven UMC
11211 Preston Rd, Dallas, TX

The Dorothy Shaw Bell Choir
December 21, 2014 @ 3:30 pm
The Rose Marien Theater
1440 N. Main St, Fort Worth, TX

Events in Area 9

GDHA Advanced Festival
Clinician: David Harris
February 7, 2015
University Park UMC
4024 Caruth Blvd, Dallas, TX

GDHA Intermediate Festival
Clinician: Stephanie Rhoades
February 21, 2015
University Park UMC
4024 Caruth Blvd, Dallas, TX

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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.

December 2014 Ringing News

Greetings from Area 9!

I am so excited about the new events now open for registration and about those to be announced soon. The Area 9 Board has been busy arranging and organizing two new Spring Rings to join our longstanding Central Texas Spring Ring – West Texas Spring Ring in Lubbock and Oklahoma Spring Ring in Oklahoma City. Our goal is to provide a variety of different events to enhance ringing experiences and skill. All three events are currently on the web site and open for registration.

I have recently agreed to bring handbells back into my home church here in Lake Jackson, TX. The bells have been absent from worship for several years and have been one of those unused bell sets. Rather than the traditional 13 ringers rehearsing once a week and participating in worship once a month, I am going to try a new approach. We began playing on All Saint’s Sunday with singing bells stationed all around the sanctuary. The bells begin to sing as the names of our members who passed away during the last year were read. The sanctuary filled with the sound of bells creating a feeling of a cloud of witnesses surrounding the congregation.

I have talked about bells to many people and have heard various responses – “I used to do that” or “I couldn’t ever do that” and the popular “it sounds great.” My response has been that everyone can participate in some way. On All Saint’s Sunday, my family and the Sanctuary Choir were the singers of the bells. I gave one quick lesson to both the family and the Choir and convinced them that they could ring bells!

I love to conduct! Do I want to have a traditional five-octave choir ringing regularly? Yes. However, I am looking outside my traditional box to look for more opportunities for more people to have their hands on bells and have the experience and excitement of ringing.

Join me in my own personal journey stepping out of my box to bring handbells back into use and to bring the art of handbells to a larger body of people!

Keep a song in your heart!

Ruth Seiwell
Chair, Handbell Musicians of America Area 9

Central Texas Spring Ring 2015!

Your Area 9 Board is excited to announce that Spring Ring is not just in central Texas anymore. On April 18, 2015, Area 9’s Spring Ring will be held in Georgetown, TX, Lubbock, TX, and Oklahoma City, OK. That is right – we are holding three events on the same day!

The 2015 repertoire for all locations will feature a chart topping pop anthem– Let It Go from Disney’s ‘Frozen’ – along with hymndom favorites – Crown Him with Many Crowns and For the Beauty of the Earth.

Central Texas Spring Ring – Georgetown, TX
Oklahoma Spring Ring – Oklahoma City, OK
West Texas Spring Ring – Lubbuck, TX

Handbell Musician Resources

The Handbell Musicians of America Resource Library offers a large and growing collection of articles, interactive PDFs, PowerPoint webinars, videos, and more to help you expand your knowledge as a handbell musician. All Handbell Musicians of America resources are available exclusively to our members. They are divided into Educational, Community, and Worship categories, but most groups will find valuable resources in all three categories.

These resources were created as a result of the New Initiatives Project launched in 2010. We are continually seeking new resources to add to the list. Learn more about this phase of the project and submit your own proposal for a new resource.

Area 9 Ensembles

Have you ever been curious about all of the amazing handbell ensembles in Oklahoma and Texas? We have a listing of all our amazing Area 9 enesembles on our web site – Learn more about this great Area and all of our amazing members!

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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