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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

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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February 2015 Ringing News

Greetings from Area 9!

Welcome to 2015. It is already flying by. I’m sure your handbell program is in full motion. I hope everyone is looking forward to attending a spring event. The selection of dates and locations is great. Area 9 has three sponsored events and there are also endorsed events – an event in the Houston Area, two in the Dallas area, and another in Tulsa. Take your pick! Festivals are great for making music as well as a bonding event for your group. Plus they’re great fun.

Happy 2015! I hope you have a festival on your calendar!

Ruth Seiwell
Handbell Musicians of America Area 9

Ahoy, Area 9! Information is coming soon!

Good grief do handbell ringers like to talk! We are surely one of the talkiest bunch of like-minded folk I can think of. You can see this in rehearsal, when your director has to whistle through her teeth to get everyone settled down and focused back on ringing. You can see it at festivals, when the dull drone of side conversations is a constant. We can’t even stop talking online; post a question on handbell-L, and sit back and watch the opinions roll in in a matter of seconds. And there is very little we enjoy talking about as much as handbells!

So how about making that work for you? Who wants to earn some money just from talking about handbells?

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Questions for You!

1. Do you have a 2-3 octave choir and find no festivals to attend? If a festival/event for 2-3 octave choir interests you, email

2. Are you interested in having an event for children/youth? If so, email

Photos of a Handbell Ghost
by Derek Nance

Schulmerich Bells recently went through a big change. After being in the same factory since 1950, the company decided it was time to move to a newer facility. Regular readers of the blog will remember that this summer I packed up and moved across the country to work for Schulmerich. So when I heard that we were moving, I grabbed a camera and documented the last few days of production in the iconic Schulmerich factory.

Read the rest of this amazing article on the Handbell Brothers’ Blog!

Our National Organization


JULY 15-18 — Dallas, TX

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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