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Area 9 Hosted Events

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

Bell Boot Camp – Central Oklahoma
Saturday, September 12, 2015
St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church
1801 W. Brooks, Norman, OK

Bell Boot Camp – South Texas
Saturday, September 19, 2015
Lakewood United Methodist Church
11330 Louetta Rd., Houston, TX

Bell Boot Camp ­– West Texas
Saturday, September 19, 2015
Bacon Heights Baptist Church
5110 54th Street, Lubbock, TX

Bell Boot Camp – Central Texas
Saturday, September 19, 2015
Central United Methodist Church
5740 Bagby Ave., Waco, TX

Back to Bells – Texas
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Lake Travis United Methodist Church
1502 Ranch Rd 620 N, Austin, TX
8:00 am to Noon

Back to Bells – Oklahoma
Saturday, September 19, 2015
First United Methodist Church
420 N. Weigle Ave., Watonga, OK
8:00 am to Noon

Concerts in Area 9

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

Monday, July 13, 2015 @ 7:00 pm
First United Methodist Church
13800 E. 106 St. N., Owasso, OK

Concert Bells of Fort Worth
Friday, July 17, 2015 @ 6:00 pm
Hyatt Regency DFW | Dallas, TX

Houston Bronze
Saturday, July 18, 2015 @ 6:00 pm
Hyatt Regency DFW | Dallas, TX

Events in Area 9

August Adventure
August 15, 2015
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
Houston, TX 77005

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July 2015 Ringing News

Ahoy, Area 9! Boarding has begun!


Learn about the next Area 9 Summit and our floating venue!

Chime Loan Program – Application Deadline July 15, 2015

Time is drawing near for our Chime Loan Program application period. Please help spread the word that 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.

Click here for complete details and a downloadable application!

Hearing the Music for a Lifetime

written by Michelle L. Tejada, AuD, PASC (Area 9 Past Chair)

When enjoying music, we rely on our sense of hearing. It is critical that we take care of our ears so that we can enjoy the music for a lifetime.

Our inner ears contain tiny hair cells which change sound into electrical signals that are sent to the brain. These hair cells are easily damaged when exposed to loud sound. In some cases, the hearing loss is temporary and returns to normal within 16 hours. However, repeated exposure to loud sound, including music, can lead to permanent hearing loss and/or tinnitus, a ringing or buzzing sound in the ears. In most cases, the hearing loss is gradual and may not be noticed until the damage is irreversible.

Whether or not a sound is damaging to our ears is dependent on many factors. The most important factors are loudness and duration. The louder the sound, the more harmful it is. Similarly, the longer that one is exposed to a loud sound, the more damaging it is.

Read the rest of this amazing article and learn more about protecting your hearing here.

Missions in Music – Jamaica Edition

written by Venita MacGorman, Area 9 Education Chair
photos courtesy Marci Corey, Area 9 Treasurer

I was part of a fourteen person volunteer team that visited Westmoreland, Jamaica, with one goal – teach music reading to adults and children in the Savanna-la-Mar Circuit. The circuit is made up of six churches, all of which are pastored by the Rev. Abasilum Smith. Members of all six churches met at the Wesley Chapel in Savanna-la-Mar.

The Methodist Church in the Caribbean has a wonderful new hymnal that makes use of traditional Caribbean melodies and that contains hymns with inclusive language. There are very few trained musicians in the circuit, and the Wesley Chapel is the only one that owns a musical instrument. There has been very little opportunity for the church members to learn the new hymns in their hymnal up to this point.

Read and more about this unique music mission here.

Silent Auction Prize Creates Tulsa Mega Concert

written by Mike McCrary, Director of Tulsa Festival Ringers

At the 2014 Symposium in Atlanta, one of the silent auction items was a concert with David Weck, Jane Holstein, and Joel Raney. Sheryl Cory, a charter member of Tulsa Festival Ringers, was the successful bidder on this package. Sheryl then surprised TFR by telling us that she had purchased it for our group.

Fast forward to the weekend of May 1-3. The dynamic trio of Dave, Jane, and Joel arrived in Tulsa for what turned out to be a wonderful weekend. We had been communicating since last summer and had planned a concert that consisted of bells alone, bells with organ, bells with piano and organ, and piano and organ duets. TFR had been working all spring to prepare the music – most of which was arranged by Joel Raney.

Read more about this once-in-a-lifetime concert here.

Please contact any of the 2014-2016 Area 9 board members with 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
Education – Venita Gorman
Publications – Kari Daelke
Social Media/Communications – Jeremy Springer
Oklahoma Representative - Paula Barnes
Texas Representative - Adam Samuels
Texas Representative - Dellinda Ebeling
Membership – Vacant

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