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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
DECEMBER 1, 2015

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Events in Area 9

Not Just Another Workshop
Saturday, October 24, 2015
Chapel Hill United Methodist Church
Oklahoma City, OK
Handbell Musicians of America Endorsed

Bay Area Bell Festival
Saturday, October 24, 2015
Clear Lake United Methodist Church
16335 El Camino Real, Houston, TX
Handbell Musicians of America Endorsed

Concerts in Area 9

October 17th, 2015 @ 3:00p
Round Top Festival Institute
248 Jaster Road, Round Top, TX

Christmas Traditions
December 4, 2015 @ 7:30p
The Fraternal Order of Police
Lodge 123
1624 S Agnew, OKC, OK

Christmas POPS – OCHE Special Guest
December 5, 2015 @ 2:00p and 8:00p
Civic Center Music Hall
201 North Walker Ave. OKC, OK

Christmas Traditions
December 11, 2015 @ 7:30p
Venue Being Confirmed

The Twelve Days of Christmas
and Other Bad Ideas
December 11, 2015 @ 7:30p
Cypress Creek Christian Church
& Community Center
6823 Cypresswood Dr, Spring, Texas

Christmas Traditions
December 12, 2015 @ 4:00p
First United Methodist Church of Hobart
201 S Washington, Hobart, OK

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Chime Loan Program Update

Area 9 had no applications for the chime loan program, so the chimes are currently unused. If there is a member or non-member in Area 9 who now finds they would love to have the opportunity to use the chimes for the remainder of the 2015-2016 year, please click here to learn more.

Getting the Word Out

written by Kari Daelke (Area 9 Publications Chair)

As much as we love handbell rehearsal, our ultimate goal is to share with others the beautiful music we can create as a group or as an individual ringer. Here are some design tips to help you create a great promotion for a concert you have planned, a fundraising campaign for more handbell “stuff,” or to enhance your music with some complimentary visuals.

1. Stick to a simple easy-to-read collection of fonts for maximum legibility.
2. Make your design dynamic by applying scale to type, shapes or compositional features that need proportionate emphasis.
3. Respect the space of other elements in your design. Work toward even spacing and avoid overcrowding of shapes, images or text
4. Keep things clean, crisp, and clear. No point in creating something if you cannot read what you created.
5. Contrast is essential – especially for headlines that may need to be easily read from a distance.
6. Choose fonts that reflect the mood/tone you want to set just like flowing eighth notes or marts can change the character of the music we play.
7. The most visually dominant feature in your design should be the most important part of your message. A good graphic design practice is to apply color or scale to your graphic to see how it changes the hierarchy of your elements.
8. Create drama and impact with attention-grabbing graphics. Ensure your colors do not bleed together by choosing hues that contrast against one another.
9. White or “negative” space is your friend. The application of space around your text boxes, images, and other graphic features makes it easier to read and is more likely to attract attention than a cluttered composition.
10. Have Fun!

Click here to read the technical bits to help you talk the lingo with your print/copy shop.

Letter to the Editor…

My name is David Martin, and I would like to start a new handbell choir for homeschoolers in Austin!

I am associated with CAPA, Christian Academy of Performing Arts, an organization that provides high-quality graded choir programs and summer musical theater opportunities for homeschooled students in the greater Austin area. CAPA is considering the possibility of expanding our offerings to include a handbell ensemble.

As you can imagine, the big problem is that we do not have any bells. I am betting that there are some churches around that have a set of handbells just sitting dormant in a closet. Those unused bells are why I am writing this to all of you. Do you know of an unused set of bells somewhere? I am hoping that some church somewhere would allow us to borrow or rent their bells for use in this educational endeavor.

If you have any leads, please contact me at or 918-868-4100.

Thanks for your help!

-- David

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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