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November 2011

Hey Area 9 members!

The holiday season is approaching, and we know you all are in high-gear preparing for the concert season, but more importantly preparing your church's hearts for this holy time with the glorious sound of bells! 

We have some exciting things to share with you this month, as registration is now open for two events in Area 9!

Endless Possibilities Await at Summit 2012

June 22-24, 2012
The Lone Star Convention & Expo Center
Conroe, TX
featuring clinicians Michael Glasgow and Beth Judd

Now online are details about our host site in Conroe, Summit repertoire, our All-Star Ensemble auditions, an FAQ about our Summit 2012 event and how your Area is organizing the best biennial event to date! All info can be found on our website,!

In addition to our two amazing clinicians, Barb Broker will be a guest artist and performer at the Area 9 festival in June 2012.  Barbara Brocker has developed the bell tree solo concept, has over 20 bell tree publications in her name and has written “The Bell Tree Keyboard Manual.” She taught at International Symposiums in 2008 and 2010 and AGEHR National Seminars in 2006, 2008 and 2009 and performed and taught at this year’s Handbell Musicians of America National Seminar in Minneapolis. As a performer and clinician at the Solo and Ensemble Extravaganza (S.E.E.) in 2001, 2003 and 2005, she was selected to join their “Dream Team” Quartet.  Barb’s appearance at the festival is sponsored by the Greater Houston Handbell Association.

Registration is also now open for Central Texas
Spring Ring 2012!

March 3, 2012
Northwest Hills UMC
Austin, TX
featuring clinician Stephanie Rhoades

Registration, schedule, and clinician bio now at!

This is a great day-long spring event for your ensemble to build camaraderie ringing together under a fantastic clinician with repertoire that can be built into the spring ringing season at your home site!  Looking forward to seeing you in Austin this spring!

Are you on Facebook?  So is Area 9!  Come "like" our page, and chat with other members of our Area, and get links and photos from our events!


Have you visited our new website?  Area 9 is now at!  Designed specifically with you in mind, our new website is very interactive -- leave comments on pages, ask questions, and tell us what you'd like to see added or changed on our site! 

We encourage you to visit our events page, for not only coming event details, but also future concerts by ensembles all over Area 9 -- let's celebrate the season with ringing!

We want to advise you that with the rebranding effort of our Guild, Handbell Musicians of America, we've not only changed our logo and put together a more efficient website to celebrate this change -- we've also changed our email addresses!  We can now be found at: (Chair, Karen Thompson) (Chair-Elect, Michelle Tejada) (Treasurer, Ruth Seiwell) (Secretary, Sueda Luttrell) (Membership, Steven Eddington) (Education, Sondra Tucker) (Publications, Pam Adams) (Oklahoma Representative and Financial Advisor, Wilson Van Tine) (Texas Representative, Patrick Murphy) (Texas Representative, Jayne Brown)

Ringingly Yours,
Your Area 9 Board

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